The Inkblots - Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing-logo

The Inkblots - Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing

Damion Searls

The captivating, untold story of Hermann Rorschach and his famous inkblot test In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind: a set of ten carefully designed inkblots. For years he had grappled with the theories of Freud and Jung while also absorbing the aesthetic movements of the day, from Futurism to Dadaism. A visual artist himself, Rorschach had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than what we see. After Rorschach's early death, his test quickly made its way to America, where it took on a life of its own. Co-opted by the military after Pearl Harbor, it was a fixture at the Nuremberg trials and in the jungles of Vietnam. It became an advertising staple, a cliché in Hollywood and journalism, and an inspiration to everyone from Andy Warhol to Jay Z. The test was also given to millions of defendants, job applicants, parents in custody battles, and people suffering from mental illness or simply trying to understand themselves better. And it is still used today. In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach's family, friends, and colleagues to tell the unlikely story of the test's creation, its controversial reinvention, and its remarkable endurance-and what it all reveals about the power of perception. Elegant and original, The Inkblots shines a light on the twentieth century's most visionary synthesis of art and science.

The captivating, untold story of Hermann Rorschach and his famous inkblot test In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind: a set of ten carefully designed inkblots. For years he had grappled with the theories of Freud and Jung while also absorbing the aesthetic movements of the day, from Futurism to Dadaism. A visual artist himself, Rorschach had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than what we see. After Rorschach's early death, his test quickly made its way to America, where it took on a life of its own. Co-opted by the military after Pearl Harbor, it was a fixture at the Nuremberg trials and in the jungles of Vietnam. It became an advertising staple, a cliché in Hollywood and journalism, and an inspiration to everyone from Andy Warhol to Jay Z. The test was also given to millions of defendants, job applicants, parents in custody battles, and people suffering from mental illness or simply trying to understand themselves better. And it is still used today. In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach's family, friends, and colleagues to tell the unlikely story of the test's creation, its controversial reinvention, and its remarkable endurance-and what it all reveals about the power of perception. Elegant and original, The Inkblots shines a light on the twentieth century's most visionary synthesis of art and science.
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The captivating, untold story of Hermann Rorschach and his famous inkblot test In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind: a set of ten carefully designed inkblots. For years he had grappled with the theories of Freud and Jung while also absorbing the aesthetic movements of the day, from Futurism to Dadaism. A visual artist himself, Rorschach had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than what we see. After Rorschach's early death, his test quickly made its way to America, where it took on a life of its own. Co-opted by the military after Pearl Harbor, it was a fixture at the Nuremberg trials and in the jungles of Vietnam. It became an advertising staple, a cliché in Hollywood and journalism, and an inspiration to everyone from Andy Warhol to Jay Z. The test was also given to millions of defendants, job applicants, parents in custody battles, and people suffering from mental illness or simply trying to understand themselves better. And it is still used today. In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach's family, friends, and colleagues to tell the unlikely story of the test's creation, its controversial reinvention, and its remarkable endurance-and what it all reveals about the power of perception. Elegant and original, The Inkblots shines a light on the twentieth century's most visionary synthesis of art and science.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Boehmer

Length:

15h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:10


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:34


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:20


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:30


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:27


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:51


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:19


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:57


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:39


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:32


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:29


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:05


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:56


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:29


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:37


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:57


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:24


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:28


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:50


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:50


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:35


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:41


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:24


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:43


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:41


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:41


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:55


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:43


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:13


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:58


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:38


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:45


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:14


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:33


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:39


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:39


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:56


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:43


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:30


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:26


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:33


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:00


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:17


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:23


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:05


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:38


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:59


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:24


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:04


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:05


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:20


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:09


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:51


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:11


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:06


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:25


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:44


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:14


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:31


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:47


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:44


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:57


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:13


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:02


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:02


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

07:45


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:53


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:25


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

08:19


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:13


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:58


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:09


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:55


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:16


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:06


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:03


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:02


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:00


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:13


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:16


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:11


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:37


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:33


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:28


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

00:33