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First authoritative and comprehensive study in the field of Inkblot Personality Test, this book describes the historical roots of the three major projective inkblot measures: the Rorschach, the Holtzman Inkblot Technique (HIT) and the Somatic Inkblot Series (SIS). It presents the extensive psychometric background work accompanying the normative data and diagnostic indicators along with indices for selecting executives in a business organization. The book begins with a detailed history of Hermann Rorschach and his early experiments with inkblots in the diagnosis of mentally ill patients. Special attention is given to the administration and scoring of the Rorschach, with the sections detailing the systems developed by Klopfer and Exner. The HIT and SIS are also reviewed in detail, emphasizing their psychometric qualities.

Theoretical Postulates of Inkblot Tests
Theoretical postulates of inkblot tests

Hermann Rorschach did not postulate a specific theory about his inkblot technique either for personality evaluation in general or for clinical diagnosis (Exner 1969). His observations concerning the responses led him to a variety of conclusions concerning their specific perceptual determinants of responses, that is, colour, movement and form. However, he did not formulate a theory to his test. His introduction to Psychodiagnostik points to the simplicity and intent of his experiment:

The following pages describe the technique of and the results thus far achieved in a psychological experiment which, despite its simplicity, has proved to be of value in research and in general testing. At the outset it must be pointed out that all the ...

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