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"The Rorschach Software of Choice"

Exner’s responses to "Possible Errors in the Workbook"

Dr. Exner’s comments appear in red following each item:


Section 1(1 – 35) of Workbook examples:


6. The issue is whether FQ should be + instead of o. A few people thought + would be correct. One said, "Number 6 looks a little borderline, EXCEPT if one considers the last example [of FQ+ instances] given in the Workbook on p. 163: "Two mice(..) there are two of them (..)they have four legs, the tail, the head, torso, hear, nose, eyes and tiny front feet". Here, S says:"Two people,, the HEAD and BODY, the BACKS ARE ARCHED, here are their LEGS, their ARMS REACHING DOWN and picking up SOMETHING HEAVY, see how they are GRIMACING and their HANDS ARE CLUTCHED TIGHTLY AROUND IT."

> …falls a bit short of meeting criteria for FQ+

8. "Not always easy to figure out Fu or F- when no judges are available. "If "Crown" is Fu, is this enough to treat the "hat" the same way?" "I had no trouble seeing the kind of stocking cap ("toque," pronounced to rhyme with "duke") that Canadians often wear."

> …clearly u

9. "This discussion group has at some point proclaimed that "gliding" should be coded a instead of p. According to [list member] in a post sent a long time ago, Karen Rogers of Rorschach Workshops disagrees. I disagree too."

> Gliding is passive movement.

11. Location used by subject is larger than D4 which has no dotted lines to include the whole area selected (as D1 has). In order to avoid scoring Dd99, should not the plates offer two alternatives as is the case for D1?

> The identification of location area D4 used in Response #11 follows the same principle for identifying the area as is used for D1.

13. Angels shouldn’t be scored P unless the criteria for P include "humanLIKE head or face." Criteria for scoring P on Card VII read: "Human head or face" (p.137) Shouldn’t criteria then be: "Human or humanlike head or face"?

> I believe #13 is scored P because angels typically are portrayed with a human head or face.

15. There was a consensus of a few that "reaching out" should be scored a, not p.

> …passive movement

16, 17, 18. When to code Ls and when Na? "In an earlier attempt of mine to infer the coding rules, I listed all the Ls and Na responses in the samples. It appears that most of the time, dry stuff (rocks, cave, dirt) is Ls; it’s when there’s water that Na is used. Given that criterion, items 16-18 are OK. But 90 and 91 aren’t. Whether someone who sees water is more isolated than someone who sees land (as suggested by the weightings in the isolation index) is another question (a good one! but not a scoring question)." "Your differentiation between dry stuff and water is helpful. However in the workbook p.54 criteria used for coding content, swamp is coded as Ls. As for R90, it is coded Ls in the workbook, and I agree because it is scenery. The emphasis is neither on the trees nor on the water. As for R91, gorge is coded as Ls and I believe it can still go by your rule. Gorge can be dry too. And why should Clouds (#18) get a separate code of Cl, while they sure look very Na? [I think the clouds warrant their own Cl and the whole scene with the mountains earns the Ls – pc]

> There is no identification of water in Response #90. Response #91 is equivocal. Some might prefer to score it Na but Ls is more conservative in light of the actual verbiage.

20. Group agrees that FQ for "fireworks" should be o, not u. Also, some thought the DQ should be v/+ (compared to "something like paint blots all over" or "all sorts of explosions", fireworks do imply some structure and some meaningful relating).

> The Form Quality for Response #20 is also equivocal. I think I would score it o rather than u but I could easily defend the u scoring. In either event, the DQ is not v/+.

24. "This group has said that "pieces of meat" should be coded CF instead of C. I agree. K. Rogers evidently doesn’t. In the inquiry the s said: like stew meat, just red like meat…the emphasis is on the color without concern to form so I would code it as pure C. "Pieces of meat" are scored pure C without much inquiry. CF might end up being a better choice.

> Response #24 is C.

Section 2 (36-75):

57. "[Some] are not troubled by the FQ = o given to the salt shaker, even though the o is for an upside-down response. I’m willing to concede that the shaker can be seen either way. Upside down (that is, with the card rightside-up) is the way a shaker looks, after all, when it’s in use!"

> Response #57 is o.

58. "This group apparently proclaimed, at some point, that the content coding for "apple" should be Bt instead of Fd. Karen Rogers of Rorschach Workshops has apparently disagreed with this change, and so do I." [I also agree it should be Fd and seem to recall from a Workshop that one should code the more specific Content category rather than a more generic one of a single item, even though both are true. pc]

> An error…probably should have Bt as a second content.

65. There was some agreement that "piece of velvet" should be coded Id, not Cg. Regarding whether this should be TF (by analogy with CF for "pieces of meat" in #24) instead of T, one argued that form is less articulated here than in #24. Another said don’t sweat it, the difference isn’t interpretable anyway. "I like that argument, and I soothe myself with it often, but of course I need to understand the distinctions, so that when it DOES matter (i.e., with chromatic color), I’ll know what to do."

> Response #65 is T and the content could easily be Id rather than Cg.

70. "You’re right, of course, that whether the animal-skin rug is coded Hh or not makes no difference, since it’s not interpreted. The body and the examples of the workbook don’t match, but it doesn’t matter." [Although the Hh is not interpreted structurally, in the opinion of some people, the addition of more Content categories can have some small significance and also Hh Content might have some minor interpretive value – pc]

> Response #70 definitely should have an additional content of Hh.

71. Should Content coding of Ls be added for "rock."? As far as a-p coding, one says that playing is passive if it involves squatting. Another says they were following the letter, but not the spirit, of the coding rules for this distinction.

> …passive movement

74. "Both of my collaborators are comfortable with coding cotton balls FQ = o, even though they’re not listed. I’m outvoted." "I too scored this Id, not Hh. In North America we do have cotton balls at home, but they also show up in medical settings and other places. Again, of course, this is a distinction that doesn’t make a difference for interpretation."

> Response #74 is reasonably scored o by extrapolating from D4.

76. One person said "’Crab’ in card I, W is FQu. So, it should be coded unusual rather than ordinary." One person asked Dr.Exner, who acknowledged that FQo is a typo.

> An error…should have a Form Quality of u rather than o.

157. "The assigned code for determinants are ma.CF.FV: ma for the ‘explosion’, CF for ‘orange fire’ and ‘green smoke’, and FV for the round thing "lik a round buildg or somthg round" blowing up "back there in the middle". When E asks "u say back in the middle", S says "prt of it is covered by the smoke & fire so it’s back in". IMHO, a more appropriate coding might be ma.CF.FD. I agree, although the master thinks differently." Exner was reported as saying he thought that FV is the appropriate code because the thing is identified as "back there" because of the green smoke and orange fire.

> definitely FV

168. The location area is not outlined in the location sheet on p.251, nor is the response number indicated. I think he referred to D2. Exner knows of this omission.

232. ‘Bird’ is not P in card I. Exner is said to agree that P is a typographical error.

> An error…not Popular.

…so now you know.

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