If you can’t afford therapy but might at least like to learn about professional psychiatric evaluation, look no further than Julian Rothenstein’s colorful and interactive Psychobook, a comprehensive survey of psychological testing explored through antiquated paraphernalia and reimagined questionnaires. Never before seen visual archive materials sit alongside classic examples of the Rorschach Test, the Thematic Apperception Test, and even something called the Odor Imagination Test.
Rothenstein and his publishers have recreated numerous classic questionnaires that investigate parts of your personality like anger response and ego. There’s even a sex questionnaire for couples! The Psychobook allows for an easy bit of introspection as you delve into the history of the psychological practice.
The book also features a foreword introduction written by Lionel Shriver, the author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, a gruesome psychological thriller that was adapted as a film starring Tilda Swinton. Writes Shriver, “Psychobook is part comedy, part history, part self-help, and part coffee-table objet d’art. It’s part sincere, part tongue-in-cheek, part meditation, part mockery, but its production is universally beautiful, its sensibility universally droll. I suggest reading it with a pencil.”