"The Wartegg Test in a Nut Shell"
E F G H
1. The Eight Fields and Their Meanings
Field A: Self, ego, concentration, origin, identity, self-image
Field B: Flexibility, movement in society, liveliness, emotional release (outward expression of emotions)
Field C: Systematic achievement, ambition, enthusiasm, goal-directedness, persistence and conversely, a lack of orientation towards goals and achievement
Field D: The “problem” or difficulty, hardship, burden — the problematic sphere and manner of its management
Field E: Tension, aggression, opposition, accomplishment, fulfillment or drives
Field F: Integration; partiality vs completion. Isolation /separateness vs connectedness /closeness
Field G: Tenderness, sensitivity, delicacy, sociability. Shows how expressed, repressed, sublimated or open to influence
Field H: Protection. Shows where and how the subject feels protected and how he defends himself
2. Combination of Fields
Some fields can be evaluated together.
Fields A and H: Self-Image
Self-esteem and security are connected and frequently dependent on whether or not the symbiotic union with the mother was successful. A disturbance in the early development of the child can be the cause of a disturbed ego and feelings of vulnerability in later life.
Fields B and G: Sociability
Field B, emotions and ability to socialize, and Field G, sensitivity, are combined to indicate reaction towards others and sometimes the opposite sex.
Fields C and E: Achievement
The interrelationship between ambition and tension/aggression, Fields C and E, can indicate ability and productivity, work and achievement.
Fields D and F: Generalized Attitude
The greater the “problem” or “difficulty in life”, the more it calls for an integrated world perspective. These two fields, Field D and F, in combination, give hints as to the generalized attitude towards the world.
3. The Content
Field B: Not well defined expression of emotions (absence of the contour of the face)
Field C: Ambition to earn more money
Field D: Gambling could be seen as a problem
Field E: Aggression is expressed with no arm, drives to achieve (arrow towards the upper right)
Field F: Importance of the family for self-preservation and integrity. Good balance with isolation (fence) and openness (door, windows)
Field G: Expression of delicacy, tenderness, sensitivity
Field H: Good sense of protection (being protected by the universe)
Overall picture: difficulties (Figure 3)
Field B: Difficulty seeing emotions (eye is closed and face looking at the past to the left)
Field C: Not a good solution for this stimulus. Body with no head, no hands, importance of the legs being tied together
Field D: Disconnection between the child and the kite
Field E: Difficulty expressing aggression, prefers to be at a distance to look over the situation
Field F: His integrity has been broken (discontinuous stroke between the legs of the ballerina)
Field G: Expression of delicacy, tenderness, sensitivity, again the eyes are closed
Field H: Fear, not a good sense of protection
Figure 4 - The balance between black and white, curves and angles corresponds to her Wartegg test. The ascending lines reveals the confidence and enthusiasm (boxes A and C) while the quality of the stroke reveals the sensuality and sensitivity (boxes F and H). The connections between the letters, sometimes present, absent or combined, show her ease or difficulty to make connections with people (boxes B and G). Finally, pressure and angles reveal her energy and ability to analyze rather than a need to attack to defend herself (boxes D and E).
Figure 5 - It is very interesting to see how the writing and the drawings expressed differently the anxiety and anguish expressed in the Wartegg test. While the drawings are done with light pressure and discontinuous lines, the writing is rather tense and very aggressive (angles, sharp endings). They are expressed differently. While the drawings express fragility, the writing reveals the need to protect his integrity with aggressive defense mechanisms.