Hermann Rorschach Biography
Birthday: November 8, 1884 (Scorpio)
Born In: Zurich, Switzerland
The Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach is well-known for developing the projective test, called the Rorschach Inkblot test. He designed a set of ten inkblot cards that were supposed to reveal a subject’s subconscious personality traits. In fact the inkblot tests were the only contribution he made to the field of psychiatry but the popularity of this personality assessment tool was enough to earn him much widespread recognition all over the world. The son of an art teacher, Rorschach had always been interested in drawing and painting from childhood. He was deeply fascinated by klecksography, the art of making fanciful inkblot images. He enjoyed making inkblots so much that he earned the nickname ‘Klecks’ and proceeded to make inkblots his life’s work. He was profoundly interested in both art and science and wanted to make a career in either of the fields. He studied medicine and became a brilliant psychiatrist. Yet his fascination with art and inkblots never went away and he began working on a series of inkblot tests that would enable psychiatrists in understanding the subconscious elements of the patients’ personalities. Today these tests are used not just in the field of psychiatry, but in various other areas like military training, career counseling, etc.