These days, the inkblot test is more noteworthy for the name of a pop-culture comic book/movie character than its implications in psychology. However, the Rorschach test is still an important test in the history of the psychological world (even if it’s not used much today), and Google is paying special attention to that with a really cool interactive logo. Google is honoring Hermann Rorschach with an interactive Google doodle that allows you to take an inkblot test. Rorschach came up with his eponymous test in 1921. Today would have been his 129th birthday.
Born in Zurich, Switzerland on November 8, 1884, Rorschach was one of the leading figures in the early psychoanalysis movement alongside Freud and Jung. He spent years in hospitals administering patients his famous inkblog test to get an insight into their unconscious mind, and he published the book Psychodiagnostik to explain to fellow psychoanalysts how to use his testing technique in their own practices. Unfortunately, he passed away the next year, at age 37, from a ruptured appendix.
The Google Doodle is one of my favorites, if only because it’s so interactive. You can share your results with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, and there are multiple images to scroll through in your effort to figure out something about yourself, including the twin Tyrannosauri above, the Batman logo, and all kinds of other interesting images, both traditional and just plain fun.
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