Miscellaneous 12 Dec 2003 01:08 am

Linus Pauling’s Shrink

Rorschach Inkblot Test, Fortune Tellers, and Cold Reading (Skeptical Inquirer July 2003) discusses interesting reasons why the Rorschach demonstrations in the ’40s and ’50s may have been so amazing. As a treat, they quote the Rorschach analysis of Linus Pauling.

As an interesting example, the Rorschach analysis of Nobel-prize-winning molecular biologist Linus Pauling has recently been published (Gacono et al. 1997). Here are a few of his responses to the blots: “The two little central humps at the top suggest a sine curve. . . .” “This reminds me of blood and the black of ink, carbon and the structure of graphite. . . .” “I’m reminded of Dalí’s watches. . . .”

3 Responses to “Linus Pauling’s Shrink”

  1. on 12 Dec 2003 at 11:46 am 1.bill said …

    What would it mean if most inkblots make me huddle in the corner and and whimper about not letting the clowns eat me? You know, theoretically.

  2. on 13 Dec 2003 at 12:55 am 2.Bob said …

    What would it mean to you if I said most inkblots make you huddle in the corner?

  3. on 13 Dec 2003 at 1:55 am 3.eliza said …

    Do you wish that you said most inkblots make i huddle in the corner?

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