This is an actual test report. The
names were obviously changed and the person evaluated is only called
Person. Nothing else has been changed so any spelling errors
are real. The saying at the very bottom of the page was found on
every page of the report. This was one of the first court cases I
(RD) was involved with in which I was asked to refute the expert. It
was an easy case!. If this weren't a real case it would be too
unbelievable for words. How many errors can you find? Where did those
IQ scores come from?
Name: Person Date of
Age,: 26 Date of Birth:
REASON FOR TESTING
Person was referred for
counseling and evaluation by the court as a result of voyerism and
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality
Thematic Apperception Test
Person arrived on time for
testing. He was dressed casually, and appeared friendly and pleasant
during the introduction.
As testing began he appeared nervous,
and it was observed that his hands were trembling slightly. When he
did not have to use his hands he would usually have them crossed in
front of him. In between questions and subtests he was observed
gazing out the window as if to avoid looking at the
His nervousness was also evident as
he asked a number of questions about the nature of the test. For
example he asked, "What kinds of things does this test measure?"
During Picture Arrangement he asked if this tested for social
FULL SCALE IQ
Person scored a
full-scale IQ of 120, derived from a Verbal IQ of 128 and a
Performance IQ of 104. He is functioning at a superior level of
intelligence. His Verbal IQ was significantly higher than his
Performance IQ demonstrating a 24 point spread. This may indicate an
obsessive compulsive tendency since he is unable to solve problems
quickly under time pressure as is indicated by his low Performance
On the Verbal scale his highest
score was in Comprehension which may indicate a highly developed
conscience or punishing superego. In life this would mean he may
suffer intense guilt when he experiences failure or loss.
Inconsistent with his high score
in Comprehension and Vocabulary, his lowest score was on Information
which indicates he is unable verbalize everything he knows and to put
into words all that he feels.
On the Performance scale his
highest score was in Picture Completion which is the most basic
subtest for visual projection and memory. His strength in this
subtest suggests he is good at creating visual memories which he also
evidences in the TAT where-he creates a number of fantasies and does
some daydreaming. He also made a number of attempts in his responses,
indicating that he tends to be impulsive. The trial and error
approach on other Performance tests confirms impulsivity,
demonstrating that he show weakness in his capacity to strategically
work out a plan and implement it or starts things and doesn't
On the Picture Arrangement
subtest, which measures general intelligence in social situations, he
made incorrect attempts on 4 out of 10. On one picture (#6 Escape) he
arranged the cards in the following order: the person is running from
the police, then he hides behind a bush, then he sees a girl swimming
in a pond and her clothes are on shore, he hides behind the tree and
and changes his clothes. This arrangement seems to reflect an
On picture #10 Taxi, he could
not arrange the pictures to tell a story. When asked to explain he
said "Someone is probably jealous because one person has a real
person and the other person, who is missing, only has a bust". This
projective interpretation may indicate some insecurity about himself,
feeling jealous that he cannot have a full-blown woman and other men
On the TAT, the characteristics
of the hero portrayed in the pictures took on two personality types.
The most common description was of a child, ranging in age from 9-19,
very cultured and from a good bloodline. The other character was
described as foreign, evil, dangerous to others, and overdosed on
drugs or alcohol. However, things most often turned out good for them
when they recieved help.
The motives of the characters
described were usually positive: to resolve sadness, get help, to
find inner peace, to get rid of inner conflict and pain, and to live
fully and have a happy home.
His feelings towards himself
were not as positive. He described himself in discouraged and
depressed terms such as feeling mentally exhausted, mad at himself,
and to upset to help himself. His inner turmoil is described as a war
going on in his mind, an evil spirit hovering over him, a feeling of
imbalance, and physical pain and suffering. It should also be noted
that at times he felt nothing at all which indicates problems with
repression or denial of his emotions.
To end the pain he is seen as
attempting suicide (#18) and overdosing on alcohol or drugs (#13mf
and #19). Attributes which were not projected were destruction and
dominance; however his most prominent attribute was passivity as he
describes his environment with warm climates, country settings,
babbling rivers, and prayful thoughts. This is also the time that he
describes himself as daydreaming or fantasizing.
His passivity seems rather
extreme especially during #12bg where he is lying in a boat
daydreaming and a bird flies by and defecates on his knee. His
reaction is to wipe it off, which indicates a lack of affect. In 13g
he sees himself leaving home on an ocean liner where he stands at the
rail looking back at his homeland for 4 hours. Again there is no
affect as he rethinks about his home. In picture #18bm, he gets
beaten up and thrown into the street to be run over by a car. He
doesn't mention defense or any emotion on his part.
This depressed and dejected
state is reinforced by #3 where Person cries for 3 hours because his
dog dies of rabies.
A number of reoccuring responses
were recorded throughout testing: doctors, peaceful settings and
daydreaming, and a persistence to do good and achieve.
Overall, Person expresses
a masochistic need to punish himself and to be able to take
punishment. However he also feels he needs professional care, to know
where he's really at, and rest from this exhausting mental battle he
is putting himself through.
Emotionally he feels angry,
depressed, withdrawn, contemptous, rejected, and remorseful. He would
like to feel good about himself and more cheerful inside.
He views his environment as
competitive, hard on him, lonely, lacking purpose, unfair, and
His prevalent themes were: if
you don't pay for the wrong you've done then you die, you cannot undo
death or sin, but if you work hard you will win. This demonstrates
the degree to which Person punishes himself when he feels
guilty and how he handles his guilt is to fun away or repress his
feelings and try harder to please others.
Person seems quite
motivated to help himself since most of the outcomes of his stories
were positive and successful. He sees himself as; being cured from
his disease, working out his past, and doing what he is suppose to
do. However, he continues to avoid his problem when he mentions
helping others in order to forget about his own problem.
Overall, Person seems to
be having difficulty dealing with guilt feelings which he projects
onto imaginary characters or denies. Judging from the content
analysis and the young age of the characters it may be surmised that
Person may have some unresolved Oedipus issues.
Although he makes himself out to
be a survivor, he is not at peace with himself. Rather he seems to
fear expressing his own feelings of aggression, and deals with this
fear through repression, projection, and denial. Eventually the
aggression builds-up and is released impulsively in the most
emotionally repressed form - sexually. Upon release of this emotion
he feels extreme guilt and works harder to repress and deny his
feelings in order to maintain control.
Persons' profile on the
MMPI appears to be valid. His scatter of scores all fell within the
mean except for the K scale, which represents guardedness and
defensiveness, and the Mf scale which measures masculine-feminine
His T score of 37 on the K scale
indicates a lack of normal defensiveness which is often associated
with poor self-concept, acute pathology, malingering, or "a cry for
help.,' Usually the person's defenses are not functioning adequately,
and he has a poor degree of emotional and behavioral controls.
Adolescents often score low, indicating openness and a certain degree
of self-criticism centered around a search for identity and a close
examination of their personal values.
His T score of 78 on the Mf
scale indicates a conflict over sexual identity. Individuals within
this range are basically passive, and there is frequently a history
of marital problems due to difficulty in assertively fulfilling their
partners' needs. In some situations, a person in this range or higher
may develop a reaction formation against passivity in which they may
display an exaggerated expression of masculinity.
Person emerges as an
intelligent young man who has a strong conscience. Due to his lack of
impulse control he probably suffers intense guilt and hates himself
when he does lose control.
In his perceptual process he is
likely to have difficulty due to his early environmental background.
Since he is so brillant he is able to manipulate his environment and
others to get whet he needs. However, his repressed feelings of a
sexual nature continue to cause him to have anxious feeling about
himself and fears about how he is perceived by others. His low
self-esteem is continually being fed by his inability to come to
grips with his true feelings.
In order to compensate for his
inability to deal with social situations appropriately, he tends
block his own feelings and approach situations in a way he believes
is right. If unsuccessful, he may become very frustrated and feel
guilty. When his frustration and guilt level become too overwhelming
an impulsive act may serve to release some of this repressed and
cooped up anxious energy.
a. To deal with sexual
b. To learn how to reduce
c. Work on repressive issues and
get in more touch with his feelings so that he will be able to
manage them rather than act them out.
2. Marital Therapy
a. To gain more
understanding of Person and her needs
b. To discuss sexuality with
Person and Person's wife
a. Focus on visual
c. Improve scanning techniques and
learn strategy planning
d. Work on organizational
"Except a man be Born Again, he
cannot see the Kingdom of God"
"For God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believed in Him should not
perish but have everlasting Life"