Download Stay Free issue #21 (psychology)

Carrie McLaren is a guest blogger at Boing Boing and coauthor of Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consumer Culture. She lives in Brooklyn, the former home of her now defunct Stay Free! magazine.

Before signing off from our stint as guest bloggers, I thought I'd post a back issue from Stay Free! The "psychology" issue has been unavailable for quite some time, so here it is in convenient pdf form.

  • Better Living Through Lobotomy: What can the history of psychosurgery tell us about medicine today?
  • Interview with historian Elliot Valenstein
  • Lawrence Kirmayer discusses cross-cultural mental health
  • A brief history of employee personality testing by Ana Marie Cox
  • Curious Mental Illnesses of the World
  • The history of psychosomatic illness (interview with Edward Shorter)
  • Enter the Wolfman: The syndrome that makes one howl at the moon
  • More!
  • szondi-test.jpg

    The Szondi personality test (above) started with the assumption that everyone is a little crazy and proceeded to unearth which disorder was the cause. Each test subject was shown photos of people and asked to pick out the one they'd most like to sit next to on a train trip. Little did subjects know that the people they were shown were all "thoroughly disordered"--a homosexual, a sadist, and an epileptic, among others. The "disorder" that subjects selected was presumed to indicate their own disposition. -- from "Test Mania!"

    Link (pdf)

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    1. Well, Carrie, let’s just hang on a dad-burned minute. I already have this file since I was a subscriber back in the day to Stay Free (for some reason, I recall a picture of Jason Torchinski in his boxers in another past issue) and I’m a little more than bummed that you guys stopped putting the magazine together. So…how about a reunion issue, eh? Never mind that you all have jobs and family lives and such–I’M A CONSUMER!! GIVE IT TO ME!!
      (Sorry–an iPhone ad just went by and I lost my head for a moment…)
      Well, just know that your old Stay Free buddies are still out here, and we found Stay Free to be one of the best things to happen to our underdeveloped minds.
      Stay Free indeed!

    2. Didn’t the Szondi Personality Test ask subjects why they wanted to sit next to the person they selected?

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