What Is Your Subconscious Obsessed With?

So often when I am at a loss for a blog topic, Facebook comes to the rescue. Today, was such a day. A friend posted a link to a quiz, “What is your subconscious mind obsessed with?”, and I was bored enough to play along.

Like all such quizzes, there were several questions I found impossible to answer, such as what is my favorite cartoon. Considering I don’t ever watch cartoons and have no idea what any of the cartoons were, I just randomly picked one. Another question was food. I have no preference, really, so I again, I just randomly chose. Same with my favorite day of the week. Who has a favorite day of the week? I never even considered such a thing, so I chose Wednesday because today is Wednesday and I had dance classes. Some of the other questions offered options such as “other,” which made it easy not to choose any of the silly options. I did have a hard time with one question — choosing a quality — because I admire most of the qualities, but I chose loyalty as the best of the lot.

My results weren’t at all what I expected. Apparently, my subconscious is obsessed with the need to be loved. They results said, “You need to feel the warmth and appreciation from the people around you. Without a friendly reminder of how much you are loved or appreciated you start to feel as though things have gone awry with the people around you. There’s nothing wrong with this immense need for love. Be proud that you are so compassionate and caring that you respect and welcome these emotions. Not only do you need to be loved, but you enjoy the act of loving as well. You are kind and compassionate. Even simple interactions reveal your tender heart. We’re all humans and need to be loved; you however, have an extra special sense of gratitude when it comes to being loved.”

Seems sort of pathetic, really, being obsessed with the need to be loved, so I redid the quiz. Chose a different cartoon at random. Chose a different food. Chose Tuesday as my favorite day of the week, and perhaps it is my favorite day — that is when my week truly begins because Tuesday is when my dance classes begin for the week. I even chose a different quality — intelligence this time.

I waited eagerly for the results, hoping for something less pathetic than an obsession with needing to be loved. Happiness, maybe. (Most people seemed to get happiness.) Or knowledge. I’ve always been on a quest for the truth. Some people got sadness, which I wouldn’t have been surprised to get. Some got sex or food or responsibility. (Responsibility would also have been a good fit since I am responsible for my 97-year-old father and his house.

So what did I get after all the changed answers?

The same thing: the need to be loved. Sheesh.


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

11 Responses to “What Is Your Subconscious Obsessed With?”

  1. Wanda Says:

    Hey Pat,
    Well, so all right. I took the test too. One of the questions, the picture didn’t show up. And I didn’t get one about my fav day…no choices of other. But…I am obsessed with ummm, sex. Yep. Who knew??? Maybe the answers are simply random. Not sure.

    Maybe I’ll take it again and find I’m obsessed with wisdom about sex. LOL

    Hey, have a great day Pat. Dance like no one’s watching.

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    I took one of those quizzes the other day. It turns out that apparently I’m subconsciously obsessed with the fear of letting myself down. In order to make sure I don’t let myself down, I have to use that fear as fuel to accomplish my goals.

    I guess I’ll go with it.

  3. ROD MARSDEN Says:

    I took the quiz and I got food. I think that’s wrong but there you have it. Then again I believe the writer of Harry Potter was obsessed by food at least with her first book. She was poor at the time and I’m not exactly rich so I suppose that fits.

  4. Kathy Says:

    I’m no longer on FB so thanks for posting the link, Pat. My result? Sex – lol!! Must have been the wine and shrimp and romance answers.

  5. Carol Says:

    I didn’t try the quiz — I don’t often try any of them — so I’m not sure what result I might get. I know I’m of a different nature in my senior years than I was before…more content, less introspective, not so concerned about what others might think of me. I suspect most of us would like to feel loved and accepted, though. Isn’t it a common need, like food? 🙂

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I think you’re right, love is a common need, and generally what our subconsious is obsessed with is what we aren’t getting. I am loved in many ways, for which I am grateful (Hey! That’s what the results said!), but I don’t have a special love any more, which could be fueling any possible obsession. I do feel the lack of that connection.

      I have a hunch dancing is making me less introspective. If nothing else, the hours spent learning to dance aren’t turned inward.

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