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The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is intended to assess aspects of personality that are outside of awareness with standard instructions to tell stories about a set of commercially available pictures. The TAT stimuli to elicit stories were introduced by Christiana Morgan and Henry A. Murray in the 1930s, followed by Murray’s book describing a particular interpretive approach. Although other sets of pictures were published, usually with accompanying interpretive procedures, the TAT cards have remained the most popular. However, use of the TAT pictures is not wedded to a particular interpretive system. Hence, the TAT is not a single test but a flexible technique for using a set of pictures and instructions with a variety of interpretive procedures for clinical assessment and the study of personality. ...

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