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Blots and all: A British history of the Rorschach

Hubbard, K and Hegarty, PJ (2016) Blots and all: A British history of the Rorschach Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 52 (2). pp. 146-166.

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Abstract

Despite the easily recognizable nature of the Rorschach ink blot test very little is known about the history of the test in Britain. We attend to the oft-ignored history of the Rorschach test in Britain and compare it to its history in the US. Prior to the Second World War, Rorschach testing in Britain had attracted advocates and critiques. Afterward, the British Rorschach Forum, a network with a high proportion of women, developed around the Tavistock Institute in London and The Rorschach Newsletter. In 1968, the International Rorschach Congress was held in London but soon after the group became less exclusive, and fell into decline. A comparative account of the Rorschach in Britain demonstrates how different national institutions invested in the ‘projective hypothesis’ according to the influence of psychoanalysis, the adoption of a nationalized health system, and the social positioning of ‘others’ throughout the twentieth century. In comparing and contrasting the history of the Rorschach in Britain and the US, we decentralize and particularize the history of North American Psychology.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Hubbard, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hegarty, PJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 28 February 2016
Identification Number : 10.1002/jhbs.21776
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Blots and all: A British history of the Rorschach, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jhbs.21776/pdf. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 30 Aug 2016 13:38
Last Modified : 30 Aug 2016 13:38
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811901

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