Google Celebrates Inkblot Test Creator Hermann Rorschach

Google celebrates the 129th Birthday of Hermann Rorschach

Google celebrates the 129th Birthday of Hermann Rorschach

Google celebrates the 129th Birthday of Hermann Rorschach, the creator the inkblot test, with an interactive doodle on their homepage.

The black and white doodle on the Google homepage features the renowned Freudian psychoanalyst sitting in the background with a notepad and pen in hand while your hands hold a piece of paper with inkblots. Users are encouraged to share their interpretations of the inkblots on Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter.

Hermann Rorschach

Photo of Hermann Rorschach

According to Wikipedia, Hermann Rorschach was born on November 8, 1884 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is best known for developing a projective test known as the Rorschach inkblot test. The test is thought to reach the unconscious parts of the personality which projects onto the stimuli.

What Does The Inkblot Test Reveal?

What Does This Inkblot Reveal?

As a young boy, Rorschach enjoyed making inkblots so much that his fellow classmates called him Klecks, or “inkblot.” By the time high school graduation approached, Hermann had to decide between studying art or science. He chose science and enrolled in medical school at the University of Zurich.

Rorschach studied under the well-known psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who had taught Carl Jung. His studies of psychoanalysis reminded him of his childhood and the inkblots. He was intrigued by why people often saw entirely different things in the same inkblots. He experimented on schoolchildren and analyzed their responses.

In 1914, Rorschach returned to Switzerland where he served as an Assistant Director at a psychiatric hospital in Herisau.  In 1921, he wrote Psychodiagnostik which was to form the basis of the inkblot test. The book was an overnight success due to the miraculous behavior readings the inkblots provided.

Unfortunately, Hermann Rorschach died one year later of peritonitis on April 1, 1922 at the age of 27.

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