The “Draw a Person Test” DAP / Psychology, Sex and Divination

Draw A Person Test

WOW! Get an eyeful by viewing this slide share presentation on what a DAP is claimed to reveal about your child! Lots of “sexual” interpretations! PRETTY CREEPY… Analysis begins with slide 18


Typically used with children, the subject is asked to draw a picture of a man, a woman, and themselves. No further instructions are given and the pictures are analyzed on a number of dimensions. Aspects such as the size of the head, placement of the arms, and even things such as if teeth were drawn or not are thought to reveal a range of personality traits (Murstein, 1965). The personality traits can be anything from aggressiveness, to homosexual tendencies, to relationships with their parents, to introversion and extroversion (Machover, 1949). There are many versions of the test, but the one discussed in detail here is the version by Karen Machover in 1949.

The DAP test is simply one more form of divination, as practiced by cultures over the millennia.

Is this your “therapist”?

In Ancient Rome, reading the livers of sacrificial animals was popular; in Modern America, it’s a slew of “self-assessments, surveys, studies, brain scans and other psycho-social tests” that fill the need for manifesting magical power by narcissistic “experts”.   

In the religion of Ancient Rome, a haruspex (plural haruspices; also called aruspex) was a person trained to practice a form of divination called haruspicy (haruspicina), the inspection of the entrails (exta—hence also extispicy (extispicium)) of sacrificed animals, especially the livers of sacrificed sheep and poultry. The reading of omens specifically from the liver is also known by the Greek term hepatoscopy (also hepatomancy).

The Roman concept is directly derived from Etruscan religion, as one of the three branches of the disciplina Etrusca. Such methods continued to be used well into the Middle Ages, especially among Christian apostates and pagans, with Thomas Becket apparently consulting both an aruspex and a chiromancer prior to a royal expedition against Brittany.[1]

The Latin terms haruspex, haruspicina are from an archaic word haru “entrails, intestines” (cognate with hernia “protruding viscera”, and hira “empty gut”; PIE *ǵʰer-) and from the root spec- “to watch, observe”. The Greek ἡπατοσκοπία hēpatoskōpia is from hēpar “liver” and skop- “to examine”.


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