What does your Avatar say about you?

In the past, we've seen palm readers and psychics - in the future (no need to be shy about it!) we will see Avatar readers.

The internet has taken over our lives - some would say IT IS OUR LIVES! and as a psychic myself I see the need to become more engaged with reading into online Avatars.

Firstly, what is an Avatar?

Simply put, an Avatar is the little square box or area in which you present your self or profile to the world, sometimes it refers to your profile - so let's just say it is all of these and more!

Your picture, the image of what presents you, your pic, your self-portrait, your representation etc...

But call it what you will - I have seen a few Avatar's now and I think I can safely say some patterns are developing through my encounters and psychological and personality traits seem to be coming through as we pick up on internet Avatars.

Let's have a go at analysing some of the Avatar patterns I've seen - this is only scratching the surface. Please add your ideas in the comments.

The Animal Avatar

This is the Avatar for the person who wants to stay anonymous OR who thinks they are ugly OR who has so much money it would be indiscrete to reveal a true face. The other side of this Avatar is that the person sees him or herself as somewhat an outsider - generally misunderstood by the madding crowd but, like all of us, in need of some affection.

On the other hand, some of these animal Avatars are symbolic and represent deeply felt spiritual positions - lions for example may show the spirit of the Lion of Judea or the Lion of C.S Lewis and represent strength, endurance and even delusions of godliness.

Funny animals represent eccentricity - dog's wearing sunglasses, horses with potplants on their head, cats picking their noses etc...But where are the deep sea krill might you ask? Well as you can see it is usually cuddly or traditionally loved animals that represent Avatars not the obscure ones that live in the deep recesses of the ocean.

But there are of course, yes, there are a few deadly poisonous spiders and the holders of these are great at being honest about how BAD they can be! Good luck to them. At least they don't hide behind "blaming others!"

As a rule, the animal Avatars project the acceptance that humans and animals are not that different - it used to be called anthropomorphism.

The Keep Your Distance Avatar

These Avatars show a photo of the real person but AT A DISTANCE. You can see it's a person but the shot is taken from such a distance that the features are hardly available - the Avatar holder is usually very beautiful and has had their fair share of uninvited attention. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE these holders are trying to tell you OR let me be the one who makes the moves. Hence no close up. You could be just (another!) predator lieing in wait wasting my time.

These Avatars are often used by good lookers who are sick of the uninvited attention that keeps coming up over their looks. Why can't you like me just for me, these holders lament.

I'm a MODEL Avatar - you know what I mean.

Yeh right!

On the other hand, the holder of the MODEL Avatars want attention. Usually a person who perceives him or herself to be the ugly duckling but determined not to take the consequences of this. The owners of these avatars feel strongly that the world is far too visually orientated and the only people who get on seem to be the GOOD LOOKING ones but of course these holders are wrong. It is not only looks that makes you a wonderful human being or necessarily gives you the most advantage!

You can be very attractive for what is in your soul and start TESTING this in the real world - you'll be surprised at what you can get just for thinking differently about yourself!

Sometimes, these Avatars are REAL (i.e. not just some one hiding behind LOOKS and a persona) and the holders are typically BIG FLIRTS. Usually young, out there and looking for some action. Heh, look at me, flirt with me and let's have some fun and fun is what they usually get because....well...these Avatar holders are very liberated and generally see the internet as another avenue for their fun orientated lives.

Billboard Avatar

These Avatars usually contain a message or quote - the owner might even have a business keen to get the message out. Holders are keen to send a message out to OR more importantly, repeat the message to themselves at any opportunity. WE TEACH WHAT WE MOST NEED TO LEARN. Each time this holder logs into to his or her account it is like a form of self education! Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken, No regrets, Make Love Not War, Legalize It, Jesus Loves You etc...

Cartoon Avatar

With these Avatars the owner has rendered him or herself as a cartoon figure. We all love cartoons and some of our fav characters say a lot about us. This avatar holder is often keen to make others lighten up and see the lighter side of life as this has been their experience anyway. As a kid, he or she probably spent lots of time watching The Simpsons or the Cartoon Channel and the internet is like being in a cartoon network. People in cartoons can say random and funny things like "my butt is itchy" and have fun, say nothing wrong and always seem to be able to solve their problems. Don't take things too seriously have cartoon like spirit and live in contentment.

GIF Avatar

Not always allowed on sites, these avatars MOVE. Some are dancing figures, jumping figures or rolling around to delight us figures. Owners of these avatars want to attract attention through movements - often peculiar and original...and who can blame them? The creative spirit is on display here.

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psychicdog.net 3 years ago Author

bilips - thank-you for your comment. Now if your relative put it up after getting tired of your blank square - tsk tsk - don't be shy, ( whatcha waitin for ?)get out there and live it up!


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billips 3 years ago from Central Texas

I really enjoyed this hub - I think you have made some valid observations, and others not so much - I have a bird avatar on this site, which a relative put on for me after getting tired of my blank square - but you are still right - if it wasn't a bird, it would be some other living, non-human, thing - regards - B.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

Somehow, I knew this was coming. Did you cheat and take a peek at my updated profile before answering (smile)? Actually, you are spot on! You truly are the psychicdog.

Ironically, I have indeed been trying to plan a mini-vacation. However, (no kidding), each tab I had open in my web browser, relating to a place I was planning on visiting, was recently hit by Hurricane Isaac. I found this to be a bit eerie. I am now trying to figure out a new plan of attack.

I appreciate your insight on the user with no Avatar. This makes perfect sense, but it seems so shallow. Personally, I tend to stray away from users such as these. They make me nervous.

Have a beautiful week! I look forward to catching up with you later.


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

thanks HubTub for your new angle - I simply forgot to include those grayed out defaults - pretty easy actually - means the person wants to go under the radar - why? The person may live in fear of internet predators, he or she may be creating a dodgy id for the sole purpose of making unhelpful comments or sometimes it's a simple case of not knowing HOW to upload a picture.

Now thanks to you again and as a bonus for dropping in you know YOU get an avatar reading for YOUR HubTub avatar.

OK I think the Palm Tree and Sunset says you look forward to your dream getaway where you can relax and sip your favorite cocktails on some deckchair strewn beach somewhere with the waves gently lapping the shore and live musicians (maybe Carribean?) playing relaxing melodies in the background. Am I right? LOL


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

Very interesting hub, psychicdog. I only see one category missing, the person who opts for no Avatar but instead uses the default. I would love to hear your input on this one. Lazy, perhaps?


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Rui thanks for liking my hub - well yes you are straight up with your avatar here - not a bad thing at all - you asked me a question and guess what? - your avatar posture head tilted to the side suggests you are asking of others too - you look young but keep delving deeper into yourself through actions (travel, try a few things out, have some fun, HP) and in time you wont have to ask any questions of anyone - you will just know what you are and where you are heading! HP will help because it is here you will meet some awesome writers


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Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

Awesome idea for a hub. I'm a cartoon avatar in most of the places, but my avatar here on hubpages isn't included in none of these categories... normal front pic... means normal and bland? :D


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Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

Your right about presenting myself differently depending on the situation. At the time I took the FB picture I was in a very silly mood as well as defiant so you probably hit the nail on the head with that one too. That was interesting thankyou!

~Becky


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Rfordin, thanks for the question - that's what I'm here for! I think it's fascinating when your HP avatar has more of a serious tone here - so I gather you use a different avatar for FB - perhaps you need to present differently in different arenas - obviously you have a silly and can I say defiant side (sticking your tongue out!) and probably you are trying to say if people can't handle it well that's their problem but it's a kind of struggle maybe - you struggle with whether you need to be serious more often...do you think so?


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Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

Very interesting to say the least. The prospect of an Avatar "reader" is awkward but seems inevitable. My FB profile picture is that of me sticking my tounge out, up close.....what do you make of people with "silly" avatars? Just curious :)


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

@Rehana Stormme : I suggest PaintShop Pro rather than a tattoo artist... when you earn the 2M accolade you have little use for the 1M.


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Trish thanks for dropping in with your trually interesting avatar - hardly hidden and I don't know if I can tell you too much here in this public arena about your avatar - it reveals a pretty potent message made with fullsome lips! But there is a nice little twist there- the Y is almost cut off making it feel NAUGHT - that's special in itself. I would ask - what does that message resolve for you?


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trish1048 4 years ago

Based on your descriptions, I am guessing my avatar is a billboard. For a very long time, prior to this one, I had a photo of my cat, simply because I am a cat lover. I'm wondering what hidden message my new avatar is sending out :)


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Rehana Stormme 4 years ago

LOL! Begad, that horse in a pot has got more accolades than the rest of us combined. Nicomp, if I hadn't zoomed in your avatar on my smartphone, I never would've guessed hahaha!

Anyway, just got an appointment with the local tattoo artist to get the 1M mark on my forehead too. Should do wonders for my traffic.


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Thanks Rehanna - yes you are very perceptive - Nicomp is inflated with lollies and he likes being wacked (really hard!) just like a pinata - spot on - when he writes hubs all the lollies fall out in his writing - it's called lolly writing! LOL


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

@Rehana Stormme : Don't overlook the accolade on the forehead. You got onena those?


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Rehana Stormme 4 years ago

Most readers are perplexed by Nicomp’s avatar – but not I!

Why, it’s an arse’s head with a piñata’s arse! … seemingly defying all forces of gravity, or perhaps just inflated with helium.


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Rehanna Stromme - well your avatar is very interesting - the looking over your shoulder says to me life is flying past and you are enjoying a really great ride! Great attitude


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Nicomp - thankyou. I take that as a compliment - tell Piven if he ever needs someone to fill in when the papparazi get too much I'm there!!! I'll leave by the front door and he can leave whenever he likes!


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

I think your avatar is a low-res Jeremy Piven.


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Rehana Stormme 4 years ago

"People in cartoons can say random and funny things like "my butt is itchy" and have fun..."

Lol! Great topic and well-written. Cheers!


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Oooh thank-you darling!


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Your avatar is my screen saver on my Windows 98 Desktop.


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

B2Care - straightforward avatar - open neck shirt is a sign of a relaxed nature, exploring and time to burn - don't burn up too much though! Cheers for dropping by!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC

Good One psychicdog.net

Very creative!

I wanted to be a lion but they were all taken. Gave up and became me!

It really is interesting how we see ourselves and each other. Are we living a dream or a nightmare.

Personally, I like where I am and I'm grateful to be associate with such a great bunch of avatar's!

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest

I agree with the part about wanting to hear, but not garbage. Talk is cheap, I dislike ignorance and I absolutely hate gossip, which makes life in small towns a challenge lol. I rely on peoples actions to determine their character. I am actually not quick to judge others and the first to defend those who are ostracized for being different :)


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Thanks to everyone for dropping by.


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Not the whole person Christin - don't be too quick to judge others is the best advice or YOURSELF - open up a little more to get more out of social interactions...slight head turn with ear says you want to listen but not to garbage!!!


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Love me love my pet - got you PegCole17 - you need faith,honesty and trust - totally understand it's what pets give but humans so often fall short - you will meet THE ONE that will care for you back!


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

anusujith - did you just have a great time - and looking for another one? Looks that way - I'm hearing it/seeing it!


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Dee aka Nonna - ready to tear away - the motor bike wheel is leaving before you've even arrived - don't think the worst, be positive - if you take off too soon you might miss the best opportunity you've ever had!


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago Author

Drbj - thoughtful wise one - the demeanour says - read into this avatar what you will - your avatar makes a lot of space for the observer's input - highly respectful of others - don't forget yourself, however!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Clever idea and thoughtful, well-written descriptions, psychic, m'luv. Now, let's see, your avatar reflects a cute-looking guy with inquisitive, searching eyes. And mine, I like to delude myself, reflects an aging body with an eternally young spirit. Whatcha think?

Had to vote Up, y'know.


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

This was so very interesting. Maybe I'm a "keep your distance" since my photo is a little at a distance because of the way the picture of me sitting on the motorcycle was taken. Never would have thought....but I do not like it when people I don't know well invade my space too quickly...LOL.

Voted up and interesting. I think I will share on FB


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

Interesting Hub... Voted up...


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is as good as fingerprint analysis or better yet, handwriting analysis. Our choice of an avatar is telling in a lot of ways like a bumper sticker - it reveals our causes or as you've identified, our personalities. Good one here, Psychicdog.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest

Interesting hub :) I agree with several of them and can see how you came to your conclusions. I never really thought about reading a whole person based on their avatar though - clever idea.

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