Awesome Teachers Are Awesome
I remember once when I was in grade school, a teacher had us close our eyes and go through a guided imagery exercise. The teacher would say a few lines, then ask us to write down the description of a particular thing she'd mentioned.
At the end, she told us that it was a personality test, where our reactions to things might indicate things about how we view the world.
Recently, I stumbled upon what was almost certainly the exact personality test that she gave us, and I'd like to share it here.
AVOID READING THE COMMENTS
(If you're going to take the test).
I'm going to replicate the personality test here because I want it to be a different format than what they have, but I am copying the content from this page.
I'm going to put the prompt in blockquotes, so it jumps out at you.
- Read each blockquote separately (maybe close your eyes and really try to visualize it).
- After the blockquote, I will have some italicised (so it's harder to read) prompts about what you MIGHT see (this is helpful for folks who have never done this kind of test before).
- Before reading the next blockquote, write down your reaction somewhere. It doesn't have to be long or involved (though it can be).
- Try to finish the entire quiz without reading anyone else's responses!
I'll post the supposed meaning of your interpretations at the bottom of the post, and you can feel free to comment with your results if you'd like. I find it interesting how often I have a very clear mental image, only to find out that someone else had an utterly different one!
Imagine that you are walking in a forest.
1. What do you see, and how does everything make you feel?
2. What kind of trees are there?
3. Is it bright or dark?
Now, describe the path you're walking on.
Is the path clearly visible?
2. Is there any other path?
3. Is the path wide or narrow?
4. Is the path well-traveled or abandoned?
5. Is the path easily navigated or are there obstructions?
As you continue walking through the forest, you see a bear! Describe the bear. What is it doing? You need to continue on the path, but the bear is in your way. How do you get past it?
What is the bear doing?
a. The bear has not seen me.
b. The bear has seen me, and is being adorable.
c. The bear has seen me but is ignoring me.
d. The bear has seen me and is looking threatening.
e. The bear is coming right at me!
How do you get past the bear?
a. Actually, he is cute and I am seriously considering adoption.
b. I ignore him and walk on.
c. I try to find a way to walk around the bear.
d. I decide to go back or I try to hide.
e. I stand and fight. I win.
f. I stand and fight. I suffer a slight wound.
g. None of the options are close.
You continue to walk along the path in the forest until you stumble upon something. You turn around and notice that it's a key. Describe the key. What do you think it unlocks?
The forest represents how you felt about the world, as you were growing up. If you see squirrels playing then you felt that the world was a safe place.
The trees and the light in the forest represent the interaction that you had with adults as you were growing up, and the impact that this interaction had on you.
The taller the trees, the more influence adults had on your life.
The lighting represents the authority adults had over you. The brighter the forest, the more you felt you had the freedom to do as you wanted and the happier you must have felt growing up. Note: being given a lot of freedom does not imply that you were in any way neglected.
The darker the forest, the more restrictions you felt were placed on you, and the more likely you were to find yourself in stressful situations.
Adolescence is represented by the path through the forest.
The path's visibility indicates how prepared you were to handle situations during adolescence. The more visible the path, the more successful you were at anticipating changes, and facing challenges. A less visible path means you were less aware of what to expect and therefore some events may have left you feeling perplexed and bewildered.
Multiple paths are important choices that had to be made. If you saw many paths, you either saw many opportunities for yourself, or you were very confused about what choices to make.
The width of the path indicates room for emotional growth. The wider the path the more opportunities existed for emotional growth.
Meeting fellow travelers along the way, or a tidy and well maintained path, are indications of a frequently used path. A path that is not so frequently used, may have weeds and be scattered with litter. The more traveled the path, the less evidence there is of feeling isolated from your friends and family. Note: belonging to a small family or having a small circle of friends does not necessarily mean that you did not receive enough support.
Obstructions are the way that we perceive problems in adolescence. The more rocks, weeds and logs we see along the path, the more we feel that certain circumstances prevented us from accomplishing our goals.
The bear is symbolic of problems and how you deal with them. The question gave you the chance to see a potentially dangerous situation. If you saw a tame, harmless bear or a young playful bear, or even a teddy, then your life is stress free and when faced with a problem you see a challenge or opportunity instead.
If you saw a menacing bear then you are more likely to see problems rather than creative challenges or opportunities. People under routine stress will see large, dangerous bears.
If the bear has not seen you, or has seen you but is being adorable (Tami note: the original text said, "doing cute 'bear type' things" here. What the what is that even supposed to mean?), then you are not under everyday stress and you do not have many real problems. When presented with a problem you prefer to focus on the solution.
If the bear has seen you but is ignoring you, then although you may be worried or anxious about something, you are not under unhealthy levels of stress.
If the bear is looking threatening or is coming right at you, you need a holiday! You are likely to be under high levels of stress.
How you continue your journey past the bear represents how you are affected by stress, how you deal with challenges, and also how you make decisions. (Tami note: I'm not sure this one counts for animal lovers. What if it was a snake instead of a bear? Would that have changed your answer?)
If you walk up to the bear, you face your problems head on, and you take a direct and pragmatic approach to decision making
If you avoid the bear you may think your problems are insurmountable, and you prefer a more indirect, non-confrontational approach to decision making.
If you ignore the bear, you pay little attention to setbacks and you are not affected by stress.
If you were considering adoption, then you have a healthy approach towards life and everyday challenges.
The key represents work related interests. The key's appearance reveals how other people see your career, and the key's function reveals your career goals.
1. Appearance (how other people see your career)
The more ornamental the key, the more you prefer a career that is remarkable, distinctive or unique.
Outdated or antiquated keys show you feel more comfortable in a conventional or long established career.
2. Function (career goals)
If the key opens everyday things such as cars and school lockers then your expectations about your career in terms of wealth, joy and accomplishments are average.
Keys to royal residences, castles, fortresses or mansions reveal a desire for power.
If the key is able to unlock and open a number of things then you are probably undecided and unsure about which career path to follow.
Keys to items or places along the way, reveal a desire to choose a career that will solve a challenge.
Keys that allow access to valuable things such as a treasure box, indicate a desire to accumulate wealth.
Keys to personal belongings such as diaries or lockets indicate that a fulfilling career is one which addresses other people's needs.
If the key is of little use or value, you are rather pessimistic about finding a rewarding and fulfilling career.
A magical key or a key to a magical world may reveal excessively optimistic expectations from a career.
If you are unsure as to what the key may open, you have not yet defined your career goals.