For my document of learning, I wanted to share an early draft of my speech. I had so many idea for the direction my speech could take, it was hard to give all of them equal thought. I eventually decided to do my speech on one of the most important parts of Rorchach’s career, his creation of the Rorschach test, more commonly known as the inkblot test.
And off goes another person that I’ve provided guidance to.
I still remember the first person I helped, my very first patient. I started working with them the week after I graduated from school. I was ready with the plethora of techniques I’d learned at my university to assist people with their struggles, but this patient, a child no less, resisted and struggled against all of them. This was because they all relied on one thing: an outside party’s observations to make them effective. However, my uncooperative patient made it impossible for me to acquire and record any useful information that could be used to treat them.
Evidently, the only thing that I could do for my patient was to allow him to express his feelings himself. After all, no matter how carefully I scrutinized the kid, I would never understand him even a fraction as well as he understood himself. What I was doing was rather new, so I had to invent a fresh way to get my patient to express themselves. After a lot of careful thinking, I remembered something I had toyed with as a child: Klecksography, the art of making shapes and drawings with ink blots. I recalled being fascinated by how the same shape could appear vastly changed to different viewers.
I figured that these perceived differences were a result of the unconscious mind projecting itself onto the spots of ink. I was skeptical that shapes drawn with ink blots could result in much, but I was determined to try anything to help my patient. I was astonished by how much was revealed, my patient’s personality reflected onto paper for me to analyze. And in that moment, I believed in my creation. I believed that I had created something that would change the face of psychiatry and help thousands improve their lives