Explore a Visual Archive of Psychological Testing

From Rorschachs to Mosaic tests, browse Julian Rothenstein’s latest pictorial history, 'Psychobook.'

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Sep 7 2016, 12:40pm

From The Rorschach Inkblot Test - Redstone Press collection. Images courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

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.

Illustration from The Relationship Test - Drawing by Adam Dant

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.  

From The Rorschach Inkblot Test - Redstone Press collection.

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.”

Lowenfeld Mosaic Tests - Science and Society Picture Library

From The Ghosts of My Friends - Redstone Press collection

From The Ghosts of My Friends - Redstone Press collection.

Psychobook was published by Princeton Architectural Press on September 6th, 2016. For more information about the book, head over to their website. You can pick up your own copy on Amazon.  

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