The Holtzman Inkblot Technique as a Measure of Interpersonal Relationship

The HIT and Interpersonal Relationships


  • James Dawe Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Raymond C. Hawkins School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
  • Marco Lauriola Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Lina Pezzuti Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy



We examined the ability of the Holtzman Inkblot Technique (HIT) to assess different aspects of interpersonal relationships through the study of the association of six original HIT variables and 13 new HIT variables with the Rorschach Comprehensive System and the Personality Assessment Inventory. The three tests were administered to a sample of 136 subjects (61 male and 76 female) with an age range between 18 and 35 years. Four HIT variables (Human Content, Anxiety, Hostility, and Barrier) and four new HIT variables showed several significant correlations, which ranged from a minimum of .18 to a maximum of .28. Some of the results confirmed our hypotheses and therefore provide new support for the validity of old and new HIT variables. Those the significant correlations of the new HIT variables have an important implication for both clinicians and researchers. These results are discussed in the context of the literature.



How to Cite

Dawe, J., Hawkins, R. C., Lauriola, M., & Pezzuti, L. (2022). The Holtzman Inkblot Technique as a Measure of Interpersonal Relationship: The HIT and Interpersonal Relationships. Psychology Hub, 39(2), 56–64.



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