What Emotion Is Your Subconscious Hiding?

By: Emily Maggrett

What Emotion Is Your Subconscious Hiding?
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About This Quiz

We like to assume we know ourselves well, but do we? Or are there essential aspects of our characters that we conceal from ourselves because we think they're not socially acceptable? Is your subconscious as calm as a lake on a summer day, or are there intense emotions roiling under your surface, almost begging for you to notice them?

In this quiz, we're going deep, diving into the subconscious desires and drives that color our daily experiences. If you're hungry for a quiz that will reveal new facets of your personality, you've come to the right place. We want to know the first word that comes into your head when we say "butter," how much or how little you'd like to run away to Mexico right now and whether or not you feel as strong as a bull, tired as a cart horse or as weak as a lamb. 

In exchange for your honest answers, we'll reveal the central emotion that your subconscious is hiding from you, as well as give you some suggestions for feeling better. You can't fix a problem until you understand it; that's why it's so important that you understand your own emotions. So, are you ready to explore the depths and heights of your subconscious mind? Take a deep breath and plunge into this quiz!

Which of these weather patterns matches your mood best?
A hot and sunny day, when waves of heat are shimmering off the sidewalk
A slow and humid Saturday, when the sky is filled with clouds that seem about to burst
A windy, rainy night
An intense summer storm, full of lightning and thunder

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If you had wings, what would they look like?
They'd be thin and transparent as if made of glass.
They'd be heavy, golden and thickly feathered.
They'd be very delicate, similar to dragonfly's wings.
They'd be big, red and leathery, like the wings of a dragon.

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Can you fill in the blank: "I'll never be happy until I eat ______"?
Sushi
Pie
Pasta
Fajitas

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Would you rather go sky-diving, swimming or body surfing?
Sky-diving
Swimming
I just want to take a nap.
Body surfing

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You run into an old man at the park and he gives you a warning. What is it?
"Don't walk on the grass."
"Don't go chasin' waterfalls."
"This is all there is, so enjoy it."
"Try harder. You deserve more."

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If you were an alien, which planet would you hail from?
Pluto
Venus
Kepler-186f
Mars

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What's the first word that comes into your head when we say "butter"?
"Melted"
"Tasty"
"Margarine"
"More"

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Imagine you're staying at a hotel in another country. You go to take a shower. What color is the bathroom tile?
It's got red, yellow and green stripes.
It has an amazing pattern of pink interlocking diamonds.
It's blue and stained with mold.
It's got a pattern of tiny red, orange and black squares.

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If you had to pick a tarot card to represent you, which one would it be?
The Moon
The Empress
The Fool
The Hierophant

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Can you complete this Ariana Grande lyric for yourself? "One taught me love, one taught me patience and one taught me ... "?
"Annoyance"
"Satisfaction"
"Cruelty"
"Rage"

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A very dirty dog follows you home and you decide to feed and bathe it. Once you get it clean, what does the dog's coat look like?
It's fluffy, with big puffy curls.
It's thick and sleek, drying into a nice black pelt.
It's grey and mangy, with confusing spots.
It's red and curly. This dog is clearly part Irish setter!

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Which of these objects do you most associate with the color blue?
Aquarium pebbles
Shampoo bottles
The ocean
'80s earrings

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Let's say you're playing a role-playing game. Which mythical creature do you want to be?
An elf
An orc
A dwarf
A human

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A fairy floats in through your window. What do you say to her?
"Hey, what's up?"
"Come here, you!"
"Go away, you've got the wrong house."
"What the heck do you want, lady?"

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Pretend that your body is surrounded by an aura of glowing light. What does it look like?
It's teal-colored, with lots of flickering waves.
It's red and steadily pulsing.
It's a faint, pale yellow, which you can only see in certain lights.
It's thick and orange, swirling around me like heavy smoke.

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Which of these riddles feels the most relevant to your life?
Imagine you're in a black chamber of horrors. How do you get out? Answer: Stop imagining.
Feed me and I live, give me a drink and I die. What am I? Answer: A fire.
What gets broken without being held? Answer: A promise.
He has married many women but has never been married. Who is he? Answer: A priest.

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If your crush asked you to run away with them to Mexico IMMEDIATELY, what would you say?
"Yeah, why not?"
"YES. I'll go pack now!"
"No. I don't think that would work out for us."
"No way! I can't abandon my life."

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Of all these images, which one makes you the happiest?
A dove flying free
A couple kissing at sunset
Golden retrievers snuggling on the lawn
A gang of friends walking down the street together

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A beautiful woman asks you to switch clothes with her. What's she wearing?
A pink silk jumpsuit
A black bandage dress
A baggy beige sweater and grey yoga pants
An orange peasant blouse, jeans, and sparkly earrings

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Which of these objects do you most associate with the color black?
Ink
Leather pants
Night
An SUV, driving away

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You're having an incredibly pleasant daydream that you don't want to wake up from. What's it about?
Motorcycling across Spain
Swimming with dolphins in Hawaii
Floating in a sensory deprivation tank
Driving a monster truck over your neighbors' houses

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What's the first thing you think of when we say "time"?
"No"
"Stopwatch"
"Eternity"
"Not enough"

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Imagine you're relaxing before a beautiful fire. What does it smell like?
Cherry wood
Apple wood
Burning tires
Hickory

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What kind of ice cream are you craving right now?
Pistachio
Salted caramel
Peach sherbet
Rocky road

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You're at the park when a small child runs up and asks you for your protection. What does the child look like?
They're small and cute, dressed in overalls with grass stains.
They're sort of messy, with tear streaks on their face and food stains on their clothes.
They're thin and quiet, dressed in rags.
They're tall and belligerent, with good grooming and a bright red or blue shirt.

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Which of these monsters sounds the scariest?
A vampire who eats the souls of commuters
A witch who can confer death with just a touch
A giant sandworm who plans on eating your city
A judgmental android programmed to murder anyway they deem "unworthy"

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Would you rather be totally safe, totally excited, totally powerful or totally happy?
Totally excited
Totally happy
Totally safe
Totally powerful

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If you had to compare yourself to an animal, how would you describe the way you feel at the moment?
Strong as a bull
Anxious as a crow
Weak as a lamb
Tired as a cart horse

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Let's say you're trapped in a cavern. What does it look like, and how do you get out?
It's grey with high walls. I lie down and wait to be rescued.
It's an ancient cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. I climb my way out.
It's a smooth white cavern with thick man-made walls. There is no escaping it.
It's just a run-of-the-mill cave. I wander around in the dark for hours before finally making my way out.

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What's the first thing that pops into your head when we say "love"?
"Help"
"Now"
"Want"
"Go"

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