Swiss psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach, known for his inkblot tests is being remembered on his 129th birthday via an interactive doodle on Google’s homepage. The doodle depicts Rorschach sitting with a notepad, while the viewer gets to see a variety of inkblots on a piece of paper. One can use navigational keys to shift through various inkblots, and Google is also encouraging people to share what they see via social networks. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
Rorschach was born on November 8, 1884 in Zurich, Switzerland and fell in love with ‘Klecksography’, which is the art of turning inkblots into recognisable images. He turned this love into his passion and studied psychoanalysis under Eugen Bleuler. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
Rorchach was very interested in why the same inkblots were interpreted in different ways by different people and after experimenting with several hundred inkblots, he shortlisted a set of ten for their diagnostic value. His findings made it into his book Psychodiagnostik, which describes how inkblot tests can be effectively used in psychoanalysis.
Rorschach died on April 1, 1922 aged 37 of peritonitis caused due to a ruptured appendix.
Rorschach and his inkblot tests would also become a fictional character in DC Comics’ Watchmen. Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the fictional Rorschach is portrayed as a ruthless crime fighter who seeks to punish evil at all costs. His mask is a constantly morphing inkblot based on designs used in the famous inkblot tests.