How do the Rorschach, the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and the House, Tree, Person tests work? Do you reveal something about yourself when you tell stories about pictures or tell what you see in an inkblot or even when you do something as seemingly innocent as drawing a picture of a house? In this episode I try to answer these questions about the Freudian defense mechanism of projection as well as show you how a wonderful poem called How It Will End by Denise Duhamel could be an excellent example of psychology in everyday life.
Resources for this Episode
- Many thanks to Denise Duhamel for allowing me to read her wonderful poem How It Will End on this episode. You can find out more about her here.
- Click to hear Garrison Keillor read the poem in the September 28, 2009 episode of The Writer’s Almanac.
- You can find more poetry by Denise Duhamel here: Denise Duhamel on Amazon
- The Rorshach Society of North America created this site where you can get a sense of what it is like to take the Rorshach test.
- Information about the Rorshach Test from Wikipedia
- Information about the Thematic Apperception Test from the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders
- Iinformation about the Thematic Apperception Test from Wikipedia