You speak about TFs, but what do your TFs say about you?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by StarscreamKills, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. StarscreamKills

    StarscreamKills TF Shrink

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    I'm training to be a play therapist & I like to do a technique known as "sand tray" with kids of all ages, from 5-75! In sand tray, a client puts items in a small tray of sand (hence, the name) about 18"x12" (or "45cm x 30cm" for my more "Northern" of my North American siblings! Go Canada!) to represent their life, their family, their preferred future, etc. Here's the rules for the therapist:

    1. There's no "expert knowledge" here - you can't "know" what something means w/o the client telling you!
    2. Respect a person's tray, it's sacred, treat it as such, and honor it like the person.
    3. Let the client explain what it means.
    4. Take pictures of it so you can see how they change throughout the therapy sequence.

    With this in mind (and please be mindful of what you share as this is a public forum), what do your TFs say about you? Further, no one tell others what they mean - only the person can say what their TFs mean for themselves!
     
  2. Cinemastique

    Cinemastique Earth Culture Specialist

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    I'm positive I have no idea how this works, but:

    I only collect Binaltech, Alternators, and Masterpiece... My transformers say I'm an elitist.
     
  3. StarscreamKills

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    An example:

    One TF I like is 2.0 Onslaught. I found myself having two for no good reason so I asked myself, "Why this TF?" For "why TFs?" see the thread below concerning: "Why do you like TFs?" for my answer (a really good thread!:thumbs2: :thumb  !!!)

    The first things that came to mind:
    1. 1. He's much bigger than he looks in alt/vehicle mode.
    2. He can take care of himself by dishing out damage and protecting himself with his big riot shield.
    3. He prefers to think his way to a victory than just shoot his way there - for him fighting is a means to an end and not an end in itself.

    So I'm attracted to the parts of him that say:
    • He's deeper than your first impression.
    • He can hold his own in a dispute.
    • Disputes serve a greater purpose than just disputing for no good reason.

    This all came from just holding Onslaught and noting what came to mind when I did that. If I would have had trouble, I would have asked myself, "Why do I like this guy?" This is very simple and takes only about 5 minutes tops - if that, and it's lots of fun because you can learn about yourself! :inquisiti 

    Note this too:
    • Liking Onslaught doesn't mean I'm a bad guy or want to hurt people or delight in causing pain.
    • Or that I'm weak and compensating for that by fronting a strong image.

    Usually the crass/blatant/obvious stuff like that isn't what drew you to a particular TF. It may start out with a small thing like, "It reminds me of someone important in my life" but if you stay with it you'll find more. So enjoy this free & fun "shrink trick"! :) 
     
  4. StarscreamKills

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    So you have fine taste!!! :thumbs2: 
     
  5. Shockscream

    Shockscream Chairman of Nerd Day

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    My collection is centred around Starscream. I adhore the character's humour, his utter incompetence, his desire to lead, and his Machiavellian streak. He is my personal favourite and always has been. What does this say about me? I am attracted to power and I seek it. I freely admit that there are times when I manipulate my way into achieving it. However, I am also shockingly bad at it. Starscream is, in short me.
     
  6. ShyTenda

    ShyTenda Not even here...

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    My "collection" consists of a single BM Primal I got in a Happy Meal. He's in a box somewhere. I think that means that I don't get attached to things. And that I like getting stuff for free.
     
  7. anikenvader

    anikenvader Stuff & Things

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    ...seems interesting. but how do i do this!? i dont get the rules of the enitre "sequence"!?
     
  8. MACRAPTRON

    MACRAPTRON Well-Known Member

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    They tell me I'm awesome.
     
  9. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    my collection would say, I love the variety of the characters and how each and every individual bot has its own story and past.
    My bashes show that i dont just enjoy sitting by and letting others do the work for me. i have to get involved
     
  10. StarscreamKills

    StarscreamKills TF Shrink

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    Good question! Don't worry about getting it "right," just try to go with the flow and relax. Maybe try this:

    • Take a deep breath or a "belly breath" as that relaxes us humans and can catapult us to the present momnet.
    • Pick up a figure, any one will do for now, but maybe one that interest you but isn't your most important as this will keep it from getting "too personal."
    • Look at the figure, hold it, turn it around, and maybe transform it back and forth...
    • ...and then just note what memories, ideas, thoughts, etc., come to mind when you do this.

    It may or may not be very profound, but often they build. We did sand trays at a seminar recently and a man who is a social worker for the courts [system] was there. He chose a small rubber skeleton that, if bigger, would be in a science classroom (to teach anatomy, etc.) initially because it reminded him of his teenage son's love of horror movies! Later it became a metaphor for him as he felt that everyone in his professional and personal life wanted a piece of him till nothing was left but...you guessed it...a skeleton!

    Jungians [therapists who look to Carl Jung for the way they do therapy] would say we don't choose our sand tray objects, they choose us. What exactly is in the object that chooses us is the biggie and why you can't buy a dictionary on objects, or dreams, or things like that because what calls you in an object - or TF - will be different than what calls me.

    Only you can know what's in your TF that speaks to you and no one else can tell you what it is. That means only you know what's right or wrong for you concerning this and no one else can say that to you or for you.

    Probably as clear as muddy water, but the point is you can't do this wrong!!!
     
  11. seeker311

    seeker311 The Collector

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    That I treat them well over all but no more hugging in the dark.
     
  12. Yaujta

    Yaujta Not a Bear TFW2005 Supporter

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    This is almost too personal of a quest for self-understanding to be broadcast on an internet forum, albeit a friendly one.
    I'll bite.

    The collection is...eclectic...at best. I have my favorites, but that title wavers so often that I either don't like most or love them all. There's always the aim towards new acquisitions, never completely satisfied with what's there. Does that show the inability to be happy or content with what's there? Don't know, but hope not.
    The preference is for Decepticons, for some reason. I like the underdogs, and it always seemed like they were the ones being repressed. They also have the best personalities.
    I also tend to put at least three projects on the table at once, hoping to be inspired by a new figure or three, never totally progressing but never really falling back.

    I don't like where this is going.

    Time for pie...
     
  13. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    I pulled out my TFU Blades this morning, and have him sitting on my desk right before i came here, so i will use him for this.
    He's a rescuer. he fights, but his alt mode fights on a different plane than his bot mode.
    all TF's could be seen as dichotomous, yet blades is really truly that way. Warrior transformed into a savior-figure.

    I was once a medic and i can relate to Blades. (though not as much as can with Ratchet)

    hurm. i look at Blades and i think that he says, "We all have our battles, but none so great that it keeps us from taking care of each other."
    so, i guess what he says about me is that i still try to help others. not a savior-figure, just a person who likes mending.

    Hey StarscreamKills, what does being a Master Psycholagnist mean to you?
    (although the definition i got for it is a tad different than the medical Dictionaries have.)
     
  14. StarscreamKills

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    I have no idea :inquisiti  , but I figured it was a neat neologism you came up with! I had no idea it was an actual word...well...hmmm...I get "psycho" as referring to "soul" from the Greek root "psuche," but I get stumped after that <shoulder shrug>.

    I've also found the "root-it-out" tactic isn't always helpful b/c the US post office stamp collecting desk is called the "philatelic center" which seems to be roughly, "love of the end/destination" from the Greek (i.e., "phileo = love, usually brotherly [but not always]" and "telos = the end or purpose or destination"). So with this logic, a detective could be "philatelic" b/c they're certainly "lovers of the purpose" b/c that's their job!

    I don't have a medical dictionary, so this is I guess the gigabillioneth and one thing I don't know!!! :lol 
     
  15. Autobot Burnout

    Autobot Burnout SANTARN IS COMING AGAIN TFW2005 Supporter

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    Hmmm...my collection probably says I'll apreciate any TF I get my mitts on, and I'll find something the figure is good for if it just outright sucks (Like converting Energon Prime into energon Nemesis Prime)

    So does that mean I'm resourceful and apreciative of anything?
     
  16. GreenScream

    GreenScream Neo G1 Collector

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    My Transformers are constantly thanking me for liberating them from their plastic prisons. After awhile, it gets rather tiring. :|
     
  17. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    My TFs say I'm more about style and engineering combined, rather than individually. I'm less about homage and more about detail, character in the sculpt instead of on the back of the box.

    I mostly collect Movie and Animated, with what little beasties I can get, and some classics and G1 stuff to freshen up the displaycases.
     
  18. deltaprime

    deltaprime The Christian Transfan

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    First off, I gotta say this. I love your sig, Starscreamkills!

    I have a collection of a variety of things (not just TFs, but Ironman, Superman, Digimon,etc.), and it's all kind of cluttered.

    I suppose it means that I have a wide variety of tastes and that I need more shelf space for my room!
     
  19. Backscatter

    Backscatter Autobot Brainmaster TFW2005 Supporter

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    My TFs would look at me as "Primus of Primus" I love all TFs, even those most often not loved by others. Even ones I don't really like (like Wheelie) still have a place in my collection. (Ones not favored are shown mercy).
     
  20. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    No disrespect to ya Starscreamkills, am just being goofy.
    but FYI, I came across the term years ago in a dictionary and kinda thought it was perfect for a guy my age and how many people i know think i am wasting time.
    Psycholagny is:
    (Don't we do that here in these forums, sorta?)
    I have enjoyed your play therapy idea a lot. great thread.
     

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