Bunk science isn’t the way to spice up your life

Who do you think you are? You don’t need a personality test to tell you, argues Matt Hood, no: you wannabe doing things in your own unique way

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I loved Smash Hits magazine. I was in the closet and it was the 90s, so I’d let my sister buy it. I’d then sneak into her room, nick it, and pore over the latest stories about Steps and the Vengaboys.

I don’t know what you call the “Who are you?” decision-tree quizzes buried in the glossy pages, but I know I’d go nuts for them. I loved answering nonsense questions in a bid to find out which Backstreet Boy I was going to marry. Or better still, which Spice Girl I was.

There is something compelling about a process that reflects back at you who you are. They speak to our narcissism. They satisfy ...

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