The Rorschach Test

Text by Jess Kelly

Inspiration behind the graphics for fourth issue comes from psychology images. These are known as the Rorschach test. This is where participants perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analysed using psychologist interpretations, logic and scientific explanations. From it they can monitor a persons emotions of characteristics. The ink blots are a thought process, there is no right or wrong answer however it is said to tell the examiner a lot about a person. In 1921 Hermann Rorschach created the inkblot test after studying 300 mental patients and 100 control subjects and wrote the book Psychodiagnostik, which formed the basis of the inkblot test. Unfortunately he was unable to continue his studies when he died later that year. Psychologists however continued with his studies using his test to interact with patients who were less willing to talk about themselves.

The goal of the test is to provide data about learning and personality changes such as motivations, response tendencies, affectivity, and personal/interpersonal perceptions. The underlying assumption is that an individual will behave this way in every day situations.

The three images below are some of Rorschach’s ink blots. To take an online test and see your personality results visit the link below

Images courtesy of Google images

The last three images are from my own experiments. The inks represent the dark or positive mood through colour and contrast and emphasise the destruction ink can cause on a clean white page bleeding into other areas to link to the next chapter.

Images courtesy of Jess Kelly – 3rd Floor’s graphic designer

Visit here to take the online test…


Check out the 3rd Floor website – The graphics section is set to be launched next week.



2 Responses to “The Rorschach Test”
  1. Iv’e always loved the Rorschach images as art and having studied the assessment in a masters level class I became even more fascinated with it. I’ve been wanting to make my own images for some time but just havent gotten around to it. Yours are beautiful.

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