A number of years ago, as part of my company's sensitivity training program for management, I was enrolled in a week long seminar conducted in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful experience, where about two dozen enrollees from around the country spent time together working on various projects and learning how to better relate to others. For me, it was an eye-opening experience. I learned a lot.
One of our assignments was this question: If you were to make a choice as to which animal you would be on this earth (other than a human being), what would it be?
This particular assignment led to some great conversation among the group members. I pictured myself as an eagle, but the group saw me as a rabbit. I was incredulous that they honestly thought that. I couldn't believe it. But, after explaining their reasoning, I saw their point.
What animal do you believe yourself to be? What animal do others see in you? How different are those two visions?
Fundamental aspects of animal personalities are summarized as:
---Feeding.....Bird personalities require freedom, while sheep flourish under the direction of a strong dog personality
---Fighting.....This is how the individual controls his/her environment. Carnivorous personalities are assertive and adventurous, while herbivorous personalities tend to be passive and cautious
---Fleeing.....How people protect themselves from each other. The mouse personality keeps a low profile while herd animal personalities find refuse in the company of family and friends
---Sex.....Describes the way we interact with the opposite sex, from the brutal strength display of the elk to the seductive display of the peacock; all species exert control over their reproductive choices. Some are monogamous; some are not
Here is a site where you can take a test to see what animal traits you may have. How scientific it is I do not know. I am a bumblebee. Ha. "The bumblebee commands great respect and will respond to a bad situation with a quick sting. Bumblebees are serious and very wise". Hmmmm.....not too, too bad!