Year: 1990 Source: Journal of Personality Assessment, v.54, no.3-4, (Summer 1990), p.656-670 SIEC No: 19901344

A Rorschach record & a narrative poem are examined to determine how imagination expresses the psychological trauma of being exposed as an impostor. The S had pretended to be a doctor. The role is seen as an imaginative identity designed with an adaptive purpose. A Jungian analysis of his suicide attempt & the Rorschach suggest the impostor role was a masculine compensatory fantasy that served as a counterforce to negative maternal imagery, linked to death, in his imagination. 9 refs.