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April 24, 1967

Experimental Foundations of Rorschach's Test

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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1967;200(4):352-353. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120170124049

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Perhaps no single psychological tensively or studied more intensivetesting tool has been used more exly than Rorschach's method of psychodiagnosis. Dr. Schachtel, a major contributor to the development of the Rorschach technique, has written both a literate and sophisticated account of his current views on Rorschach psychology.

The book attempts to understand and delineate the kinds of experiences people have during a Rorschach examination and the way in which it dictates the pattern of responses given by the testee. At the outset, the author rejects the view that the Rorschach is an unstructured test upon which the subject projects his thoughts, feelings and attitudes as if it were a "blank screen." On the contrary, in order to understand the subject's experiences during the test, it is necessary to realize that a multitude of factors, contemporary and developmental, shape the kinds of test responses which will emerge. For summary purposes, these