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#4 ink blot


Plate IV is the "father card." At first glance it is a difficult blot to see as a single image. The two lower corners are often described as shoes or boots. This card may also be seen as viewing a person from below or a male figure with an enormous sex organ.

The "boots" are fairly conspicuous; between them is the apparent head of a dog or Chinese dragon. Many subjects see the blot as an animal skin. After a few seconds, though, most can see it as a standing figure seen from below.

The boots become the feet, enlarged because of the unusual perspective. The arms and head, at the top, are smaller. Common descriptions are bear, gorilla, or man in a heavy coat. Rorschach theorists equate your description of the figure with your perception of your father or male authority figures.

Possible Sexual Imagery: A pair of male sex organs, typically seen at the top of the image. Some subjects may instead visualize a vagina in the upper center of the blot.

Good/Common Answers: "A standing figure (man, bear, gorilla)"

A Bad Answer Would Be: "To describe the figure as menacing in any way, i.e. a monster, or attacking gorilla, as this blot indentifies with your perception of your father, or authority figures."


Asked by fiatpax at 5:08 PM on Feb. 3, 2013 in Just for Fun

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Answers (9)
  • 2 bunnies eating a carrot standing up

    Answer by Alisim at 5:10 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • a phoenix rising

    Answer by Crafty26 at 5:10 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • Troll

    Answer by Dardenella at 5:18 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • It's a troll standing on his tail.

    Answer by m-avi at 5:18 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • a really ugly pair of boots

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:26 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • I think it's a dragon creature standing on its head, looking out between its feet.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 5:29 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • Warthog.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 5:36 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • this is the one when i asked if i could turn upside down
    she said yes, if you want
    i did
    and said bat

    funny, i could have said bat without turning upside down

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 5:09 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • A victim's-eye view of Bigfoot jumping on them from a nearby treetop.

    Answer by witchqueen at 12:22 PM on Feb. 4, 2013