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All tests - Relational psychology - The forest

Take a walk in the forest and learn something more about yourself.


1. Forest

Imagine that you are walking in a forest.

1. What do you see, and how does everything make you feel?
What kind of trees are there?
3. Is it bright or dark?


2. Path

Now, describe the path in relation to the forest.

1. Is the path clearly visible?
2. Is there any other path?
3. Is the path wide or narrow?
4. Is the path well-traveled or abandoned?
5. Is the path easily navigated or are there obstructions?


3. Bear

As you continue walking through the forest, you see a bear.

1: Describe the bear.

2: What is the bear doing? Choose the closest option.

a. The bear has not seen me.

b. The bear has seen me, and is doing cute 'bear type' things.

c. The bear has seen me but is ignoring me.

d. The bear has seen me, and is looking threatening.

e. The bear is coming right at me!

3: You need to continue on the path. Choose from one of the following options.

a. Actually, he is cute and I am seriously considering adoption.

b. I ignore him and walk on.

c. I try to find a way to walk around the bear

d. I decide to go back or I try to hide.

e. I stand and fight. I win.

f. I stand and fight. I suffer a slight wound.

g. None of the options are close.



4. Key

You continue to walk along the path in the forest until you stumble upon something. You turn around and notice that it's a key.

1. Describe the key.
2. What do you think it unlocks?





1. Forest

The forest represents how you felt about the world, as you were growing up. If you see squirrels playing then you felt that the world was a safe place.

The trees and the light in the forest represent the interaction that you had with adults as you were growing up, and the impact that this interaction had on you.

The taller the trees, the more influence adults had on your life.

The lighting represents the authority adults had  over you. The brighter the forest, the more you felt you had the freedom to do as you wanted and the happier you must have felt growing up. Note: being given a lot of freedom does not imply that you were in any way neglected.

The darker the forest, the more restrictions you felt were placed on you, and the more likely you were to find yourself in stressful situations.



Adolescence is represented by the path through the forest.

The path's visibility indicates how prepared you were to handle situations during adolescence. The more visible the path, the more successful you were at anticipating changes, and facing challenges. A less visible path means you were less aware of what to expect and therefore some events may have left you feeling perplexed and bewildered.

Multiple paths are important choices that had to be made. If you saw many paths, you either saw many opportunities for yourself, or you were very confused about what choices to make.

The width of the path indicates room for emotional growth. The wider the path the more opportunities existed for emotional growth.

Meeting fellow travelers along the way, or a tidy and well maintained path, are indications of a frequently used path. A path that is not so frequently used, may have weeds and be scattered with litter. The more traveled the path, the less evidence there is of feeling isolated from your friends and family. Note: belonging to a small family or having a small circle of friends does not necessarily mean that you did not receive enough support.

Obstructions are the way that we perceive problems in adolescence. The more rocks, weeds and logs we see along the path, the more we feel that certain circumstances prevented us from accomplishing our goals.


3. Bear

1. The bear is symbolic of problems and how you deal with them. The question gave you the chance to see a potentially dangerous situation. If you saw a tame, harmless bear or a young playful bear, or even a teddy, then your life is stress free and when faced with a problem you see a challenge or opportunity instead.

If you saw a menacing bear then you are more likely to see problems rather than creative challenges or opportunities. People under routine stress will see large, dangerous bears.


2. If the bear has not seen you, or has seen you but is doing cute 'bear type' things, then you are not under everyday stress and you do not have many real problems. When presented with a problem you prefer to focus on the solution.

If the bear has seen you but is ignoring you, then although you may be worried or anxious about something, you are not under unhealthy levels of stress.

If the bear is looking threatening or is coming right at you, you need a holiday! You are likely to be under high levels of stress.


3. How you continue your journey represents how you are affected by stress, how you deal with challenges, and also how you make decisions.

If you walk up to the bear, you face your problems head on, and you take a direct and pragmatic approach to decision making

If you avoid the bear you may think your problems are insurmountable, and you prefer a more indirect, non-confrontational approach to decision making.

If you ignore the bear, you pay little attention to setbacks and you are not affected by stress.

If you were considering adoption, then you have a healthy approach towards life and everyday challenges.


6. Key

The key represents work related interests. The key's appearance reveals how other people see your career, and the key's function reveals your career goals.

1. Appearance (how other people see your career)

The more ornamental the key, the more you prefer a career that is remarkable, distinctive or unique.

Outdated or antiquated keys show you feel more comfortable in a conventional or long established career.

2. Function (career goals)

If the key opens everyday things such as cars and school lockers then your expectations about your career in terms of wealth, joy and accomplishments are average.

Keys to royal residences, castles, fortresses or mansions reveal a desire for power.

If the key is able to unlock and open a number of things then you are probably undecided and unsure about which career path to follow.

Keys to items or places along the way, reveal a desire to choose a career that will solve a challenge.

Keys that allow access to valuable things such as a treasure box, indicate a desire to accumulate wealth.

Keys to personal belongings such as diaries or lockets indicate that a fulfilling career is one which addresses other people's needs.

If the key is of little use or value, you are rather pessimistic about finding a rewarding and fulfilling career.

A magical key or a  key to a magical world may reveal excessively optimistic expectations from a career.

If you are unsure as to what the key may open, you have not yet defined your career goals.

How accurate were your results? Join in the discussion below.


November 24, 2014 - 05:18

Forest - Bright green trees and a cold winter breeze, very dark and spooky

Path - Barely visible hiding under dirt, no other paths, very narrow, abandoned, very hard to find

Bear - Dark brown (nearly black), huge, sharp teeth, and a dangerous look, it's coming right at me, try and hide!

Hansom McElvis
August 22, 2014 - 15:45

An ancient rainforest with giant trees, lots of light going in. Instead of paths, I climbs over tree trunks and hacks through bushes, the forest is mine to explore. The bear is brown, enormous and dangerous. It's standing on its hind legs. I engage in a staring contest. The bear eventually drops down and walk away. The key is a mossy old one made of gold. It magically opens a secret path in a tree.

Reply to Hansom McElvis
September 24, 2014 - 18:43

I thought the same way on what the key would unlock!

August 07, 2014 - 17:27

Dark and dense
ALL kinds, even weeping willows, pines, cherry blossoms
Dark, but sunlight bursts in little beams or patches
Path is visible, but somewhat forgotten.
No other path
Wide abandoned
small obstructions
Bear is black and big and eating berries next to his partner whos eating fish.
The bear has seen me but ignores me
I ignore him and walk on
Old skeleton key old but shiny
A chest or a house

July 22, 2014 - 20:51

Forest, Mountainous Alaskan Pine Forest, Dark and Snowy Enormous trees.
Path, One abandoned, narrow stone path, clean and without obstacles. visible with moonlight
Bear, Enormous polar bear staring at me but not engaging, or attacking. Ignore and move on.
Key: Large antique skeleton key to enormous abandoned mansion at the end of the path.

July 22, 2014 - 20:16

the forest is dark and ominous but I feel comfortable
the path is battered and not apparent that anyone has been on it for a long time.
I easily see the path but its obstructed in some parts

C the bear saw me but is ignoring me
B I ignore the bear as well and keep walking
the key is old fashioned and looks like it came straight from a fantasy novel
the key probably unlocks come important and mystical treasure

June 30, 2014 - 16:06

Towering trees with a canopy so thick, the sky is invisible.
A neat, untouched, narrow grey path.
Medium sized honey brown bear, a little ways ahead, hasn't noticed me, but I feel extremely threatened. I stray from my path and walk around.
Simple gold key that opens an old mansion at the end of a path.

February 11, 2014 - 22:15

The key locked a door behind me

February 09, 2014 - 21:09

Tall trees. The forest isn't completely dark, but it isn't light outside either. A wide, open path that is well maintained and tidy. There are no obstructions. I am scared of the bear at first because it sees me, but then I notice that he is harmless and cute. I continue walking by him while looking at him, and then continue on my way. The key is old and antique-looking.. it opens a diary or a little treasure box.

December 23, 2013 - 17:51

Very tall pine trees, not much room to move around and very, very dark. The path was barely visible and quite narrow rarely used, there was only one path. The bear was quite large and menacing, the key I found was silver and old fashioned. It open the door of the grand hall of a castle.

Reply to Rebekah
February 08, 2014 - 13:07

That's what I had, except the key was a rusty brown color and unlocked a diary of someone who lived a long time ago.

November 06, 2013 - 03:37

Dark forest but dappled with light. Mostly pine but some other. Trees wide spaced. Not really any path, but could move easily. Deserted, but bear noticed me and walked off. Key was partly buried under pine needles. Old and gold. Opened an old door to a mysterious land...

Reply to julia
June 11, 2014 - 00:48

mine was quite literally the same

October 22, 2013 - 20:51

All i can say is-so true

October 15, 2013 - 00:39

My forest was dark and the path wasn't wide but it wasn't hard to find. only one path with logs and ferns. Large pin trees everywhere. black bear clawing at a tree tried to find another way around. found an old fashioned key uniquely made and it opened a door to a castle with a big treasure chest in the room. hmm...

Reply to Reilley
Queen Victoria
December 13, 2013 - 03:48

That's exactly what I got.

October 14, 2013 - 22:24

1. 1. Trees, no animals, moon, scary, lonely
2. Tall trees
3. Dark
2. 1. No
2. No
3. Narrow
4. Abandoned
5. Obstructions
3. 1. Big, grizzly bear
2. D
3. C
4. 1. Rusty, big, old, brown
2. A chest

August 20, 2013 - 17:01

Forrest: Tall trees, dark, few rays of light streaming through, makes me feel at peace though a little lonely
Path: wide, nearly invisible, abandoned path,no obstacles
Bear: baby bear being adorable near by.
Key: tarnished silver, ornate, old opens the gate of a wooden fence I can't see over to reveal blinding gold light.

August 20, 2013 - 14:32

My bear was yellow, wearing a little red shirt and is being high on honey...

August 03, 2013 - 16:05

Dark, dense forest (kind of like a jungle but not tropical)
Narrow, well traveled dirt path to a village (I see tribal people from the village along the path collecting berries)
Baby sun bear that's playing in the trees far away from me.
I watch it for a little bit then keep walking.
The key a vintage, well worn, and pretty looking.
The key unlocks a tiny bungalow along the path

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