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Are You Crazy?: 18 Scientific Quizzes to Test Yourself Paperback – July 5, 2005
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Now Williams has penned a new work entitled "Are You Crazy?: 18 scientific quizzes to test yourself" and he asked me to read and review his latest contribution to the genre of pop psychology. Again, this is not a book written for professional psychologists; it is a book written for the ordinary person who has an interest in psychology and, in this particular case, in "self-psychology"; that is, Williams is providing a means for the common Joe or Jane to ask and analyze questions and answers about a fundamental question that virtually everyone has asked himself or herself at some point in life: "Am I crazy?Read more ›
An honest reader of "Are You Crazy?" will get a helpful reality check. For most of us, reading the text and doing the self-tests will help us affirm that we are OK after all. Probably for many more of us, this book will help us be more accepting of other people and their behavior. And for some, this book will be a lifeline--by identifying that something is wrong after all. Of course, the value of the tests rests squarely on the honesty of the person taking them. Those who are in denial probably need more help than this book can provide. But for most folks, it will prove to be a very good use of their time.
"Are You Crazy?" does include some Anglo-Saxon vernacular, which some folks may find offensive. But for those who "venture outside the monastery," the language is descriptive and appropriate.
What is in "Are You Crazy?"? This book consists of eight chapters. The first chapter focuses on the reader--with tests on narcissism, negativity, and shyness. The second chapter focuses on the reader's relationships with others--with tests on security, jealousy, and manipulative behavior.
The third chapter focuses on eating and drinking disorders. Interestingly, eating and drinking disorders are "normal" in the USA (which is why we have an obesity epidemic and a diabetes epidemic).Read more ›