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March 15, 1952

Thematic Test Analysis

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By Edwin S. Schneidman, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Veterans Administration Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Los Angeles, California. With collaboration of Walther Joel, Ph.D., Assistant Chief Clinical Psychologist (Psychotherapy), V. A. Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Los Angeles, and Kenneth B. Little, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, V. A. Hospital, San Francisco. Foreword by Henry A. Murray, M.D. Cloth. $8.75. Pp. 320, with 3 illustrations. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Fourth Ave., New York 16, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;148(11):973-974. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930110095037

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Abstract

This book represents what is probably the most extensive psychological "dissection" ever performed on a human being. Its major purpose is to present a round table of interpretations by several experts of one person's psychological test data. This person's responses in the thematic apperception test and the "make a picture story" test were sent to experts who have published techniques for analyzing the former. Besides the responses, the experts were given only the subject's age, sex, and marital status. Each was asked to analyze the two tests by his own method and to return the recorded steps of his working procedure, such as working notes, notations, and tabulations, as well as the final write-up of his analysis. Sixteen of the experts responded, and the result is this presentation of the main techniques now being used in interpretation of these two tests in research and clinical work. The book also contains

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