A huge amount of suspicion still surrounds the business of seeking psychotherapy. To go to therapy is routinely associated with being somehow ‘disturbed’ or ‘ill’, self-indulgent or ‘weak’. And yet having therapy, far from evidence of mental immaturity or sickness, is perhaps a good sign of sanity, for it indicates that one possesses an unusual capacity for introspection and openness to vulnerability. Not all therapists are wonderful, and not all therapy goes well, but might there be something in this invention nevertheless?

We’ve designed a little test to measure whether the ideas and issues underpinning therapy could be of interest to you - and therefore whether therapy might be an idea.

There are - naturally - no right or wrong answers.


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How normal might it be to think oneself mad?

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“The experiences of a person’s childhood have an enormous role to play in shaping adult identity.” What’s your view?

(3 / 12)

Which seems the truer statement?

(4 / 12)

A friend insists with extreme vehemence that they are not jealous of an acquaintance. What do you suspect?

(5 / 12)

You feel yourself sinking into a melancholy, sorrowful mood. What might best help?

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"We are born to suffer." How does this statement strike you?

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Which feels like the greater self-indulgence?

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Which statement best reflects your fears about therapy?

(9 / 12)

A good friend has a hard time forming long-lasting relationships. What do you think?

(10 / 12)

Someone tells you that they had a terrific childhood. What do you think?

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There’s been an unpleasant incident in the family. What might be the best way forward?

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Which feels like the greater issue for humankind?

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