Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) Overview – SSB Psychology Test

Quoting Wikipedia, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is a projective psychological test in which proponents of the technique assert that subjects’ responses, in the narratives they make up about ambiguous pictures of people, reveal their underlying motives, concerns, and the way they see the social world.

History Of Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

The TAT was developed during the 1930s by the American psychologist Henry A. Murray and lay psychoanalyst Christiana D. Morgan at the Harvard Clinic at Harvard University. In SSB Psychological test, the same model of Thematic Apperception Test is followed as was developed in 1930s.

A small difference being the pictures shown in SSB psychological test are almost clear to identify the characters and background easily and only 12 pictures are shown instead of 32.

TAT Test From SSB’s Perspective

The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is the first test in Psychological Test Series. In this test, a set of provocative yet ambiguous pictures are shown to the you, as you are required to interpret a story from the picture. Hence the test is sometimes called Picture Interpretation Technique. It is an attempt to let the candidate have flights of imagination. It is a method of exploring a person’s subconscious creativity by stimulating his imaginativeness and interpreting it. TAT is also a test of the candidate’s imagination. If a blank or hazy/vague picture is shown to a candidate, he will have to interpret it according to his imagination. The pictures, therefore, revive the thought processes of the candidate so that he can write a story depending on the pictures.

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TAT requires the candidates to write 12 stories on pictures which will be shown to you one after the other on a screen. You will get 30 sec to view the picture and 04 min to write a story on each picture.

The 12th slide will be shown as a blank screen and you are required to write any story using your own imagination. Make sure that you link this story with a significant incident from your own life or a story of an achiever that you have heard or read and that really touched your heart. It is needless to say that all stories must be written with a positive state of mind and optimistic ending.

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