What's Wrong With The Rorschach: Science Confronts the Controversial Inkblot Test / Edition 1

What's Wrong With The Rorschach: Science Confronts the Controversial Inkblot Test / Edition 1

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What's Wrong With The Rorschach: Science Confronts the Controversial Inkblot Test / Edition 1

Since its creation more than eighty years ago, the famous Rorschachinkblot test has become an icon of clinical psychology and popularculture. Administered over one million times world-wide each year,the Rorschach is used to assess personality and mental illnessacross a wide range of circumstances: child custody disputes,educational placement decisions, employment and terminationproceedings, parole determinations, and even investigations ofchild abuse allegations. The test's enormous power shapes the livesof hundreds of thousands of people — often without theirknowledge. In the 1970s, this notoriously subjective test wassupposedly systematized and improved. But is the Rorschach morethan a modern variant on tea leaf reading?

What's Wrong With the Rorschach? challenges the validityand utility of the Rorschach and explains why psychologistscontinue to judge people by their reactions to ink blots, in spiteof a half century of largely negative scientific evidence.

What's Wrong With the Rorschach? offers a provocativecritique of one of the most widely applied and influential - andstill intensely controversial - psychological tests in the worldtoday. Surveying more than fifty years of clinical and scholarlyresearch, the authors provide compelling scientific evidence thatthe Rorschach has relatively little value for diagnosing mentalillness, assessing personality, predicting behavior, or uncoveringsexual abuse or other trauma. In this highly engaging, novelisticaccount of the Rorschach's origins and history, the authors detailthe wealth of scientific evidence that the test is of questionableutility for real-world decision making.

What's Wrong With the Rorschach? presents a powerfullyreasoned case against using the test in the courtroom or consultingroom - and reveals the strong psychological, economic, andpolitical forces that continue to support the Rorschach despite theresearch that has exposed its shortcomings and dangers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118087121
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

James M. Wood is an associate professor of psychology at theUniversity of Texas at El Paso.

M. Teresa Nezworski is an associate professor in theDepartment of Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Scott O. Lilienfeld is an associate professor ofpsychology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Howard N. Garb is clinical associate professor ofpsychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University ofPittsburgh.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 A Psychological X-Ray: The Power of the Rorschach 1

2 A Test is Born: Origins of the Rorschach Inkblot Technique22

3 The Rorschach Come to America 48

4 Rorschach Rules! 84

5 The Many-Portaled Quandary: Balkanization of the Rorschach136

6 Scientists Look at the Rorschach 136

7 The Rorschach in Crisis 157

8 New Life for the Rorschach: John E. Exner’sComprehensive System 193

9 The Unraveling of the Comprehensive System 217

10 Still Waiting for the Messiah: The Future of the Rorschach256

11 Clinging to the Wreck: Why Some Psychologists Won’t letGo 284

12 Objection, your Honor! Keeping the Rorschach out of Court300

Epilogue: Will the Rorschach go on Forever? 322

Appendix: Graphs on Psychometrics and the Rorschach 325

Notes 333

References 379

About the Authors 415

Name Index 417

Subject Index 423

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