Personality Assessment with the Rorschach Inkblot Method

Irving B. Weiner and Gregory J. Meyer

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Personality Assessment with the Rorschach Inkblot Method

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This article reviews the development of the Rorschach Inkblot Method (RIM) and delineates its value in identifying a broad range of personality traits. It examines the value of the RIM in a test battery and how Rorschach assessment can be applied. The article looks at particularly useful purposes served by Rorschach assessment in clinical and forensic evaluations when it is integrated with self-report measures. Available evidence indicates that Rorschach personality assessment is a psychometrically sound procedure that is being actively practiced and studied, both in the United States and in many other parts of the world, and which can be meaningfully applied in diverse countries and cultures. Some concern is raised, however, about the adequacy of education and training in Rorschach assessment currently provided in graduate programs. In addition to assisting in differential diagnosis, personality characteristics identified or suggested by Rorschach data are often useful in treatment planning and outcome evaluation. The article also assesses the reliability and validity of the Rorschach assessment.

Keywords: Rorschach Inkblot Method; personality traits; personality assessment; test battery; validity; differential diagnosis; treatment planning; outcome evaluation; forensic evaluations; reliability

Article.  17163 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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