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Posted by: 007 | 2004/02/09

The ink blot test - what is it?

Excuse the ignorance, Doc, but how did the ink blot test work?
(I read with interest your reference to it in some of the archives)
Thanks for the great Forum.

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Dear 007,
Way back at the early years of the last century, a guy called Rorschach, developed a test, of the type we call a projective test --- namely it isn't like asking "What's 2 plus 2 ?" which has only one objective right answer --- but it is a test with no right or wrong answers, in which your answers can be revealing about your personality and concerns. So he collected some specific inkblots ( the sort we used to make as kids, when you dribble a small amount of ink onto one side of a piece of paper, hen fold it in half, so it squidges and blotches and makes a complex shape. People were asked to look at the blotches and say what they thoughtn they saw in them ( like you can "see" images in the fire, or in the clouds.
It isn't considered enormously helpful in most quarters, but can be useful at times, in a exploratory way. And maybe it could make a good party game !

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