Hot Tubs and Niçoise and Bears, Oh, My!

Yesterday was one of those Wednesdays that doesn't come around very often.

I spent a good part of the day in an unnamed jacuzzi with a beautiful woman (named below). I ate a Niçoise salad for lunch while lying in a lawn chair (arranged just so) on the eight million dollar property where we were shooting. At one point, in between bites, I reached up and plucked a couple of kumquats from the nearby tree (palate cleanser). Really.

Additionally, I learned some handstand tips from the makeup artist, trapeze and juicing tips from some clever models, and drove home three hours in the rain completely rapt in conversation. I usually hate driving in the rain.

It was a beautiful and singular day, and I am very grateful to have lived it. 

But more about the beautiful woman. 

Her name was Andrea, an extremely talented and clever model, actress, and polymath in her own right with a ton of experience and lots of good stories. Although we'd never met before, she lives in Santa Monica so we carpooled down to San Diego in order to take advantage of the HOV lane on the 405. 

Throughout the day, we covered a lot of ground, including: nanotech, making TV and movies, big pharma, having kids, nootropics, eating sustainably, infidelity, pull-up power, vertical farming, and much more. She also walked me through what she called an allegory--I'll call it "The Bear Test." You may have seen/heard this before. I hadn't.

I had my H1 Zoom in the car from recording the Afternoons With Mimi podcast, so I turned it on at Andrea's suggestion and recorded the test. If you've never taken it yourself, it's a lot of fun and I suggest you do that now. Then check out how your answers compare to mine in the audio below (which contains some scattered variations of the word "fuck." If you are offended by this word, do not listen).

The Bear Test

Directions: Answer the questions with the first thing that comes to mind in as much detail as possible.

1. You find yourself walking on a path. What does it look like? How does it feel?

2. As you walk your foot kicks a cup. What does it look like? What do you do with it?

3. You continue walking and something catches your eye. It is a key. What does it look like? What do you do with it?

4. The path continues on into a forest. Describe the forest in detail.

5. As you walk deeper into the forest, you come across a bear. What does it look like? What do you do?

6. You leave the forest and come upon a lake. What does it look like? What do you do?

7. You leave the lake and find yourself standing upon a broad plateau. You are facing a wall. What does it look like? What do you do? What could be on the other side?


That's it! You have just completed what I have seen described as a "relational psychology test." Hopefully you wrote down your answers in great detail--it makes it more fun.

Now, there are many, many variations of this test and it is all to be taken with a grain of salt. Most agree on what the path and the wall mean, but there is a good deal of disagreement regarding the other items and what they represent.  

While Andrea was walking me through it, I didn't know there was going to be an explanation/interpretation of my answers, but it was a great surprise. Give this test to someone you know (or don't) and I guarantee you will laugh and learn something new about them.

Please post your answers to the test below, and let's compare bear confrontation simulations! 

Hasta pronto,

--Thomas

PS. Andrea was reminded of The Bear Test by my question to her, "What are you pretending not to know?" which we covered in this episode of Digital Communion.