The Hermann Rorschach inkblot test


8 November 2013 – Google International featured the Hermann Rorschach Google Doodle, many people who are not familiar with the Hermann Rorschach inkblot test may think that today’s Google Doodle is another Google Doodle Game. It is not, the Hermann Rorschach inkblot test is not a game, although you are shown pictures and you need to guess what these pictures mean it is a personality test.

Hermann Rorschach

The Hermann Rorschach inkblot test designed to show unconscious parts of individual’s personality that “project” onto the stimuli. In the test, individuals are shown 10 Hermann Rorschach inkblots – one at a time – and asked to report what objects or figures they see in each of them.

Today’s Hermann Rorschach Google Doodle Inkblot test game is interactive and you can play the game and do the test. The doodle allows you the option to share what you see in the pictures with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. It may look relatively innocent to share what you see with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ but at the same time you may not want them to know what personality type you have. The Hermann Rorschach Google Game may reveal much more about you than what you want your followers to know, so be careful.

Who was Hermann Rorschach?

Hermann Rorschach was a Swiss Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, best known for developing a projective test known as the Rorschach inkblot test. He was born on the 8th of November 1884 in Zürich, Switzerland and died at the age of 37 on the 1st of April 1922 in Herisau, Switzerland. He is best known for the Hermann Rorschach Inkblot test as can be seen in the Hermann Rorschach doodle.

Hermann Rorschach studied under the eminent psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who had taught Carl Jung.

According to Hermann Rorschach he developed the inkblot test because of childhood games he played based on different things his parents and friends saw in drawings. This made him think why some people see different things in abstract drawings than others. This childhood games lead him to develop the test and by studying personalities he was able to connect personalities to the various things people see in different tests. People with more or less the same personality types see the same things in the tests as people with similar personalities.

How does the Hermann Rorschach Inkblot test work?

The Wikipedia article about the Hermann Rorschach Inkblot test

offers an interesting read about the science and psychology behind the tests.

Here is an extract from the Wikipedia page about the Hermann Rorschach Inkblot test

The tester and subject typically sit next to each other at a table, with the tester slightly behind the subject. This is to facilitate a “relaxed but controlled atmosphere”. There are ten official inkblots, each printed on a separate white card, approximately 18×24 cm in size. Each of the blots has near perfect bilateral symmetry. Five inkblots are of black ink, two are of black and red ink and three are multicolored, on a white background.

After the test subject has seen and responded to all of the inkblots (free association phase), the tester then presents them again one at a time in a set sequence for the subject to study: the subject is asked to note where he sees what he originally saw and what makes it look like that (inquiry phase). The subject is usually asked to hold the cards and may rotate them. Whether the cards are rotated, and other related factors such as whether permission to rotate them is asked, may expose personality traits and normally contributes to the assessment. As the subject is examining the inkblots, the psychologist writes down everything the subject says or does, no matter how trivial. Analysis of responses is recorded by the test administrator using a tabulation and scoring sheet and, if required, a separate location chart.

The general goal 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. Methods of interpretation differ. Rorschach scoring systems have been described as a system of pegs on which to hang one’s knowledge of personality. The most widely used method in the United States is based on the work of Exner.

What does the images in the Hermann Rorschach Inkblot mean?

In the image below you can see the original Hermann Rorschach Inkblots. If you are wondering how the Hermann Rorschach Inkblots test works and looking for the meanings or things most people see in the test, this image will explain things.

Hermann Rorschach inkblot test