The Rorschach Test-Inkblots & The Human Mind

The-Rorschach-TestIntroducing the ink blot, another form of art that is interpreted by the viewer viewing it.  For example I may see a picture in an ink blot I’m shown while another person may see a completely different picture! That again is the beauty of art and perspective. However, what if we told you that not only are people’s perspectives different but what they see in that blot of ink often gives insight into their personality and the functionality of their mind?  I’m sure many if not all of you readers have heard of the inkblot test often given to psychiatric patients and those with mental disorders. The test by way of proper name is referred to as The Rorschach Test. Many of you may have heard of it and know some details, but I’m sure a lot of you, like my self aren’t completely familiar with exactly where this test came from and how it exactly measures mental stability!  We compiled some interesting facts and information about The Rorschach Test and it’s perspective into the minds of others.

Inkblots & Rorschach Testing

  • The test is done by analyzing a subjects perception of the inkblots shown by using a scale of psychological evaluation
  • The test consists of 10 inkblots-5 in black & 5 in color
  • The test was widely used in the 1940’s & 1950’sink-blot-art
  • The test is believed to be derived from the game Blotto, a popular came that consisted of making up poems or playing charades based on the inkblot picture you chose
  • In 1911 the term Schizophrenia was founded making way for Hermann Rorschach introduction of the inkblot test
  • Hermann realized that patients with schizophrenia responded differently to the Blotto came, thus helping him come up with The Rorschach Test
  • The test is not as commonly used in this day and age, however it has adapted to also measure personality traits
  • The test was not invented to measure personality & thus there is much controversy over if the test really gives accurate results for both mental disorders and personality

Hermann-RorschachThe Rorschach Test has become more and more controversial over the years because of the different scale systems that the testing measurements are based on.  There are at least 5 different measurement scales that can be used to read the inkblot test and many argue that that wide range of measurement can not be completely accurate. We have found that art and pictures are often interpreted differently by each individual person and that the individual mindset and personality of each person influences what they invision.  Although The Rorschach Test may have some discrepancies we believe that those people with different mental conditions or schizophrenia often do interpret art differently. Why? Because their brains are wired differently and they function on a different level. Although the test may not be as accurate as we had hoped or believed in the 40’s and 50’s I think it is pretty safe to say that often the perspective of people does help describe who they are and what some of their personality traits may be.  Art is a world without boundaries and is to be deciphered by those seeing it. Isn’t that after all some of what makes art so beautiful? It allows you to take a deeper look inside yourself and explore your imagination and creativity.