Synopsis – “Inkblots”

Hermann Rorschach was a young Swiss psychiatrist who, working alone, tinkering with a children’s game, managed to create not only an enormously influential psychological test but also a visual and cultural touchstone.

Rorschach knew that he wanted to be a doctor from an early age, but at 19 he wrote to his sister: “I never again want to read just books, I want to read people … The most interesting thing in nature is the human soul, and the greatest thing a person can do is to heal these souls, sick souls.”

Inkblots had been used before to measure the imagination, particularly in children, but in his early experiments, Rorschach showed people inkblots to discover what they saw and how. As a lifelong amateur artist, he knew that while a picture itself constrains how you see it, it does not take away all your freedom.

Pictures are a tool for revealing the subconscious, encouraging self-reflection, and starting a conversation about the internal world. There are no right or wrong answers; your reaction to it is what matters – coexisting in a kind of alternate universe.

The stimulus material of the Rorschach test consists of 10 standard tables with black and white and colour symmetric amorphous (semi-structured) images.

Being asked “What do you see?” or “What might this be?”, gets at how we process the world on the most basic level – and calls upon our whole personality and range of experience.

Seeing is an act of the mind, not just the eyes. When you look at something, you are directing your attention to parts of the visual field and ignoring others.

Vision is the sense that both operate at a distance, unlike touch and taste, and can be focused and directed, unlike hearing and smell. We can pay attention to certain noises or odours or try to ignore them, but we cannot blink our ears or aim our nose: the eye is far more active, under far more control. Seeing is our best perceptual tool – our foremost way to engage with the world.

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Break Through the Vale of Tears

Statement: The time has come for you to find freedom in joy. Meditate on this; Joy is your strength, the reason for sorrow is being taken away, and things are turning around.

Conversations About Our Inner World

Statement: There are times when our emotions and thoughts around a particular subject are hidden, even to ourselves. Abstract art is a way of discovering the unmentionable and silent voice.

Hold Your Horses

Statement: Conscious breathing is an essential act of living because it forces us to slow down and take a deep breath. This holds several benefits for us, such as decreasing stress, increasing calm, relieving pain, stimulating the lymphatic system (Detoxifies the body), improving immunity, increasing energy, lowering blood pressure, improving digestion, and helps support correct posture.

I Am What I See And You Are What You See

Statement: Not one person sees the world in exactly the same way. There are always differences of interpretation but does that necessarily make one person right and another wrong?

I Don’t Want to, Just Survive I Want to, Truly Live

Statement: When we become aware that we do not have forever on earth, we ignite an inner motivation to use our time more mindfully, more intentionally. Making daily decisions about whether we choose to engage with life and truly live or allow fear to keep us in survival mode will impact how we live.

In The Presence Of Love

Statement: All the lost parts of yourself come together while you remain in the presence of love in your thoughts, heart, and actions.

New Love

Statement: When you fall in love with yourself, you gain a deep appreciation of your worth and capabilities. Here is a great quote from Oscar Wilde on the subject of self-love; "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."

Return To Love

Statement: "We are in each other’s lives in order to help us see where we most need healing, and in order to help us heal.” Marianne Williamson.

The Fullness of Joy

Statement: The benefits of weaving joy into your tapestry of life; Consider carefully the thoughts you use to weave your tapestry because when your mind is morbid it is predisposed to misery and must be counterbalanced with joy.