All about the test “Non-existent animal”

This test is a favorite material of many Russian psychologists, because it is easy to conduct, interesting and very informative. The big plus is that it can be done with both children and adults. The main essence of the test is to understand the inner state of a person when he himself cannot talk about him or does not want to.

What does the test reveal?

A specialist using this test can find out the following:

  • self-esteem level;
  • level of evolution;
  • tendency to aggression, depression;
  • sociability;
  • creative potential.

But it is worth remembering that this technique is best carried out in conjunction with other psychological techniques – this will allow you to see the whole picture of the subject s internal state.

Methodology rules

The client is given a sheet of A4 paper, a simple pencil and colored pencils. Desirable execution time is 3 minutes.

The specialist gives the following instructions:

  1. Please depict a “non-existent animal” that cannot be found on the street, in a zoo, in a circus.

  2. Make sure your animal has all body parts.

  3. If you need an eraser in the process, you can use it.

  4. Give your animal a name.

After the subject has completed the task, it is necessary to ask the following questions:

  1. Where does your animal live? (answers are recorded by a specialist)

  2. What does your animal eat?

  3. What does it do in its free time?

  4. What doesn t he like doing?

  5. He s got friends?

  6. Who does your animal live with?

  7. Does this animal have enemies?

  8. What is your animal most afraid of?

The answers to these questions describe the emotional state of the subject, since when talking about his animal, he talks about his own experiences.

Decoding the figure

Pencil pressing

  • Very strong pressure, from which the paper almost tears – speaks of aggression, conflict or hyperactivity;
  • Strong pressure – emotional tension, impulsivity, anxiety;
  • Weak pressure – passivity, tendency to depression, asthenia.

Line quality

  • Dashed lines – anxiety;
  • Multiple – stress, impulsivity;
  • Sketchy strokes – the desire to control yourself and your anxiety;
  • Lines that do not hit the right place – impulsivity, mental instability;
  • Lines that are not completed – asthenia, impulsivity.

Location and size of the picture

  • The picture is enlarged – anxiety and stress;
  • The figure is reduced – depression, low self-esteem;
  • The image is located in the upper part of the sheet, in the center – the desire for high achievements, high self-esteem;
  • The image is shifted downwards – low self-esteem;
  • The image is located on the right – control of your actions and thoughts;
  • Image on the left – shyness, weak social activity;
  • The image did not fit on the sheet and climbs out of the bounds – strong anxiety, impulsivity;
  • The drawing is located in the corner – depression.

Name of the animal

  • “Flying Camel”, “Crawling Bear” and other similar names speak of a clear understanding of the goals to which the child aspires;
  • If the names contain the Latin ending “Turokipis” – good intellectual development;
  • Onomatopoeic names “Maker”, “Kozebyaka” – frivolity, carelessness;
  • Humorous names “Kulebyak”, “Shmyaka” – an optimistic mood;
  • Names with repetitive syllables “Sisi – izi”, “Kur-mur” – immaturity.

When decoding the animal itself and the answers that the subject gives after drawing the drawing, it is better to turn to the teaching materials, since there are a lot of details. Everything is important in the image of an animal, the turn of the head, the location of the arms, legs, the presence or absence of some details. Thanks to these subtleties, the psychologist can study the personality of the client properly.

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