The Imaginary House
This is a fun experiment to help you gain insight into how others see you. First, relax and slowly read the imagery exercise and then draw a picture of the house.
You are walking down a road. As you are walking, you see a house. Look at it. Notice its details. Walk towards it. What do you notice about it? You start to walk around the house, looking at it as you walk. Now you are halfway around. Notice the details of the house as you continue to walk around it. What is the condition of the house? The style? Now you come back to where you were when you started. As you walked around the house, you noticed a way to get in. Now go into the house. What do you see? Explore the house. What’s inside? Living room, dining room, bedrooms, attic. As you were exploring, you noticed a secret door leading to a secret room. Go inside that room. What do you see? Now leave the secret room and go back into the main part of the house. Now leave the house. As you are walking away from it, you look back at it one more time. You are back on the road once again, walking.
Draw a picture of the house with as much detail as possible. Draw both the outside and inside. Pay attention to
such details as how the house appears on the inside as opposed to the outside, what can and cannot be found inside the house, how one gets into the house, what’s inside the “secret” room, colors, textures, how space is experienced, etc. All of these details may have symbolic significance.
After you complete the drawing, give the drawing to a friend. Tell your friend the house symbolizes someone’s personality (either you or someone else) and ask your friend to interpret the drawing and describe the person’s self image and personality. The feedback
is often insightful and eye-opening. You will be amazed at what your house says about you.
This exercise also works well for exploring the personality of a small group. After someone leads the group through the imagery scene, the group members discuss what they each visualized. Based on that discussion, the group together then visually “constructs” one house that seems to capture the personality of the group and all of its members.