The amnestic syndrome: Applying the Rorschach Inkblot method for differential diagnosis

Shira Tibon Czopp, Ruth Zeligman, Sagit Kedem, Uri Hadar

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Dissociative processes were investigated in a man diagnosed with focal retrograde amnesia (FRA) following a traumatic head injury without any anterograde memory deficit. Findings were derived from the Rorschach Inkblot method, which was administered together with other performance-based tests and a self-report inventory for evaluating dissociative proneness in personality functioning. A substantial set of behavioral and test response variables indicated dissociation proneness and the activation of dissociative mechanisms. This conception was supported a few months following the evaluation when the patient reported a total spontaneous recovery of the memory deficit. The interplay between neurological and functional factors in FRA is discussed with a view for creating an integrated model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-665
Number of pages14
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2014


  • Dissociation
  • Focal retrograde amnesia
  • Personality functioning
  • Rorschach Inkblot method, Trauma


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