Psychological Neoteny / Psychologists as Con Artists



IF this is a kid’s drawing, what is his-her “mental age”?

Draw a Person Test (DAP) – a great way to tell a kid’s intelligence

A mother’s personal testament: source disguised to prevent embarrassment.

Recently I took my son to the doctor for his yearly check-up. The Doctor asked the usual medical questions, then he asked me about his development.

“Does he know how to draw a person?”

I answered probably yes; he draws dinosaurs all the time. The doctor gave my 4 year old son a piece of paper and asked him to draw a person. My son started with a head, then a body, arms, legs, some eyes and mouth on the head – in the right places and added some hair. Just a stick figure, but the doctor said it was interesting. He then explained the theory behind the DAP Draw a Person test. (This bit of fakery qualifies as “theory?)

He said that at the test is universal. (More of the “humans are manufactured on an assembly line” BS) Studies show that results are similar in all children around the world. The way a child draws a person determines his developmental stage. (Inverted: The developmental stage would determine the characteristics of the drawing) You can pretty much test for intelligence with a simple drawing. At the age of 3 kids begin with circles and lines, but can’t really make a stick figure look like a real person. By age 4, they are supposed to start drawing people more like we are; head, arms, legs. At the mental age of 4, most kids draw the arms and legs coming out of their heads, but no body. My son’s picture had a body. The doctor said that this meant that his mental development stage is that of a 5 year-old. I always knew my son was smart. (Narcissistic parent achieving status by inflating child’s IQ)

I wanted to know more about this cool type of test, which I found out has been around for a whole century, and it’s been used everywhere in the world, for children as old as 13. Psychologists use it to also analyze emotional stability. (An example of illegitimate “conversion” of a psychological instrument (joke) to whatever the hell the psychologist “feels like” using it for.) It is the perfect test, because it is very simple and non-invasive, but tells us so much about the child. (Of course: it’s “cool” – it’s magic!)

To give the test, the child is simply told to draw a person with not much explanation. The finished drawing is awarded points by the psychologist, depending on the details. Are the proportions correct? Are there details like clothes? Based on the child’s age and the points awarded, the child’s mental age is given. Cool! (Mental age – another psychological construct that has no scientific basis except for assembly-line blueprints invented by psychologists)

A few days later I found a picture of a stick figure in my son’s school bag. The hands and legs were attached to its head. I was shocked… had my son’s mental age dropped since his appointment? When I asked, Did you draw this he answered that another child had drawn it to give to him. He was so pleased that his friend had done this, and I was happy to see that the DAP test is for real.” (I see, it’s “real” because the MOTHER used it and abused it to confirm her narcissistic belief that her son is “smart” and his friend is “dumb”!)

Update: I just found a scoring guide for the DAP test and used it to score a drawing from when my son was 3 ½ years old. I gave it a score of 8. This means that he had a mental age of 5 years old, which can be divided by my son’s chronological age to give him an IQ of 130. Cool!”

American Parenting: Use magic-based bogus “tests” provided by psychologists to prove that your child is “brilliant” in order to put a rocket under your feeble self-esteem. So what if it’s quackery?

From the guide for assessing the DAP test of a child’s drawing:

Hmmm… Sounds like psychologists are self-assessing again!


Drawing is a “skill” that varies by individual according to native ability, observation, art lessons and training, amount of practice, and exposure to art – living in a pro-art environment.



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