No idea from psychology has saturated popular culture like Hermann Rorschach’s inkblots. Friday, writer Damion Searls join us to talk about Rorschach’s life and the influence of his iconic creation.
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 biography, writer Damion Searls chronicles Rorschach’s life and the influence of his iconic creation. (Rebroadcast)
Damion Searls's writing has appeared in Harper's, The Paris Review, N+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].