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June 4, 2008

Half a glass of lemonade or psycho-analyzing?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Porcupyn @ 4:59 am

I’ve heard how what a person says always tells a lot about him/her. Let’s say I offered someone half a glass of lemonade with much more lemon than normal (bitter lemonade). He (or she) could tell his spouse that I gave him:

a) a glass of lemonade
b) a glass of lemonade, half-full
c) a glass of lemonade, half-empty
d) half a glass of lemonade
e) a glass of lemonade
f) a glass of lemonade that was very tasty
g) a glass of lemonade that was very bitter

Or he could refuse to drink the lemonade and
h) point out that it is too bitter
i) point out that it is too bitter, and ask for more water and sugar so he can dilute it himself to acceptable limits
j) point out that it is too bitter, and tell me to do a better job measuring the amount of lemon in the future

Where do you stand? 🙂 Would you offer a perspective not mentioned yet?


  1. er, or

    1. Drown it into the nearest pot, never mind that it has plastic in it.
    2. Cough or sneeze into it.
    3. Say “It tastes just like how I see life” and bring a melancholic far away look into your eyes, and leave it on the table.
    4. Feign cold or cough
    5. Take a sip and start scratching your throat and arms. Instant Allergy!
    6. Ask for sugar, say I love everything sweet(er).
    7. Claim wife loves lemonade and bribe her with a movie night if she’d take your share too.
    8. Take a house tour and hide the glass along some hallway
    9. Feed the dog.
    10. Take it into the bathroom and get rid of it.

    See, I can go on and on 😛

    Comment by rads — June 4, 2008 @ 8:01 am | Reply

  2. Rads:

    Wow! I am floored.

    You are a natural for a Thematic Apperception Test – I used to read a lot of these in the Competition Success Review a long time ago. I bet you could ace it 50 different ways.

    Comment by porcupyn — June 4, 2008 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  3. hehe, well, after doing Odyssey of the mind for 4 years along with the kids, one can’t help different ways of looking at a single thing 🙂

    Comment by rads — June 4, 2008 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  4. ahemm

    please do not forget that there are three things at hand here

    1. person handing lemonade
    2. the lemonade itself with all its attributes
    3. person taking the lemonade

    what I say would not just depend on #2 but also on #1, assuming of course that me being me #3 is locally held constant..

    that said, if it was my wife handing me a bitter lemonade, I will drink it and smile and thank her..

    if it was you handing me same bitter lemonade, I will tell you what it tastes like and find out if it turned out like that by intention or accident!


    and that is only because “you seem like nice guy”*

    * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24Ryj1ywoqw

    Comment by sundar narayanan — June 5, 2008 @ 2:00 am | Reply

  5. Rads:

    The idea of the TAT is to show that you are an optimist. Those are the kinds of candidates that are supposed to do good at the Civil Services. If you were to take the test, I bet the examiner would be totally non-plussed unless, of course, you choose one of the several scenarios you offerred and stick to it. 😉


    Wow!! Looks like Rads has competition!! 🙂

    Comment by porcupyn — July 4, 2008 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

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