The human mind is an incredibly fascinating thing and no two minds ever perceive the world alike, despite the similarities they may exhibit to the contrary. The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing by Damion Searls explores the life and work of Rorschach, providing insight into the role he played in his field.
Rich in researched and detailed information and illustrations to demonstrate, this text paints a picture (if you’ll pardon the expression) of Rorschach’s life and the role his work played in the development of psychiatry and psychology that we’ve become familiar with today. Describing his life and the events that shaped Rorschach, which in turn helped to shape the iconic test that he created, provided a greater insight into and appreciation for the complex process by which society evolves and grows. While Rorschach’s short life meant he didn’t live to see the many iterations and uses of his creation, the ways in which it has been applied and modified throughout its history was enlightening to read about and begs the question of what Rorschach would think about its development.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.