Interpreting a Rorschach is not like reading tea leaves or reading someones palm. How an individual looks at a vague stimulus and responds tells us something about how they perceive, think, and feel. Beginning with the Four Square or Core, information about interpreting the test follows a series of typical human capacities.


The core section provides information on the person’s dominant personality style, particularly focusing on the level of stress the person is experiencing and how effectively the style


This section examines how "in contol" someone typically is. Are they "obsessive" and "anal-retentive" or do they "let it all hang out" or even "lose control" once in a while?


This section refers to the amount of situational stress the individual is facing. While most of what the Rorschach reveals are "traits" there are certain variables which reveal a patients current "state," especially related to anxiety and helplessness.


This section examines how the patient addresses their feelings. Do they apprach the feelings or do they shy away from them? Do they rely onb their feelings to make decisions or do they "think things through?" When they are angry, do they mispercievee or distort their perceptions?


Simply put cognition is thinking; nevertheless, there are at least three components of thinking examined by the Rorschach.

Information Processing

This involves the mental procedures entailed in the input of information.

Cognitive Mediation

This involves the mental operations occurring to translate or identify input information.


This is the thinking process that forms the basis for essentially all deliberate, intentional, and meaningful behavior.


Self-perception as is revealed in Rorschach responses, pertains to two features, self-image and selfinvolvement. Self-image constitutes the impressions that one has regarding his or her own characteristics. It is an internal lexicon of concepts related to the characteristics of oneself. Many of these impressions are readily accessible to one's conscious thinking, but some may be only partially or completely inaccessible to conscious awareness. This is because they are unwanted or conflicting and thus tend to be suppressed or even repressed.

Interpersonal Perception

Even though the Rorschach does not obtain information regarding a person’s actual environment or the other persons within that environment, it does provide information related to needs, attitudes, behavioral response sets, and coping styles, all of which are relevant to interpersonal relationships.