The Cube Test
The Cube Test
What is the Cube Test?
It's fun--give the cube test to your friends. Take the cube test yourself. What is the cube test? It's a psychological device, really. It's very telling. The answers to the cube test may surprise you!
It's very simple.
Here's what you do:
- First, imagine a desert. Nothing but sand for miles and miles and miles and miles--as far as the eye can see.
- Next, imagine a cube sitting on your desert. Whatever kind of cube you want, the first kind of cube that comes into your mind.
- Next, imagine a ladder. Whatever kind of ladder you want.
- Next, imagine a horse. Get a horse into that mental picture somewhere.
When asked to imagine a cube, I imagined a Christmas boxed present. It was a medium sized box--not to big, not to little.
And that, apparently, is a good thing! A sign of mental health!
For the cube represents YOU, your self-image. If you imagined a cube the size of a house, it might mean you err on the side of egoism.
If, on the other hand, you imagined a little bitty ice cube melting away in the desert sun, it might mean you have low self-esteem and a problem with a positive self-image.
For a ladder, I imagined an aluminum stepladder, sitting near the cube, but not leaning against it, and somewhat bigger than my cube.
The ladder represents your friends. If you imagined a wooden ladder, leaning against your cube, that means that your friends lean on you and you are glad to be needed. The closer the ladder is to the cube, the closer you feel to your friends. The farther away, the more distant you feel towards your friends. The smaller the ladder is in proportion to the cube, the less important your friends are to you.
In my case, that my stepladder (not as pictured here) was close to the the cube (ME!), and proportionately quite sizable, but not touching the cube meant that my friends are valued, they are often in my thoughts, and they have my good will and good wishes, but I don't lean on them nor do I wish them to lean on me. I maintain my independence from my friends. This is psychologically probably not the best news. I'm a lot more aloof than I think I am. I could be more involved with my friends and be healthier.
I imagined a horse--a beautiful white horse, from a short story I read once, called, "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse".
The horse was off in the background, the cube and the stepladder were definitely in the foreground. I really had a little trouble getting the horse into my mental image at all. It was off in the distance, bucking and rearing, no bit nor bridle nor saddle, completely untamed and unavailable.
And this turned out to be psychologically very apt. The horse represents your significant other. I have no one, I live alone. I've been married and divorced, twice, and now I'm content (more or less) to be just me, by myself.
If the horse is in the foreground of the picture, that means your significant other is near you, and how big your horse is determines how important your relationship is to you. If the horse is going over the hill and into the sunset, it might just mean the relationship is drawing to a close. If your horse is untamed, and free, it means there's little commitment in the relationship, or you feel your horse (your significant other) is not committed to you. If your horse is wearing a bit, and bridle and a saddle, it means you feel your significant other is committed. (Tamed!)
That's the cube test. That's it. That's all there is to it. But the results of the cube test, especially if you've never heard of it before and have no preconceived notions taking it, really are very revealing. Several of my family and friends took the cube test, without knowing the significance of the answers beforehand, and were surprised at the results. I wasn't really, on calm consideration. I was a little surprised at how accurate the cube test revelations seemed to be.
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