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Celey
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   Posted 3/4/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I did an interesting "exercise" in my class today... We had to draw a tree... and based on the characteristics of that tree, certain things would be revealed about our personality and how we view ourselves, etc.... It was an interesting test. I can't remember all of the questions asked about the trees (and while I have found some stuff on the net, I haven't found those exact questions)... But I do remember most of them. It was pretty accurate for me. So...

How about it, friends? Wanna take the Tree Test?

The first thing you need to do is draw a tree. Any tree... Whatever comes to mind.

Hmm... I'm not sure whether to post the questions now... Or wait until several people have drawn their tree... then, post the questions.....

Hmmmmmmm......
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Celey
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   Posted 3/4/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I'll post the questions... :)


1. How old is your tree?

2. Where is your tree located (in a garden, on the beach, yard, etc. etc.)?

3. Did you have to redraw your tree?

4. Are there any fruits, birds, flowers, etc. on the tree?

5. What happens to your tree in a storm?

6. Does your tree have any holes or knots in it? If yes, are the knots/holes located on the upper or lower part of the tree?

7. What do you think about your tree? *Logical*

8. How do you feel about your tree? *Emotional*

9. What size did you draw your tree?

10. Where on the paper did you draw your tree?

11. Does your tree have any roots?


There were more questions, but I can't remember them.... Anyway... Please draw your tree, and then submit the answers to the questions, and I will tell you what it means...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


ttlittlestar
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   Posted 3/4/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
1. How old is your tree? Not very

2. Where is your tree located (in a garden, on the beach, yard, etc. etc.)? On a piece of paper

3. Did you have to redraw your tree?No

4. Are there any fruits, birds, flowers, etc. on the tree?No

5. What happens to your tree in a storm? Nothing

6. Does your tree have any holes or knots in it? If yes, are the knots/holes located on the upper or lower part of the tree?No

7. What do you think about your tree? *Logical* It is just there.

8. How do you feel about your tree? *Emotional*It is just there.

9. What size did you draw your tree?small--about an inch tall

10. Where on the paper did you draw your tree?bottom left corner

11. Does your tree have any roots?no

melbe
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   Posted 3/4/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
1. How old is your tree?  Middle aged

2. Where is your tree located (in a garden, on the beach, yard, etc. etc.)?  Yard

3. Did you have to redraw your tree? No

4. Are there any fruits, birds, flowers, etc. on the tree?  No

5. What happens to your tree in a storm? it sways

6. Does your tree have any holes or knots in it? If yes, are the knots/holes located on the upper or lower part of the tree? No

7. What do you think about your tree? *Logical* It's sturdy

8. How do you feel about your tree? *Emotional*  It's a great tree

9. What size did you draw your tree? it's a couple of inches

10. Where on the paper did you draw your tree? in the middle

11. Does your tree have any roots? yes

AuroraRavencrow
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   Posted 3/4/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
1. How old is your tree? Not very old at all.

2. Where is your tree located (in a garden, on the beach, yard, etc. etc.)? In a wonderful garden.

3. Did you have to redraw your tree? No.

4. Are there any fruits, birds, flowers, etc. on the tree? There are some apples in the tree.

5. What happens to your tree in a storm? It just blows in the breeze.

6. Does your tree have any holes or knots in it? If yes, are the knots/holes located on the upper or lower part of the tree? It has a hole in about the middle of the tree.

7. What do you think about your tree? *Logical* It's a nice strong tree.

8. How do you feel about your tree? *Emotional* It's a wonderful tree that makes me feel proud.

9. What size did you draw your tree? about twelve inches.

10. Where on the paper did you draw your tree? In the middle of the paper.

11. Does your tree have any roots? The tree has some roots that are along the ground.

Celey
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   Posted 3/4/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Littlestar, the way you drew your tree indicates that you are not a confident person and are very insecure... (This, I judge by your responses to how old your tree is and what size it is)... You may be very lonely or just not very social, due to the fact that your tree is only located, to you, on a piece of paper, and not out in a garden or somewhere among other living things... The location of your tree on the paper... The bottom left corner indicates that you may have anti-social tendencies and/or difficulties trusting people... You're probably pessimistic, as well.

The lack of roots signify that you are probably interested in that which is theoretical and fantasy... or it may be that you do not feel like you're very well grounded... What you think about your tree and how you feel about your tree is what you think and feel about yourself. You are just there.


Melbe, the way you drew your tree indicates that you have some confidence (it is middle-aged... the older the tree, the more confident you are and also, the fact that you put your tree in the middle of the paper shows a sign of confidence) but the fact that the tree is small indicates that there are some insecurity issues... Your tree is in a yard, which means that you are a private person, but do enjoy getting out occasionally... You appear to have a positive outlook on what happens to your tree during a storm, this indicates a positive self-concept... Which seems further proven by your responses to how you think and feel about your tree.

The roots can indicate one of three things: That you are interested in concrete facts, that you feel well-grounded, and/or you may have an obsession with details, perhaps even have some OCD tendencies...


Aurora, the age of your tree, being young, indicates that you have some insecurity... (Meh, I can't remember how tall a piece of paper is)... The fact that your tree is big may indicate confidence, but if it is so big that it takes up most of the paper, this could indicate insecurity that you try to hide... The fact that it is in the middle, though, definitely means that you have some confidence. Your tree is in a garden, which is surrounded by living things... This means that you probably like to socialize somewhat. If the garden is closer to home, you will have some need to have some 'you' time, where if it's farther, you're probably a social butterfly. Blowing in a breeze during a storm is a positive outlook, which indicates some confidence, too.

Apples on the tree means that you are a productive person... A knot or hole in the tree indicates that you have suffered from some trauma at some point in your life. Since yours is in the middle, it didn't happen very recently, but it didn't happen too far into the past, either. Roots indicate that you feel that you are concerned with concrete facts, you feel you are well-grounded, and/or you may have an obsession with details, perhaps even have some OCD tendencies...

Finally, how you think and feel about your tree is how you think and feel about yourself. You believe yourself to be strong, and you are proud of yourself. :)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

Post Edited (Celey) : 3/4/2009 9:21:51 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 3/4/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Celey,

This is so cool, I will draw a tree too and see what turns out. I will probalby do it tomorrow. I am excited to hear your report. This is a cool exercises. Thanks for sharing.

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Green Grove
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   Posted 3/4/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
1. How old is your tree?   Ancient.

2. Where is your tree located (in a garden, on the beach, yard, etc. etc.)?  In an old rainforest.

3. Did you have to redraw your tree?   No.

4. Are there any fruits, birds, flowers, etc. on the tree?  There is birds, squirrels, flowers, mushrooms & spanish moss.

5. What happens to your tree in a storm?   The leaves wave in the wind.

6. Does your tree have any holes or knots in it?   It is knotted & gnarled.

7. What do you think about your tree?  Wise and Patient.

8. How do you feel about your tree?  I love it and it holds me in awe.

9. What size did you draw your tree?  Huge and won't fit on paper.

10. Where on the paper did you draw your tree?  All over it and balanced wildly.

11. Does your tree have any roots?   The tree has roots all over that are large, and the tree has a large 50+ foot span of canopy.
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melodee
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   Posted 3/5/2009 1:22 AM (GMT -7)   
1. How old is your tree? Very old.
2. Where is your tree located (in a garden, on the beach, yard, etc. etc.)? In a very very large park where there are no other trees around.
3. Did you have to redraw your tree? No.
4. Are there any fruits, birds, flowers, etc. on the tree? No.
5. What happens to your tree in a storm? It stands strong and proud and doesn't let any storm destroy it.
6. Does your tree have any holes or knots in it? If yes, are the knots/holes located on the upper or lower part of the tree? No holes or knots.
7. What do you think about your tree? *Logical* It's big, steady, and strong.
8. How do you feel about your tree? *Emotional* It's gives me security, it is always there to make me feel safe.
9. What size did you draw your tree? Big.
10. Where on the paper did you draw your tree? In the middle.
11. Does your tree have any roots? Yes the roots go deep into the ground, but it doesn't appear anywhere on the surface.

Celey
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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Green, the fact your tree is ancient indicates a good level of confidence, though the size of your tree (being overly huge) indicates that you are hiding some insecurities. You have a wide variety of things your tree provides, which indicates that you are highly productive. You have a positive self-concept, based on the fact that nothing bad happens to your tree during a storm. Your tree is located in a forest among other trees, which means that you are a person who enjoys and feels comfortable with the company of other people. A tree with knots indicate trauma. You say it is knotted and gnarled, which means it probably has knots both upper and lower, which would mean you've suffered some recent trauma, as well as some past trauma. How you think and feel about your tree is how you think and feel about yourself. The roots can mean any or all of these things: that you focus on concrete facts, that you feel you are well-grounded and stable, and/or that you have OCD tendencies.


Melodee, the age of your tree also indicates confidence and the size of your tree may also point to that confidence, if it is overly big, though, you may be hiding some insecurities. You also located your tree in the middle of the paper and have your tree proudly facing against a storm, both are indicators of self-confidence as well. The fact that you placed your tree in a very, very large park with no other trees around means that you value your space and aren't a very social person. How you think and how you feel about your tree is how you feel about yourself. You sound like you're at peace with yourself, by the looks of things. Roots can indicate these following things: that you focus on concrete facts, that you feel you are well-grounded and stable, and/or that you have OCD tendencies.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Celey
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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I would be interested in knowing what people thought of their analysis... If they thought it was correct or partially correct for them...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


melodee
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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Melodee, the age of your tree also indicates confidence and the size of your tree may also point to that confidence, if it is overly big, though, you may be hiding some insecurities. You also located your tree in the middle of the paper and have your tree proudly facing against a storm, both are indicators of self-confidence as well. The fact that you placed your tree in a very, very large park with no other trees around means that you value your space and aren't a very social person. How you think and how you feel about your tree is how you feel about yourself. You sound like you're at peace with yourself, by the looks of things. Roots can indicate these following things: that you focus on concrete facts, that you feel you are well-grounded and stable, and/or that you have OCD tendencies.
 
Wow! Celey this is so fun!! smilewinkgrin
I have some insecurities that is why I want a big tree to protect me. LOL
And you are correct that I don't like to hide, I am willing to face things and work on any problems that arise. I may not be very confident all the time,  but I do not like to avoid/ignore situations and problems, I like to confront them, solve any problems I need to solve. Indeed I value space!! I am not the kind of person that would want to be with my friends all the time. Same with relationships. I cannot stand men who try to control me or my life. I don't want to belong to anyone completely as if they own me. So you are right again! LOL. But I enjoy socializing at times, too (that's how I used to be before I had anxiety). OK, the last part about OCD tendencies I don't understand. LOL. How is me being well-grounded and stable have any relation to OCD? I'd like to know! :) I am a perfectionist though. So that may be what triggers OCD behavior.
 
But I think 80% of what you have written is correct!! Great analysis! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I wonder though if it wouldn't have been wiser to wait until everyone had posted their tree surveys before you told anyone what their tree said about them. I wonder if it is influencing what people write now to avoid being put in one category or other. Just a thought!
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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL Nanners, I thought so too. It's best to answer when everyone is finished. LOL

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   Posted 3/5/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Gonna wait til morn for my tree k Celey
THIS is a great exercise though
Thanks for sharing

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Celey
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
*Embarrassed* Yeah, I was thinking along the same lines... hence the beginning where I'm questioning what to do... I didn't want anyone to think I had forgotten about the thread... and I didn't know how to wait...

I thought seeing others' answers would be an influencing factor, too... But... I'm trying to assure myself that maybe others will wait until its their turn to be analyzed, so that they can be analyzed correctly... It isn't any fun if you tailor the test for your own purposes....

Nikki, I will analyze your tree in another post... (That way, for those who are skipping the analysis section of this thread, they won't accidentally read it)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Celey I have a couple of suggestions:

1. Maybe post every so often that you have read their post and will respond after everyone has posted their tree questionaire.

or

2. Respond with your findings in thier email.

Just a thought!!
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Celey
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought about doing the second one... But... I thought maybe some people would be weary about giving out their email... I didn't want to leave them out....

And... as for the first one... Err... How will I know when to respond? Should I give it a day or two? A few days?
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Celey can you explain about the OCD tendencies?

ttlittlestar
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   Posted 3/6/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I would say it sums up who I am now. Didn't used to be like this. Lyme Disease has transformed me into a different person on so many levels and it is a big adjustment getting used to yourself, if that makes any sense.

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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
How old is your tree?  Middle aged

2. Where is your tree located -yard
3. Did you have to redraw your tree? No

4. Are there any fruits, birds, flowers, etc. on the tree?  No

5. What happens to your tree in a storm? the leaves blow, but nothing falls off
6. Does your tree have any holes or knots in it? no
7. What do you think about your tree? *Logical* It's strong
8. How do you feel about your tree? *Emotional*  It's pretty
9. What size did you draw your tree? it's a couple of inches

10. Where on the paper did you draw your tree? to the left side
11. Does your tree have any roots? yes

Celey
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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Melodee... That is an and/or situation... It could be that you have OCD tendencies or it could mean that you don't, but one of the other aspects apply. I believe the reasoning is that the addition of roots is due to focusing too much on details of your tree.

Littlestar, I am sorry to hear that... I hope you manage to sort yourself out. Coping with a disease is not easy. I have Crohn's disease... and it is a big adjustment to make.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Celey
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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Nikki, your tree indicates that you can be a confident person (due to the old age of your tree and due to your positive outlook on what happens to your tree during a storm), but you are hiding your insecurities (your tree is very big and goes from the top to the bottom of the paper). Your tree provides for the animals, thus, this pegs you as a productive person. The fact that your tree is surrounded by other trees means that you are quite comfortable in the presence of other people. How you think and feel about your tree is how you think and feel about yourself. You feel like you don't belong, that you're boring and ugly, but that you serve a purpose in life. The hole in the tree indicates that you have suffered some trauma and its location means that you have not suffered it recently, but not too far into the past, either. The roots of the tree can indicate any of these things: that you focus on concrete facts and absolutes, that you are well-grounded and stable, and/or you have OCD tendencies.


Paniccu, your tree indicates that you have some confidence (due to the age of the tree and the positive outlook you have about your tree during a storm), but you have some insecurites (because your tree is small). The location of your tree on the paper is on the left; if it is closer to the upper left, then you worry too much about the past, if it is located nearer to the lower left, you may have some antisocial tendencies or trust issues and may be pessimistic. Your pictured location of your tree is a yard, which indicates that you are a private person, but do enjoy getting out occasionally. How you think and feel about your tree is how you think and feel about yourself. The fact that your tree has roots can indicate any of these things: that you focus on concrete facts and absolutes, that you feel you are well-grounded and stable, and/or you may have OCD tendencies.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
The Tree Test is very cool. My reading from it was dead on :)
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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
1. How old is your tree? my age 24

2. Where is your tree located (in a garden, on the beach, yard, etc. etc.)? a field

3. Did you have to redraw your tree? no

4. Are there any fruits, birds, flowers, etc. on the tree? there are some small birds

5. What happens to your tree in a storm? the leafs fall off but apart from that nothing

6. Does your tree have any holes or knots in it? If yes, are the knots/holes located on the upper or lower part of the tree? yeah in the lower part

7. What do you think about your tree? its looks very strong but weak around the edges

8. How do you feel about your tree? That it needs to be looked after a lot better

9. What size did you draw your tree? full page of a4 top to bottom

10. Where on the paper did you draw your tree? middle

11. Does your tree have any roots? no
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