Friday, March 21, 2014

The Friday Rorschach: The Death Of Winter

The Death of Winter, 2013, watercolor on paper

I thought this would be a good painting to use for this week's Friday Rorschach. To me, I see it as a celebration of the last week of winter. In many ways this has been a great winter for me and my family. The Colorado mountains have had a ton of snow, skiing/snowboarding has been great (despite my broken collarbone), and we don't have to worry about a drought in this part of the country this summer.

For the rest of you, I have two words of sympathy: Polar Vortex.

What it is: This is one of my son's paintings. Obviously, it is a snowman. But, it is a fairly disturbing one, don't you think? What you can't tell from the photograph is that it is huge. He found the world's largest piece of paper and created this snowman. He painted it around Christmas, and he insisted that we hang it up. I still have nightmares sometimes.

My son was very clear that this snowman was not sinister and was not harmed in any way. All of the red splotches are supposed to be decorations, despite the fact that it looks like he was hit with a machine gun. He considered it to be a sweet, innocent picture of a happy snowman.

This painting has a strong form demand, and most of you saw it as a snowman of one sort or another. What interested me most about the painting was the obvious (and unconscious) violence and aggression.

In Rorschach terms, this would be described as a "morbid" painting--one that depicts a form that has been ruined or mutilated in some manner. When people see morbid images on the Rorschach, it can be indicative of depression or feelings of failure and low self-worth. Interestingly, kids see more morbid content in the Rorschach than adults do.

In the case of The Death Of Winter, I fully expected morbid responses from everyone, regardless of a person's level of depression or self-worth.

What you thought it was: You did not disappoint this week. Most of your responses fell into one of two morbid categories.

The first common category was snowman who has been harmed in some way:

The second common category was snowman who harms in some way:

Regardless, several of you were immediately and viscerally disturbed by the image:

At least one of you expressed concern for the wellbeing of my family (which I appreciate...we keep knives away from our son):

What I found interesting is that several of you decided to overlook the overtly morbid content (on the Rorschach, this might be interpreted as problematic, as though you avoid the obvious negative aspects of life. In my mind, though, I think you were trying to see the good in the world, which I think is good):

A few of you had hybrid responses, depicting a happy snowman where something only mildly bad has happened:

Many of you saw this as a paintball incident (is this because of the splatter of the paint, or is it because you can't take the idea of Frosty being mortally wounded?):

A few of you saw snow-women, not snowmen:

As always, there were the awesomely nerdy responses:

There were those of you who are totally sick of winter:

And my personal favorite (because I imagine this was probably the worst prom since Carrie):

What you might have missed: Only one person incorporated the red line in the top left portion of the painting. To me, it looks like a paintbrush. But, what could the paintbrush possibly mean?

Enlarged version of the
paintbrush in the top left

One last thought: One Friday Rorschacher came up with an interesting theory about the paintbrush. She thought it represented the idea that this was not really a snowman. Instead, it is an abstraction of a bloody snowman. Maybe a nightmare? Maybe a child's fear that paradise many someday be lost? Or the premonition of the loss of innocence--an unconscious knowledge of the harshness of the world that is to come?

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.

Friday Rorschach is a fun project designed to engage readers' creativity. To participate, follow Max on twitter. He posts the drawing every Friday morning around 10am ET/8am MT. There are no wrong answers to the Friday Rorschach.


Snowbama as seen on fox noise

A number of claims in addition call for ongoing education and learning when you have acquired your current coaching hublot replica sale pertaining to even more campaign along with improvement for your employment. In case you speculate precisely what the top approaches are generally to hold the car safe and sound along with undertaking effectively nevertheless had comments tough winter months circumstances, and then a great deal of content on-line could provide data you happen to be in search of. Generally there get longines replica sale several things prepared for the subject if anyone spend a certain amount of occasion in researching the idea, the world wide web may offer anyone wonderful awareness. There are several issues you'll be able to omega replica sale, you may use gasoline stabilizer as part of your pickup as well as you'll be able to keep your vehicle to the winter months. You must check into different methods involving defending the car, nevertheless a number of issues which in turn may help you get rolling can be found below while tips. Experts recommend that you just adjust your car's gas and also filtering from the outset of each one winter months, perhaps whether it is certainly not some time for this. You must stay away from making your vehicle for you to stay iwc replica sale applied gas throughout their serp if your temperature can be frosty. The many dust that will gathers within this gas will certainly destruction your serp along with bring about your vehicle a few troubles that you just may quickly stay away from. Specially if you want to rolex replica sale your vehicle, this can be vital.

شركة الطيب تقدم لكم اليوم جميع الخدمات المنزلية بمدينة مكة المكرمة فسوف نبدأ افضل شركة تنظيف بمكة فان خدمات التنظيف بمكة تعد من الخدمات التي تحتاج الي شركة با رعة في خدمات التنظيف فاذا كنت تريد افضل شركة نقل اثاث خارج الرياض فمكنك التواصل معنا لاننا افضل شركة تنظيف منازل بمكة بارعة و متخخصة في خدمات تنظيف المنازل كما اننا افضلافضل شركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض نقوم بتنظيف الكنب بالرياض لاننا نعرف اهمية تنظيف الكنب و لماذا نقدم لكم تلك الخدمات نقدم لكم تلك الخدمات لاننا افضل افضل شركة تسليك مجاري بالرياض وايضا تحتاج العملاء الي شركة متفوقة في تنظيف الخزانات فنحن افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بمكة كما اننا نقوم بنقل الاثاث بمكة و بالرياض فنحن شركات مكافحة الحشرات بمكة و ايضا افضل افضل شركة نقل عفش بمكة تعد شركة المنارة الشركة الاولي في خدمات نقل الاثاث فنحن افضل شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض و شكرا لكم ونقدم لكم ايضا خدمة مهما جدا و هي افضل شركة جلي بلاط بالرياضو شكرا لكم
كما اننا شركة نقل اثاث بمكةو بالمملكة العربية السعودية نعتمد علي ايدي مدربة و ايضا احدث فرقة من السيارات المجهزة لنقل الاثاث

Batman is an outstanding exemption, yet for him the interior turmoil is huge part of the source material. Different legends don't regularly have this kind of stuff, and attaching it on really reduces them as characters.

custom essay writing service

Gracias por darme la información útil. Creo que lo necesito! gmail iniciar sesion

I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. I assure this would be beneficial for most of the people.
- five nights at freddy's
- five nights at candy's

Let’s keep are safe place to play the very best free games for kids! Please click: | | happy wheels | abcya | happy wheels the game free | pokemon go to play for free games for kids!

I must appreciate the way you have expressed your feelingsthrough your blog!..
run 3 | Click jogos

I know how it's an awesome game so I real want to Play it haha :) :)
tank trouble

Welcome, your blog is great. I have read many of your articles. It's very interesting and meaningful, it helps me have more knowledge about life.
facebook descargar | descargar facebook | descargar facebook gratis

Here we can check Rajasthan Board 10th Result 2017 Rajasthan Board 10th Result 2017

Here we can check Rajasthan Board 12th Result 2017 Rajasthan Board 12th Result 2017

This comment has been removed by the author.

Looks very attractive and definitely delicious! If I could make my own children, then what would their reaction be?
fb login

generic viagra is now available at cost friendly pricing and as it is available with free shipping you save more money while getting your order at your home.

Post a Comment


Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More