25 Fast Facts About Ink Blot Tests You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by , Updated on August 18, 2017


Have you ever heard of an ink blot test? No? Well, let us introduce you. Basically, it involves looking at blobs of ink and saying what you think you see. Okay, so it’s a bit more complicated than that. Today, we’re going to explore how some blobs of ink changed the world of psychology. These are 25 Fast Facts About Ink Blot Tests You Probably Didn’t Know.


The test consists of two phases. The first phase is the Free Association Phase. In this phase, the subject is simply shown and asked to respond to each of the ink blots.


The second phase is the Inquiry Phase. In this phase, the subject is shown the cards again and asked to confirm what they saw.


Things as trivial as whether or not the subject rotated the card are all recorded for later scoring and interpretation.


Various scoring systems are used and which system is the "best" is still controversial.


Rorschach originally toyed with using both symmetric and asymmetric blots. He went with the symmetric blots partially because he thought that both left and right handed people would have more similar responses.

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