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Rorschach Inkblot Method

  1. Irving B. Weiner

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0806

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Weiner, I. B. 2010. Rorschach Inkblot Method. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of South Florida

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The Rorschach Inkblot Method (RIM) is a psychometrically sound performance-based personality assessment instrument that consists of 10 inkblots printed individually on 6¾- by 9¼-inch cards. Five of these blots are printed in shades of gray and black; two of the blots are in shades of red, gray, and black; and the remaining three blots are in shades of various pastel colors. The RIM is administered by showing people the cards one at a time and asking them to say what they see in them (“What might this be?”). In a second phase of the examination, respondents are asked to indicate where in the blots they saw each of their percepts and what made the percepts look as they did. The basic premise underlying Rorschach assessment is that how people look at the inkblots says something about how they look at the world, and the way people look at the world says something about the kind of person they are.


  • personality assessment;
  • psychological assessment;
  • performance-based personality measures