Book Review: Psy-Q

psyqPsy-Q is a book full of quizzes, puzzles and experiments to see what your psychology IQ is.  I found this book to be a lot of fun to read, it starts with a Rorschach test which was pretty interesting. I’m not exactly sure what my picks mean but some of them were way off compared to what they said most others saw in the images!  I also learned that I rate medium to high in openness to experience (which means I’m curious and creative – I’d say that is true), medium high in conscientiousness (so I am organized and detailed. Not totally sure about that – I pay attention to detail but I am really not all that organized!), medium low in extroversion (I’m not the life of the party), medium in agreeableness and medium high in neuroticism (I’m an anxious worrier. Definitely true!)

It was fun to see how my answers with other situations compared to others who did the same tests and see how often I picked the wrong answer vs the right answer. This was a fun interactive book and if you have any interest in Psychology you should check it out.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

PSY-Q: Test Yourself with More Than 80 Quizzes, Puzzles, and Experiments for Everyday Life (A Penguin Original / on-sale: December 30, 2014 / 978-0-14-312620-1 / $15.00) by Ben Ambridge is Psychology 101 as you wish it were taught: a collection of entertaining experiments, quizzes, jokes, and interactive exercises.

Psychology is the study of mind and behavior: how and why people do absolutely everything that people do, from the most life-changing event such as choosing a partner, to the most humdrum, such as having an extra donut. Ben Ambridge takes these findings and invites the reader to test their knowledge of themselves, their friends, and their families through quizzes, jokes, and games. You’ll measure your personality, intelligence, moral values, skill at drawing, capacity for logical reasoning, and more—all of it adding up to a greater knowledge of yourself, a higher “Psy-Q.”

Take Dr. Ben’s quizzes to learn:

If listening to Mozart makes you smarter Whether or not your boss is a psychopath How good you are at waiting for a reward (and why it matters) Why we find symmetrical faces more attractive What your taste in art says about you

Lighthearted, fun, and accessible, this is the perfect introduction to psychology that can be fully enjoyed and appreciated by readers of all ages.

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