Circle, Triangle, Square

Every shape and design may be reduced to the same basic building blocks: points and lines. For some, those words may dredge up painful memories of high school geometry class. But they can also take us back to a time when the world was simple, to grade school art class when a house could be drawn using four squares and a triangle or a face created with a circle, two dots and a wavy line.

You’ll need a pen and paper for this game. Using a single circle and any number of triangles and squares, draw a design on the paper.

Key to Circle, Triangle, Square

How did your artwork turn out? The real meaning of the design you drew can be found in your use of the three basic shapes.

If you drew a very large circle, you possess an equally great sense of self. That can be a good thing when it leads to positive self-regard, but for some people it signifies a distorted notion of their place in the world — in other words, at its center. If you drew a very small circle, you see yourself as insignificant or dwarfed by the world around you. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by all those triangles and squares! they’re made of the same points and lines as you are!

The number and size of triangles you used represents your work or school responsibilities. Large triangles denote your sense of the importance of your work and the fulfillment you find in it, while a large number of triangles means you’re working on several projects at once. Be careful if you have too many triangles; it may mean you need to cut down on your workload before it wears you out.

The squares stand for how you feel about society and other people. If you used very large squares, it indicates you’re under pressure to conform of fit in. If you put many squares in your design, it shows you tend to feel lost in the crowd or burdened by too many rules.

If the shapes in your design connect, overlap and share borders, it means you’re enjoying a degree of integration and harmony between those aspects of your life. If all the shapes occupy separate spaces, it’s likely you’ll see signs of isolation and lack of connection in your life as well.

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