In 1967, psychology professor Tom Cottle developed an unusual test. With the help of only three circles, he manages to analyze what a person thinks about his past, present and future, how they affect his life and emotional state. Thus, through the secrets of the subconscious, he reveals the dependence of people on various events.
A simple graphical test shows at which point a person is actually “stuck”, suggests what prevents him from developing in work or personal relationships, where his resources are directed. The simple drawing helps to understand whether someone is looking forward to the future or living with the lost dreams of the past.
How to do the Cottle graphic test?
To take the test, you need a calm environment without irritants and distractions. Take a blank sheet of paper and start calmly recalling your past and, in particular, the most important events, facts and meetings. Then imagine your life in the present – what has been happening lately, how are you feeling? Finally, think about the future – make a mental list of plans, the implementation of which is important for your happiness and success.
Now transfer each of the three periods to paper in the form of a circle. In short – you need to draw three circles that symbolize your past, future and present. Draw them in whatever size you want and arrange them on the sheet as you see fit. Circles can freely intersect, be spaced, and even nest within each other.
Learn in the gallery how you can decipher the test and understand the meaning of the circles you drew:
What do Prof. Cottle’s test rounds tell us?