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Deconstruct A Snowman?

January 28, 2016

Early 2016, mid-winter, at January’s end, on a Friday morning, in the dark a massive snow and ice storm named Jonas sweeps in and blankets the Tar Heel State. Miraculously almost everyone adhered to the early warnings in advance. Businesses closed, there were less traffic fatalities and everyone was prepared for the foul weather. Except maybe the grocery stores, that didn’t stock up heavily enough on milk and bread. Incidentally what the hell is up with that? Coming from a household that buys these two staples on a weekly basis I have to wonder why people who never buy it suddenly think they need it when bad weather threatens? More importantly, what do they do with it? If the power goes out is the plan to sit around in the dark eating milk sandwiches? Heading off subject...redirecting.

So you’re trapped indoors for a couple of days, not a whole lot going on, (nothing to do but dunk bread into milk apparently) with a winter wonderland waiting just beyond the threshold. How long before someone utters (or perhaps attempts to sing) that phrase so heavily monopolized by the house-of-mouse, “Do you want to build a snowman?”

Interestingly enough you can tell a lot about a person by the way they build a snowman. Bear in mind, this is fundamental psychological theory, not fact. So please, do not reference this article when trying to analyze your child’s state of mental well-being based on their aptitude for snow sculpting.

With any type of construction “size matters” and­ this definitely applies to snowmen. Size is obviously a direct reference to ego, in how much the builders thinks of themselves or those they are building for. Laziness and patience also play a large part and show in how much effort a person puts into a project that’s main purpose is “just for fun.” In addition a person’s general mood can also be determined by the size of the snowman. Happier people build bigger, happier snowmen. Sad people have depressing little sort-of piles with hats on them. (Size comparison is rated per the builder, not in general).

Once the initial structure is up, a lot can be said for those finishing touches. People who feel the need to cover their snow person with excessive ornamentation show an extreme need for over-compensation and are more materialistic. They believe that something’s not worth anything unless it’s dolled-up and overdone.

Those who stick to more conventional decor i.e., a carrot nose, coal eyes, top hat and scarf are more traditionally minded and tend to enjoy the simple things in life.

In the event the snowman is allotted appendages, the building material used brings a person’s practicality and relationship status up for analysis. Though arms made of snow do require patience and determination in their construction and are initially very impressive, their long-term commitment ability is obviously flawed. When the sun hits that thing, the arms will be the first thing to fall off. Stick-arm people are more practical and realistic, wanting to give their creation the benefit of having arms last beyond the next sunny day (which, for a snowman, is a bad day).

The positioning of said stick arms can say a lot about a person’s inner-most thoughts when they are placed. Arms down: tired, and overburdened. Out stretched: ready for a hug, loving and generous. Straight up: happy and joyous. However, even if the snowman carries a happy mantra the direction in which snowman is facing may tell a different and darker story.

If the snowman is built facing more towards the North they’re headed home and content to stay there. Towards the South represents the need to get away. Perhaps there’s a need for a vacation or maybe literally away from it all? An East bound and down snowman (especially a joyous one) happily welcomes the morning sun...and death. Sad ones are just bravely facing what they believe is their inevitable fate. Those remaining ones who look to the West celebrate the setting sun and are thankful to have survived another day.

So, who wants to build a snowman and simultaneously reveal their inner-most self?

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Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!




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