Draw-A-Person Personality Test

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In lecture, Professor Simpson gave us two examples for determining the personality of patients. These two tests were the Thematic Apperception Test and the Rorschach test. But, these two tests aren't the only ones that determine the personality of a person. Another test that determines someone's personality is a test called Draw-A-Person Test (Draw-A-Person Test, History of Projective Testing). Created by Karen Machover in 1949 this test is usually tested on children to examine the range of their personality traits, whether it be aggressiveness to relationships with family.


The child is first instructed to draw a picture of woman, man, and a picture of themselves. Once the child has finished drawing, the child is then asked to explain what they have drawn and why they have drawn it. Apart from the explanation the child gives, the administrator also analyzes the aspects of the drawing like the size of the head, arms, placement of body parts, and whether things are included or not included. Observing these aspects are believed to tell what is going on cognitively inside the child's mind and determine aspects of his/her personality.

There are a various versions of the Draw-A-Person test, including one that is on the iPad/itouch. The app is called Dr. Touch and it asks you, like an administrator asks a child, to draw something. Once you have finished your drawing, the app analyzes the drawing and gives you feedback on the analysis of your personality or gives you advice based upon your drawing.

You can see this app in the works here.

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Where did you get the information about the history of this test (cite/link)? How does this test compare to the other tests you mention? Do people still use it clinically?

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