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03 September 2007 @ 11:19 am
Psychoanalyze Yourself Meme!  
It's the psychoanalyze yourself meme, courtesy of mercurybard! Fun AND stupid (remember, my parents are psychiatrists. Some of this stuff goes beyond reaching. But still-- try it out.)

1. You are not alone. You are walking in the woods. Who is with you?
My husband.

2. You are walking in the woods. You see an animal. What kind of animal?
A deer.

3. What interaction takes place between you and the animal?
The deer watches me approach, and then turns and bolts away.

4. You walk deeper in the woods. You enter a clearing, and before you is your DREAM house. How big is it?
Two-story Georgian, 4000 square feet.

5. Is your dream house surrounded by a fence?
No.

6. You enter the house. You walk into the dining room and see the dining room table. What do you see on AND around it?
A lace doily in the center with a tea set. The table is surrounded by chairs.

7. You exit the house and a cup is on the ground, what kind is it?
Utilitarian plastic, 12-16 oz.

8. What do you do with the cup?
Pick it up and put it on the porch.

9. You walk to the edge of the property where you find yourself at: what type of water?
A small lake, encircled by trees.

10. How will you cross the water?
Walk around it. There's a rowboat, but the lake is small enough to get around.

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1. The person who you are walking in the woods with is the most important to you.
Definitely.

2. The size of the animal is representative of your perception of the size of your problems in your life.
Ha! Actually, it's just the most likely animal I associate with the forest.

3. The severity of the interaction you have with the animal is representative of how you deal with your problems.
The animal decided I was a threat and left. So, my problems go away on their own?

4. The size of your dream home is representative of the size of your ambition to solve your problems.
Or maybe I just like that style of house, and fantasize about living there. I also like smaller-type cottages, but they're harder to visualize as a "Dream House."

5. A lack of a fence is indicative of an open personality. People are welcome at all times. The presence of a fence indicates a closed personality. You'd prefer people not drop by unannounced.
Fifty-fifty on this one. I enjoy random encounters with people, though if the phone rings in the evening I don't always want to answer it.

6. If your answer did NOT include food, flowers, or people, then you are generally unhappy.
Not buying it. Once you use the term "Dream House," I'm off in the random House Beautiful fantasy, and that could go anywhere. "Dining table" is a formal place to me, in a room that is rarely if ever used. Now, kitchen table would be a different thing.

7. The durability of the material the cup is made of is representative of the perceived durability of your relationship (with person in #1).
Haha! Plastic lasts forever, and it bounces and is hard to damage. ;) However… this is the most dumbass equivalence in this entire meme. Puh-leeze.

8. What you did with the cup is representative of your attitude.
Take care of it and keep it in its place? :0

9. The size of the body of water is representative of the size of your sexual desire.
I hear the bullshit siren going off again. I just prefer lakes to oceans and rivers in a residential setting. For visiting, they're the dullest of the three!

10. The way you cross the water is representative of how easy or hard you expect your life to be.
What, circumvent my problems? Find a different approach than the obvious? Now, if we go back to the part where water was supposed to be "sexual desire" then you're in trouble—pick a river, and you'll jump it or cross a bridge (no problems, but your libido is low). Pick a lake and whoo-doggies you're a sex maniac, but your problems are apparently bigger? I think the bullshit meter just went off again…


How'd you do?


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Ah yes, quite a bunch of us, isn't it?unhobbityhobbit on September 3rd, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
6. If your answer did NOT include food, flowers, or people, then you are generally unhappy.

What the hell would a bunch of random people be doing sitting around my dining room table while I was out? And why would there be food on the table if I'm not there to eat it? If I'd been told I was having a party then yeah, there'd be food and people around the table.

Also, any animal you meet in a forest is going to be wild and run away. Unless there's something seriously wrong with it. I think that envisioning the animal as healthy and giving it a realistic reaction to you means... I don't know, something that's not how you deal with problems. Though, if my problems did decide to leave on their own, I wouldn't stop them.

9. The size of the body of water is representative of the size of your sexual desire.

Dude, no way. I chose stream because that's the kind of water you find in a forest.

I don't get the cup bit at all.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 3rd, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
What the hell would a bunch of random people be doing sitting around my dining room table while I was out?
A-hahahahaha! Another valid point.

I swear, if you're remotely logical AND a quick thinker, you're going to invalidate the point of half of these questions.

Also, any animal you meet in a forest is going to be wild and run away.
Pretty much! Unless your answer is something like, "I shoot it with my gun." (in which case you're probably a guy) And maybe that WOULD say something. ;)

Dude, no way. I chose stream because that's the kind of water you find in a forest.
Yup. Back to the logic again. Actually, around these parts lakes are quite common too-- especially where I tend to like to go hiking. Again, most of the answers are going to be what occurs to you based on, I don't know, actually knowing what's IN forests and what's likely.

I don't get the cup bit at all.
that's why I mock it. That is the stupidest part of the whole meme.

Sometimes a cup is just a cup...
shaitanah: pb_michaelshaitanah on September 3rd, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
Such memes always make me laugh))
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 3rd, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
As they should. ;)

I mean really-- your relationship with your most important person is based on a CUP that you find randomly outside your house?
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 4th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Bin 'em - leaving your stuff lying round like that.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 4th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
My cabin the woods doesn't have a dining room and I never eat in the kitchen. I eat in the living room watching the DVD.

I usually giggle at these tests. I had to sit so many at uni(We had a psych dept who'd lurk in the corners of the foyer and bribe us to take part in tests. Oddly, food was more effective than money...)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
My cabin the woods doesn't have a dining room and I never eat in the kitchen. I eat in the living room watching the DVD.
You see? It's your dream house. And the lifestyle that goes with it, too.

Therapy and psychiatry have many uses. But psychoanalysis is SO often ridiculous. ;)
we're all mad hererelativity1953 on September 4th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
2. The size of the animal is representative of your perception of the size of your problems in your life.
Um, I pictured a bird - I'm afraid I have bigger problems in my life than "bird-size"

3. The severity of the interaction you have with the animal is representative of how you deal with your problems.
The bird landed on a tree limb and sang - I'm afraid I don't have the voice to sing my problems away

5. A lack of a fence is indicative of an open personality. People are welcome at all times. The presence of a fence indicates a closed personality. You'd prefer people not drop by unannounced.
Well, while I am a little closed off, I don't mind people just dropping by sometimes. I would want a large yard (because my dream home would have a sizeable yard) fenced in because I have a 5 and a 3 year old and I would want them to be able to play outside when they wanted without the fear of them wandering away.

6. If your answer did NOT include food, flowers, or people, then you are generally unhappy.
Nonsense. People and food do not just happen to be at the table when I wander in (and if there is still food lying around - gross!). I thought of some sort of centerpiece, but the flowers were fake - what does that say about me?

7. The durability of the material the cup is made of is representative of the perceived durability of your relationship (with person in #1).
An abandoned sippy cup... my relationship with my husband has the durability of an abandoned sippy cup. That makes me either very sad (at the metaphor) and very happy (as those sippy cups can really take a beating).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
I would want a large yard (because my dream home would have a sizeable yard) fenced in because I have a 5 and a 3 year old and I would want them to be able to play outside when they wanted without the fear of them wandering away.
This is exactly the place where auto-analysis bites the dust. If you have small children, of course you want a fence around the yard. A substantial one, in fact.

(and if there is still food lying around - gross!).
I'm with you and unhobbityhobbit-- if you're not in the house, why is there food on the table? And fake flowers = practical, in my book. ;)

An abandoned sippy cup...
If my kids had been five years younger (where they'd be your kids' age), I'd have thought of the sippy cup too. :D

*rushes to say the obvious* Sometimes a sippy cup is just a sippy cup!

:D
we're all mad hererelativity1953 on September 4th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Sometimes a sippy cup is just a sippy cup!

I think I will have to make an icon or something with that saying ;)
sauvageonne on September 4th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
Sorry, but some of this made me laugh !!!
Hum, I pictured a bird ... And believe me, some of my problems are more "dragon-sized" than bird-sized !!!
Dream house : impossible to picture - I love architecture ; so I change my mind every now and then !!! The only and ultimate point onto which I would not negotiate = large windows !!! Means that I have an open mind ?!
Fence ... Hum, if this dream house is hidden in the woods, why would we need fences ? And by the way, why hiding this house in the woods ???
Water : diffucult one : lake because it is nice and soothing and I like kayak. But my family lives near the Manche Sea, so of course I love the ocean !!! And the closest city to my family house has a river ... Arrrrggghhhhh !!! Too restrictive.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Big windows are mandatory for me, too. Regardless of deeper meanings-- I just like to see the view and let in the light.

Fence ... Hum, if this dream house is hidden in the woods, why would we need fences ?
That is exactly what my husband said. Or as I noted above, if you're logical and quick-thinking, you'll automatically come to answers like this one. :D

The water thing was already self-limiting as soon as the house was placed in the woods!