The Rorschach Inkblot Test and the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) are the most widely used methods in projective personality testing. Unlike standardised questionnaires, projective personality testing offers the advantage that even parts of the personality, which are not consciously controlled will be projected onto the test’s ambiguous picture or inkblot cards and thus become accessible for exploration. When confronted with ambiguous stimuli such as the test cards we project on them what we are and what we reject to be. Unconscious aspirations, emotions or desires which we misconceive or reject will be ejected and localised on the test material.
The standardised procedure of both tests usually requires four sessions:
The test material consists of ten inkblot cards created by Hermann Rorschach in 1921. Your individual perception of the ambiguous cards is influenced by parts of your personality. Therefore formal and structural aspects of the spontaneous answering reaction allow for exploration of substantial personality traits. These aspects will be analysed quantitatively and qualitatively to give an overall picture of your personality structure with conscious and unconscious aspects.
The test material entails a number of ambiguous picture cards developed by Henry A. Murray and Christiana D. Morgan in 1935. Inspired by fourteen of the images you will be asked to tell a freely associated story. These stories will then be assessed to complement the Rorschach inkblot result. As in Rorschach the assessment is based on depth psychology and follows a standardised protocol.