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What is the Rorschach Inkblot 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.
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