How To Be Different

📷 @yellow

📷 @yellow

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.
— Alexandra K. Trenfor

The Rorschach Test is a projective psychological test developed in 1921 to measure thought disorder. 

It was developed from the observation that schizophrenia patients often interpret ambiguous images in very unusual ways. 

In the test, the participant is shown a series of ten ink blot cards and directed to respond to each with what the inkblot looks like. 

I just took one online.  It was a little bit weird because, even though I'm not psychotic, (OR MAYBE I AM! 🤡) I felt the slightest amount of pressure to agree with the multiple choice answers provided. 

Granted, for some of the images, they offer a "Nothing listed above" option, but even then, you have to pick a secondary option or there wouldn't be a test.

And for that secondary option, besides the obviously violence biased ones like, "a crushed spine" or "a bloody part of my body" ... I wanted to know if what I said was the most common thing people saw or where it landed on that spectrum.

And I think it relates to how much one wants to fit in, be part of something bigger than themselves, OR differentiate themsleves from the pack, so that they know they are unique.

But the most interesting part about it was relating this back to schooling and education and the wisdom of Alexandra K. Trenfor's quote above.

Of all the times I was taught to see a certain thing instead of questioning it, observing it tabula rasa, or approaching it with the child's mind constantly referred to in Taoist practice, I felt misunderstood, or that I myself didn't belong.

Our preceding post regarding Obedience & Inquiry touched on this in the larger context of business organizations, and I now want to dig a little deeper down the rabbit hole.

When you look at this image, surrounded by yellow:

What do you see?

Now, if I were to tell you that I see a cloud, and that the majority of the population also sees a cloud, except this time I ask:

What do you want to see?

Dr. Philip Zimbardo, most notably reknowned for the notorious Stamford Prison Experiment, but more importantly known to me as a brilliant social psychologist and amazingly kind human being, proposed a simple experiment of non-conformity during his interview on The @timferriss Show.

He asked listeners to differentiate themselves in a small way, like putting a pink dot on your forehead, and to spend the day with this dot or symbol on your face for a single day.  

I'd like you to do the same.

Watch how quickly and easily people come up to you and ask, "Why?".

And as soon as they feel that you are unjustified in doing so, watch how quickly and surprisingly they will want you to remove it.

How quickly they will develop feelings of anger, resentment, jealousy, even violence just to have you look the way they want you to.  

Keep the dot on as long as you feel comfortable, and remember the day you succumbed to social conformity.


Keep the dot on as long as you like.  Past the feelings of discomfort.

The result is a good indicator of how well you'll manage your own entrepreneurial journey.

Let me know what you see in the image, and the results of your testing as a comment!  I want to hear results!

Be new, be different, be you.⚡️🦄⚡️