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Hermann Rorschach and the Power of Seeing

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Crown Publishing
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No idea from psychology has saturated popular culture as thoroughly as Hermann Rorschach’s inkblots. Rorschach designed the ten amorphous, symmetrical inkblots as a means to probe the human mind. He believed that what you see is who you are. He died less than a year after publishing his test, and the inkblots became a kind of sorcerer’s apprentice, influencing the world without his guidance.  In a new biography, writer Damion Searls chronicles Rorschach’s life and the influence of his iconic creation.

Damion Searls's writing has appeared in Harper'sThe Paris ReviewN+1, among many other publications. he has translated more than thirty books, including five Nobel Prize winners. His latest book is called The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing [Independent bookstores|Amazon|Audible].