Games, Tests, Questionnaires, Histories

Julian Rothenstein


     8.25 × 11.75 in (21.0 × 29.8 cm)
Hardcover (Flexi)
192 pages
128 color illustrations, 35 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Rights: World English outside UK
ISBN: 9781616894924

Who knew a trip to the therapist could be so much fun, even aesthetically rewarding? Beyond sharing feelings or complaining about your mother, Psychobook reveals the rich history of psychological testing in a fascinating sideways look at classic testing methods, from word-association games to inkblots to personality tests.Psychobookincludes never-before-seen content from long-hidden archives, as well as reimagined tests from contemporary artists and writers, to try out yourself, at home or at parties. A great gift for the therapist in your life and the therapist in you, for anyone interested in the history of psychology and psychological paraphernalia, or for anyone who enjoys games and quizzes. Psychobookwill brighten your day and outlook.

Julian Rothenstein is the publisher, editor, and designer of Redstone Press. He lives in London, England.

Editorial Reviews

Real Simple:

"Perfect for a curious friend or a therapist's office---this book will make for a great conversation starter after all of the presents have been opened."


"The early 20th century saw a boom in experimental and beautiful, but ultimately fraught, diagnostic tests. Psychobook compiles them in a gorgeous collection."

New York Post :

"Readers of Psychobook will get a thrill from answering a series of questions--and will possibly uncover what their minds hold."

Psychology Today:

"Psychobook would make a fine gift, suitable for any of us who feel compelled to know ourselves better but don't take such tests (or ourselves) too seriously."

Fast Co. Design:

"Reading Psychobook is like taking a whirlwind tour through the Age of Psychology, as seen through the visual designs that the headshrinkers left behind."

The New Yorker:

"Psychobook comprises an eclectic assortment of tests from the early twentieth century to the present, along with new artworks and whimsical questionnaires inspired by the originals."

Publishers Weekly:

"This book is a fun and informative look into the world of psychological testing and, foremost, a terrific and entertaining way to explore one's own psyche."

The Boston Globe:

"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. "


"Just as psychological tests can double as artworks, so, too, can artworks function as psychological tests."

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