Take my Rorschach test – and then learn it’s history, effectiveness, how it shouldn’t be used

Two inkblots below. After looking at each one tell me what you think they look like (my answers at bottom).

 

I first came across the Rorschach inkblot test when I was training to be a clinical psychologist. I was shown a series of cards containing inkblots and asked to say what they looked like to me (Tester: “What does this look like?” Me: “A bat.”) I remember thinking that it felt more like a tarot reading than a proper psychometric test.

However, when the test was scored and interpreted, it produced a scarily accurate profile of my personality. It knew things about me that even my mother didn’t know. I’ve been a fan, if a rather sceptical one, ever since.

So, what is the Rorschach inkblot test? It’s simply a set of cards containing pictures of inkblots that have been folded over on themselves to create a mirror image.

By asking the person to tell you what they see in the inkblot, they are actually telling you about themselves, and how they project meaning on to the real world.

But the inventor of the test, Hermann Rorschach, never intended it to be a test of personality.

 

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Weta: servicing the world’s creative industries

I’m a movie geek and can’t get enough movie magic especially when it comes to Special FX.

I buy DVD’s just for the special features. The Lord of the Rings set, which is 16 or so discs, is amazing with it’s 26+ hours of behind the scenes features on special FX.

Which is where I first heard of the Weta Workshop, based in New Zealand, with the motto: servicing the world’s creative industries.

In addition to LOTR, the company has worked on District 9, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, Fantastic Four, Master and Commander, and more. An impressive line-up.

Weta works on weapons, creatures, armour, vehicles, miniatures, make-up, and props. Awesomeness.

Their latest film, currently in production, is The Hobbit with Peter Jackson, and just released is a 12-minute behind the scenes featurette. All about these 13 dwarves…short, bearded, and armoured.

The video, which gets really good once the weird Peter Jackson intro is done.

If you can’t get enough of that here are some awesome photos of Weta’s work:

13 dwarves photo by James Fisher – All other photos from Weta

Weta: servicing the world's creative industries

I’m a movie geek and can’t get enough movie magic especially when it comes to Visual FX.

I buy DVD’s just for the special features. The Lord of the Rings set, which is 16 or so discs, is amazing with it’s 26+ hours of behind the scenes features on special FX.

Which is where I first heard of the Weta Workshop, based in New Zealand, with the motto: servicing the world’s creative industries.

In addition to LOTR, the company has worked on District 9, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, Fantastic Four, Master and Commander, and more. An impressive line-up.

Weta works on weapons, creatures, armour, vehicles, miniatures, make-up, and props. Awesomeness.

Their latest film, currently in production, is The Hobbit with Peter Jackson, and just released is a 12-minute behind the scenes featurette. All about these 13 dwarves…short, bearded, and armoured.

The video, which gets really good once the weird Peter Jackson intro is done.

If you can’t get enough of that here are some awesome photos of Weta’s work:

More on The Hobbit is available – see production video #6

 

// 13 dwarves photo by James Fisher – All other photos from Weta