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A look at psychological tests and a history of normal


“Psychobook: Games, Tests, Questionnaires, Histories” (Princeton Architectural) edited by Julian Rothenstein is a fascinating collection of psychological and personality tests and new quizzes developed by contemporary artists and writers. In addition to the Rorschach inkblot test, there’s the Everyday Guilt Test and the How Angry Are You multiple-choice questionnaire. In the back of the book, there’s a scoring guide to help you interpret your performance on many of the tests. “Psychobook” functions on a number of levels — as a history of what’s considered “normal,” as a party game, and as evidence that the human mind is endlessly inventive in its efforts to categorize people. JAN GARDNER