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Q: Ink blot testing ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Ink blot testing
Category: Health
Asked by: frankieaandbob-ga
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Posted: 04 Nov 2004 03:57 PST
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Question ID: 424282
Rorshach ink blots and what they tell a psychologist about people?
Subject: Re: Ink blot testing
Answered By: librariankt-ga on 04 Nov 2004 08:38 PST
Hi Frankieaandbob,

There are a lot of websites out there that explain (or debunk) the
Rorschach version of the standard inkblot tests that pscyhologists
use.  I'm listing some here that I thought were helpful for
understanding the tests:

The Skeptic's Dictionary: Rorschach Inkblot Test
This page discusses problems and concerns with the use of the test.

The Classical Rorschach
This is more of a total website about Dr. Rorschach as well as the
methods of analysis.  From Sweden!

UT Austin: Inkblot Perception and Personality
A very quick overview of the basics of Rorschach inkblots.

Wikipedia: Rorschach Inkblot Test
This encyclopedia article has basic information with a nice selection
of core links at the end.

Kathi's Mental Health Review: The Rorschach Test
An outline of the test with line drawings of the blots and discussions of each one.

I found these sites through a variety of means.  First I searched
Google for "ink blot test explanation", then for "rorschach test
explanation".  I also went directly to the Wikipedia
(, a free online encyclopedia that has amazing

Please let me know if you have further questions on this topic!  I'd
be happy to clarify anything you need -

Subject: Re: Ink blot testing
From: needsomeinfo-ga on 05 Nov 2004 17:37 PST
I know I posted a comment on your other question as well, but I wanted
to let you know that some of the information in these websites is
misinterpreted information and other is just flat out incorrect.  For
example, some of the "advice" on how to avoid the "naughty" bits is
actually bad advice.  It obviously isn't the google researchers fault
because a true understanding of the Rorschach requires extensive
training.  Just take what you read on those sites with a grain of

I will say that among psychologists, the Rorschach and projective
testing in general are kind of like religion.  The people that believe
in and use these tests have a lot of evidence to support their belief
it is and so do those people who discount it.
Subject: Depends on the tester!
From: petrostsantoulis-ga on 04 Jan 2005 05:22 PST
The ink blot test is highly subjective. Even when using well known blots it
is very hard to predict what the patient/subject will say and adapt it
to 2-3 meaningful categories. In my opinion, though I have very little
training in psychiatry, those that are talented enough to do it well
may get precious information from this test. The accuracy and
sensitivity may be great or abysmal, depending on the tester.


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