Finally, it is the last week of a long and exhausting semester! Of course I’m still having 3 deadlines hanging over my head, but I’m glad it will be over very soon.
While taking a break from studying and from work, I stumbled upon a short Freudian test on Bright Side (URL: https://brightside.me/inspiration-psychology/short-freudian-test-whats-your-real-attitude-to-life-290810) and decided to give it a try.
Sigmund Freud is the founding father of psychoanalysis, which is a method to cure mental illness as well as to explain human behaviours. He used the analogy of an iceberg to demonstrate the human mind’s structure and functions. The human mind has therefore 3 layers:
– The tip of the iceberg, the part which is visible, is the conscious mind, which consists of thoughts that are the focus of our attention now.
– Where the iceberg meets the water surface is the pre-conscious area, which are all that which can be retrieved from our memory.
– The most significant part is the invisible part underwater, where our unconscious mind happens. Here lie the processes that are the real causes of our behaviours.
Freud believed that the goal of psychoanalysis should be making the unconscious conscious, which means to make people understand the real causes of their behaviours and therefore their attitude to life. From this point, life problems can be solved and mental illnesses can be cured.
The test below is short and simple, but it could reveal a lot about a person. Because I do not have to answer direct questions about my life choices and motivations, rather questions that involve my imagination and my unconscious thinking mind, I can give honest and unbiased answers. This is a great way to get around the self-confrontation, which I dread and can rarely deal with.
So without further boring theory, let’s jump right into the test! It consists of 8 questions:
1. You’re peering into the sea. What do you feel?
I can hear the sound of waves crashing onto the shore, but from afar the sea is calm and soothing. I feel at peace and want to take a short nap.
2. You’re walking in the forest and looking down at the ground. What do you see?
A carpet of warm dry leaves. A bit muddy and dirty. Small branches on the ground crackling when I step on them.
3. You watch seagulls flying above your head. How does this make you feel?
Free and yearning to fly.
4. You’re looking at running horses. What emotions did you get?
Awe, longing, maybe a bit of excitement.
5. You’re in the desert, and there’s a wall in front of you. You can’t see the end of it. There’s a little hole in the wall. You see an oasis through it. What are you going to do?
How is there a wall in the desert? Anyway, I’ll try calling for help or getting through the wall.
6. While wandering around the desert, you suddenly find a jug full of water. What are your actions?
Examine if the water is drinkable. If yes, take a small sip then try to find storage to save the water for later.
7. You are lost in the forest in the night. Suddenly you find a house with lights on. Think of what you’re going to do.
Stalking the house for a while to see if there are people inside and what kind of people they are. Ring the bell and ask to spend a night. Try to forget scary movies with the same beginning.
8. You’re in the fog, and you can’t see anything. What’s the first thing you want to do?
Stop walking and feel the surrounding. Notice sounds and smells. Speak up to see what/who would reply. Try to find a surface to trace along.
- This is your attitude to life, your emotions, and wants:
Okay… Does it mean that I can sense troubles coming but just want to fall asleep instead? How do you read my mind??
- This is the way you feel about your family:
I guess it’s the assuring color of the leaves carpet and the soft crackling sound that gives me warmth and comfort, just like my family.
- Your attitude to women: not sure how to interpret this. Respect and motivation?
- Your attitude to men: this is embarrassing… but what’s written cannot be un-written 🙂
- This is your strategy for solving problems: very logical and practical, very me!
- This is how you choose your sexual partner: I guess I’m not thirsty 😉
- Your readiness for marriage and starting a family: uh of course I’m not ready!
- Your attitude to death: totally clueless, because you only die once…
Please do try out the test and share with me your thoughts on the results that you get and on Freud as well as his viewpoints!
I am, of course, not a Freudian expert at all. In order to write this post, I had needed some help from this article: McLeod, S. A. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/Sigmund-Freud.html on 17-07-2017
Should you find Freudian Psychology interesting, I would recommend that you check out these literatures:
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