What is the inkblot test?
The infamous inkblot personality test, also known as the Rorschach inkblot test, or the Rorschach technique, is a psychological test where subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are recorded, and analyzed using psychological interpretation and complex algorithms. Some psychologists use this test to examine personality characteristics and emotional functioning. It has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly. The test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach.
How it works
The purpose of the test is to provide data about cognition and personality variables such as motivations, response tendencies, cognitive operations, affectivity, and personal/interpersonal perceptions. The underlying assumption is that an individual will class external stimuli based on person-specific perceptual sets, and including needs, base motives, conflicts, and that this clustering process is representative of the process used in real-life situations.