This piece is based upon the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). It is the most widely used and researched standardized psychometric test of adult personality and psychopathology. Psychologists and other mental health professionals use various versions of the MMPI to develop treatment plans, assist with differential diagnosis, help answer legal questions, screen job candidates and use as part of a therapeutic assessment procedure. The questions on the side are taken directly from the test.
The rotating base of the piece allows the viewer to answer questions and mark their answers in a particular grouping:
Always, Often, Sometimes, Seldom or Never
They may then use the category to assess their own diagnosis.
Always: Paranoia. A pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others
Often: Intuitive. These people do not like routine and are interested in everything new and unusual.
Sometimes: Agreeable. A tendency to be pleasant and accommodating in social situations.
Seldom: Hypomania. Desiring, needing, and delighting in pleasure and from fear.
Never: Irritable. Readily excited to impatience or anger