Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Few Thoughts on Life as a Projective Test

There are a few corollaries that follow from the recent post on unstructured time and personality. I thought I'd highlight a few below:

* If we think of our unstructured time as a blank canvas, it isn't a far leap to the view that each of us is creating a work of art with how we fill that canvas. Do we create a masterpiece? A coherent work of art? Random scribbles? The noble life is one that creates a work of beauty from that blank canvas.

* One important facet of what we do with our unstructured time is who we choose to spend it with. We select our companions--friends and life partners--based upon our deepest interests, needs, and values. Who we select as a soulmate is the clearest window onto our souls.

* Some people frantically avoid unstructured time, making busy-ness their business. What painting to they create from their canvas--or do they run from the responsibility of holding the brush and taking the first strokes?

* Different version of the projective test: If you were to be stranded on an island for a year and could only bring one person and five possessions with you, who/what would you choose and why?

* How you would *least* like to spend your time is as informative as how you most prefer to use your time. We cannot value something strongly without responding strongly to threats to that value.

* A good relationship: when the person you love is also one you admire. Relationships transform us; good ones for the better.