Do the Rorschach inkblots reveal anything about our minds or is it just a load of mumbo jumbo?

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Category: listening, reading, writing, discussion

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“The experiment is very simple, so simple that at first it provokes interest and head-shaking everywhere.”

Hermann Rorschach’s test is legendary. What do I see? I see a rabbit with an enormous Batman cape. How could that possibly reveal anything meaningful about me?

Rorschach’s test has been widely misunderstood and misinterpreted. Watch the video above to get a better understanding of the test and find out about its relevance today.

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If you’re enjoying this topic, head over to the National Public Radio website. There, you can read a short article for context before listening to a 5-minute radio discussion about Rorschach and his famous test.

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