"Hermann Rorschach (German pronunciation: [ˌhɛʁman ˈʁoːʁʃax] or [ˈʁoːɐ̯ʃax]; 8 November 1884 – 1 April 1922) was a Swiss Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, best known for developing a projective test known as the Rorschach inkblot test. This test was reportedly designed to reflect unconscious parts of the personality that "project" onto the stimuli. Individuals were shown 10 inkblots, one at a time, and asked to report what objects or figures they saw in each of them."
"Using interpretation of "ambiguous designs" to assess an individual's personality is an idea that goes back to Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Interpretation of inkblots was central to a game from the late 19th century. Rorschach's, however, was the first systematic approach of this kind."
I was 'almost' surprised to see Leonardo mentioned in association with Ink Blot tests. Although I don't know how a painting/ drawing would relate to an ink blot that supposed to be random. It almost seems like you could get more out of a specifically designed "ink blot test" and say it's random, but see if people see something that was designed to really be there...
‘When you look at a wall spotted with stains...you may discover a resemblance to various landscapes, beautiful with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees. Or again, you may see battles and figures in action, or strange faces and costumes, and an endless variety of objects which you could reduce to complete and well-drawn figures.’ - da Vinci
A small portion of my current-book-in-progress is about this idea. A much larger portion of the next will explore it much more depth. What if there were a way to place purposely obscured images in a seemingly random surface? So instead of staring at a 'wall spotted with stains' and make-believing that you are seeing things that are not really there - they really are?
"There are three classes of people. Those who see. Those who see when they are told and those who do not see." - Leonardo da Vinci
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