Many years ago, in my more airy fairy days, I took a 5-day class up at Boulder's Naropa which included a day with anthropologist Angeles Arrien. I liked her, and still do. One of the topics in her presentation was a test that utilized five shapes: circle, triangle, cross, square, and spiral. We ranked them in order of most to least preferred and she taught us a way we might learn from our rankings. Click to see how she would analyze your choices.
Something intriguing about the test were the discussions that followed the test analysis. Those of us who learned the five universal shapes returned to our various settings and asked friends and colleagues to do the shape ranking. The conversations that resulted were fun, provocative, and sometimes even enlightening. The thoughts and observations flowing from the test are likely its value, not the literal interpretation. Take it and let me know what you think.
Click to watch Arrien talking about the shape test and these symbols that show up consistently across cultures.