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The Thematic Apperception Test

  • George C. Rosenwald
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Abstract

Since its design in the mid-thirties, the TAT has risen to a preeminent postition among instruments of assessment. It has been used more widely than any other projective technique in the scientific investigation of motivation, and clinicians continue to rely on it heavily in coping with diagnostic problems of everyday practice. It has held its own so well in competition with the Rorschach test and the many other tech niques described in this book for several reasons. Perhaps the foremost is that the manifest material yielded by the TAT is not mysterious in appearance. The comparatively untrained person can appreciate fabricated stories and fantasy tales; he needs no acquaintance with technical symbols and test scores to obtain at least a superficial feeling for the moods and perspectives of the subject who produced the stories, and even the experienced tester profits from this property which differentiates the TAT from other tests.

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