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Things You May Know But Haven't Admitted To
on 7 August 2014
Ben Ambridge is a qualified psychologist who states that it is a scientific study of human behaviour, not a tag that anyone can apply to themselves. He judges his audience to perfection. Amongst the factual psychological data, he introduces tests. We all enjoy assessing our profiles with interactive scores that may tell us, for example, whether we're nice people or psychopaths. These are handled without criticism but at the same time may be revealing. This is not only educational but also bundles of fun. How we score is addictive. From The Rorschach test (ink-blot analysis that is amusing), Ambridge take us through more than 100 tests, mostly tick-the-box, with often revealing conclusions. Others are more complicated. He illustrates the book with experiments performed in the past along with how we form opinions. These are fascinating insights into how our behavioural make-up has been framed.
This is a Kindle review. I agree that filling in questionnaires require pencil and paper, but passing on a book to members of the family and friends with answers erased with a rubber is a dead giveaway to our hidden selves. This is an excellent insight into our 'Psyche', unstressful, until the realisation of our make-up may tell us more than we wanted to know. This is educational in the gentlest sense but also great entertainment and a minefield for discussion amongst friends and whomsoever.