Psychobook: Games, Tests, Questionnaires, Histories
by Julian Rothenstein (editor)
Princeton Architectural Press
2016, 192 pages, 8.9 x 12.1 x 0.9 inches (hardcover)
I am not afraid of toads. I do not like to see men in their pajamas. Someone has been trying to get into my car. I think I would like the work of a librarian. I do not always tell the truth.
The above statements are examples of what could appear on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, a "psychometric test" in which psychology patients must answer with only a "yes," "no," "true," "false," or "cannot say." There is no place on the test to expand or explain your answers. The results of the exam help determine whether a test-taker is "normal" or "deviant." This test has been helping to sort out the "crazies" from the "normals" since 1943, and yes, according to Psychobook, it's still being used by some doctors today!
Psychobook, just released today, is a fun, fascinating, image-heavy book that looks at all kinds of ridiculous psych tests used throughout the centuries (some cancelled long ago, others still quacking along). Read about mental test kits such as: Lowenfeld Mosaic tests (make a design with colorful geometric toy pieces to see how carefree, thoughtful or anxious you are); the Szondi Test (see how your mind works by looking at portraits of men and guessing whether they're homosexual, a psychopath, a maniac, or some other such type); Pictorial Completion Test (find out if your kid has delinquent tendencies by having them fill in a drawing with objects that are missing from the scene), and dozens more.
Psychobook even offers lots of tests you can take right from the book. Nervously, I took the Rorschach inkblot test (staring at a blob on a page that's been folded in half so that it becomes symmetrical, and imagining what the image might be). I passed with flying colors, as my reading said I was "highly capable, to put it mildly…you master everything you turn your hand to…" I guess some of these psychotic tests really do work!