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Relational Psychology Quiz

January 3rd 2014 I awoke this morning before the sun did, in tandem with the sound of birds piercing through the early hours.  Everything was doused in a blanket of thick indigo colored air.  I turned on the fireplace and did a salt water Neti Pot rinse.  Sitting on the balcony, overlooking the incredible view, I started to think about the symbolism present in ancient cultures.  It fascinates me that something can have the same basic meaning in several different cultures throughout the globe.  It ties in nicely to relational psychology.

Relational psychology has fascinated me for some time now.  The power of interpretation and association is evident in relational psychology.  There are many great tools associated with the therapy that enhance the process of self-discovery.  Relational psychology is perhaps the most famous in the main stream demographic for it’s tests and quizzes.  These tests are designed to allow the subconscious to reveal the truth about ourselves to our conscious awareness.  To see how this works for yourself, I figured I’d include one such quiz for you to take today.  Follow along with this exercise keeping in mind that it is important to try to concentrate on how you feel about what you are describing and not just on how it looks. For example, you may describe something as a certain color because it gives you a feeling of calmness. However, another person may describe the very same thing as a different color that also gives him or her a sense of calmness. Though both people picture the thing differently, the interpretations of their answers are the same - the color, represents calmness to them.

You are in a vast desert and you see a cube.

1. The cube

How big is the cube?
What is its color? What do you think about that color?
How far away is it from you?

What is it made of?
Is it transparent? Can you see what is inside?
How big is the cube compared to the desert? What is the ratio?

2. There is a ladder.

Is the ladder leaning on the cube?
What is the color of the ladder? What is it made of?
What impression does it give you?
What is the distance between the cube and the ladder (the relationship between the cube and ladder)?

3. There is a horse.

What is the distance between the cube and the horse?
What is the color of the horse?
What impression does it give you?
Is it tied? Is there a saddle?

4. There is a storm.

What is the distance between the storm and the cube.
Is it a big storm or a small storm?
Is it passing by or staying?

5. There is a flower/ there are flowers.

How many flowers are there?
Where is/are the flower/s and especially, where are they in relationship to the cube?
What is the color of the flower/s?
How do you feel about the flower/s?

Answers:

cube.jpgCube : The cube represents yourself. How you think about the cube reflects how you think about yourself. For example, you may think the cube is made of yellow stones. Yellow may give you a feeling of warmth and stone may give you a feeling of strength. Then, it means that you believe that you are a strong and warm person. The distance between you and the cube reflects your understanding about yourself. If the cube is far away, then it means that you do not feel close to your inner self. If the cube is transparent, that means you let people see through you. People can read your mind easily. The ratio of the cube to the desert is how you think about yourself in this world. The bigger the ratio, the grander you think of yourself and what you're meant for.  People who see an excessively tiny cube, feel that they are smaller than life.  People with a cube that is excessively large, feel as if they are larger than life. A small ratio means that you recognize that you are just one part of this world and there are many other things out there beside you.  a large ratio means you thrive on being the center of attention.

Ladder : The ladder represents your friends. If the ladder is leaning against the cube, then it means that your friends depend on you. If the ladder is supporting the cube, that means you depend on your friends. The distance between the ladder and the cube indicates if you feel close to your friends or not. Again, how you feel about the ladder reflects how you feel about your friends (e.g.. what you feel about the color of the ladder and the material it is made of).

The Horse:  The horse represents you lover or ideal lover. The distance between the horse and the cube represents the closeness you have with your lover. If the horse is facing the cube it shows you want to be the focus of attention in the relationship. If your horse is closer to your ladder it might suggest you want a lover who supports your goals (you gold digger you). If the horse is tied up, then it shows the need to be controlling in a relationship. If the horse has a saddle then you feel secure with them. If the horse is free and not saddled, it means you view your lover as uncontrollable/unpredictable or someone who is very independent.

Storm: The storm represents the obstacles or problems in your life. If the storm is very intense then your problems are causing havoc in your life. If they encompass the entire desert then it means you might have some ongoing issues, which you think will take a while to resolve. If your storm is light then it means your problems don’t really upset the balance of your world. If it is outside the room it means you see your problems at a distance and they can easily be controlled.

Flowers: The flower represents kids.  Some believe the number of flowers you see is either the number of children you will have or the number of children you want. The closer the flower is to the cube, the closer you feel to your children or the thought of having children. If your flower is close to the ladder then a goal in life might be to have children. Different colors also represent a variety in children (you want boys/girls of varying ages).

It's worth looking into the meaning of colors deeper, but here is a general list of color meanings:

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Black: Black is the color of authority, elegance, sophistication, and seduction. Black can also imply darkness.

White: White symbolizes innocence and purity, which is why the wedding dress is white. Doctors wear a white coat to imply sterility and cleanliness.

Red: The color of dominance, power, and sexual energy, the color red attracts attention. It is also the color of love.

Blue: One of the most popular colors, blue represents knowledge, authority, and loyalty. Blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals so it is often used in bedrooms. The color blue shows loyalty.

Green: Green represents compassion, prosperity, money, and vitality. It is a relaxing color. Many TV studios have a “green room” for people to sit in to relax before they go on the air.

Yellow: Yellow is another attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, symbolizing enthusiasm and playfulness, the color yellow is very difficult for the human eye to take in and can be overpowering.

Purple: Purple is the color of royalty. It represents luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic and rarely found in nature.

Brown: Old reliable brown. Brown shows stability. It is the color of earth and reliability.

face-shot-2-for-web-site.jpg When I did the exercise, I imagined an enormous cube hovering about six feet above the ground that took up nearly the entire expanse of the desert.  It was checkered like a chessboard, white and black and you couldn’t see through it.  It was made of an unearthly substance that didn’t seem to be solid even though it would solidify to the touch.  To me, it felt enigmatic and royal and magnificent, but unpredictable.  And I was three feet away from it, about to touch it.

The ladder was made of old, weathered wood (the kind of wood that turns greyish with age).  It was leaning against the cube, but in a way that made it look like it was going to fall.  If felt very much like a relic from my childhood.  I feel hesitant about it, like if I try to climb on it, it will either fall down or give me splinters.

The horse was sniffing the cube.  It was a black Arabian horse with a wild mane, no bridle or saddle.  It is the most beautiful, powerful thing I’ve ever seen.  Its ebony coat was shining and it seemed totally curious and unafraid of the cube.  I wanted to reach out and touch it’s neck but I didn’t want to scare it into seeing me as an opponent and attacking.

The storm was huge and in a semi circle, above the cube.  It looked like it was trying to envelop the cube.  It was purple and dark grey like a thunderstorm.  It was imposing.

There were three flowers.  One was blue and the other two were yellow.  They were little, fragile looking things, like little daisies.  They were growing underneath and to the right of the cube.  I love the flowers.  I felt like one of the yellow flowers was lonely.  I wanted to cover them and protect them.

It was exciting to me how accurate it was when I took this test.  If you feel inclined, post your answers to the test in the comment section!


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I imagine a smallish cube (20cm X 20cm). It was a mirror on sides, floating a few meters above the desert. The ladder was a wooden brown ladder, it supported me but wasn't a super sturdy modern metal ladder either. It leaned against me and caused the cube to be pulled down to the ground.  The horse was your average brown horse, but a few metre away looking sort of in my direction and sort of not. It felt like the horse was disinterested me. The storm was massive, brilliant, chaotic and energetic but very far away. As soon as I read flowers millions of flowers popped up all over th desert, under and around my cube ladder and horse. I couldn't have gotten a more accurate picture of me if I tried. Thanks Teal. X

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I saw a good-sized, about 4' by 4' cube, made of the blackest onyx. It was floating about 5 feet from the ground, about 5 feet away from me. The onyx was reflective of light, but not quite mirror like. It felt powerful, seductive, authoritative and strong. It felt safe and confident and very sure. The ladder was leaning against it, in the center. It led to the top of the cube, and it was made of sturdy brown wood. The horse was a majestic, ivory horse with a beautiful shining coat, prancing freely in circles around the cube, tossing its mane and tail proudly. There was no saddle or harness, it was free. The horse loved the cube very much and got high from its energy and was not only perfectly happy, but felt passion and desire to live fully with that cube. The storm was in the distance, coming towards us, but it was thrilling to me. I love storms. I anticipate them and I thrive in them. It was exciting to see the storm coming my way. The flowers were under the cube by the ladder, with a ring of greenery underneath the cube. They were growing amongst weeds, small but beautiful and sweet. They were like morning glories, growing on the ground. There were three colors and three flowers. Blue, yellow and pink. The rest was green weeds.

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The cube was the color of a glass mirror and was dark inside and had a spot where it could open as if magically.

The cube was bigger than a house. Mabye the size of 4 houses. 

The horse was blue with a sattle a fair distance from the cube with a tether tied to the cube.

There was no latter but the cube was low enough for somone to climb in if this magic door should happen to open.

Whial sand occupied the space underneith the cube and horse all around were millions of flowers red in the middle and white on the outside.

As I stood 100 meters back from all of this one of these flowes grew at my feet rite in front of me. 

The storm was some way back in the distance working its way closer. I felt like i wanted the storm to be much closer. I felt it would offer a release to reconfigure and grow fresh plants and wash the blue from the horse and disolve the teather.

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i cannot get the meaning of this: 1. the (white with some gray) horse is staring at me (i mean.. i'm looking at the cube and everything, and the horse just popped in and now is staring into my eyes and breathing right into my face); i mean, it's cute and everything, but it's way too close;  2. the flowers are everywhere but they are not exactly material.. they're kind of...partially visible, like transparent or sth..;  3. the ladder is hanging in the air and i'm thinking "how the heck is that possible..?"; 4. the cube is kind of small and yellow and transparent (i got the meaning of this part.. i think) and is a bit far away, with stormy weather all over the place..yet it's quiet.

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The cube was gigantic, misty white, and semi-transparent.  I was close to it.  There was movement inside and a sphere of light beaming down from the top.  It occupied 1/3 of the desert and it was floating.

The ladder was old and worn rough hewn brown wood.  It was suspended in the air and floating.  Difficult to create a situation where the ladder would come in contact with the cube....it would just randomly do so if the wind made it possible.

The horse was a war painted Native American horse.  A wild horse without a saddle.  Brown with big white spots.  The horse was far in the distance from the cube.

The storm was small and in the distance beyond the horse.

The flowers were abundant and covered the top of the cube and framed an entrance.  They were also dangling from the bottom of the floating cube and flowing.  Red roses; dramatic and perfect.

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1.       Cube

                      a.       It was a huge cube, like the pyramids in the desert.

                      b.      It was far away enough for me to be able to see all of it form and even what was on the top. If I walked towards it I would get close in matter of                                   minutes.

                       c.       The material was alien, very solid, smooth, and not transparent. The color was golden with some hieroglyphics /encryption on it.

                       d.      It made me feel like I was looking at something ancient, sacred, alien. It had a magnetic attraction to it.

2.       Ladder

                        a.       The ladder although it was more of a staircase was made of the crystal jade, transparent and the color was green (color like an emerald)

                        b.      The staircase was attached to the cube, going up in a spiral, surrounding it until it would reach the top.

                         c.       The staircase was very comfortable to walk on, reliable, stable, long, and beautiful.

3.       Horse

                        a.       The horse was on top of the cube

                        b.      The horse was very playful

                        c.       The horse had a light brown color initially, but it would change colors every once in a while.  Going through all the colors imaginable.

                        d.      The horse was comfortable, very smart, relaxed. He would love to change his physical color

                        e.      No saddle, not tied, just very free

4.       Storm

                         a.       There was a big, heavy and loud storm in the horizon.

                         b.      The storm was not moving, it was fixed in that point.

                          c.       If I where to put my prolonged attention to the storm, I would move into the storm (with the cube and everything). Otherwise it was always in                                        the horizon.

5.       Flowers

                            a.       There were thousands of flowers on top of the cube

                            b.      There were flowers of every kind and every color. I could see the frequencies in the flowers move. Like they kept their embodied form but                                              also showed that they were made of energy.

                            c.       They were in several areas on top of the cube.

                             d.      They made the horse happy.

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Cube - Large cube, as big as a tiny house, floating above the ground. Dark grey, matte chrome. Metal panel color, made me a sort of metal alloy.  I feel neutral.  It's a few meters away from me. I can walk closer. 5-10 meters. The desert is grand, stretching from horizon to horizon. The cube is much smaller in comparison, but larger than me.

Ladder - There is a ladder under the cube, vertical, presumably allowing you to get in from below. It barely touches the desert floor but it's enough. It's metallic gray, slightly more chrome/silver than the dark grey cube. I feel neutral. The ladder is part of the cube, a function of it.

Horse - First impression: WTF is a horse doing here? The horse is trotting around the cube, in front of it and on the sides. It's part of this dreamscape. The horse is white or cream colored.  The horse is not saddled, it's completely free. It does as it wishes. I feel like the horse doesn't really belong there in the middle of the desert. How does it find water and shelter? I feel like it was placed there artificially to create a contrived dreamscape. This feels like an 80s postmodernist tableau. 

Storm - There's a thunderstorm in the horizon. It's still miles away. I can see lightning and rain. It will be another 20-30 minutes before it's here. I have time to leave in the other direction to seek shelter if I want to. There is wind. It's a cold storm, not a usual sand desert storm. It's large.

Flowers - First impression: Flowers in the desert is just weird, but OK. Flowers are around the cube, but not under. They form a loose ring. They're low to the ground and sparse and patchy, but still visible with greenish leaves. They're like yellow buttercup flowers. The horse runs around them, kicking some away along with sand with its hooves. It doesn't care if they're beautiful or not. We used to have yellow buttercup flowers on our yard where I grew up. They were just there and grew on their own. In this picture, they're also de facto default flowers. They're cute, I suppose, but I don't feel extremely strongly about them either.

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I saw a translucent small cube on the ground of the hot desert. I walked to it and shrunk to its size, i imagined a door and thus created one. i walked inside and it was cool and hydrating. A blank cube, i touched its walls and it became mouldable so i pushed a wall and moulded a circular bed then i created a dome shaped roof, then a staircase down from the roof. I created windows and brought succulents and cactus inside. 

i soon bored of this shape and changed it from a cube to a translucent wheel. i rolled through the desert until i saw a wooden ragged old ladder lying flat on the dusty ground. i rolled into each gap of the ladder and made it a cube again, multiple cubes in each of the ladder gaps. i created doorways and bridges from each cube in the ladder gaps connecting them all. 

the cube then became singular and jumped out. the ladder stood talls and I (me in body from) climbing up the erect floating ladder to the tip before falling down in through the roof of my cube again. 

then i was riding bareback fast through the desert wind on horse. he was free and i was riding on his freedom, ecstatic. the cube was in my pocket. i fed it to the horse and reaching in my pocket found more and more sugar cubes. i fed him more and more. 

the stormy clouds filled the sky overhead. then wind almost took it away, i  began feeling disappoint, stay.

it stayed and i sat under the horse until the cube became a shelter on the ground again. the horse and i went inside the translucent cube and i rested on his body both laying down staring up into the storm protected and enjoying the emotions in the sky.

then i was again in the cube alone, away from the ladder and no horse to be seen.

i looked out the window and saw three pinkish reddy purple dark flowers.

i climbed out to walk by them but as soon as i was near i grew lanky and my head was in the clouds. i was so tall i could barely reach them. they began to grow huge and blanketed the desert. i lay my large body on them and rolled in cheerful play together.

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A blue shiny plastic cube. Like hard plastic. . Could not see thru it. I was 100 feet away from the cube. The ratio to the desert was 1:100,000. The ladder was leaning against the cube and was white shiny strong plastic. The horse was tan colored and facing the cube but about 3 feet away. Bareback. With rope hanging from it’s neck. Flowers all different colors about nine of them randomly surrounding the cube from around 1 foot to 3 feet from the cube. The storm was just hard rain but had not come yet about 6 miles away. I do believe my friends are so strong and I guess I support them. I agree that I don’t let people in. This is fun. Thanks. 

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I see a huge green cube made out of an unknown glossy material resembling a cooler. It’s about 2 feet from me and it is tall and wide. I can’t see inside but I can feel the cool/calm sensation of what might be inside. 

The ladder is actually attached and securely a fixed to the exterior of the cube so that one can easily climb into the cube. This ladder reminds me a ladder on the side of a boat or on the side of an above ground swimming pool. The ladder seems like it has about 12 rungs. 

There is a shiny coated sleek, muscular, well groomed, brown horse about 10 feet from the cube. He doesn’t have a saddle and his black mane is beautiful and flowing and blowing with the wind and his movements. He looks “at one” with this space and appears extremely content. 
On the horizon, I can see dark clouds which may be a storm, but it appears to be passing from left to right, fairly quickly. 

I see a huge patch of flowers on the left side of the ladder. There are 100’s and 100’s of them, too many to count. There are soooooo many colors and types and shapes and I see myself enjoying the beauty of these flowers as I climb the ladder and catch eyes with the horse from this uplifted view. 

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The cube was the size of a small NZ house; that means one story, 3 bedrooms size.

its colour is metallic sheen silver against the golden desert. Made of a shimmering metal not found on earth. So it sort of hovered. It is not transparent and you can’t see inside. The ratio to the desert was 1/500 which I considered small compared to the width of the desert. I had written the word “infintesimal”.

The ladder I thought was strange to have here with the cube but as it came into awareness it was upright as a ladder should, away from the surface “hovering” near the cube’s surface. It was on the ground. The colour was white and made of metal similar to the cube. My impression was temporary as though put there for me. The distance from the cube  was about 1 foot.

The horse was another unusual addition but was brown and my impression was it was passive. It wasn’t tied and the rein was trailing on the ground but the horse would never move anyway. There was no saddle. The horse was a nice addition.

The storm was far away, say 20-30 miles and covered a 10th of the desert. It was passing. There would be flashes and distant rumbles but nothing otherwise.

The flowers were around the back of the cube. A bed of around 30 flowers in multi-colour reds and yellows. Pretty and tidy and out of sight when viewing the cube from here.

How do I feel about the flowers?: They seem pretty but incongruent with the cube; meaning they were there because they were mentioned, no other reason.

 

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