Object Relations Test

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Object Relations Test (ORT) A projective test, developed during the 1950s at the Tavistock Clinic in London, and based on the psychoanalytic theories of Melanie Klein. Klein argued that children introject as ‘good objects’ and ‘bad objects’ those images of a person associated with situations of gratification or pain and deprivation. Over time, normal development sees these separate images fuse into a single object, comprising both good and bad elements. The test itself consists of 12 pictures with one, two, three, or groups of ambiguous figures, plus a blank. Respondents tell a story about what is happening. Responses are assumed to indicate conscious and unconscious personality dynamics.