What is a Rorschach Test? A Rorschach test is a test involving 6.75” by 10” cards. Each of the cards has a fairly symmetrical ink blot covering as much of the card as possible. The subject who is being tested is told to look at the card and to say what they say or feel immediately after seeing it. It is designed to reveal traits about the person taking the test, and more about their thinking and their personality.
How it is run… The person who is testing the test subject sits next to the person who is being tested, only slightly behind them. The cards are shown in a specific order, each one testing something different. The person who is testing the test subject takes notes of everything. Their breathing, the way they move the card, what they say, how they move, everything. The “tester” will hide his notes as to keep the test area more comfortable to the person being tested. The cards are usually made up of cardboard, or a plastic designed to mimic cardboard. Everything that the test subject does says something about them.
The bad, and the good responses: A bad response would be saying something like: “This is a…” This would be considered an unhealthy response. A good response would have been: “This looks like a…” Because, you should be smart enough to know that they don’t represent anything. Another thing that is considered bad and unhealthy would be covering up the card, moving it, or making sounds. This could be because of brain damage, and this is what they are testing for. Saying that it is just an ink blot is also considered very bad.
The Ink Blots These are the ten ink blots, in the order that they appear. There will be possible imagery that is most commonly said, and some more about them. Remember, it is not just what you say about them, but if you were testing, it would be how you look at them, how you turn them, etc.
Common Responses: A face, a mask, the face of a wolf or a fox.
Most common responses: People dancing, or touching hands with each other.
Most common responses: Two people facing each other, butterfly, mouth
Most common responses: Shoes, boots, a male figure
Most common responses: bat, or bird like figure
Most common responses: awkward view of a person (extremely hard to seeanything)
Most Common Responses: Faces pointing to each other, bunny ears
Most common responses: animals climbing up the outside, mouth, butterfly, ora person.
Difficult to spot anything. Most common responses are that they don’t seeanything. This is expected, and a “good” response.
Lots of activity, very easy to see almost anything.
So does it work? Many professionals today believe that the Rorschach Test is outdated, and inaccurate. Today there are different tests to determine these facts.
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