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A substantial portion of the public, say 1/3%, is obviously clinically insane. You know who I'm talking about. The problem is that *they* don't know.
It would be nice if the government provided a web page to tell you the chances that you are insane. I think it might be easier than it sounds.
example, a question like "Have you eaten any tasty Asian people lately?" might have caught Jeffrey Dahlmer. Or a multiple choice question like "What are the voices in vour head telling you? - A) Kill, B) Kill, C) Run Away, D) Kill, E) Nothing" would probably catch a few people.
Also, the test could be subtle. For example, instead of a simple radio button to answer with, the "dot" in the radio button might be a little off-center if you didn't click exactly in the middle. Thus if the testee clicked several times per button and all the dots were exactly centered, the testee would probably either have obsessive-compulsive disorder or else would be my girlfriend.
Besides, when someone says to you "you're crazy", it would be nice to answer back "Not according to the government!"
Not quite the same thing
...but related, and now Baked. [DrCurry, Oct 04 2004]
Where the whack go to 'think it off'. [dpsyplc, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
(?) Projective Tests
Or, is it just stirring the pot? [dpsyplc, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
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||Expecting something like spell checker....it would scan your emails and documents, and if the concepts expressed got too crazy, it would offer you alternatives.
||What makes you think that *we* don't know?
||Prompts the idea of setting up a website that purports to do this, but then sends instructions to those who test out as insane (or at least extremely gullible)...
||"The computer made me do it!"
||A government web page to tell you the chances that you are insane?
||I recall a scenario circulating the net some time ago purporting to be from an 'actual' profiler that determined your sociopathology on the basis of being able to solve a mystery based on obscure clues, i.e., a normal innocent would've thought nothing of the clues given. I was impressed by the logic behind the scenario; it was more than "Widow X has 7 children, half of them are male. How can this be?"
||a. All of them are male.
b. Now. I got to them and evened things up.
c. Ask the one with one nut.
d. Fine. What are you doing tonight?
||Or a pro-life advocate (like there's a difference (kidding, calm down (no, I'm not talking to myself))).