Psychology: Arguments Against The Rorschach

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Have you ever thought you were insane or flat out crazy and even took a test to see if you were? Most likely, if you were thought to have a disorder or were “abnormal”, you’ve taken the Rorschach test, but over many years, this was and is a controversial topic for psychologists. More than once, you probably heard of the inkblot, A.K.A. the Rorschach test; the test where you describe inkblots and your response determined you personality and psychological mind. But ever since its creation, each side, for and against, has debated vigorously to voice their opinion and even today, the debate continues. Over the course of its existence, there has been criticism about the Rorschach’s validly, but many psychologists still argue that the Rorschach…show more content…
For example, it has been said that “the Rorschach’s champions have often been almost worshipful in their belief in its ability to pare back the layers of the psyche, and the test is generally regarded as offering a richness of information about a person’s psychological world that cannot be gain from interviews or from “self-report” tests…” (Goode 8) All over the world, psychologists believe that the Rorschach test has a unique ability to “see” into another’s mind and gain valuable information that could not be received from regular tests. Also, the test’s validly has been questioned, but “In an article to be published in the journal American Psychologists, Dr. Meyer and other researchers concluded…the Rorschach…is comparable to that of medical tests, like ultrasound and M.R.I.’s.” This statement by Dr. Gregory J. Meyer, professor of psychology at the University of Alaska, helps proves that the…show more content…
It has been described by many psychologists that the Rorschach test is time consuming with inaccurate data. Psychologists today say that the “test tends to ‘overpathologize,’ making even normal people look maladjusted.” (Goode 9) Recently, “In a study, which they reviewed, of 123 subjects with no psychiatric history…16 percent scored in the abnormal range…Eighteen percent showed signs of clinical depression…29 percent had indicators of extreme narcissism.” (Good 10) These two statements represents that the Rorschach test may gain information, but the test even makes normal, regular people look like they need psychological help. After more years, even more questions about the Rorschach test were made. Furthermore, even the answers to the Rorschach test is compromised. Today, “The Rorschach is such a common feature of custody dispute that Father’s Right to Custody, a nonprofit organization, includes advice on its Web site on the best ways to respond to the inkblots.” (Goode 9) Now-a-days, the Internet provides countless information, but it also tells you how to “cheat” on the Rorschach test and in-order for the test to get answers, the person needs to answerer honestly. Not everyone does things, but people tend to make themselves look positive in front of others and they could use websites to do so. Also, according to

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