The Rorschach test is a diagnostic tool used to gain psychological insight. It uses "10 standard black or coloured inkblot designs to assess personality traits and emotional tendencies.
Who was Rorschach? Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922) invented the 'ink blot' personality test. The test emerged from the Swiss psychiatrist's lifelong passion forklecksography - turning inkblots into recognisable images. Influenced by the newly emerging field of psychoanalysis, Rorschach began exploring how emotion shapes perception.
Rorschach had an unusual childhood. He was born into an an artistic family but lost both his parents at an early age and was brought up by a cold and distant stepmother. At school he was prodigy - speaking several languages and excelling as an artist.
As a young man, Rorschach studied medicine in Zurich, specialising in psychiatry. His teachers included Eugen Bleuler - who coined the terms schizophrenia and autism - and Carl Jung. How did Rorschach develop his …