Rorschach Tests, Gold Troubles and Terrorists
RUSH: Okay, we've taken enough calls here, folks. I think that I can safely say that the Obama speech is proof that the Rorschach tests live. This speech, this Obama speech could be whatever you want it to be. This is Obama's candidacy. It's as he has said: He's a blank slate. You can make him whatever you want him to be; you can make this speech whatever you want it to be. Now, I heard the whole speech. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong on this. I have not had time to read the text of the speech, but I don't think that Obama spoke to why he removed Reverend Wright from that advisory role in his campaign. (interruption) Okay, he didn't bring that up. All right, then. Here's another question. This is not emotion for me, folks. I'm not swooning. I don't get caught up in the flowery. I don't get caught up working together in the unity, because I know that's not what's on tap here. Barack Obama no more wants unity with us politically than we want it with him. Fall for it. I beg you. Here's the point. Here's the question. If he profoundly disagrees, as he said today, with Reverend Wright -- and his grandmother!
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The findings of Exner’s ground-breaking analysis were that there actually weren’t five scoring systems for the Rorschach. He concluded that the five systems differed so dramatically and significantly, it was as if five uniquely different Rorschach tests had been created. It was time to go back to the drawing board.Rorschach tests, en vogue at the time (but now little-used, due to the perception among many that their results are prone to biased assessment and difficult to reliably quantify), consist of different-colored blots of ink in various vague shapes. These are presented to patients, who are asked to interpret what the inky figures mean. Many psychologists thought at the time that by analyzing enough healthy people’s interpretations of the images, they could get an idea of what “normal” responses were, so anything that diverged would stand out as unusual. Themes that emerged from an individual patient’s analysis could also speak to the person’s personality and, perhaps, the life of his or her unconscious mind. Some experts thought the test could help reveal certain mental and thought disorders.Dimsdale explains that while the Nazis were imprisoned, American psychiatrist and psychologist administered Rorschach tests to many of them. The men soon clashed, however, in part due to their different backgrounds: Kelley was a gifted psychiatrist and polymath who was an expert in evaluating Rorschach tests, but he didn’t speak German and had to communicate through a translator. Gilbert, on the other hand, was fluent in German but knew little about the test.In Rorschach tests, people’s perceptions of various inkblots are understood as projections of their own personality characteristics and emotional functioning. Gibson’s psycho-sexual analysis of defensive ammunition, therefore, probably tells us more about Gibson than about gun culture itself.In understanding the results of their Rorschach tests, then, patients learn what this how means about their inner mechanisms, which they ordinarily cannot see or explain. The beauty of the Rorschach lies in its psychoeducational potential, Nakamura said: “It makes the invisible visible.” Some consider the Rorschach inkblot test , as several studies suggested that conclusions reached by test administrators since the 1950s were akin to . In the 1959 edition of , (former President of the Psychometric Society and American Psychological Association) is quoted in a review: "The test has repeatedly failed as a prediction of practical criteria. There is nothing in the literature to encourage reliance on Rorschach interpretations." In addition, major reviewer Raymond J. McCall writes (p. 154): "Though tens of thousands of Rorschach tests have been administered by hundreds of trained professionals since that time (of a previous review), and while many relationships to personality dynamics and behavior have been hypothesized, the vast majority of these relationships , despite the appearance of more than 2,000 publications about the test." A moratorium on its use was called for in 1999.