In order to more deeply investigate the personality of the child (less commonly an adult), to identify existing problems and difficulties, psychologists often use the test Non-existent Animal.
The instruction is simple – on sheet A4 it is proposed to draw an animal that does not exist in nature and give it a name. Drawing can be done with simple or colored pencils. It is not advisable to use a pen or felt-tip pens, as they do not give an opportunity to accurately estimate the drawing.
Interpretation of the picture is quite complex and ambiguous, so it must be done during a dialogue with the artist, his explanations and clarifications.
1. Position of the picture Normally, the picture should be located in the middle of the sheet. His he to the upper edge, it can talk about the high self-esteem of the subject and dissatisfaction with his place in the community. If the drawing is located at the bottom of the sheet, then this indicates insecurity, indecision.
Shift to the right side – extroversion, tendency to rebelliousness, leadership, activity. In the left side – introversion, shyness, inaction, passivity.
2. Parts of the body a. The head is one of the central figures. Larger than all other parts of the body – the desire for intellectual development. Turning the head to the right side is a high sense of purpose, partly stubbornness.
Turning to the left is a tendency to reflection, fantasy, well-developed imagination. Full face – the focus of the test on himself, egocentrism.
b. Eyes Large, well-traced and wide-open eyes – fear. Eyelashes – the desire to be the center of attention, the need for attention, approval.
v.Rot Teeth – verbal protection, aggression. Language – the need for communication. Open mouth without teeth and tongue, shaded – mistrust, apprehension. Well traced lips – romance, emotionality.
The ears symbolize a child’s need for information. The more ears, the more important for the subject is what others say and think about him. D. Paws of an animal (support) If the paws are solid, strong, of the same size, then this is interpreted as the artist’s tendency to rationality, deliberation of actions, ability to make a decision. If the paws are small, then this indicates some frivolity, the absence of personal judgments or their surface. Attaching paws to the body also has its own interpretation and speaks about the ability of the subjects to control their judgments, statements.
e. Tail. Also very important for interpretation. Raised up – cheerfulness, down – dissatisfaction with yourself. Branching or the presence of several tails in the figure – inconsistency of self-esteem or dependence.
In addition, elements such as horns (protection against aggression), feathers (if you wish to assert yourself, demonstrativeness), a mane, hairstyle, and wool (sensuality) may appear in the figure. Ledges at the edges – waiting for danger. Carapace – closeness from others, psychological protection (especially if the carapace is provided with spikes, scales and other elements). Decorative pieces (decorations) are drawn by subjects who want to draw attention to themselves.
3. Lines Fat with pressure, hatching – children prone to increased anxiety. Weak, cobweb lines are extremely sensitive, vulnerable, quickly tired children. Solid and neat lines – confidence in themselves and their abilities, strength of character.
4. Name. Also carries information about the nature of the child. Repetitive elements – immaturity, immaturity. Long names – a tendency to fantasize, creative nature Names without any meaning – the ease of character, frivolous attitude to the environment. Humorous names – simple and open attitude to what surrounds. The functional name is rationality. What I have just described in my article is only a small part of the interpretation of the drawing, however, this is enough to understand and appreciate the existing problems. And of course, you should not be afraid if you saw huge fangs, horns and wide eyes in the drawing of your baby. Try to figure out why he drew it, what worries him. After all, very often the solution to the problem lies on the surface and it is worth making quite a bit of effort to deal with it.