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                    Acacia Counseling
           Gene Douglas, M.Ed. LPC LMFT


To treat a problem using TAT, follow these instructions:
1.) Rate the strength of your feeling you are experiencing right now, on a scale of 1-10, when you think of the problem.
That number is the SUD (Subjective Units of Discomfort.)
2.) Put your thumb against the inside corner of one eye. Place the ring finger against the inside corner of the other eye.
3.) Place the middle two fingers against your forehead, about a quarter inch above a line between the eyebrows so the
two fingers are lined up with the upper part of the eyebrow.
4.) Cup the other hand, and place it behind your head, with the thumb against your neck, right where it meets the base of the skull.
The little finger will be pressed against your head where it rests. Don't lay your hand flat against your head.
5.) Close your eyes and think of the feeling or event or person that bothers you. Continue for one minute, or until you feel a "shift"
in your body before that. This may be a reflexive sigh.
6.) Keep your pose, and repeat a statement reminding you of the problem in your mind. It may be a person's name,
a phrase about what happened, or the name of the feeling. Continue repeating for one minute, or until you feel a shift.
7.) Keep the pose, and repeat in your mind a statement which is opposite of the problem -- even if you don't believe it.
This might be "I will feel comfortable when I do that," or "I will feel calm and relaxed," whatever is opposite to what has been the case.
Continue repeating for one minute, or until a shift occurs.
8.) Keep the pose, and concentrate your attention on the part of your body where you feel your feelings. That will be different for different people.
Continue for one minute, or until a shift occurs.
9.) Rate your SUD again.

TAT Links:
Learning and Using TAT
How To Do TAT

Recommended Reading

Acacia Counseling

Gene Douglas, M.Ed. LPC LMFT

Recommended Reading

The Parents' Guide -- Dinkmeyer & McKay

When I Say No, I Feel Guilty -- Manuel Smith

Games People Play -- Eric Berne

I Ain't Much Baby, But I'm All I Got -- Jess Lair

What Do I Do Now, God? -- Jess Lair

Winning Through Intimidation -- Robert Ringer  (Title is misleading.  It isn't about that.)

Looking Out For Number One -- Robert Ringer

How to Win Friends and Influence People -- Dale Carnegie  (Original version is better than the one edited by his heirs.)

Scripts People Live:  Transactional Analysis of Life Scripts  -- Claude Steiner 

Games Alcoholics Play -- The Analysis of Scripts -- Claude Steiner

Games Alcoholics Play -- The Analysis of Life Scripts -- Eric Berne

How to Stop the One You Love From Drinking -- Mary Ellen Pinkham

Beyond Games and Scripts -- Eric Berne

What do You Say After You Say Hello? -- Eric Berne

Born to win:  Transactional Analysis with Gestalt Experiments 1971  --  Dorothy Jongeward and Muriel James

I'm OK - You're OK -- Thomas Harris

Type A Behavior and Your Heart -- Meyer Friedman

Why Women Get the Blues Brian Greer, M.D., and Carla Greer.  Globe Communications, Boca Raton, FL; NY, NY.)  (Available on

Time For a Better Marriage -- Dinkmeyer & Carlson

Domestic Conflict Containment Program -- Peter Neidig ... Behavioral Science Assoc., Beaufort, S.C.

Learning to Live Without Violence -- Sonkin & Durphy....... Volcano Press, San Francisco

How to Raise Your Self-Esteem -- Nathaniel Branden

The Psychology of Self-Esteem -- Nathaniel Branden

Man the Manipulator -- Everett Shoestrom

Between Man and Woman, The Dynamics of Intersexual Relationships -- Everett Schostrom

The Relaxation Response -- Herbert Benson

Kids and Depression (click)

ADDitude Magazine (click)

Another recommended reading list (click)