The Inkblots

The Inkblots

Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing

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"In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind: a set of ten carefully designed inkblots. For years, he had grappled with the theories of Freud and Jung while also absorbing the aesthetic movements of the day, from Futurism to Dadaism. A visual artist himself, Rorschach had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than what we see...In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach's family, friends, and colleagues to tell the unlikely story of the test's creation, its controversial reinvention, and its remarkable endurance--and what it all reveals about the power of perception."-- From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780804136549
Branch Call Number: B Rorschack, Hermann
Characteristics: x, 405 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Aug 20, 2019

Born (1884) in Switzerland - Hermann Rorschach was a Freudian psychoanalyst who is credited for developing the inkblots that are known as the "Rorschach Test".

Also called "Klecksography" - This particular test was specifically designed by Rorschach to assist those working in the field of psychiatry to better understand the aspects of the unconscious mind pertaining to the troubled psyche of a patient with a clear mental disorder.

All-in-all - This is a very intelligently-written biography that looks at the roots of modern-day psychiatry as it existed way back in the early-20th century.

Nov 13, 2017

This well-researched biography tells the real-life story of Hermann Rorschach.

Born in 1884 - Rorschach was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who is best known for developing the "Rorschach Test" which was a stylized variation of a medium of art known as "Klecksography".

This test (of carefully designed inkblots) was reportedly intended to reflect the unconscious elements of one's inner personality. These inkblots were shown (one at a time) to a patient who was then asked to report what these images represented to them.

In 1922 - Hermann Rorschach (37 at the time) died from a ruptured appendix.

This book also contains a 16-page photo gallery.


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