Ink blot test

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Ink blot test
Medical diagnostics
Rorschach blot 04.jpg
The fourth blot of the Rorschach test
MeSH D007282

An ink blot test is a personality test that involves the evaluation of a subject's response to ambiguous ink blots. This test was published in 1921 by Hermann Rorschach who was a psychiatrist from Switzerland. The interpretation of people's responses to the Rorschach Inkblot Test was originally based on psychoanalytical theory but investigators have used it in an empirical fashion. When this test is used empirically, the quality of the responses is related to the measurements of personality.[1]

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s the ink blot test was popular among clinical psychologists but quickly lost popularity as critics claimed it to be too subjective. Variations of the ink blot test have since been developed such as the Holtzman Inkblot Test and the Somatic Inkblot Series.[2]

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  1. ^ Carlson, N. R., & Heth, C. (2010). Psychology--the science of behaviour, fourth Canadian edition [by] Neil R. Carlson, C. Donald Heth. Toronto: Pearson.
  2. ^ [1], "Rorschach Inkblot Test", Retrieved October 22, 2014.