RORSCHACH, HERMANN. (1884-1922). Swiss psychiatrist who devised the eponymous Rorschach test, a diagnostic procedure using ink blots to inquire into what a patient “sees” in the images to draw conclusions about his or her emotional functioning. ALS. (“Dr. H. Rorschach”). 2pp. 8vo. Waldau, October 29, 1914. To Viennese-born, Swiss scholar SAMUEL SINGER (1860-1948). In German with translation.
“Please grant the undersigned a courteous request. As I work on sectarian psychology, specifically of sects around Bern, from followers of Zinzendorf to today’s, I frequently come upon folkloristic elements, traces of superstition, local lore, etc. Since my training in medicine has not provided me with much knowledge in this area and since, despite searching in libraries, I still lack much of that knowledge, I would like to ask you if I may occasionally turn to you to fill in those gaps. I also lack the necessary critical perspective toward that literature. To mention just one example: the ample footnotes for Rochholz’ Aargau sagas seem to me here and there too bold, yet I cannot say I can tell the true from the un-true. I approach the question with psychoanalytical intentions, where one is easily tempted to take leaps of phantasy and where negligible discrepancies can turn into serious mistakes, which is why I would like to ask your occasional advice, when at all possible. I also have trouble finding the necessary literature. Supposedly in the days of Frederick II, there was a sect in the canton of Bern, called the ‘cat-kissers.’ Where would I most likely find something about them? Literature about erotic folklore, not insignificant in sects, is nearly impossible to find. May I ask you if there is some place in Bern where I can find the ‘Anthropo…[?].’ I am sorry to be bothering you. If you are too busy, would you be so kind to let me know whom I can turn to for the time being? With all my respect, signed, Dr. H. Rorschach, Doctor at Waldau…”