Projective tests are examination tools used in psychology that commonly employ ambiguous stimuli, notably inkblots (Rorschach Test) and enigmatic pictures (Thematic Apperception) to evoke responses that may reveal certain aspects of the subject’s personality by projection of internal fears, attitudes, and traits.
The picture above contains a subliminal message in the form of a skull. The skull is there to trigger fear in your subconscious mind. This causes your mind to associate fear with the other figures in the image. The figure within the skull that stands out the most to you reveals your deepest fear, as it is the first thing you associate this unconscious trigger with.
The Little Girl
If the little girl was the first thing that you noticed then you may have repressed emotions from childhood. It can be a trauma from early childhood or even from the perinatal stage, during pregnancy, childbirth, or at the onset of the neonatal phase. The relationship with the mother is crucial to emotional development.
If the child had to spend too much time away from the maternal figure, or if the mother has given little or no affection during early childhood, it is possible that everything is projected unconsciously through fears.
This way the child might develop a fear in making decisions or taking responsibility.
The butterfly is a symbol for which many meanings are attached. According to the interpreters of dreams, a bright and colorful butterfly is a sign of good hope, a new event in life, a new happy and prosperous phase.
A dark butterfly with light wings on the wings is associated with a missed chance, for which we did not know or did not recognize it, and it could have been useful to us. The significance of this symbol stretches from the spiritual side leading the butterflies to the world of the dead. They lead the soul into the afterlife.
If the first thing you saw on this picture was the butterfly than your unconscious fears stream from the fear of death, or the other side that is the fear of not living, missing chances. You could also resist to feel suppressed emotions of grief by close people who are not there anymore.
Located in the center of the picture and larger than in reality, the strawberry symbolizes heart and love. According to one legend, Venus could not stop crying because of the death of Adonis, and from every tearing mud on the earth, strawberries were created.
If you noticed the strawberry first, it may mean that you are afraid that your love affair will be bad or that you will fall in love with someone who is not for you and does not suit you. People who have such fears are often all in relationships that have no future. The root of this fear could stem from childhood or a bad experience in your first relationship.
A spider is one of the most common fears among people. It’s an evolutionary survival mechanism that made us extra aware from little dangers that could have surrounded us.
However, a spider as a symbol streams from a deeper unconscious fear that our surrounding is not safe.
If you’ve seen the spider figure first on this picture it means that your unconscious fears come from your inability to feel completely safe in an environment.
You always look into the details and try to find something wrong and dangerous even in the safest places. This constant outlook for danger prevents you from completely surrendering to beautiful and happy moments, and you usually overthink every plan.
The tree is a powerful psychological symbol. One of the best psychoanalytical tests evaluates the person’s psyche by the position they draw a tree on a piece of paper.
The tree is the symbol of our roots and in this case it has a deeper symbolism. Two trees forming a bridge are likely to mean that within us there is an inner conflict that we have not yet been able to solve. An emotional split that we can’t merge.
If one of the first things you saw on this picture was the two trees it means that your biggest fears stream from accepting this unconscious emotional split. You are afraid of accepting some part of yourself as yours. You develop your identity around this shadow self resisting to merge it with yourself.
The Teddy Bears
The one way that every kid can always find comfort is by hugging their teddy bear. It’s the getaway place for every kid, a place of understanding, safety and even warmth.
That’s what a teddy bear symbolizes, a friend who is unconditionally understanding, a safe place full of warmth and love. When fear is around every kid hugs its teddy, that’s children’s natural response.
However, the teddy bears on this picture are kind of twisted, and the fact that you saw them first reveals something interesting. You are afraid of being afraid.
This fear streams from an unconscious trauma that probably happened sometime in your childhood, an event when you experienced fear and had nothing to comfort yourself with.
Photo by Trevor Brown