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They Invented What? (No. 65)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 19, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 3,940,863:  Psychological testing and therapeutic game device.

  psychotest

What is claimed is:

1. A psychological testing and therapeutic game device adapted to be employed to invoke fantasizing for purposes that include psychological testing and therapy comprising:

a stimulus board,
a set of icons arranged on said board,
the predominent portion of the icons on said board each evoking a significant primary emotion,
said icons comprising a plurality of sub-sets of icons, each of the icons in any one of said sub-sets evoking the same primary emotion, each sub-set evoking a different primary emotion,
a set of cards, each having first indicia thereon and each card of said set bearing second indicia referring to one of said primary emotions and requesting the selection of one of said icons corresponding thereto,
a pair of dice having a plurality of faces, a first portion, less than the whole, of said faces each having an indicia thereon identical to said first indicia on said set of cards.

2. The device of claim 1 wherein said icons comprise:

a first sub-set of icons evoking orality feelings,
a second sub-set of icons evoking anality feelings,
a third sub-set of icons evoking phallic-aggressive feelings,
a fourth sub-set of icons evoking authoritarian feelings,
a fifth sub-set of icons evoking super-ego conflict feelings,
a sixth sub-set of icons evoking self-image feelings,
a seventh sub-set of icons evoking feelings about aging and death,
an eighth sub-set of icons evoking narcissistic-exhibitionistic feelings,
a ninth sub-set of icons evoking feelings concerning reproduction, and
a tenth sub-set of icons evoking competitive feelings.

3. The device of claim 1 further comprising:

an eleventh sub-set of icons relating to significant objects to which other significant primary emotions attach.

4. The device of claim 1 wherein:

said board has a plurality of squares, a portion, less than the whole, of said squares having a second indicia thereon,
said pair of dice have a second portion, less than the whole, of said faces each having a second indicia theron identical to said second indicia on said squares of said board,
one of said icons being positionable on each of said squares.

5. The device of claim 2 wherein:

said board has a plurality of squares, a portion, less than the whole, of said squares having a second indicia thereon,
said pair of dice have a second portion, less than the whole, of said faces each having a second indicia thereon identical to said second indicia on said squares of said board,
one of said icons being positionable on each of said squares.

6. The device of claim 5 further comprising:

an eleventh sub-set of icons relating to significant objects to which significant emotions attach.

7. The device of claim 4 wherein:

said second portion of said faces each have a separate numerical indicia thereon.

8. The device of claim 5 wherein:

said second portion of said faces each have a separate numerical indicia thereon.

9. The device of claim 6 wherein:

said second portion of said faces each have a separate numerical indicia thereon.

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