25 Fast Facts About Ink Blot Tests You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by , Updated on August 18, 2017


Have you ever heard of an ink blot test? No? Well, let us introduce you. Basically, it involves looking at blobs of ink and saying what you think you see. Okay, so it’s a bit more complicated than that. Today, we’re going to explore how some blobs of ink changed the world of psychology. These are 25 Fast Facts About Ink Blot Tests You Probably Didn’t Know.


Klecksography, pioneered by a man named Justinus Kerner, took the idea of making ink blots and turned it into a sort of "game." Basically, you were supposed to drop paint on a paper, fold it, and the symmetrical result would give you the ink blot. Justinus wrote about its potential applications.

Justinus Kerner

One of those applications was picked up by psychologists. It's called apophenia, or the human tendency to see patterns in nature.


Growing up in Switzerland, Hermann Rorschach was so intrigued with ink blots that his friends called him "Klecks," which means "inkblot" (hence klecksography).

ink blot

Hermann eventually selected a series of 10 ink blots that would constitute his famous test. These ink blots haven't changed since the test was developed.

ink blot

Unfortunately for Hermann, he died the year after he released his 10 ink blot test.


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