How to analyze ink blot test results

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How to analyze ink blot test results
The Rorschach inkblot test has been influential on our culture. (le Rorschach ! image by creeon from

The Rorschach inkblot test was created by Swiss psychologist, Hermann Rorschach, in 1921, with the publication of his book "Psychodiagnostik." It is considered a projective or personality test, where the subject reveals hidden emotions and conflicts through their descriptions after viewing 10 different ink blots. According to a "Scientific American," the test is no longer widely used, since the 1950s and 1960s, and much controversy surrounds its usefulness and lack of accuracy. The 10 Rorschach inkblot test are available online, and, just for fun, you can pretend to analyse your friends and families personalities.

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Things you need

  • 10 6 3/4 inch by 9 inch Rorschach inkblot tests on heavy card
  • Couch
  • Notepad
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Ask the subject to relax and lay down on a couch. When being examined by a psychologist or psychiatrist, the patient needs to feel comfortable and ready to discuss his inner conflicts and emotions. A soothing chair and room helps in this process.

  2. 2

    Present the first Rorschach inkblot image. Give the subject ample time to interpret the inkblot. Ask her what she thinks it looks like, the first thought that pops into her head. Take notes on how much time it takes for her to say what she sees and comments she has about each inkblot. Ask the subject if she sees anything else in the inkblot. Take notes on everything said between you and the subject. Also, write down any anxiety or emotions, she displays while taking the test. Discussing the first image may be the most stressful for the subject because this test is the new to her, which is completely normal behaviour.

  3. 3

    Present the next inkblot card. The Rorschach inkblot test comprises 10 individual inkblots, and they are given to the subject in a particular order. Write down your notes. Do not forget to examine the way the subject holds each inkblot and any facial expressions she has. Continue showing each inkblot to the subject until all 10 are discussed. Take your time in this process.

  4. 4

    Compare the images seen by your subject against the most common answers for the each image, which can be found in Rorschach testing books. John E. Exner, an American psychologist, wrote the "The Rorschach: Advanced interpretation" book and developed his own scoring system using the inkblots in the 1960s, the height of the Rorschach test's popularity. His scoring system used the location of the image, the determinants of the responses, the content of the images, and the popularity of images seen by the subject.

  5. 5

    Consider all psychological information about your subject when analysing your results. This test is used today more as tool to open up the subject and assess any surprises in their responses. It is considered highly subjective, and most psychologists do not agree on interpretations. Some psychologists now believe there are cultural differences that vary the average image responses.

Tips and warnings

  • This article is intended for fun and entertainment only. Readers are encouraged to seek the services of a licensed therapist when necessary.
  • Only a licensed psychologist can interpret the findings of a psychological test.

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