The Original Rorschach Test (1921) – Test Yourself, Take the Test




A Song Dynasty (960 to 1279) painting of candidates participating in

the imperial examination, a rudimentary form of psychological testing,

first done in China


Shortly after publication of Dr. Hermann Rorschach’s book, a copy found its way to Japan where it was discovered by one of the country’s leading psychiatrists in a second-hand book store. He was so impressed that he started a craze for the test that has never diminished. The Japanese Rorschach Society is by far the largest in the world and the test is “routinely put to a wide range of purposes”. The test has recently been described as “more popular than ever” in Japan.


Take Hermann Rorschach’s Original Rorschach Test (1921)




Look at images 1 through 10 and quickly (without thinking) write down the first word that comes to your mind, evoked by each image. There are no right or wrong answers here. At the bottom of the page, we will simply list the most common mental-picture responses, given for each of the 10 Rorschach inkblots.


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Most common responses to Rorschach inkblot images, 1 through 10


Image 1: Bat, butterfly, moth

Image 2: Two humans, two elephants, dogs, bears

Image 3: Two humans

Image 4: Animal hide, skin, rug

Image 5: Bat, butterfly, moth

Image 6: Animal hide, skin, rug

Image 7: Human heads or faces

Image 8: Animal; not cat or dog

Image 9: Humans (orange section)

Image 10: Crab, lobster, spider


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