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Are You Crazy?: 18 Scientific Quizzes to Test Yourself Paperback – July 5, 2005

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Andrew N. Williams is an experimental psychologist with 20 years of experience conducting studies for academic, government, and private research firms. He has also written dozens of technical reports and journal articles, and is the author of How Do You Compare?.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (July 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399531580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399531583
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,190,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew N. Williams is an experimental psychologist with 20 years of experience conducting studies for academic, government, and private research firms. He has also written dozens of technical reports and journal articles, and is the author of "How Do You Compare?," a book I reviewed last year and to which I gave a positive review, considering it a worthy contribution to what some call "pop psychology." This particular category of literature, often unfairly dismissed by intellectual "purists" as "not fit for any but the simplest of minds," has always had a wide audience and, I suspect, even been read by those intellectuals who have been critical of it. The term "pop psychology" is, in my opinion, a perfectly appropriate name for this type of work which appeals, after all, to a popular audience (hence the designation as "pop") and ought to be considered in the same vein as "popular science," which not even active scientists have a problem with. As long as a work in "pop psychology" doesn't fall into the trap of "faddism" (and "How Do You Compare?" did not do so) no one should have a problem with it, including the professionals.

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?
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Having read and reviewed Williams' previous book, "How Do You Compare?," I was excited to discover this author had written another self-examination guide. While the world is just seething with insanity, our natural tendency is to have a "I'm OK, you are crazy" view of things. Some people are not as crazy as we think they are, we are not necessarily as sane as we think we are, and some of the quirks we are embarrassed about are not as whacky as we think.

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).
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I had this book years ago and remembered the tests being kind of fun and insightful, so I decided to buy it as a kindle book. Mistake! They just scanned the pages for the kindle version, making the quizzes blurry and tiny and unreadable in many places. If I hadn't had this book before and remembered the way the scoring worked, this book would be useless. You can't zoom in to made the words bigger and readable either because that just makes the tiny writing more blurry. I'm reading this book on the kindle app on a full size iPad (not a mini), not on some tiny little device. Huge disappointment. Don't waste your money on kindle version. The book is great in paperback form though.
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I purchased the kindle edition of this book and I must say, I was very disappointed. The test are interesting and enlightening but in the kindle edition I was unable to read some of the test. I suggest if you want to buy this book, order the paperback version.
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