Doctor Reprimanded and Investigated After Publishing Rorschach Test Images on Wikipedia

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Dr. James Heilman felt that it was time to demystify the psychiatric profession, and so, in his own effort to do so, he published the 10 ink blots which make up the Rorschach test, on Wikipedia.

The good doctor’s action in making the Rorschach ink blots so publicly available on the Internet has lead to his being investigated, and facing charges of, well, making public that which psychiatrists wish to hold secret.

Indeed, at least two complaints have been filed against Dr. Heilman based only on the fact that he has made the images public. And let’s be clear – the images were already in the public domain, and in fact were published in the book Big Secrets more than 25 years ago, in 1983.

Nonetheless, Andrea Kowaz of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, and another psychologist at Royal University Hospital have both filed complaints against Heilman (Heilman is an emergency room physician in Saskatchewan). Kowaz stated that if Heilman were a psychologist, his actions would be “viewed as serious misconduct,”; while the other opined that Heilman’s posting of the images to Wikipedia “shows disrespect to his professional colleagues in psychology and disparages them in the eyes of the public.”

Unlike what the action of these two in filing the complaint does.

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One thought on “Doctor Reprimanded and Investigated After Publishing Rorschach Test Images on Wikipedia

  1. sounds like the witch doctors are afraid of their magic spells getting out to the public.

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