Something as simple as a paperclip could single you out as a two timer, a sex addict, or a nosy parker.
A Swiss psychiatrist has developed a test he claims can reveal your true personality – based on how you unbend a paperclip.
When Mario Gmür started scrutinising paperclips bent by his patients, he found that the twisted wire revealed a multitude about the creator’s character, quirks and hidden desires.
A psychiatrist has developed a test to reveal your true personality – based on the way you unbend a paperclip (file photo)
Part-Rorschach test and part humorous horoscope, The Paperclip Test offers an insightful personality gauge for anyone who has ever fiddled with a paperclip, without thinking about the secrets that innocuous metal wire might hold.
Mario Gmür, born in 1945, is a well-known and acclaimed Swiss psychiatrist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst.
Here, Gmür gives his insights into what a bent paperclip could say about you…
The Sex Addict
This image represents sex addicts. Gmür says: ‘Passionate and sensuous, you love to be seduced’
‘Passionate and sensuous, you love to be seduced. Leaping elegantly into the arms of temptation, you excel in the art of surrender.
‘Life is a constant honeymoon: you refuse to be troubled by the mundane trials of everyday living. While others battle bureaucracy or society’s expectations, you aren’t thrown off your quest for indulgence.’
This image is said to represent anarchists. Gmür writes: ‘You are not afraid when things get messy or even chaotic’
‘You are not afraid when things get messy or even chaotic.
‘With your extraordinary reserves of strength and endurance, you do not simply weather the storm – instead you put your all into driving it back.
‘You do whatever it takes, and your courage is beyond question.’
The False Friend
This image is said to show a paper clip bent by a false friend. Gmür says: ‘You would make an excellent spy’
‘You seem honest, open, innocent, somewhat naïve and give the impression of being helpful.
‘You have a gift for unobtrusively observing others: then, in a flash, you have emptied their pockets and made your escape.
‘You are adaptable and adroit and are capable of putting your morally dubious qualities to more public-spirited use. You would make an excellent spy.’
The Nosy Parker
This paperclip represents nosy types. Gmür notes: ‘You are drawn to other people’s secrets’
‘In your eyes, the still waters of a lake are more appealing than the towering summits of snow-clad mountains.
‘But you are drawn to other people’s secrets and the pleasure you take in quiet contemplation also has a darker side.
‘You like to eavesdrop and snoop, whether for the thrill of it or because you stand to gain. You would make an excellent informant for office gossips – or the secret service.’
This image is said to show a party-goer. Gmür writes: ‘You are sociable, energetic and outgoing, and you love a bit of small talk’
‘Full of natural exuberance, you skip through life – at times a little too carelessly. You are sociable, energetic and outgoing, and you love a bit of small talk.
You fit in anywhere and with anyone, happy to jump on the bandwagon. Easy-going and generous in your interactions, you meet new people all the time.’
The Two Timer
This paperclip shows a two timer. Gmür says: ‘You distract your victims through cunning and sleight of hand, then rob them blind’
‘You prefer to work with a partner: it means that someone has always got your back and makes you feel stronger.
‘Besides, you would rather not carry the full weight of responsibility – and it suits you to spread confusion about who to blame in case your schemes go wrong.
‘You distract your victims through cunning and sleight of hand, then rob them blind.’
This image represents a warrior. Gmür writes: ‘With your strength, agility and speed, you do not need to call in reinforcements’
‘You are a warrior through and through. You take on the most ruthless aggressors and bring them down.
‘Old adversaries will have nothing more to do with you, but you may be a useful friend.’
The Social Climber
This image shows a social climber. Gmür adds: ‘You work hard and with integrity to achieve your goals’
‘Motivated, determined and dependable, you are the sort of person that everyone wants to have around.
‘You work hard and with integrity to achieve your goals. Moving step by step, you tick off each stage until you reach the top.
‘Fair-minded and polite, you would not dream of stealing other people’s glory or claiming their achievements as your own. You are committed to self-improvement.’
The Upright Citizen
This paperclip represents an upright citizen. Gmür says: ‘You walk through life with your head held high’
‘You are an upright person in every sense of the word: you stand tall and have nothing to hide.
‘You walk through life with your head held high, but you never seem stuck-up or condescending.’
The Paperclip Test by Mario Gmür is out now published by Square Peg at £10