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Holtzman Inkblot Technique

A projective test used for the assessment of personality characteristics

The Holtzman inkblot technique was developed in an attempt to minimize certain statistical difficulties that arise in the analysis of Rorschach results. In the Holtzman inkblot, the subject responds to each of a series of 45 ambiguous inkblots. These responses are scored to describe and to classify the personality of the subject. The main difference between the Holtzman inkblot and the Rorschach inkblot technique is that in the Holtzman technique, the subject is permitted to make only one response per inkblot. The empirical validity of the Holtzman inkblot technique, and other projective techniques, is disputed by some authorities.

Further Reading

Holtzman, Wayne. Inkblot Perception and Personality. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1961.

Additional topics

Psychology EncyclopediaPsychological Tests & Methods