How Rorschach’s ‘Inkblots’ Took On A Life Of Their Own

These days, you’re more likely to come across the concept of a Rorschach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. The actual psychological test — in which participants are asked to interpret 10 symmetric inkblot images — isn’t as widely used as it once was. But metaphorically, Rorschach is still our go-to term when something elicits a variety of interpretations among different people. The test was designed by a Swiss psychiatrist and artist in the early 1920s. Hermann Rorschach trained with influential psychiatrist Carl Jung, but he also had a strong artistic background. To read more from NPR, click here.