Theory and Research in Projective Techniques (Emphasizing the TAT)

Theory and Research in Projective Techniques (Emphasizing the TAT)

Theory and Research in Projective Techniques (Emphasizing the TAT)

Theory and Research in Projective Techniques (Emphasizing the TAT)

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My original purpose was to write a book that would deal comprehensively with each of the major projective techniques. I quickly realized, however, that such a treatise would require several volumes. Consequently, I elected a more modest goal, namely, to write a book dealing with a theoretical-research appraisal of the TAT. It became apparent, once I had commenced writing, that much of the theoretical outlook as well as the research findings applied not only to thematic techniques but to many of the other projective techniques as well. At last, I hit upon an idea of not only describing a substantial portion of the theory and research done in thematic techniques but also of employing thematic techniques as a model for discussing theories, assumptions, and methodological problems common to all the projective techniques.

The book's special merit, if it has any, is in (a) examining the determinants of the projective (thematic) response categorized by stimulus, background, and organismic factors and buttressing all conclusions by referral to the research literature and (b) examining many implicit and explicit assumptions made for projective techniques in general and thematic techniques in particular, and subjecting these to experimental verification through reference to the research efforts of others and myself.

The book is intended primarily to serve as a reference and textbook of theory and research on the TAT. It may also be of utility in a course dealing with projective techniques in general. In this regard, Chapters 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 should have relevance; the other chapters are more heavily weighted toward specific discussion of the TAT.

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