Rorschach Ink Blot Test? How does it work?

I was wondering how shrinks use this test to determine whether someone is nuts or not. I am also curious about how they use word association test to determine someones mental state as well.

Thanks for the info!

A recent thread on one of your subjects, with some links: The inkblot test - what is it for?

Here is the Skepdic’s Dictionary entry on the Rorschach Ink Blot Test.

Recent issues of Skeptical Inquirer have also published articles about the Rorschach. I haven’t saved them, but basically, there’s no science behind it. The “success” of early practitioners was based on conscious or or unconscious cold (or warm) reading techniques.

You are supposed to give creative answers like “I see a vagina hacked up with a machete belonging to a disembowelled woman who has been tortured to death”. Those who administer the tests give extra points for such creative answers. :wink:


With head split in half.

In short,

It doesn’t.


This has been discussed recently, so I’ll close this thread and direct further comment to thread linked to above by Ringo.

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