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What if you were asked to describe images you saw in an inkblot?

There is a well-known scene in Woody Allen’s Take The Money And Run (1969) when Virgil Starkwell (Allen) takes a psychological test to join the Navy, but is thwarted by his lascivious unconscious. The psychological measure that proves to be Starkwell’s undoing—rejected, he turns to a life of crime—is the Rorschach inkblot test.*

The Rorschach test is a psychological test in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning. It has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly.**

Rorschach's Inkblot

The test is often criticized because of the proliferation of the ten inkblot images, potentially invalidating the test for those who have been exposed to them. Not anymore. Now you can have endless different digital inkblots images with this random inkblots generator for performing Rorschach’s Test online at OpenProcessing.  Developed in JavaScript using P5js framework. Give it a try!

Image 1: Bat, butterfly, moth

One of the original Rorschach’s inkblots. Image 1: Bat, butterfly, moth

* Source: OpenCulture  ** Source: Wikipedia