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What is the Rorschach test?

Posted on by Kieran McGovern

The test went on to become a key tool in the emerging field of psychoanalysis - but sadly Rorschach  did not  live to see this. The young Freudian died of peritonitis, less than a year after the publication of his findings in Psychodiagnostik

The term Rorschach Test has entered general English to describe how we interpret data according to our preconceptions. 

Put simply, we see what we want to see.

Who was Hermann Rorschach?

Principles of Rorschach Interpretation, Second Edition

You see what you want to see ...

You see what you want to see ...

Hermann Rorschach

 (1884-1922) invented the popular 'ink blot' personality test. The test emerged from the 

Swiss psychiatrist's lifelong passion for klecksography - turning inkblots into recognisable images. 

Roschach suggested that the way we interpret  randomly formed shapes provides an insight into our personalities. 

Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922)

Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922)

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