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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (October 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684871483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684871486
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Bored with the old board games that are gathering dust in your closet? Grab a copy of Kokology (koh-KOL-oh-jee; from the Japanese kokoro, meaning "mind" or "spirit"), a book that contains 55 psychological questions that aim to delve into your subconscious, revealing how you truly feel about work, love, family, sex, and much more. Created by Japanese psychologist Isamu Saito, Kokology puts a spin on traditional psychological tests by transforming them into a series of entertaining and approachable quizzes.

Innocuous questions make Kokology a perfect conversation starter. Find out how magazine reading corresponds with the way a check book is managed; learn what bringing an address book, hairspray, lucky charm, or gum to work may say about a personality trait; or discover your true feelings about sex by answering a few simple questions about an ideal amusement park ride. Kokology's creators have produced questions that will help you gain insight into yourself, but they add that Kokology is just a game and it's OK if you disagree with the results. However, the minds behind this game also believe that you'll find "more often than not you're surprised at how accurately the answers reflect people's true personalities, including your own."

Play Kokology at a dinner party, bring it on a road trip, or tote it along on your next date to begin unveiling new and exciting things about yourself and others. --Jenny Burritt

About the Author

Isamu Saito, a renowned professor at Rissho University in Japan, is the author of a number of bestselling books on psychology and relationships. He created kokology.

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The accuracy is simply amazing, this is obviously very well researched.
Theodosios
I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to get to know someone better or just having a laugh over the outcomes of these mini personality tests.
P. Russell
It's a great book to do alone, but it's also a riot to do with your spouse or with a group of friends.
Neil Archiblad

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2001
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Well.... this book is quite interesting.... there is the good and the bad. First, the good: the scenarios they set up are quite interesting and imaginative. Such as the one about what you would say to a camel that has carried you through an expansive desert or the one about a dark, long stairway leading into a basement where a stranger awaits you. So that's the cool part. Reading the scenarios and deciding what you would do... But, turn the page.. and here's the bad part. The explanations they give for your decisions are let's face it.. ...! You said you thought the long stairway leading into the basement was 20 steps (to make it seem spooky) vs. 5. So the book tells you that that means you've had 20 emotionally scarring problems in your life. That is so not true! I am a very happy person!! I DID NOT have 20 emotional problems in my past. The book goes along like this the whole time. The reasons/explanations they give are ... in my opinion.. But oh well, the scenarios are cool and provide some entertainment.
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50 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Eliza on July 2, 2004
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I bought this book as something fun and interactive to do with my husband. I give it two stars because it is something to get you talking and discussing feelings and opinions even if you disagree with the book. That beats just sitting on the couch watching tv. Otherwise though we both felt this book wasn't very revealing and often missed the mark for us entirely. For example, in one question it asks you to describe how you would feel standing in the open door of a flying airplane getting ready to parachute for the first time. In the answer section it says your response indicates how you feel when you are about to have sex with someone for the first time. Okay, how many people wouldn't answer that question with words like nervous anticipation or exhilaration? Both of us did at any rate. Not very revealing. My friend said terrified because she is afraid of heights but she completely rejected the idea that she experiences terror at the prospect of sex. I would imagine alot of people might describe themselves as being fearful of parchuting out of an airplane but not necessarily be quaking with fear in bed.
There were also a lot of questions that seemed to be geared to tapping into your subconcious feelings but for us concrete life experience seemed to skew the results. For instance, in one scenerio you are suppose to be searching for gems and it asks you to describe the size and type of gem you searched for. The answer key says the gem you described is a symbol of your sense of self worth. My husband had described a small not very valuable type of mineral but only because the question brought back happy memories of looking for this on hikes with his father as a child. We both felt that this sort of thing came up rather often for us.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dale Tegtman on April 4, 2001
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An interesting book for overnite hikes, coffeebreaks and basically any other time you want to get to know someone without having them bust out their life story.
Got some provocative responses from folks at my work.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maria Maisetzis on October 13, 2000
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Did you ever wonder who are you and why you do the things you do? Well, this book is the microscope into your soul you've been looking for. Although this book is supposed to be a game, there is a serious element to it that cannot be ignored. This is a portible version of a psychologists,psychoanalyist, and counselor all in one. The only difference is that you would not need repeated costly visits that will leave you hating yourself or your parents. The advice given at the end of each game is gentle and suggestive that would not leave anyone feeling inferior or uncomfortable. I even recommend young adults reading this book to discover themselves without the pain of playing with drugs or other avenues of experimentation. After having read and done the self-discovering excerises, one could put down the book and re-read it after a season to note the changes in lifestyle made. It is alot of fun to use at a party but also by yourself. I hope a second book is in the works, I am one of many Kokology addicts and fans. GET THIS BOOK, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Budd on January 10, 2002
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Kokology is as the book describes, a game of self-discovery. Through a series games and questions you will gain valuable insight into yourself and others. Play the game and answer the questions, turn the page and reveal what your answers say about you.
Kokology is a valuable tool on your own or with a group. It can be played for fun or use it to test it's accuracy on your personality. Beware, Kokology may offer insights that you never knew existed! The senarios are fun and interesting as you contemplate your answers and what you would do.
Need an ice breaker or tension lifter, try one these senarios. In work and personal situations, I have used many of these scenarios with success and subsequently great conversation! The spirit that this book was written was for fun and enlightment. Whether you regard the book as serious and accurate or mere entertainment...you will not be disappointed. If Kokology has you hooked, I would suggest also exploring 'The Cube' by Annie Gottlieb and Slobodan Pesic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2000
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We pulled out Kokology after Thanksgiving dinner and had a great time answering the questions as a family. Some of the subject matter is a little intimate, so be prepared for some interesting tidbits to come out! My sister was very uncomfortable with a lot of the subject matter and said she preferred to keep her deep feelings to herself -- so not eveyone may find this game fun. While I don't think you'll really find out too much you don't already know about yourself, you may find out some things about your friends/family that you didn't know. Some of the exercises are repetitive, but most are pretty fun.
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