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A Practical Guide to the Thematic Apperception Test by Marvin Reznikoff, Kim Altman Weiss, Edward Aronow

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CHAPTER

Interpretation

image   Theory

TAT responses can be meaningfully interpreted because it is assumed that what an individual makes of an ambiguous stimulus, such as TAT cards, reflects his or her own personality and characteristic modes of interacting with the environment. Subjects create TAT stories based on a combination of three things: the card stimulus, the testing environment, and the personality or inner world of the subject (Murstein, 1959). On the TAT, the degree of ambiguity of the stimulus varies from card to card, but each requires the individual to subjectively interpret the pictures and create a story, which involves borrowing ...

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