It’s Internet buzz this a.m. as some nocturnal reporters sit at computers to snag early stories. Someone has been said to have leaked a cheat sheet on the Rorschach. So folks are wondering if this will mean people can cheat when they take it.
The flap over the test was written about in the New York Times about ten hours ago as I compose this story. What the news maintains is that someone put up a cheat sheet on the Rorschach on Wikipedia, thus compromising results. It seems psychiatrists, psychologists and Wikipedia, according to reports, are going head to head in a debate about this matter.
Mental health professionals are angry 10 original Rorschach plates were reproduced online along with common responses for them. They maintain this would be equivalent to posting an answer sheet to the SAT for next year. But let’s look further and find out what the Rorschach is all about.
The monograph and plates were developed in 1921 by Hermann Rorschach and in the 1940’s and 50’s became a favored test among clinicians. Later it was dismissed as too subjective and dropped out of favor among those in the know. The Comprehensive System developed for interpretation, however, brought the test back into somewhat general, clinical use, as it has been ever since.
The Rorschach inkblot test is defined as a projective test to determine personality and emotional functioning. The examinee is given a series of designs or inkblots and asked to provide an impression of what they might mean. A survey of users in 1995 found 82% of clinicians use the test occasionally, and it is reported to be the second most common forensic test after the MMPI.
Yahoo Buzz decided to examine the issues on all sides of the debate and gives this information about the particulars. They report that supporters from the Wiki view believe the information simply informative and have increased response to the page where the information is found. Psychologists believe it allows test-takers to cheat and “get in the way of their own diagnoses.” The test publisher is particularly concerned and is now examining a legal response to Wikipedia in order to have the images removed, despite the fact they are in the public domain since they were created over 90 years ago.
Perhaps those who want to pass perfectly their personality test might want to get studying soon before the furor gets bigger and the answers taken down. But then it may even be too late, since compromised tests are often shelved when people know the answers in advance.