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 saltwater 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 mainstream 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
Let’s play a quick game.
Picture a desert stretching out as far far far as your eyes can see. Within this desert is a cube. Describe the cube. What does it look like? How large is the cube? What’s it made of? And where in the desert is the cube No right answers and no wrong answers. You can’t lose the game! Feel free to take a moment before you continue.
So there you are in the desert with your cube. Along with the cube, you notice a ladder. Now, describe the ladder. How big is it? Where is it in relation to the cube? What is it made out of? Again, take a moment to think before you continue.
Now within this desert that contains a ladder and a cube is now a horse. It may very well be a horse with no name. Now, describe the horse. Where is the horse? What’s it doing? Is it going anywhere or staying put?
We’re almost done. Now, you see flowers. Describe the flowers. How many are there? What do they look like? Where are they in relation to the other objects? Last question. There’s a storm. What’s the storm like? Is it near? Far? What kind of storm is it? Does it impact any of the other objects in the desert?
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.