THEMATIC APPERCEPTION TES
In common terminology it
is a story writing test. A candidate is shown a picture and he has to
write a story on the picture. (In fact, there are 12 pictures including
or excluding a blank picture). This test is based on the details of the
pictures shown. A lot of details are created by a candidate on the basis
of his own imagination. A problem, a difficult situation/ aim is
visualized by a candidate and then the same is sorted out systematically
by the central character (Hero) with or without the help of others.
(But preferably with a group). Steps or action is taken by the central
character to sort out the problem so visualized. It enables a candidate
to show what he/she is. The hero/heroine represents the candidate as
he/she is roughly of the same age and exactly of the sex as the
candidate is. This test is generally given and interpreted by trained
THE STORY ENCOMPASSES:-
What was the back ground, i.e. what
resulted into the situation shown in the picture. What was the situation
like (as shown in the picture)And what it led to (conclusive manner in
which the central character reacted to solve the situation by
interpretting the details shown in the picture). This is indirect
projection of the candidate personality through the hero/heroine created
through imagination by the candidate..
What is essential for a good story
It is written in the past tense only to ensure that action was in fact taken by the hero/heroine
who represents the candidate.
The hero/heroine is given a name, which is different in different stories.
Do not create a story leading to the life in army, navy and air force etc. unless the picture
shown suggests it.
Always create risks and adventures which involve the Hero. But he/she is not shown as super-
That the main character is methodical, plans his/her actions and executes them to achieve
what he/she wants to.
Is ultimately successful in achieving what his/her aim is. He/she doesnt leave things half-done.
Some Examples are
was going to his college with his friends. On the way he saw a crowd
gathered around a person who was injured in an accident. Rajiv found
that no one helped the injured person. He told his friends to stop a
passing by vehicle and requested the driver to carry the injuredto the
hospital. The doctor on duty was hesitant to treat the injuredbecause of
issues. Rajiv assured him to help the injured to save hislife. He even
searched the injured persons pockets and found his
which he got the number of his father. He also made the doctor speak to
the father of the injured assuring him that the injured person work out
of danger. Then the doctor treated the injured. Since the injury was not
very serious. Rajiv went to college after the persons father arrived.
In the evening, he visited the injured in the hospital and found that he
was progressing well.
The hero feels
responsible towards the injured, ensures that he and his group mates do
the needful in such a situation. He does this work first and then goes
to his college. He shows his desire to help the person, feels
responsible at social level. Is able to get the job done by the group,
ensures that the person is all right. The action taken is systematic,
though somewhat difficult, can convince the doctor to do the needful and
ultimately the person is treated and saved.
STORY 1 WRITTEN BY A CANDIDATE:-
Divya Prakesh was sleeping along with hia men in bunker on the LOC near
china border.They were attacked, taken prisoners and put in a camp by
the chinese soldiers. However, Major Prakesh Prakash had already decided
to escape from there. He along with his man started digging an under-
ground tunnel from their quarters in the camp to outside the place. The
work started and got completed undetected. Maj. Prakash then alerted his
man to start evacuation. One by one, using the darkness as a cover,
they escaped and lended outside the camp. They decided to move
stealthily one by one and reach the other side of LOC. They did so. They
were later helped by the Indian troops on the other side and reached
their headquarters safely.
INTERPRETATION BY THE PSYCHOLOGIST:-
Prakesh shows a careless/casual attitude by sleeping in the bumker on
border along with his man, instead of keeping a vigil. He is a wrong
example to be followed by men.
Due to his easy going, coulden't
careless nature he is attacked by the opponent by surprise and was taken
as a prisoner. Because of his poor leadership his men also suffered.
escape plan presented in his story is not realistic, and is wishful in
nature. His enemy was more alert and aggressive where as he was casual
and submissive. Low Reasoning Ability , Effective intelligence,
Sense of responsibility, Speed of decision, Self Confidence, Stamina. OVERALL- a bellow average story.
STORY 2 WRITTEN BY CANDIDATE:-
was a young officer incharge of a small post China border.While on
a night watch he noticed that some Chinese soldiers were intruding
across the border. He immidiately reported the matter to his seniors and
also took prompt action to challenge the intruders with fire. His man
were able to injure two chinese soldiers. Priyanshu and his man
apperehended them and got them to the post and provided them
medical help. Next day the Chinese side requested for a meeting.
Priyanshu was instructed by his seniors to deal with chinese firmly.
During the meeting he was able to convince the chinese officer to an
agreement of non voilating the border in future in return of the chinese
soldiers. Thereafter, there were no chinese instrusions across the
border in that area.
INTERPRETATION BY THE PSYCHOLOGIST:-
priyanshu has high self esteem and idea himself as an officer. He has
positive aspirations. He is duty minded and was alert on his job. Shows
High Sense of responsiblity he is quick, bold and courageous - displays
dynnamism. Leads his man by example. He is intruders and is obedient to
laws. He has ability to convince his counter part and physical stamina,
and maint his composure. A Positive Certain Story.
SOME OF THE PICTURES CAN BE
A person in front of no vacancy board.
A boy putting his hand on the shoulder of another boy.
Some people going towards an old building.
A woman playing cricket in play ground.
A person swimming in a pool.
A scene of Hindu marriage.
A woman and child looking at a photograph of a uniformed person with a garland on it.
Some people going up the mountain.
A market scene.
A girl and a doctor talking to her.
A scene in a hospital.
A person standing in front of a grave-yard.
A Sikh officer shaking hands with a boy aged 17-18 years.
A person addressing villagers.
A boy looking out of a window.
A number of boys around a notice-board.
A boy on a motor bike.
A man surrounded by a number of women.
A boy teasing a girl in the street.
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