July 31, 2009

Doctor Posts Secrets of Rorschach Inkblots


This news has psychologists going crazy! Because now that a rogue member of the psychology community has taken all the secret info behind the famous Rorschach tests and put it all online, his peers are up in arms, and worried this will keep them from using the test to figure out who else is crazy.

The internet, and sites like wikipedia, attract people who believe all information should be free and no secrets should be kept when it comes to knowledge and truth. But many people off of the internet believe there is value and need in keeping some information secret. This particular information though, it's so old I can't see how much impact it really has to divulge it. And can't they just start from scratch with a new batch of random ink smudges? Who knows, it might reinvigorate the mental health field and lead to new insights.

Doctor Posts Secrets of Rorschach Inkblots

"What had been a simmering dispute over the reproduction of a single plate reached new heights in June when [ER doctor] James Heilman...posted images of all 10 plates to the bottom of the article about the test, along with what research had found to be the most popular responses for each..."

Doctor Posts Secrets of Rorschach Inkblots

Posted at July 31, 2009 4:24 AM

I would think anyone with half a brain would be able to fool a shrink by saying the blots look like "pretty clouds" or "my dog scruffy". I'm surprised doctors still use these things.

Posted by: Karma Girl at July 31, 2009 8:13 AM

I don't believe in psychologists, I'm sorry but, I don't think somebody can tell what someone else is thinking, because of what he/she thinks an ink blot looks like.

Posted by: Biggestdog52 at July 31, 2009 9:20 AM

I don't believe in psychologists, I'm sorry but, I don't think somebody can tell what someone else is thinking, because of what he/she thinks an ink blot looks like.

Posted by: gibson52 at July 31, 2009 9:21 AM

I just tell the shrink not to be disappointed in my responses because he's the one who developed all those "dirty" blots!

Posted by: Don Rorschach at July 31, 2009 9:36 AM

It doesn't matter if these are published or not. The validity is not based on anything more than a projection of those who view them.

Posted by: bbob at July 31, 2009 10:36 AM

BLACKENED "beauty" "is/was/will" be in the "3rd>eye" of the "bee-hold-Erhrhmm....ALAYZ.4.K`NOW.?" ha :) deal the knockout blow to every evil foe :) and dance happily around those "with glee/money", while laughing inside.......away from prying eyez......... :p

Posted by: O at July 31, 2009 11:51 AM

kama girl
psychologists use projective tests (like the rorschach) to HELP people, not to trick them. 'Fooling' your shrink would only hinder someone who is trying to help you.

big dog
It's hard to respond to someone who says that they 'don't believe in psychologists.' Millions of people have been helped by psychotherapy. It's not something to be feared or to simply dismiss.

'Validity' is a statistical term with a precise definition. The validity (and reliability)values for the Rorschach are excellent. Do a google scholar search of John Exner (the foremost Rorschach expert of our times) and decide for yourself.

Finally, the article states that "this particular information is so old," that it can't be useful. The Rorschach plates are indeed old; the interpretative models that are used to understand people's responses to them are not. Publishing pictures of the plates was a foolish, shortsighted action that has no practical utility and makes more difficult the meaningful work that Psychologists do.

Posted by: psydoc at July 31, 2009 3:11 PM

attn: biggestdog52 aka gibson52 (identity problem here? -kidding)
No psychologist tells or tries to tell what you are thinking.

Posted by: dd at July 31, 2009 4:09 PM

Darn! I was hoping we could take the test on line
and get analysed for free.

Posted by: jdisley at July 31, 2009 8:48 PM

They look like ink blots to me !
Am I odd ?

Posted by: Stef Gamble at July 31, 2009 9:40 PM

The 2 times I've been asked what they look like, I shocked the shrinks by saying "F'ing ink blots, WTH else are they supposed to be?" LOL - took them by total surprise and they didn't know what to say to me after that except, "Ok, you are just fine. No need to return." HAHA - shows you that if you just tell them basically they're the ones who are crazy if they see anything other than ink blots, then they'll leave you alone. LOL

Posted by: Peridot at August 1, 2009 2:52 AM

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