This is the photo posted for guessing game #4 for the event ‘Guessing Game’ at Eclecticoddsnsods hosted by Justine at the Eclectic Corner. The subject was Protection/Protective. There were great guesses but perhaps for another photo…so what is in the photo?
Let me start complimenting my adorable friend Desley from Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist. She is a party breaker though! She was the first to comment and with a nonchalant simplicity of a truly smart and skilled scientist, she wrote: “Hello there! What an interesting image. I’m thinking maybe pills?! I had to answer like a lawyer: “Hello dear! Pills? To be or not to be…it may or may not be in the vicinity. It is a good thought though.” I was gasping for air and hoping she would give up. She did!
Then came Justine, the gracious and fabulous hostess of the Eclectic Corner armed with her kids to defeat me with jelly beans, pearls, bubbles and berries. She unlawfully accused me of having a an evil streak! How daring! I only forgave her when she thought I was protecting alien eggs and photographing them! At the end she tried to bribe me. I thought much higher of the British…
Lia from ‘Lifestyles with Lia’ was hungry when guessing, putting all her efforts on one idea: cannellini beans! Lia, I read today we should never blog when drunk or angry; I will add hungry to that list! Thanks Lia!
Done Whale, Anujakokrady, and Indianmacgyver joined Justine’s off-target bandwagon of bubbles, and Mac even dared to add that an alien egg was a close second thought! I need to stop posting about cyborgs here, as I am badly influencing my friends! Obviously, Albert from nty6x was multitasking (remember: only women claim being good at this) and guessed it was a frog or fish eggs! He quickly recovered from his distraction by putting all his eggs on one basket: bubble wraps! Wrong!
Another party breaker showed up. Trablog travels a lot and might carry a first aid bag with him. So, there he goes: “These are pills for 5 days! Because one part is being cut!”. Without blinking my eyes, and once again, with a lawyer’s tone of voice, I pleaded: “Definitely not!” And I wasn’t cheating. As these pills are not ‘only for 5 days’! This subtle answer made him change into a bottle, and sit on the bench. I truly hope you are not still there, drinking booze and waiting for my disclosure! Congratulations to you, my super smart friend, you were guessing right!
But the game continued. Perelincolors bet discreetly on soap foam, and when hearing “no”, went way; for a shower, maybe?
Hammastelija asked me if I was brushing my teeth. Sorry, I forgot to answer. How unkind. Yes I do it regularly. Has my dentist told you I am late with booking my annual visit? And no, I wasn’t washing dishes with rubber gloves either.
Mara Eastern wrongly guessed the image was my single brain cell, and with that made my self-confession public! I’m still not on speaking terms with her.
Then came Andy Townend from ‘Belgian Streets’, bringing “some form of micro culture, perhaps cells of some clever antivirus”. Well Andy, these pills protect the stomach; you were close, but unfortunately on the other side of the pills’ spectrum. Think simple Andy, simple!
Lovely Adrianna from ‘Girl About the Country’ arrived, accusing me of killing her, and making no guesses! Ouch! She is from the US – where “I heard” that people sue each other often for any reason they deem necessary – so I was very afraid, immediately calling Veronica, a lawyer friend of mine, for advice. She works for Nike though, and had no idea on what I should do, except for running away and fast from my blog!
Phoenixgrey85 showed up thinking that it was someone’s nails with tarnish on them. I guess a stomach is pretty tarnished when it needs these pills…
Once again you all made me laugh with your guesses and I hope you too. It is my fourth time posting the guessing game, and I am delighted to watch human behavior in motion, mine included, as I also guessed at other blogs. Thanks Justine and everyone for making this a fun, relaxed event. It is nice to not be so serious, as I am the whole time. Says my husband!
I won’t be too serious now but just add some curious information.
This post is no scientific research – my disclaimer – and I just will add observations on how our reactions become so predictable when challenged! We even forget the subject of our search: an image of something which is protective.
The competitive juices start flowing in our brains, and we bravely make our first guess. Learning that it is a cold guess, either discourage some, who never come back to guess, or make it even more interesting to some others, who keep guessing.
That is the moment when perception goes off track, and with full force through a tunnel vision. A doctor would say that tunnel vision is a loss of peripheral vision, making one look at objects as seen through a dark tunnel. A psychologist would say though that it’s a narrow or exclusive focus on an emotion. Let’s say it plainly, it is when one cannot see the forest from the trees!
Once our mind sets it on a course, it has difficulties to get out of it. We are incredibly gifted to multitask: breath, talk, listen, think, all at the same time. Even a man can do it. But when the adrenaline goes up, we see no new possibilities, emotions kick in, and we focus our attention on one point. We keep guessing, based on the same first image we formed in our minds. If we would take a break and try to see the image as new, we would see other perspectives, and other clear images would form in front of our eyes.
There is a benefit in focusing our attention during a crisis though. It is our survival instinct working to protect us from danger (Fight-Flight-Freeze response). However, as we know, applying a narrow focus can become a dysfunctional habit to process information and we end up missing or neglecting what is really important.