The Psycho-Analysis Game
Even if you don’t believe in the predictions made in this game, it is still fun to pursue for both, the drawer and the analyzer!
Rules of the game
The analyzer does not let the drawer know about the meaning of the game, so the drawings cannot turn out biased. Best outcome would be to merely inform the drawer about the objects he is supposed to draw, without letting him know that his pictures will be further analyzed, to avoid any kind of bias whatsoever.
The drawer is handed a blank sheet of paper with the objects house, tree, axe, fence, path and snake written above. He/ she is supposed to create a picture including these objects. What he (in the best case) does not know, is that his picture will be analyzed and every object will possess a meaning, as elaborated on below:
- House: Stands for the drawer himself and his personality, further linked to the self-perception of the person.
- Tree: The partner of the drawing person. This does not have to refer to the current partner or anyone in the person’s life, but may rather be linked to the relationship of the person to his future partner or his connection to the other sex.
- Axe: This object stands for the aggression of the person. How does he/ she deal with it, does he project it on others?
- Fence: This object has been the most controversial along our experiences with this game. It is mostly interpreted very differently amongst the participants. But, it mainly stands for the barrier the person draws around himself. If the fence is high, covers the house (the self) well enough and has no loophole, the interpretation might be that the drawer attaches value to his private life. The controversial part always referred to the distance of the fence to the house; does a far away fence signify the person lets people enter his inner circle or not? The answer to this question lies in the opinion of the beholder.
- Path: Represents the drawer’s path in life. Is it upwards? Is it straightforward?
- Snake: Stands for the sexuality of the drawer. What is it linked to? And what is its size (=importance)?
What you should keep in mind is that there is no right or wrong in this game. It depends on the analysis of the analyzer and his perceptions of the picture.
The whole picture must be seen as an interplay; how do the different objects correlate, in the sense of size and closeness etc. You may look at every detail and build your own analysis hereupon.
This drawing, simple as it seems, entails a plethora of hidden messages. Always try to begin your analysis with the most important object of the game: the house. Explain its meaning to the drawer and then analyze! Do not think too long, but analyze spontaneously. In this case, the house possesses a rather modest and simple touch. It is not pompous or overwhelmingly big, which might reveal the character of the drawer: he/ she is not excessively outgoing. After looking at the nature of the ‘self’, you regard the interplay of it to the tree. In this case, the tree is attached to the house: what could this mean? Either a dependency amongst each other, or some kind of strong connection – this depends on your interpretation. The path is upwards, but curvy, meaning the drawer somehow knows where he is heading, however, might have some difficulties achieving this. The snake, so the sexuality, is important, as it is connected to the path of life, but it does not possess any extensive importance, if taking the size of the snake into account. The aggressions of the drawer are expressed in the axe and are projected onto another object, possibly meaning the drawer has found a way of dealing with his aggression maturely. Last but not least, the fence is positioned close to the house and the ‘self’. It is not too firm and loopholes can be found, possibly meaning that the drawer is open, however, according to the distance of the fence to his house, still intends to remain his/ her shield (even if not a high one).
This image reveals a high importance of sexuality (the snake) for the drawer. It is connected to his/ her path of life and overwhelmingly big, at least in contrast to the house and the tree. An uncommon trait of this picture is that the axe may be found in the body of the snake. Does the drawer let out his aggressions in the field of sexuality? Again, open for interpretation. The house and the tree are both on the same level, possess the same height, and may be found close to each other within the private zone of the house (the fence).
This image portrays a powerful interplay between the tree and the house. The house reveals a dependency on the existence of the tree. Thus, the tree supports the house. This dependency may then either be interpreted positively or negatively: e.g. Is a dependency healthy? The aggressions of the drawer are projected onto the partner, further being connected to the possible negative dependency of the house to the tree. The path of life is contained in the tree, another hint to the connection of the house to the tree. The snake is overwhelmingly big, signifying its importance and again its association with the tree.