Thread: Apperception
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Unread July 20th, 2006, 08:50 AM
Henry Stein Henry Stein is offline
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An online dictionary definition of apperception is: "The process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience."

The Thematic Apperception Test is: "A projective test in which the subject interprets a series of drawings of relatively ambiguous life situations."

Adler's use of the "antithetical scheme of apperception" reflects the individual's repetitive way of thinking and feeling about signficiant people and events that supports the limited perspective of his goal and private logic. An example whould be a client who sharply divides experiences with women into intense emotional pain or massive sexual pleasure, avoiding the range of simple, positive feeling connections.

Antithetical apperception reduces reality to a simplified, "either--or" choice, permitting quick, emotion-laden choices that keep an individual moving toward an unconscious, fictional final goal and away from an imagined, dreaded feeling of inferiority.

I too am looking forward to resuming our weekly telephone discussions. If you think golf is hard to start at 70, its no easier keeping up with Chen Style Tai Chi at 74.

Henry T. Stein, Ph.D,

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