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The inkblots : Hermann Rorschach, his iconic test, & the power of seeing

Author: Damion Searls
Publisher: London, England : Simon & Schuster, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind. He had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than what we see. Rorschach himself was a talented illustrator, and his test, a set of ten carefully designed inkblots, quickly made its way to America, where it took on a life of its own. Co-opted by  Read more...
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Named Person: Hermann Rorschach; Hermann Rorschach; Hermann Rorschach
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Damion Searls
ISBN: 9781471130410 147113041X 9781471156236 1471156230
OCLC Number: 863683970
Description: x, 405 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Tea leaves --
All becomes movement and life --
Klex --
I want to read people --
Extraordinary discoveries and warring worlds --
A path of one's own --
Little inkblots full of shapes --
Hermann Rorschach feels his brain being sliced apart --
The darkest and most elaborate delusions --
Pebbles in a riverbed --
A very simple experiment --
It provokes interest and head-shaking everywhere --
The psychology he sees is his psychology --
Right on the threshold to a better future --
The inkblots come to America --
Fascinating, stunning, creative, dominant --
The queen of tests --
Iconic as a stethoscope --
The Nazi Rorschachs --
A crisis of images --
The system --
Different people see different things --
Beyond true or false --
Looking ahead --
The Rorschach test is not a Rorschach test --
Appendix: The Rorschach family --
Hermann Rorschach's character / Olga Rorschach-Shtempelin.
Other Titles: Ink blots
Responsibility: Damion Searls.


The captivating, untold story of Hermann Rorschach and his famous inkblot test, which has shaped our view of human personality and become a fixture in popular culture.  Read more...
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'Searls restores much of [the inkblot test's] potency in this rich and resonant book . . . Even in the age of alternative facts, there are still right answers, and wrong ones, and the inkblots still Read more...

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