Combining the Rorschach test and the temperament character inventory: A new perspective on personality assessment

Secondo Fassino, F. Amianto, M. Levi, G. G. Rovera

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Background: The numerous reports on research involving the clinical assessment of personality in axis I disorders highlight the importance of temperament features in the current approach to all mental disorders. However, the available instruments of personality assessment have many limits. Self-administered questionnaires depend on the patient's insight, and projective instruments (i.e. the Rorschach test) often lack objectivity. This study compared the results of personality assessment with the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) and the Rorschach test to verify their validity. Patients and Methods: TCI and Rorschach tests were administered to a wide sample of patients (n = 180) in a short period. The most common Rorschach siglatures were correlated with the TCI raw scores using the Pearson correlation test. Results: All TCI temperament dimensions and facets displayed at least two correlations with Rorschach siglatures. The description of each dimension and facet of the TCI obtained with the interpretation of Rorschach siglatures was consistent with its original meaning. Conclusions: The TCI and Rorschach tests adequately validated each other. In the future, the administration and integration of these tests will overcome the biases of both. Further, the theoretical bases of the TCI could facilitate the study of psychological functions, whereas the psychodynamic bases of the Rorschach test provide an in-depth insight into temperament traits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Personality
  • Rorschach test
  • Temperament
  • Temperament character inventory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)


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