Rorschach test

In 2021 I attended a training course for the application of the Rorschach test , in the Portuguese Society of Clinical Psychology.

The Rorschach Test is the famous ink blot test. It takes its name from its creator and was patented in 1921.

It is part of a category of tests called “ projectives ” in which materials are used in the form of images, which the patient usually has to describe or on which he has to invent a story.

The goal is to bring out unconscious contents such as emotions, desires, affects, representations.

The Rorschach test can be used to better understand the functioning of a person’s personality, but most of the time it is used in the presence of a psychopathological diagnosis or in order to obtain one.

The spots are symmetrical for the short side of the “table”; this is in fact the name of the supports on which they are represented (10 tables).

The object of the technique in question is the general approach to our perception , not what we see.

The question that arises is in fact “What could it be?” and not “What do you see in this picture?”.

In addition, the professional will focus, for the purpose of analyzing the results, on details such as the parts on which the subject has focused.

The author is also the one who coined the term “psychodiagnostics”; I underline this because in various moments and in other articles I have supported both the importance and the criticality of diagnoses in psychology.

These and other types of psychodiagnostic tests must be applied by professionals (psychologists, psychotherapists) who have received adequate training and preparation.

Furthermore, the application must be included in a therapeutic agreement or in any case contextualized, as in an explicit request for psychological evaluation.

I think it is important to highlight this since it is frequent to come across, on the net or on social networks, proposals for so-called “personality tests “, for example, which do not have a theoretical-technical foundation and whose results, being self-administered, do not find the acceptance and attribution of meaning that only a therapeutic relationship with a professional can offer.