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1st Edition


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ISBN 9781593850715
Published July 14, 2004 by Guilford Press
374 Pages

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Book Description

The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is a systematic approach to storytelling that offers insight into the unique psychological reality of each individual. This book integrates a variety of interpretive approaches to the TAT to illuminate the meaning of narratives and explore their clinical implications. Informed by psychodynamic theory and empirical research, the book addresses such topics as the ways narratives reveal different personality organizations; how stories change over the course of therapy; the influence of age, gender, and defense mechanisms on narratives; and the use of the TAT in clinical studies. A new preface to the paperback edition situates the book within the contemporary landscape of personality research.

Table of Contents

I. Origins of the Thematic Apperception Test
1. Introduction
2. The TAT
II. Interpretation of the TAT
3. Narrative and Storytelling
4. Context and Storytelling
5. The TAT and the Life Story Narrative
6. Gender Identity: An Interpretive Perspective
7. Defense Mechanisms: Another Interpretive Perspective
III. Studies of Clinical Patients
8. The Storyteller's Narrative
9. The Anaclitic/Introjective Perspective: Two Personality Organizations
10. The Interpreter's Perspective: TAT and Psychopathology
IV. Changing Narratives: Studies of Normal Development
11. Developmental Differences in TAT Stories: Children and Adolescents
12. Developmental Differences in Adult TAT Stories
V. Research Issues with the TAT
13. General Issues in TAT Research
14. Questions of Reliability and Validity
15. The TAT in Personality Research Today
16. The TAT in Clinical Research Studies: Further Examples
17. Conclusion

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This book is a valuable resource for psychology students at any level who are learning the foundations of projective testing, and it is destined to become standard reading for doctoral students who are enrolled in projective assessment courses... Should be required reading for every clinician who will be administering and interpreting the TAT. - Psychiatric Services

A masterful synthesis... Cramer does a particularly good job of integrating interpretative and empirical approaches to the TAT, showing how the interpretation of life narratives and the rigorous psychometric assessment of life narratives can be part of the same enterprise. - Drew Westen, PhD

Beautifully written, clinically astute, and extraordinarily well documented. - Steven Tuber, PhD

This is a scholarly achievement written in a clear and lucid fashion. Its encyclopaedic coverage will be of inestimable value to clinicians and researchers alike. - Carol Eagle, PhD