The Rorschach Test Is More Accurate Than You Think
100 years after the inkblots were created, studies show they reveal something about us.
The open-ended style of Rorschach’s test became controversial in the 1960s. “People don’t understand it’s about how you see, not what you see,” says Searls.
This story appears in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine.
In a small town in Switzerland in 1917, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach began carefully splattering paint on cards to study how the mind works. Asking people what they saw, he observed a correlation in responses from patients with schizophrenia and theorized that mental health could be assessed by how someone processes visual information.