1927, in reference to a personality test using ink blots, developed by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach (1885-1922). The town so named on the Swiss side of Lake Constance is from an early form of German Röhr "reeds" + Schachen "lakeside."
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Contemporary Examples of rorschach
He was a Rorschach test, vaulted into the presidency by positive perceptions and unrealistic expectations.Sorry, Michele Bachmann. We Are Ready for a Female President. And It’s Partially Because of You.
February 21, 2014
“Barack has become a kind of human Rorschach test,” his friend Cassandra Butts told Rolling Stone.The Heart and Soul of ‘Glamour’
November 9, 2013
Looking at the map, of course, offers a political Rorschach test.Has Anyone Seen A Map Of E1?
December 27, 2012
Mitt Romney is a Rorschach test, with voters seeing what they want to see.
At the moment, Mitt Romney is a Rorschach test, with voters seeing what they want to see.
Historical Examples of rorschach
On the Rorschach they had done a little better, at least in volume of response.Freudian Slip
Call it a Rorschach blot—but even for that, the months of seeing it had made it impossible to see it at all.The Trial of Callista Blake
While the steamboat lay at the wharf at Rorschach, two stout porters came on board, and shouldered his baggage to take it ashore.Saunterings
Charles Dudley Warner
Then turning to the boatmen, she bade them "give way" with a will, and pull their best for Rorschach.
It was in this easy chit-chat they sat down to their coffee in the little inn at Rorschach.
- Swiss psychiatrist. His inkblot test, introduced in 1921, has become a standard clinical diagnostic tool in psychiatry.