The latest inkblot test-based Google Doodle is celebrating the 129th birthday of Swiss Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Hermann Rorschach. Firstly, remember those lessons you had in art class where you had to splatter drops of paint or ink on a piece of paper, fold it in half and open it to see identical patterns on both sides of the sheet?
That’s inkblot art. Rorschach determined a way of testing for disorders of a psychological level in patients by presenting them with such images and asking them what they saw. The analysis is based on the fact that since these pictures are random patterns which don’t represent anything in particular, different subjects would see different things.
The way a person interprets the inkblots is supposed to offer an insight into their personality. The test took off well. But today, it’s considered a controversial topic by those in the field. One of the many reasons could have to do with the fact that the answers can be understood differently depending on the psychoanalyst or psychiatrist examining them.
What do you see?
Want to have some fun checking out how you’re mind translates Google’s inkblot test doodle? Here’s the link. We’ve seen an Angry Bird, an alien ant-being called Doctor Love, two dinosaurs playing football, the cool fight scene between Saruman and Gandalf at the top of Isengard and two gnomes holding hands so far.
You can share your results with friends over Google+, Twitter or Facebook. There’s a link for that just below the inkblot.