Seeing red: Affect modulation and chromatic color responses on the Rorschach

Johanna C. Malone, Michelle B. Stein, Jenelle Slavin-Mulford, Iruma Bello, S. Justin Sinclair, Mark A. Blais

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Psychoanalytic theories suggest that color perception on the Rorschach relates to affective modulation. However, this idea has minimal empirical support. Using a clinical sample, the authors explored the cognitive and clinical correlates of Rorschach color determinants and differences among four affective modulation subtypes: Controlled, Balanced, Under-Controlled, and Flooded. Subtypes were differentiated by measures of affective regulation, reality testing/confusion, and personality traits. Initial support for the relationship of chromatic color response styles and affective modulation was found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-93
Number of pages24
JournalBulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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