Inkblots are a classic psychological method for interpreting a person’s personality. Individual schools of psychology find this associative test a bit iffy and unreliable. In fact, loads of psychologists just throw inkblots out the window in general. Although some want to forget they ever existed, we can’t deny the fact that these splatters of paint were around for a long time. Psychologists dedicated years to interpreting a person’s tendencies based off of what they think they see on a card smeared with ink. Perhaps the psychologists that discussed, tested, and lived by inkblots for many years actually were onto something.
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Look at this inkblot. Take a minute or less think about what it looks like to you. No answer is right or wrong.
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This inkblot is known as “The Father Card.” Most people think this inkblot looks like a giant seen from a physically lower perspective as if someone is looking up at it. It’s common to think that the blot is a man in a bog coat or an animal skin. It may look like a gorilla. It’s also possible to view it as a big-footed dragon that is running towards the person looking at the card. Some say its a dragon sticking its head out from a cave. Others assume that the upper part of the inkblot is the female genitalia.
The reason this ink blot is known as “The Father Card,” is because it is interpreted as a representation of the spectator’s relationship with their father as well as other people in positions of authority.
For those who see a giant or a dragon head, the middle part of the inkblot may look like large male genitalia. If the spectator identifies a gender, it’s more likely that it sheds light on his or her relationship with their father. They probably have a strained relation to their father and authority figures in general. This type of difficulty with people in power makes it hard for a person to work in a large organization.
A person who sees a dragon head and identifies it as a friendly dragon is supposed to be in the clear of sexual trauma. The dragon head represents a sexual motive.
If the person looking at the ink blot sees it as an attacking dragon, bear, monster or gorilla, then a psychologist will assume that this person experiences anxiety.
Room for interpretation
Like all aspects of psychology, there’s room for interpretation. If you did not see anything mentioned above, it’s totally normal. Every person is different and may come up with a response no one ever thought of.
For example, a woman saw a Christmas tree. Another woman saw ducks. Records of interpretations for this inkblot show that a woman saw “Ducks, who stick their heads out of a bush in opposite directions. Her psychologist took her description as a representation of the woman’s search for protection, alienation, and anger.
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Psychologist says that it’s essential that you see four-legged animals on the sides of the image. If a person cannot, then it may suggest mental defects.
The gray triangle all the way at the top looks like a tree to some people. The blue area of the blot is sometimes identified as a flying dragon. The bottom seems either like female genitalia or a butterfly.
When you turn the card 90 degrees, you may see a panther standing on a rock, looking at its reflection and the reflection of the scenery in a lake or body of water. A person who has this sort of “reflective answer” is more likely to be egocentric and overestimate themselves.
A more specific recorded interpretation of the inkblot is that two animals are running for their lives and avoiding the flames of hell below them. This response suggests that the person who saw this feels guilt and shame for his or her actions in the past.
Another way people look at this inkblot is by looking at the pieces of the image as a whole. Some say it looks like a coat of arms, or a torso with the lungs, kidneys, liver, etc. These responses represent a sense of wholeness, leadership and excellent organizational skills.
Not an exact science
There’s a chance that none of these interpretations described anything about you. Inkblots are not an exact science. Some people do feel that the interpretation of the image they saw really matches who they are and what they’re going through. Perhaps some personalities work well with these types of tests, and some don’t. Either way, it’s important to make sure that you don’t let the interpretation make you think you’re something that you’re not!