Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Butterflies Everywhere

How many butterflies can you count in this picture?

You see, I had a great-uncle who was a lepidoptorist (someone who studies butterflies and moths) that was nifter recently. That was what I told the forensic psychologist after I had seen my fourth butterfly in less than three Rorschach pictures.

Don't most people see butterflies? It is an inkblot dropped in a middle of a paper and then folded in half. But there weren't just butterflies in the pictures. I also saw rocket ships and an alien. Of course, it only dawned on me when I was talking to Gretel about the testing that I should have told the forensic that I read a tremendous amount of science fiction.

Should've also mentioned that I have a very vivid imagination. I saw at least four different things in every picture. Although, that was after I turned some of them upside down. It was an interesting evening. I've never had a Rorschach test before and didn't even know they still gave them. At first I was worried about my answers hurting the case, but it was over and there was nothing I could do about it..... except laugh and wonder what he thought about the fact that I also saw a bleached cow's skull with horns in one of the pictures. I guess now he knows that I am one really strange cookie...... strange, but not psycho. At least that's what the voices in my head tell me.''
answer - zero, not really butterflies


Shoshana said...

The Rorschach is made for people with great imaginations. The administrator of the test should have encouraged you to find as many images as you could, he was probably impressed that you came up with so many. Unless you thought you saw some really disturbing things in the inkblots, you are probably ok.

The Rorschach is a fascinating test. I took a class on a lot of the different psychological tests and the projective tests were the ones that I would love to study in more depth, but they take years and years of training.

Anonymous said...

Some people describe excitement as seeing butterflies, or feeling butterflies in the stomach

Lakewood Venter said...


come running said...


What would the forensic think of me seeing two men facing and shooting at each other with guns? Don't worry I only saw one image like that, but I'm curious...


I have never really experienced that, but I have heard the expression. Thanks for coming by and commenting.


Are you sitting in an easy chair with a pipe in your mouth and taking notes?

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

I find that test interestign my imagination is very out there I would see strange stuff I am sure if I looked at that test now.

Lakewood Venter said...

absolutely1 ;-)

Shoshana said...

I wish I could tell you, but I'm not extensively trained in the projective tests (though maybe one day...) and wouldn't even venture a guess. Good luck with the outcome!

come running said...


I'm sure what I saw was strange enough, but boy was I tempted to say that I saw really crazy things... a bird chasing a cat, a dead body etc. Would've loved to have seen the reaction.


not suprised at all, you like to see into people's heads


I'll let you know if I'm crazy or violent, and let you know the forensic findings.