The odd one out.

Posted: March 19, 2011 in Psychology, Random facts and WTFs

Here is a small test for you.

You’re given 3 words: cat, wolf and chicken.

Pick the odd one out and justify your choice. It’s quite obvious that there could be multiple outcomes with all the different explanations, but the first thing that comes to your mind is the most important one.


That was one question from a pack of tasks that aim to determine whether a person has schizophrenia. Normal people would give quite straight forward explanation for their choices, for example, chicken, because it’s a bird and the other two are mammals, or wolf, because it’s the only animal from the pack that hasn’t been domesticated.

Schizophrenic people, on the other hand, are most likely to give you the answers that will cause a complete mindf*ck to any normal person. For example, a person who suffers from schizophrenia might say that cat is the odd one out, because it’s the only animal from the list that is capable of hiding its claws, or they might say that it’s chicken, because it doesn’t have teeth.

Of course, any normal person could come up with such justifications too, if they turn their creativity on, but, as I was saying, the only valuable answers are those that popped up out your head right after you heard the question (so it could determine your usual thinking pattern), and it’s only one question from a big pack of tasks for diagnosing mental disorders.

  1. Kieran Welch says:

    Oh dear, I did pick chicken, but my immediate justification was because it has two syllables as compared to the others which only had one…

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