The Rorschach test is a really cool test to show people what they are like on the inside. You cannot hide from the test. If you see something menacing, then that is a gateway into your being. The Rorschach metaphor has become a cliche though. In modern journalism, this is definitely the case.
- What we see in a given situation often reveals as much about our own selves — our quirks and prejudices and vanities — as it does about the thing we are looking at.
- “The Inkblots” is part biography of Hermann Rorschach, psychoanalytic supersleuth, and part chronicle of the test’s afterlife in clinical practice and the popular cultural imagination.
- Prioritizing the human beings impacted by this history would have made not only for a more readable book, but also a more responsible one.
“Rorschach died suddenly in his mid- 30s, but his inkblots had already captured the imagination of both experts and the general public. The rest of the book charts that history.”