Tuesday, February 21

The Inkblots: Book Review

I have to start off by saying that I REALLY like the cover of this book! It grabbed my attention right away. Hats off to whoever designed this cover on creating something fun to look at, while still being informative. 

This is the story of Hermann Rorschach, the man who created the famous inkblot tests. Growing up, I heard about the Rorschach inkblot tests in books and movies, but I was never exposed to the tests themselves. And I had certainly not given any thought to the man who created the tests. 

The biography portion of this book was fascinating (I love a good biography). Hermann Rorschach created these inkblot tests in 1917 while working alone in a remote Swiss asylum as part of his role as their psychiatrist. It started as an experiment to probe the human mind with a set of ten carefully designed inkblots. As a visual artist himself, he had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than a matter of what we see.

The book goes on to describe how the inkblot tests spread to America after Rorschach's early death, places and governments that used the tests (including being used at the Nuremberg trials) and the power of perception. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing style was great for the type of book it was. Two thumbs up!

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