How Do You Compare? , by Andrew N. Williams

Book Classification : Relationships - Interpersonal Communication - Health - Intelligence - Creativity - Self-Help - Education


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How Do You Compare?
12 Simple Tests to Discover Hidden Truths About Your Personality --
And Fascinating Facts About Everyone Else
by Andrew N. Williams
Paperback - 288 pages
First Edition, March 2, 2004
Published by Perigee - A Division of Penguin
ISBN 0-399-52951-9 / ISBN 0399529519

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Book Review

How Do You Compare? is a fun book, but we might end up improving our social skills and interpersonal relationships while we're enjoying it. While reading the newest book by psychologist Andrew Neil Williams, we're also likely to find some creative brainstorms popping into our minds.

Since I'm a science nerd (and proud of it :-), my favorite section was the 34-page part entitled "How Clever Are You?" In addition to a discussion of the various kinds of intelligence, it contains a 37-question multiple-choice IQ test. How did I do? I found the analogies ("Island is to water, as ...") to be the easiest, and the number sequences (What number comes after 7, 12, 27, 72 ?) to be moderately difficult. I had the most difficulty with the diagram questions. Those got easier when I got the point -- I just had to keep reminding myself: I'm looking for patterns, imagining the mirror images those patterns, and observing which direction each pattern has moved as I skip from one picture to the next.

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Stereotypes are exposed for what they are ... sometimes true! "Do you wear glasses?" the author writes. "There is a strong correlation between nearsightedness and high IQ." [Page 31]

About the Author

Andrew N. Williams is a nationally known experimental psychologist with more than twenty years of experience conducting research studies for academic, government, and private research firms, and has overseen the administration of interviews to over half a million people. He has written dozens of technical reports, authored journal articles, edited a newsletter, and regularly presents papers at international conferences.

- From the Publisher

Besides testing yourself, you can read self-improvement suggestions relevant to each chapter. Find six ideas for improving the quality of one's love relationship [111-112], and a 12-point list outlining "The Path To Greater Happiness." [204-205]

To see the "How Satisfying Is Your Relationship?" quiz and the accompanying text, please see the book excerpt on the next page .

The book is written with humor. It has funny (and sometimes surprising) anecdotes throughout, and it's illustrated with captioned cartoons. At the same time, it's a real reference book for personal transformation, with a 12-page index.

My teenage daughter, who enjoys creative writing, said she likes the chapter on creativity. Just imagine that -- a parent and a teenager having a new basis for a conversation, because they've read the same book.

Book review by Mike Lepore for crimsonbird.com

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Table of Contents


Preface                                                        ix
Acknowledgements                                               xi

YOUR BRAIN POWER
Measuring Your Mental Potential

       1. How Clever Are You?                                  3
               Omni IQ Test                                    8

       2. How Creative Are You?                                36
               Wordsmith's Creativity Test                     43
               Engineer's Creativity Test                      49

YOUR SOCIAL SKILLS
How Well Do You Interact With Others?

       3. How Healthy Is Your Relationship?                    75
               Measure of Relationship Satisfaction            80
               Relationship Closeness Inventory                86

       4. Are You a Good Lover?                                113
               Test of Sexual Opinions                         118
               Sexual Experiences and Desires Inventory        132

YOUR MOTIVATION
How Well Do YOu Use Your Abilities?

       5. How Happy Are You?                                   157
               Satisfaction With Life Scale                    162
               Cheerfulness Test                               168
               Cheerfulness Test for a Friend                  172
               Peak Experiences Scale                          184

       6. Are You Lucky or Hardworking?                        206
               Internal-External Locus of Control              212

THE BIG PICTURE
Using This Information Well

       7. The Final Comparison                                 237
               Personality Overview                            240

Epilogue                                                       252
References                                                     253
Index                                                          265

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Book Description from the Publisher

Are you Satisfactory? Average? Extraordinary?

How Do You Compare? features scientifically devised personality tests designed by professional psychologists to help you evaluate who you are -- and where you stand compared to the rest of the world. Free of professional jargon, each brief test is a fun way to analyze and better understand yourself. Getting your results is only half the fun -- you can also see how you stack up against thousands of others. And, if your test results aren't satisfactory, helpful hints for self-improvement are scattered throughout every chapter. Discover yourself through self-tests in:

  • Intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Relationships
  • Love
  • Sex
  • Happiness
  • Mood
  • Motivation
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