Avinash De Sousa
The House-Tree-Person (HTP) is a projective technique developed by John
Buck, which was originally an outgrowth of the Goodenough (Florence
Goodenough) scale utilized to assess intellectual functioning in an individual.
The HTP was developed in 1948, and updated in 1969. Buck believed that
through drawings, individuals objectified unconscious difficulties by sketching
the inner image of primary process. In the HTP, the patient is asked to draw
houses, trees, and persons, and these drawings provide a measure of selfperceptions
and attitudes. As with other projective tests, it has flexible and
subjective administration and interpretation .