The SSCA Method Of Interpretation

The Seven-Step Configuration Analysis (SSCA) is a method of psychological interpretation of pictorial expression (e.g. projective drawings and paintings) in a systems analysis approach.

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Overview of the Seven-Step Configuration Analysis (click to enlarge)

The SSCA is a general scheme of the expert’s thinking when understanding a picture.

Download the SSCA map here (PDF)

The SSCA was developed by Prof. Zoltan Vass (1996). The most comprehensive publication of the method is a 928-page handbook:

​Vass, Z. (2012). A psychological interpretation of drawings and paintings. The SSCA Method: A Systems Analysis Approach. Budapest: Alexandra.

About the author (click here)

A short summary of the steps below (click to enlarge):

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The Seven Steps of the SSCA (download here)

In practice, the examiner starts with drawing, a phenomenological map, which represents his observations about the subject and the picture. It includes all the observations on a single page and helps him to focus on the relationships between the observations.

As the last step, he may also construct a semantic map, which represents the essence of the picture.

The SSCA consists of seven basic methods or steps: (1) context analysis, (2) process analysis, (3) phenomenological analysis, (4) intuitive analysis, (5) global analysis, (6) item analysis and (7) finding the essence.

The SSCA provides a rich repertoire of methods and techniques. At the beginning of the SSCA studies, it takes a long time to perform a complete analysis. However, after learning the method, the whole procedure will become an inner-thinking strategy and the seven steps will merge into one process. An expert is able to choose the most adequate methods in the repertoire of the SSCA and perform the whole analysis in his head.

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Download the most important chapter of the SSCA Book free

The aim is a level of expertise in which the pictures begin to “speak” to the examiner after a short while.

The final result of the SSCA is the ‘essence’ of the picture, i.e. a concise but extendable summary of a picture’s psychological significance.

References:

Vass, Z. (2012). A psychological interpretation of drawings and paintings. The SSCA Method: A Systems Analysis Approach. Budapest: Alexandra.

Next step: Check the free SSCA online course of the Institute

Downloads (FREE):

  1. The SSCA map (PDF)
  2. The Seven Steps of the SSCA
  3. The first and most important chapter of the SSCA Book: ResearchGate free access

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felix trotter

I need to buy this book, do you know where can I find it?

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    Institute of Projective Drawings

    Hello Felix,

    Thank you for your question. Hard copies are sold out but the book will be available in a downloadable e-format.

    You can check the online software written by Prof. Vass, based on the book.:
    arttherapycoursesonline.com/arties-04/

    Kind regards,
    Kate

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CBraya

Hi, Is the book currently available for purchase? If so, please advise where I can purchase it. Thank you!

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    Institute of Projective Drawings

    Hi, hard copies are sold out but we are going to publish it in ebook format. Are you still interested in it?

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      Odgerel

      Hi, I really want to read this book, where can I find the e-book version?

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    Katalin Gyermán

    Contact the author for more information (he is very responsive): dr.vass.zoltan@gmail.com

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      Patrick

      Hi,

      I have already sent an email message to Dr. Vass expressing my interest in purchasing his book, but I still have not heard from him after a few days.

      I am wondering where I can purchase an e-copy of the book, please. Thank you.

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        Institute of Projective Drawings

        Hi Patrick,

        Here is the author. Yes, we are preparing an e-book but it needs a little time. However, I can confirm that the book will be available. We will notify you and thank you for your patience.

        Zoltan

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Fernando

HI, any news when the book will be ready?

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