Scene Description is Not Story

I keep seeing samples of TAT stories from some of my students who have a misconception that description of a scene is a story. This is not correct. Let me explain with examples:

Picture: A group of children on a picnic

Incorrect Story: Ajay, Ram, Hari, Mohan, Karan, Neha & Lata went for a picnic to Bhola Waterfall near Meerut. They are shown enjoying the picnic by playing ‘Antakshri’ and also taking a swim in the water and enjoying the packed food prepared by their respective parents.

Correct Story: Ajay and his group of friends had worked very hard for the board exams of 12th. They had formed a group for collective study. Ajay was very good in Math. Other friends included specialists in Physics, Chemistry and English. Their collective study had proved mutually beneficial to all. They had all done well in the exam. Ajay planned a picnic after the exams and the idea was liked by all others in the group. They really enjoyed the picnic. It was a memorable day for all as they dispersed to different colleges after finishing their schooling. The happy moments shared together strengthened their bonds of friendship for long years later.

Picture: A celebrity getting down from a car and being surrounded by a mob

Incorrect Story: Vijay visited his hometown, Bhiwani, after winning a gold medal in Boxing in the Asian Games. A large crowd had gathered to welcome him and celebrate his success. Vijay, his family, friends and neighbours were all very happy and proud of Ajay.

Correct Story:  Vijay visited his hometown, Bhiwani, after winning a gold medal in Boxing in the Asian Games. A large crowd had gathered to welcome him and celebrate his success. Vijay had above average talent. There were some boys in his club who were almost as good or even better. Vijay, however, stood out as the most dedicated among all. His coach had felt that he would make the club proud one day. Vijay’s hard-work got him selected after winning the state and national championship to represent India. Vijay’s family, friends and neighbours were all very proud of him. His simplicity, dedication, discipline and work ethic inspired other young boys to take up Boxing and Bhiwani emerged as the Boxing capital of India.

I hope the above examples have explained the difference between the description of a scene and writing of a story. Please use this information to do well in the TAT of the Psychology Tests in SSB.

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