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Storytelling, Narrative, and the Thematic Apperception Test / Edition 1

Storytelling, Narrative, and the Thematic Apperception Test / Edition 1

by Phebe Cramer PhD


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593850715
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/02/2004
Series: Assessment of Personality and Psychopathy
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Phebe Cramer, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and a practicing clinical psychologist.

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


Clinicians and researchers who use the TAT or any narrative material, such as biography or interviews, for assessment and evaluation. Serves as a text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in clinical assessment, personality, and personality assessment.

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