The HIT consists of two carefully constructed parallel sets of inkblots, each containing 45 test blots and two trial blots to which examinees make. A projective test used for the assessment of personality characteristics. The Holtzman inkblot technique was developed in an attempt to minimize certain. The Holtzman Inkblot Technique (HIT), also known as the Holtman Inkblot Test, is an inkplot test aimed at detecting personality and was conceived by Wayne H.

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It was first introduced in as a projective personality test similar to the Rorschach.

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The HIT is a standardized measurement with clearly defined objective scoring criteria. The Holtzman Inkblot Test was invented as an attempt to address some controversial issues surrounding the Rorschach Inkblot Test. The HIT is a psychometric test requiring a clinically trained examiner, and should be interpreted by a credible psychologistpsychiatristor a trained mental health professional.


Because some find projective tests to be less reliable than objective tests the examiner must be well trained in psychometric examinations; interpretations that are subjective may affect the test. The HIT was used to assess the personal structure of the subject.

The Holtzman is a standardized measurement with clearly defined objective scoring criteria. The test consists of two alternative forms of forty-five inkblots, originally drawn from a pool of several thousand. Scoring is based on holztman items: A stack of 47 cards with inkblots 45 test cards and 2 practice cards are presented face down in front of the subject.

The examiner then hands each card to the subject and asks the test subject what they see in the inkblot. The HIT usually takes about 50—80 minutes.

The Holtzman Inkblot Technique

The test can also be administered to a group of patients by projecting inkblots onto a screen and having the patients write the responses to each inkblot. The scoring includes 22 variables covering the aspects of the patient’s response to the inkblot. Many different variables apply when inkbllot.

The test correlations ranged from. The most stable of the inkblot scores was Location in the United States and Mexico.


However, these aspects test more of the cognitive-perceptual aspects rather than personality characteristics. Rejection, Form Appropriateness, Shading, Pathognomic Verbalization, Barrier, and Penetration had lower stability coefficients while Space, Sex, Abstract and Fest proved to be extremely infrequent in the children’s samples.

Test results generally became more stable with age.

Explain the Holtzman Inkblot test.

The children showed a much weaker stability of data than that of older patients and adults possessed the greatest stability of information. From Tesf original ” Inkblot Perception and Personality ” book showing an inkblot and pointing out different areas.

The text provides some example interpretations and how these are inkkblot. Holtzman inkblots interpretation are graded according to a number of pre-defined criteria. Advances in Psychological Assessment.