The Rorschach is perhaps the most famous psychological instrument of all time, yet its purpose and utility are often misunderstood. In this primer, James P. Choca and Edward D. Rossini demonstrate the Rorschach's value to modern psychology as an essential clinical tool for assessing clients' thought processes and translate their expertise into fundamental strategies for administering, scoring, and interpreting the test, as well as writing reports.

In addition to surveying the two primary Rorschach scoring systems, they propose their own innovative system, the Basic Rorschach, which streamlines the assessment process by analyzing only the most clinically meaningful variables.

This versatile, four-step framework bolstered by advanced interpretation strategies helps clinicians look beyond a client's scores to more deeply understand the person behind them.

The authors also propose a shorter, four-card Rorschach test that is more accessible in some situations, yet still clinically valid.

Table of Contents

About the Series



  1. Overview of the Rorschach: Identity Crisis
  2. Getting Started: Tips for Administration
  3. Fundamentals of Rorschach Scoring: Understanding the Examinee
  4. Scoring and Interpreting Individual Variables
  5. Mixing and Matching Variables
  6. Interpreting the Results: A Four-Step Framework and Advanced Interpretation Strategies
  7. Finding the Person Behind the Scores
  8. Writing Effective Reports: Show and Tell
  9. The Future of the Rorschach: What's in Store?




About the Authors

Author Bios

James P. Choca, PhD, is a Cuban American with a doctorate in clinical psychology from Loyola University Chicago. He was a member of the faculty of the Psychology Division of the Northwestern University Medical School, and chief of psychology at Lakeside VA Medical Center for more than 20 years.

After moving to Roosevelt University, he first directed the clinical PsyD program and then served as chair of the department for 12 years. He is a full professor teaching courses in psychopathology and psychological assessment.

A diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology, and a fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, Dr. Choca's scholarly work has included writings on the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory and the Halstead Category Test. More recently he created the Emotional Assessment System, a measure of disorders in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

His interest in the evaluations of Hispanics recently led to his working in Chile, Argentina, and Spain.

Edward D. Rossini, PhD, is professor of psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. He has a long-standing interest in lifespan personality assessment and has presented and published on the Rorschach and the Thematic Apperception Test.

He graduated from the clinical psychology program at Loyola University Chicago, which was a Klopfer-based Rorschach program directed by "our Herr Rorschach," the late Dr. Frank J. Kobler.

Reviews & Awards

Finally a book about the Rorschach for use in everyday clinical practice. Assessment Using the Rorschach Inkblot Test presents a welcome antidote to generations of cumbersome scoring systems. Written in an accessible style, it provides cogent instruction on administration, person-centered interpretation, and communicating findings in test reports.
—Lon Gieser, PhD
Independent Practice, Upper Montclair, NJ, and Editor, Evocative Images: The Thematic Apperception Test and the Art of Projection

Choca and Rossini have developed a timely and time efficient Rorschach technique that is clear, concise, and accessible.
—Gary Groth-Marnat, PhD, ABPP, ABAP
Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA

In casual, lighthearted, and easy-to-read prose, Choca and Rossini rely on their years of clinical acumen with the Rorschach to propose modifications of the two dominant systems in use today to help clinicians simplify administration, coding, and interpretation and find "the person behind the scores."
—Gregory J. Meyer, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

This is an important book for all assessment psychologists. The most critical feature is that it will make any professional reader think carefully about the Rorschach. It is a major step in Rorschach research.
—Barry Ritzler, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, and Past President of the Society for Personality Assessment

Good things come in small packages. This is a fecund, low Lambda gem: brief but richly variegated, economical yet erudite, utterly saturated with blended wisdom. Unafraid of rocking the boat, necessarily wrestling with Cronbach's Ghost (achieving a partial takedown), Choca and Rossini present an alternate, abbreviated four-card procedure (nicknamed "Herm," of course). This is a go-to guide for anyone who wishes to give the Rorschach a 21st-century makeover. Choca and Rossini will enliven your Erlebnistyp!
—Charles A. Peterson, PhD, ABAP, LP
Independent Practice, St. Paul, MN

Companion Products
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    This DVD provides a brief overview of the Rorschach Inkblot Test and demonstrates its administration. Using illustrative examples from the demonstration, the guest expert also discusses the art of interpreting responses and other key elements for its best use.