Thursday, February 23, 2006

I do not recommend dying animals.

A couple years ago a bunch of us were sitting around a big corner booth in Denny's in Arlington, VA. It was the morning before my little brother's college graduation, not that it matters, but I'm just setting the scene. It was a beautiful sunny spring day and I was without my husband and daughter for the first time. I felt a little disconnected, not that it matters again, I just remembered that strange feeling... Anyway, we were trying to entertain my two little nephews by drawing on the paper placemats and my mom remembered a psychology game she learned probably from one of the gazillion self-help books she's always buried in (which is funny in and of itself because she's a very willful person and the idea of some pointed-headed psych expert changing her perception of herself is just plain silly). It goes like this: first write down your favorite color and four things you like about it, and second write down your favorite animal and four things you like about it. Then, well, keep reading...

Mine went like this:

Blue: many interesting shades, comforting, beautiful in nature, deep
Chimpanzee: intelligent, mischievous, strong, cute

I just asked Madeleine and this is what she told me:

Purple: "I like it when people give me purple things like lost lego memories" (?) and "I like the colors that make it"
Horse: fun to ride and soft

Now I want you to tell me yours, then later today I'll reveal the terribly complex psychological analysis of your selection and response. And dammit! If you know already don't tell because that's not fun. And also if you don't like to comment, this is your big chance, because no fair writing them down on your Starbucks napkin in private!

Update: Here's what Freud says...
- The color you choose and the adjectives you use to describe it represent how you see yourself.
- The animal you choose and the yadda yadda represent how others see you.
I was going to pick out the ones I liked the best from the comments but they're all funny and interesting. What do you think?

31 Comments:

Blogger Arabella said...

Red: looks good on me, reminds me of food, passionate, old-worldly

dog: soft, loyal, adorable, smart

2/23/2006 9:33 AM  
Blogger DoctorMama said...

Orange: cheers me up, vivid, makes me hungry, hard to overlook

Cat: elegant, discerning, self-sufficient, affectionate

2/23/2006 10:03 AM  
Blogger mama_tulip said...

Orange: fun, bright and not common.

Butterfly: quiet, intricate, beautiful.

2/23/2006 10:05 AM  
Blogger The Gradual Gardener said...

Blue: Calm, peaceful, soothing, the color of the ocean

Big cats (as in tigers, cougars, etc): intelligent, suave, resourceful, steathy (is that a word?)

2/23/2006 10:14 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Green: color of life, natural, grounded, peaceful

Big cats: intelligent, bursts of energy, restful at times, cute cubs

2/23/2006 10:19 AM  
Blogger theyellowwallpaper said...

Albeit, mine is certainly not original, but here it goes:

Blue: Clear skys and calm ocean, relaxed
Horeses: Beatuiful, proud and unpredictable,

2/23/2006 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Blue: soothing, tranquil, like sky, like water

Horse: majestic, beautiful, graceful, powerful

2/23/2006 10:23 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

Aw :(. I can't do this one. I know what the answers mean. I did this one on my blog once too. I LOVE Madeleine. She's great. "I like it when people give me purple things like lost lego memories." Did you ask her what that meant?

2/23/2006 10:30 AM  
Anonymous 1 of 2 Dads in DD said...

I'm in:

orange: bright, warm, sunny, cheerful

bird: free, flight, fast, colorful

2/23/2006 10:42 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

tink, I just asked her and she said, "Mommy don't ask me these things."

2/23/2006 11:12 AM  
Blogger Jaye Wells said...

Color: My color changes often, but right now I'm in a green phase. It's fresh, can be energetic or calm, and clean.

Animal: Monkeys. Mischevious, funny, intelligent, and cute.

Can't wait to hear what this means. I LOVE this stuff.

2/23/2006 2:05 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

Oooh, I love these little personality tests.

Green: living, complementary, cool, clean

Cat: haughty, loyal, affectionate, self-sufficient (dude, I totally cribbed from Dr. Mama, but she hit the nail on the head)

Can't wait for the results. :)

2/23/2006 2:06 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Color: Deep Pink ( not a girly pink - but a deep almost coral pink)
Alive, sunset, assertive, snapdragons

Animal: Cats - Independant, soft, reserved,hunters

2/23/2006 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Prairie Dawn said...

Green: cool, fresh, peaceful, relaxing
Cat: smart, affectionate, independent, soft

2/23/2006 5:10 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Okay... since you asked...

The color you choose and the adjectives you use to describe it represent how you see yourself.

The animal you choose and the yadda yadda represent how others see you.

I was going to pick out the ones I liked the best but they're all cool and funny and interesting. What do you think?

Hi lisa and yellowallpaper! Have you been lurking? pd, are you here to stay now?

2/23/2006 5:34 PM  
Blogger Esereth said...

This was fun until it was revealed that other people appreciate my brazen ability to lick my privates in public. Maybe that translates to a much nicer "lack of shame".

Cuz I didn't think anyone was watching that one time.

/ba dum dum CHANG!

2/23/2006 5:58 PM  
Blogger Orange said...

Everyone loves me!

Okay, I didn't look closely at your explanation of how it works, Mignon, so I can still play, right?

My favorite color is...what is it? Let's go with blue and/or green, because they're the color(s) of Lake Michigan, the sky, clothes that look nice on me, and clothes that look nice on my fellas.

My favorite animal is...what is it? What the hell. Let's say a bird, because it can fly, it can sing, it can fly, and it can fly.

2/23/2006 6:32 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

Orange - Bright, dynamic, cheerful, also a delicious fruit

Dolphin - intelligent, friendly, graceful, playful

2/23/2006 6:34 PM  
Blogger Orange said...

I see myself as clothes and nature. And other people see me as someone who flies (hey, I don't care who knows that my favorite dreams are those rare ones where I can fly) and can sing...but I totally can't sing.

I broke the test.

2/23/2006 6:35 PM  
Blogger Feral Mom said...

When I've played this game before, there's a third question: your favorite body of water (or form water comes in) and three reasons why. Of course, as Maude Lebowski famously quipped, "You can imagine where it goes from here."

2/23/2006 6:44 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Orange, you may have totally f*d up the test, but apparently a lot of people dig you. Does that mean everyone sees themself as you? I've confused myself.

2/23/2006 6:50 PM  
Anonymous kathie said...

Favorite color--Red--strong, rich, lifebearing, happy

Favorite animal--dog--loyal, sweet, happy, excitable

Okay, I'm checking back for my analysis in five minutes...just jaggin' ya. But can't wait.

2/23/2006 7:01 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Apparently I remind myself of food. I'll buy that.

2/23/2006 7:13 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

feral mom, is that supposed to be the part about sex? Because I read somewhere the third part was to use three descriptive words about the first natural disaster that comes to mind and that was supposed describe your sex life... my first thought was locusts.

kathie, I put the results in the comments, but I think I'll update the post as well... are you excitable, as in uncontrollable tinkling?

2/23/2006 7:37 PM  
Blogger Feral Mom said...

hee hee. locusts. Yes, it's the "sex life" bit. I remain disturbed ten years hence at my (then boyfriend, now husband)'s response: Lake Superior, b/c it's "refreshingly cold."

2/23/2006 8:23 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

Pumpkin is my favorite color. Warm. Happy. Halloween. Engergetic.

Primates: Intelligent. Humorous. Coordinated. Interesting.

2/23/2006 10:02 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

Wow apparently I see myself as a delicious fruit. Who knew.

2/24/2006 8:51 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

tb, you are yummy. Or I guess, bottlenosed?

2/24/2006 9:03 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Dear Jesus. A Hunting Snapdragon. That is me.

2/25/2006 5:05 PM  
Anonymous kathie said...

Jesus, Mignon, Apparently I'm exceedingly arrogant, my friends think I'm a dog and I pee when greeting people...Excitable is probally the one way I would NOT be described...so funny. I'm not sure I can post here anymore...I'm too good for you all! hahaha

2/27/2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger Odd Mix said...

Locusts!!

Crap, I almost blew water onto my keyboard through my nose. when I read that.

3/07/2006 8:42 AM  

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