Contemporary Rorschach Interpretation

By J. Reid Meloy; Marvin W. Acklin et al. | Go to book overview

APPENDIX A
Thematic Apperception Test

Card 10 They're a married couple, elderly, married quite a while, and something happened that brought them to this instant here. He feels compassionate towards her. He's the aggressive person that started this, kissing her. Something she had done made him feel that way about her. A couple alone in their home, living alone, married a long time. He wants to show how he feels about whatever happened. She has her hand on his chest. What led up to it? Maybe something has happened to the children. Something being resolved and they're feeling good about it. Her hand, as if she were going to hold his penis later on.

Card 7GF I see this as a case where a young girl is setting on a love seat and the maid or servant is talking to her about the child in her arms, explaining something to her about the baby. She's in a state of shock. I think the maid is trying to make her understand something she can't quite fathom, such as having and caring for the baby. What is going to happen? In the future? I don't know. She's undecided whether she'll keep the baby or not.

Card 6BM This is my dad and he's quite serious looking. The woman is some relation of his. He looks quite as if he's going to or has told her something and I have a feeling he's not gonna stay and she doesn't want him to stay. My dad is quite handsome. Looks a lot like my dad in pictures. He's quite tense, holding his hat. His fingers look quite tense. What is going to happen? A country home, a wooded part through the window the old lady is looking out through. Took place in an earlier time, not at the present. What is going to happen? Something very solemn, so many possibilities.

Card 7BM I see this as sort of a sinister picture, both of them looking quite foreboding or evil, talking about some unlawful thing. The older one is talking to the younger one. The older one is quite shrewd. The younger man looks quite corrupt or outside of the law. What are they talking about? I haven't any idea what they're talking about.

Card 13 I see this back in the early days of log cabins. The young boy sitting in the doorway, could be like myself, sucking on his thumb or chewing his finger, his hands clasped. It's a rural scene back in pioneer days. The door is out of alignment. The sun is shining. What is the story? Boy's just sitting and thinking, all so solitaire. What is he thinking? He's gonna grow up. What is he feeling? Being a man, sexually active and having girlfriends and going to school. What is he feeling? Hope for the future.

Card 8BM I see this, a dead man there, and the boy in the foreground is detached from the rest of them. The ones in back holding a knife are gonna perform an autopsy. They're physicians. The man with the knife is gonna put a lot of pressure on the knife. What led up to this? Looks like a prison, bars in the back. I see the gun as something unrelated to the picture. The boy is just detached from the picture, looks intelligent, a moral type of boy. His thoughts are on religion. There's a beam of light on him. Can you tell me a story? I did.

Card 9BM These men have been working in a field. They just came in for dinner and they're relaxing after dinner. By their poses, they're good friends, one on the other's back, the other with his body close to the other man. The one without the hat is a younger man, sort of detached from the rest of them as if he were questioning why they were laying there. He's wanting them to go back to work. What is he feeling? He's feeling he doesn't have much effect on what the other fellas are feeling.

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