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The Non-Verbal Measure of Stress
The Non-Verbal Measure of Stress was most recently used in a case study on stress level at St. Mary's Hospital. Click the arrow below to reveal an image of two dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific study of a group revealed that in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical, a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins. If there are many differences found between both dolphins, it means that the person is experiencing a great amount of stress. Click the arrow below to reveal the image. If you find more than one or two differences, you should consider taking a vacation.

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If you find more than one or two differences between the dolphins,
you should consider taking a vacation.

This unusual personality inventory was developed in the late 1970s by the Dynamical Institute of Psychology, Phycology, and Negative Dialectics (DIPPAND) in Berkeley, California. Whereas other personality inventories claim to measure pre-existing qualities of the human personality unmarred by the experience of taking the test, the DIPPAND items were selected for their ability to transform the test-taker. In other words, in the course of providing answers to the items and plotting one’s profile, the test taker becomes the type of person indicated by that profile.

  • Sample Items
  • DIPPAND Scales
  • Expressions

Now that your personality has been transformed, you can intuit how you score on each DIPPAND scale. Indicate your raw score for each scale, and then compare your new personality to that of your colleagues.

Copyright © 1979, Kenneth A. Moselle, Avril Thorne, F. L. Jessica Ball, David Schuldberg, Joseph P. Christy, Kathy Ann Miller, & Andrew Lichterman. Dynamical Institute of Psychology, Phycology and Negative Dialectics, Berkeley, California. All rights preserved.

Very Raw Scores
Born Once Too Often
Premature Socialization
Electrodermal Responsivity (Sweaty Palms)
Cultural Bricolage
Hidden Brain Burn
Silent Hemispheres
Declassé  Intellectuals
My Brain Is Your Brain
Anterograde Jingoism
Dialectical Narcissism
Triple Beam Balance
The Sound of One Hand Cla
Vegetative Elation
Asleep Awake
Clothes Make the Flan
Overcoming Peace of Mind
Creative Suffering
Manic Suppression
Endarkenment (Schutz)


"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
— Groucho Marx

Never assume conspiracy when incompetence will suffice.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Life is too short.