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The Rorschach inkblot test is a psychological projective test of personality in which a subjects interpretations of ten standard abstract designs are analyzed as measure of emotional and intellectual functioning and integration The test was named after Hermann Rorschach a Swiss psychiatrist who lived from 1884-1922 He developed the inkblots but he did not use them for personality analysisIn 1921 the very first edition of the Rorschach inkblot test was published by Ernest Bircher The test appeared under the name of Psychodiagnostik Hans Huber was an employee with Ernest Bircher and it turned out that Dr Rorschach and Hans Huber spent many sessions together perfecting the construction and the actual printingThe test consists of 10 cards 5 of these cards are black and white The other 5 cards are in color There is an example on page 3 of the Rorschach inkblot test The person being tested is asked what they see in the inkblot Their answers are then recorded and when all 10 cards are finished the psychologist repeats the process with the same 10 cards again inquiring about the past responses of the subject If the subject being tested said they saw a butterfly the first time then the psychologist may ask where on this card did you see a butterfly or what makes it look like a butterfly Besides making notations of the responses the psychologist also notes the mannerisms of the subject while they answer the questions With these responses the psychologist in theory should be able to figure out the personality of the subjectAlthough the test seems to be very useful in personality assessment some research psychologists think otherwise They believe from a scientific perspective that the reliability and validity of these tests arent very high They say that if the test was truly reliable then two other scorers should agree on characteristics of the personality of a person They also believe that if this test is truly valid the
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