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The forest

The forest

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

Imagine that you are walking in a forest.

1. Forest

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

Now, describe the path in relation to the forest.

2. Path

  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?

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

3. Bear

Ι. Describe the bear.

ΙΙ. What is the bear doing?

  1. The bear has not seen me.
  2. The bear has seen me, and is doing cute 'bear type' things.
  3. The bear has seen me but is ignoring me.
  4. The bear has seen me, and is looking threatening.
  5. The bear is coming right at me!

ΙΙΙ. You need to continue on the path.

  1. Actually, he is cute and I am seriously considering adoption.
  2. I ignore him and walk on./li>
  3. I try to find a way to walk around the bear
  4. I decide to go back or I try to hide.
  5. I stand and fight. I win.
  6. I stand and fight. I suffer a slight wound.
  7. 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.

4. Key

Ι. Describe the key.

ΙΙ. 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.

2. Path

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

Ι. 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.

ΙΙ. 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.

ΙΙΙ. 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.

4. 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.

Ι. 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.

ΙΙ. 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.


28-02-2017, 23:44

+4 -1  

Forest : Theres a sunset, its a beautiful forest, there are dead trees everywhere.
Path : The path is barely there, it's in the forest so there is no path, I walk where I want to.
Bear : the bear is black and very beautiful.
Key : it's an old rusty golden key, opens a house

Samantha Mason

28-02-2017, 23:24

+3 -1  

Lots of trees, cherry blossoms, bright.
Path is visible, well traveled, wide.
Big brown bear, ignoring me and I ignore him.
Its a small, Victorian style key that opens a door to another world.


28-02-2017, 16:19

+3 -1  

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


28-02-2017, 15:24

+4 -1  

Forest : Bright, giant trees,birds etc.
Path : clearly visible,wide,abandoned, a lot of obstructions Bear: huge, looks dangerous, it has seen me, but is ignoring me, i walk around the bear
Key : old,big, it opened a secret door


28-02-2017, 14:44

+4 -1  

Very intriguing and revealing.


28-02-2017, 14:19

+4 -1  

lots of tall and short trees
it is bright
the path is wide
it is easily navigated
small bear cute
cute bear things
gold key long and skinny
unlocks a secret world

J. Rath

28-02-2017, 13:14

+4 -1  

Black barked redwood extending into the skies, gray rain filled clouds cause little light to enter the already dark forest, the bear is a jerk for ignoring me so I show the same attitude, and finally I find a polished classic golden key that opens a small beaten chest with a small light from within.


28-02-2017, 13:14

+5 -1  

Forest: Dark with tall trees
Path: stones covered in dense foliage
Bear: black and menacing but hadn't noticed me (went around)
Key: Brass and very old. Opened a castle.
Uncannily accurate analysis. Enjoyed this very much.


28-02-2017, 13:09

+4 -1  

Forest; Dark, trees, creatures, birds.
Path: Wide, some obstructions.
Bear: Huge, furry, scary, turns out to be cute and harmless. I adopt it.
Key: Shiny, futuristic, quaintly shaped yet a dash of traditional ornament. key to a time machine

Queen Victoria

28-02-2017, 13:04

+3 -2  

That's exactly what I got.


28-02-2017, 12:54

+3 -2  

Forest: Comfortably bright, yopans and massive, tall pines. Happy, secure.
Path: One path, wide, abandoned, covered by short ferns, no real obstacles. Clearly outlined.
Bear: Big, Black, Enraged, but I stand ground and win fight, wounded.
Key: Large, ancient. Opens huge, stone gates to forgotten, grand, underground halls. Treasure and danger await.


28-02-2017, 12:52

+3 -1  

1. A dark forest.
2. The path was narrow and empty.
3. The bear was big and brown. It was eating an apricot and was ignoring me. I walked away.
4. The key had a black handle and a shiny silver body. It was a key to a big wooden door attached to a huge stone wall.


27-02-2017, 11:08

+3 -2  

-Dark; medium trees; dark
-A narrow, abandoned, almost invisible path with a few obstructions
-A large, dangerous looking black bear, that seems to glare at you menacingly
-You try to avoid it
-A large black iron key with a woman's face in it; it takes yo


27-02-2017, 10:18

+3 -1  

Forest: Extremely bright, lots of sun rays, light green trees with birds singing
Path: Lots of obstacles (logs, rocks, etc) not really defined but exists
Bear: Extremely large, dark, rears teeth and charges at me. I climb up a tree to avoid it.
Key: Bright, shiny key. Opens a house door.


27-02-2017, 10:18

+1 -1  

My key was large and glowing yellow-gold with tiny little rainbows radiating out of it. It unlocked a grand hidden door in a huge old tree revealing a secret society and all the magic and mysteries of the universe. Too optimistic?


27-02-2017, 10:02

+3 -1  

Superb really awesome. And i'll say mostly true.


26-02-2017, 23:19

+1 -1  

My key was a simple old fashioned two prong key. It opened a door that lead to an unknown bright light...


26-02-2017, 21:29

+2 -2  

1. beech tree forest, a little bit of both sun and rain, leaves scattered, no sign of life.
2. There is no path
3. The bear sees me, but ignores me. I admire it for a moment, but then walk away.
4.the key is made of bone with strange shiny, silver symbols


26-02-2017, 21:23

+3 -1  

Sun-dappled forest, pleasant with various heights of trees and greenery.
The path is a few feet wide, gravel, turns here and there, often traveled but not worn.
Grizzly cub being cute c: but I ignore him.
Shiny, decorative but old key, to a house of some sort. Maybe someone dropped it...


26-02-2017, 21:13

+2 -1  

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


26-02-2017, 21:09

+3 -1  

Dark forest with huge trees blocking out most of the light. Very clear, well traveled path with no obstacles. Large menacing bear that has seen me and appears threatening. The key is golden and beautiful. It unlocks a door of some sort.


26-02-2017, 20:43

+2 -2  

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


26-02-2017, 20:29

+4 -1  

Dark forest,sun shining through closely packed trees.
-no paths
the bear looks cute, it's dancing. Then it hid behind a tree. When it came back out, it looked very dangerous. It bared its teeth. I stopped for a while, looking at it and continued walking.


26-02-2017, 19:23

+3 -1  

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


26-02-2017, 19:22

+2 -1  

1. sun-dappled. Half dark, half lit.
2. Deciduous. Tall.
3. Half-bright. Half-dim.
1. No.
2. No.
3. Narrow.
4. Abandoned.
5. Obstructions. Over-grown with grass, covered with logs.
1. Small, baby black bear cub.
2. C.
3. B.
1. Skeleton key, very old.
2. I have no clue.

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