Hogrefe and the Rorschach® Ink Blot Test

The famous Rorschach® ink blot test has been used by psychologists for decades to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning, but did you did you know the Hogrefe Group has been the official publisher of the well-known test since the 1920s?

When the ink blots that Hermann Rorschach designed and created were first printed, he and Verlag Hans Huber - as we were then called - developed special printing processes and techniques to achieve the precise colours and shades he had conceived. Right up until the present day, each reprinting of the plates themselves requires enormous care and technical expertise. As experienced Rorschach users know, the precise colouring and shading of the ink blots and their consistency and constancy over a period of decades are core characteristics of the test, characteristics that are essential both to the validity of results obtained and to the long-term scientific reliability and reputation of the test.

With the collaboration and advice of the International Society of the Rorschach & Projective Methods (ISR) we continue to produce the Rorschach® Test plates based on this highly specialised, historical know-how and on information contained in a comprehensive archive of original documents and instructions from Hermann Rorschach. Strict quality controls ensure that the plates produced today continue to have precisely the same quality and appearance as when Herrmann Rorschach himself oversaw their production.

Without the historical and technical knowledge mentioned above, it is impossible to reproduce plates in the quality and to the standards that are required for a reliable, reproducible test. For this reason, the original Rorschach® Test plates produced by Hogrefe are the only ones approved by the ISR for use in Rorschach diagnostics.


Invitation from the British Rorschach Society

Our friends at the British Rorschach Society would like to invite you to their Annual Case Presentation at 4-6pm on 27 February in London.

 The event will see a case presented from the membership – providing an opportunity to discuss how the Rorschach data contributes to the formulation and understanding of the examinee’s personality functioning in the light of the referral question. Dr Justine McCarthy Woods, Dr Kari Carstairs and Dr Marc Desautels will provide some preliminary thoughts on the case and then the discussion will be open to the audience. Find further details and registration information here.

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