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)