Self-Perception
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Self-Perception

Self-perception as is revealed in Rorschach responses, pertains to two features, self-image and selfinvolvement. Self-image constitutes the impressions that one has regarding his or her own characteristics. It is an internal lexicon of concepts related to the characteristics of oneself. Many of these impressions are readily accessible to one's conscious thinking, but some may be only partially or completely inaccessible to conscious awareness. This is because they are unwanted or conflicting and thus tend to be suppressed or even repressed.

Fr + rF

Reflections are rare in Rorschach protocols. Such responses relate to a narcissistic-like features of a patient's personality. In such cases, this tends to be a central element of their character and typically involves a marked tendency to overvalue oneself. While this characteristic is typically natural among younger children if it lasts into adulthood, it tends to make social relationships take on an increased importance. The presence of an exaggerated sense of self worth does not automatically lead to pathology; many people hold themselves in high esteem and are very successful in life. Nevertheless, there is always a risk their self-centeredness will impair the healthy development of mature reciprocal relationships with a balance between valuing self and valuing others.

Egocentricity Index

The Egocentricity Index provides a broad estimate of the patient's self-concern and possibly their self-esteem. It is a crude measure of self-attending behavior. Above average scores indicate an excessive self-involvement but not necessarily positive self-esteem. On the other hand, below average scores could indicate self-esteem is lower than expected when compared the patient makes self-based comparisons to others.

Form Dimension

Form Dimension responses relate to introspective behavior. Self-examination is typically a positive personality feature which allows individuals become more aware of themselves. Optimally, introspection entails the viewing of oneself as objectively as possible, putting aside biases, preconcieved views, and reflexive emotions. The study of one's self from a realistic perspective usually promotes a higher level of awareness through this self-inspection and such self-examination promotes a healthy guage of thier talents, skills, and abilities weighted against any limitations or liabilities.