Book Reads: Kokology: The Game of Self Discovery (Two Volumes in One) by T. Nagao and I. Saito [☝]Sunday, April 21, 2013
I like answering psychological quizzes. One time when I got bored while on the internet, I decided to search for sites with this kind of content and I enjoyed how the combination of my answers led to an in-depth explanation of what they actually meant based on psychological studies. Most of them held true, some of them did not.
This book, Kokology, contains similar material with those websites. It promises self-discovery and self-realization to its readers. It is written by Japanese professor and has become a best-selling book not just in Japan but in other countries as well.
Most of the questions here are situational. Possible answers are provided for you to choose the one that best describes you. Some would require your imagination to work. There are no right or wrong answers. Of course every one of us is different and it's understandable that we would be choosing different answers for a same scenario.
A page would contain the question and the preceding page would contain the interpretation for the answers. You might become tempted to take a peek at the interpretation but really, you shouldn't. This would defeat the purpose of the book. I had similar urges several times while thinking for an answer, but I'm glad I didn't give in to temptation.
It is recommended to answer questions from this book with a group of friends. It's a great bonding activity because you would surely get to know more about each other. I've done this with my sister and it was so fun, hilarious and embarrassing at the same time, especially when the interpretations were revealed. For most of the questions in the book, I answered them on my own and you know what, I'm glad I did. Some of the interpretations on my answers were quite a revelation and I don't want others to know about it. xD
I'm just glad I gave in to the urge to grab this book from the shelves of the bookstore because through this, I was able to learn more about myself my outlook in life. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you like learning new things about yourself. :)