About the Test
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About the Test

Contrary to popular belief, the Rorschach Inkblot Test is NOT strictly a projective psychological or personality measure. In the strictest sense, the Rorschach Inkblot Test is a test or assessment of perception. It is designed to evaluate how someone approaches their environment, In other words, it asks the question, "How does someone view and organize the world around them?" Through analyzing what someone sees, where they see it, and what about the blot makes what they saw look like whatever they saw, the psychologist is able to make various hypotheses about how that person views and organizes the world. Furthermore, the psychologist can compare the person's perceptions to a clinical or normative sample. From this analysis, the psychologist then makes inferences about the person's approach to the world (which is largely stable and described often as character or personality), insofar as, one's feelings, thoughts, stress tolerance, relationships, and self-perception shapes and influences how that person views and organizes their world. Thus, the major areas evaluated are: 1) the person's emotional world, 2) the person's cognitive world, 3) the person's ability to deal with situational stress, 4) the person's perception of others and relationships, and 5) the person's self-perception.

Scoring

Scoring begins with administering and recording verbatim a patient's responses to ten inkblots. After the administration is complete, scores are assigned for a variety of qualities to each respones a patient provided.
After the scores are assigned, many of them are tallied and then examined as frequencies, ratios, or formulae. Each of these scores are compared against well-developed norms, which have been developed for a variety of populations including, healthy adults, psychopathic criminials, children, psychiatric inpatient and several international norms in various languages.(

Interpretation

Interpretation involves examining how similar or different a patient's responses are to a given set of norms and any personality traits associated with the given scores.
Because the Rorschach is a personality test, it does not test for disorders or diagnoses per se. It examines patterns of approaching the world, situational stress, coping skills, relationships with others, thinking about your self, and feelings, perceptual accuracy, and information processing. Thus, while it can reveal difficulties in these arenas, it can also reveal strengths and abilities.