Welcome to Rorschach Redemption.
This blog is rated PG-13.

Most of you know who Hermann Rorschach was.  I am not he.  That may or may not be obvious to you.  You can call me Phil.

Anyway, he had this notion that you could determine or deduce certain things about people after they view a set of inkblots.  I really generalized that, and there are people involved in the debate about the validity of the Rorschach Test, so keep in mind this blog is just for fun.  (That serves as a general disclaimer for this entire site.  No free mental health here!)

I have the easy part: I just put ink on paper.  Then the users volunteer their  interpretations for the rest of us to see and possibly make fun of.

To some, this is a place to get a little brain exercise and get those synapses firing.  For others (including myself) it is a mental playground, complete with metaphorical slides and monkey bars and crayons-up-noses.

You are encouraged to do three things:

1) Read some posts, check out some of the Sensory Overloads or Total Redemptions (located on the sidebar to your right.)
2) Look at some inkblots from The Collection, or one of the Inkblots Of The Day that get (infrequently) posted.
3) Tell us what you see OR, for big kudos, use MSPaint (or whatever) to draw on top of the image and mail it to  Feel free to include a link to your blog or business or whatever you want (within reason.)

I'm sure this section will be evolving for awhile.  I apologize for broken or non-existent links or random layout glitches.  It's my first blog.  I'd like to use this space to remind myself to thank those of you that share with us a little slice of your brain, either through text or drawings.  Your combined creativity is completely fascinating and entertaining.  Never stop.


bilateral symmetry:  Two matching sides.  What most inkblots are, they have a right and left side that are mirror images.  The proper definition is really wordy, trust me.

illusory correlation:  seeing a connection in two or more things that do not have any real relationship to each other.  You've probably heard a person say, "Whenever I decide to go outside it rains."  Perfect example.  Keep this in mind if you see something that disturbs you in an inkblot.  It probably doesn't mean anything, unless you are also currently drooling.

klecksography:  The Game of Inkblots!  No really, that is the proper name for the children's game of making inkblots.  Its name comes from the German word klecks, which means inkblot.

negative space:  As far as inkblots go, negative spaces are the white parts of the paper not contaminated by ink.  If the inkblot itself is the "object" on the paper, then the blank or clear area is the "non-object."  Maybe go check Wiki on this one.

pandas/butterflies/fairies:  People are always seeing pandas on the blots!  I'm sure it has to do with the black on white.  Butterflies and fairies (along with birds and other winged creatures) rank high in the "most commonly seen" category,  most likely because a lot of inkblots look like butterflies.

pareidolia:  A fancy name for your brain just going off and seeing things in something random like the clouds, static or inkblots.  Apparently, as humans most of us want to assign a little order to our chaos, and this is the phenomena behind it.  It covers the audio avenue as well; a good example for this is thinking you hear dead people talking in EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon.)

"Fail's Font"
General Failure's Font:  Ignore using the Text function in every image editor, and use the pixel/pencil tool and a mouse to try and scribble your worded interpretation on to the inkblot like a dyslexic drug-addled rapist.

Notable People
(my version - anyone can wiki)

Hermann Rorschach - Strangely, I really don't know too much about this man, but I do know that if he is ever represented in a movie, it should be by Brad Pitt.  Seriously.  Google some images. 
The studious doctor may or may not have been nicknamed "Klex" (as in 'inkblot', see above) but he did once buy a monkey to entertain his patients in the hospital.  While he observed.
Oh, the inkblot tests were named after him, I believe posthumously.  His story is kind of sad; the test that is used today is a bastardized version of what he wanted.  

Wayne Holtzman
Dr. John E. Exner Jr
Alfred Binet

Frequently Asked Questions

I see (insert random interpretation) in the inkblot, does this make me crazy?
As far as the actual testing went, you were required to look at multiple blots, sometimes multiple times and at different distances.  Since the test was more of a tool than a "crazy indicator" the answer is: doubtful, although I am told that asking such a self-conscious question means you might be a klismaphiliac.

How do you make these?
No lie, as of the end of 2010 I was asked this thrice.


Still working on all of this.  - September 6 2011