Google Celebrates Hermann Rorschach's 129th Birthday With an Interactive Doodle


Google honored Nobel laureate physicist CV Raman yesterday and 'Human Computer' Shakuntala Devi back on Monday and now we see yet another one which comes to celebrate the 129th birthday of Freudian psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach. Thus today you can see psychoanalyst's famous inkblot test on its homepage.

Google Celebrates Hermann Rorschach's 129th Birthday With a Doodle


The interactive doodle features the sketched version of renowned psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach who is sitting with a notepad and pen in his hands. You can also see hands faced towards the viewer holding a piece of paper that has a simple inkblot held in front of the screen.

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Moreover after clicking the arrows placed at the two sides of the inkblot, you can see it changes into random shapes. You can also share the interpretation of the inkblot on Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter.

Born on November 8, 1884 in Zurich, Switzerland, Hermann Rorschach is aknown as 'Klecks' because of his love for klecksography, the art of turning inkblots into recognisable images.

Hermann Rorschach grew up to use his passion to become a great psychoanalyst as he was taught by psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler who had taught Carl Jung. Rorschach was greatly interested in Sigmund Freud's psychoanalyst movement.

Regarding the inkbolt artworks, Rorschach began to wonder why some people have completely different responses to the same inkblots paintings. Thus inspired by this, he started showing inkblot artworks to children to analyze their varying responses which were creative and wild.


Later after years of research, Rorschach wrote Psychodiagnostik, a book describing how inkblot tests can be effectively used in psychoanalysis.

Less than a year after he wrote his seminal work, Rorschach died at the age of 37 of peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix.

Despite his death at an early age, Hermann Rorschach's work and legacy live on with inkblot tests being widely used in psychological studies and analysis all over the world.

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