How You Feel About Rorschach Tests On Wikipedia Says A Lot About You
from the meta-meta-rorschach-test dept
The NY Times has an article about how a group of psychologists are quite upset that the original 10 “Rorschach test” ink blots have been added to Wikipedia, along with brief explanations of what people commonly see in the ink blots (here’s the Wikipedia page on the Rorschach test). As I would hope most of you know, Rorschach tests are used by some psychologists, believing that what people see in the blots can tell the psychologist a lot about their personality. The ink blots themselves are in the public domain, so there’s really no legal issue over them being available, but that hasn’t stopped the complaints. Some psychologists are worried that this creates a “cheat sheet” that will be abused. To that, I say that if your test is so easily gamed, it’s time to find a different test.
But, much more bizarre is the claim by the German publisher of Rorschach’s book, Hogrefe & Huber Publishing, that it’s likely planning legal action:
We are assessing legal steps against Wikimedia…. It is therefore unbelievably reckless and even cynical of Wikipedia to on one hand point out the concerns and dangers voiced by recognized scientists and important professional associations and on the other hand — in the same article — publish the test material along with supposedly ‘expected responses.’
It’s pretty difficult to see any leg to stand on. The content is clearly in the public domain. And, on top of that, the issue shouldn’t be with Wikimedia, but the guy who uploaded the images. Also, most of that statement from the publishing company doesn’t make much sense. It’s not cynical to both post the images and the discussion about the concerns. It’s actually quite logical and reasonable.