The Paperclip Test (Hardcover)

A Personality Quiz Like No Other

By Mario Gmür

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544776814, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

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An entertaining and enlightening personality test, using that humblest of objects—a bent paperclip—to pick the lock of your psyche

What does your workspace say about you? The best clues aren’t in your desk or on your computer.  Rather, they’re those paperclips in your wastebasket—the ones you’ve fiddled with, probably without even realizing it.  
When psychiatrist Mario Gmür started scrutinizing paperclips bent by his patients, he found that they actually reveal multitudes about the creator’s character, quirks, and hidden desires. Are you an optimist? A pushover? A baby? A bully? After studying the links between paperclip shapes and distinct character types, Gmür has created a delightful collection of quizzes and psychological profiles that allow readers to discover their innermost secrets using these miniature metallic sculptures. Part Rorschach test and part humorous horoscope, The Paperclip Test offers an amusing yet insightful personality gauge for anyone who has ever bent a paperclip without thinking about what secrets that tiny shape might hold.

About the Author

Swiss-German psychiatrist and psychotherapist MARIO GMÜR has practiced in Zürich and lectured at the University of Zürich. The author of numerous German-language books and journal articles on social psychiatry, court psychology, schizophrenia, and gambling addiction, among other subjects, Gmür lives in Zürich, Switzerland.