Within the general classification of Psychological Testing we can find two large groups: The Psychometric tests and the Projective tests.
The Psychometric tests are those that to measure certain qualities or psychological dimensions, assign a numeric value to it. For example, they can measure the level of intelligence, memory, attention, satisfaction, negative thinking, and social functioning, among other dimensions. Due to their numerical nature and their levels of validity, they are commonly used for clinical diagnosis and the evaluation of different disorders. They are also very important tools for research in the area of Mental Health.
Within the Psychometric tests we can find tests for Intellectual Coefficient, Attitudes test, Personality tests, among others.
The Projective tests are derived from the idea that similar personalities share certain psychological characteristics that can be reflected in communication styles, perceptions, expressions, etc. This type of test compares the results of the patient within different groups and manages to determine if the characteristics for certain diagnoses are met. Although their validity levels are not as high as the Psychometric tests, they are usually a valuable source of information for Mental Health professionals.
Among these tests we can find tests based on perception such as the Rorschach test, expression techniques such as the Drawing of the Human Figure, and association techniques such as Incomplete Phrases, among many others.
Psychological Testing in Tokyo
As Psychological Tests are designed specially for specific population and languages, sometimes is hard to find this service for Foreigner Population. In Tokyo Mental Health we have the specialized measures for English speaking foreigners, and we put special attention in the personal characteristics of our clients when revising results.