I’m sure some people I know do this to me deliberately. They present me with a series of games to play just to see if I’ll take the bait. OK. I admit it. I almost always take the bait because I’m basically a sucker for a new game. They then reason that I’m too much of a showoff to keep the findings to myself. Right again. I suspect the reason for this is that in the ether somewhere, I hold the entirely spurious belief that someone is going to offer an opinion on whether I’m ‘OK’ or not. I spent half an hour filling out what appeared to be a quite mindless but extensive personality questionnaire which at the end of it led me to the conclusion that I wasn’t severely abnormal – in other words, at the edges of any of the measured scales, and for the most part, pretty much in the middle of most of them. I did try to answer the questions objectively and with as little dissembling as I could manage, despite noticing that many questions were repeated or counter-presented to make me give the opposite answer, presumably to weed out inconsistency. Some questions offended me – again – perhaps they were supposed to. I have a distrust of data which seems trivial – how can one form an opinion on the basis of so little? I wonder whether had I done the test in the presence of a qualified head-shrinker whether or not my answers would have been the same. I suspect not.