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
d. The bear has seen me, and
is looking threatening.
e. The bear is coming right at
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
e. I stand and fight. I win.
f. I stand and fight. I suffer
a slight wound.
g. None of the options are close.
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.
2. What do you think it unlocks?
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
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.
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,
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.
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
Outdated or antiquated keys show
you feel more comfortable in a conventional or long established
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
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
Keys that allow access to valuable
things such as a treasure box, indicate a desire to accumulate
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.