Quiz: The Subconscious Psychology Quiz: HowStuffWorks
The Subconscious Psychology Quiz
By: Elisabeth Henderson
5 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
In the late 19th and early 20th century, psychologists developed a theory to account for the activity in the mind that happened beyond the control or awareness of the person. This mental activity has come to be called the “subconscious” or the “unconscious” mind. The term subconscious was first used by the French theorist Pierre Janet and was later developed and popularized by Freud and Jung’s competing theories of the mind. Essential to all these ideas, though, was the concept that a level of thinking beyond awareness affected the life of the person.
Jung developed a theory of personality types to account for the vast differences he observed in how people responded to the stimuli of daily life. He made a primary distinction between extroverts (those who are affected predominately by external stimulation) and introverts (those who receive the strongest signals from within). Moving out from those two poles, Jung categorized personalities based on whether the individual responded from a center of perception or intuition. Do you engage people and the world around you more through your senses or your intuition? Do you focus on your own deep sense of what is happening, or do you look to others to determine how to respond?
These differences, small as they may seem, create the extreme variety of personalities in the world. Lay down on the couch and open up your mind, so we can tell you how your subconscious personality guides you!
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If you’re spending an afternoon in the park with friends, what will you likely be doing?
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If you went on a tour of a cave, how would you be processing the experience?
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When someone recites a stanza of poetry, what are you thinking?
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On a Friday evening after a taxing week of work, what do you need to deeply relax?
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Which fruit do you identify with your dream life?
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Which of the following reasons would get you out in the woods on a Saturday morning?
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If you find yourself in an encounter with children, what kinds of conversations will you have with them?
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Which of the following encounters would feel most reassuring to you?
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When you are in a conversation with a group and it’s clear that everyone shares the same opinion, what’s your reaction?
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What kind of dream have you encountered most often in your night life?
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If you have a vacation from work, which type of break sounds most appealing?
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What do you trust the most?
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Which part of you needs to be satisfied in order for you to feel happy?
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If you imagine your self on a journey through the world, what kind of landscape do you picture?
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What was the last reason that you went for a walk?
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What role do candles play in your life?
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What kind of problem at work can make you feel the most deeply stressed out?
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Which kind of nature artifact do you identify with?
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Which animal spirit have you encountered in the dream world?
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What color figures most predominantly in your dreams?
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What container do you imagine your soul dwells in?
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What sort of friend makes you feel the most alive?
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Which aspect of an intimate relationship makes you feel most exposed?
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If you could cover your being with any kind of blanket, what would you pull over yourself?
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What sound do you hear coming from within?
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When you encounter a personal dilemma, where do you look for answers first?
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What sort of house would your inner self inhabit?
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Which legend or tale do you resonate with most strongly?
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Which mode of carrying your burdens feels most like your life?
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When you fall in love, how does the energy show itself?
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