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Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
September 8, 2023 ·  3 min read

Optical illusion reveals if you’re a stickler for the rules or have low self-esteem based on what you see first

TikTok is undoubtedly, one of the best sources of entertainment. Sometimes, it also becomes a source of good insight into your personality. Such an example is a recently posted optical illusion that has left many viewers personally targeted. The theme of the illusion is morals and personalities. Mia, who goes by the handle @mia_yilin on TikTok, shared the video that apparently demonstrates hidden problems in ourselves.

According to Mia, you will learn about your exact problems depending on which image you first notice while viewing the optical illusion. Mia’s content regularly features brain teasers, puzzles, and optical illusions. She also gives a detailed analysis of them. She has about 455,000 followers, which goes to show how popular her shared tricks are.

The Optical Illusion On Self-Esteem

Image Source: @mia_yilin | TikTok

When this particular optical illusion was posted, the comment section was flooded with words from users from around the world. Most of them had a similar reaction of being able to relate to the analysis. Take a look at the illusion, and be sure to note what you see first:


The optical illusion-cum-fun personality test shows a picture of a woman made of stone. It seems like she is in deep thought. However, that’s only one of the possible images. Others have reported seeing a cluster of bright green trees growing from a rock. In the caption, Mia asked the question, “What’s the first thing you see in this picture?” So, here are the explanations:

The Cluster Of Trees: Mia explains that you are probably someone who likes to follow rules and abide by them. Regardless of whether someone notices you or not, you want to “do the right thing” since you also have a considerably large moral conscience. Unfortunately, this also means that often you go to extreme lengths, including self-sacrifice, to make the people around you happy. You don’t exactly like it either since sometimes you wish you could be a bit crueler.

The Woman’s Face: In this case, you may suffer from a lack of self-esteem and you often end up in toxic relationships. The reason is, that deep within you, you believe that you do not deserve better. You do not have enough appreciation and love for yourself. You cannot see how much the world appreciates your presence in it. As such, to improve your life, you have to begin with how you perceive yourself.   

TikTok’s Reaction

Most of the users who left a comment on the optical illusion post reported seeing the image of the woman first. As such, quite a few felt “called out” and “personally attacked” since they found Mia’s explanation extremely relatable. For example, one user wrote, “I came here to relax, not get attacked.” Another one said: “Why you so accurate, sis?

A comment on the post.
Image Credits: TikTok

However, as with all personality tests, it’s only an indicator, and will not hold true for everyone. For example, one of the users commented: “Wrong… I saw the woman and I have a good relationship with myself. I’m quite confident within myself as I don’t need to prove my worth to others.

A comment on the post.
Image Credits: TikTok

So which one did you see and do the verdicts match your situation? Let us know in the comments below! Also, here are some more personality tests for you to try out if you enjoyed this one:

H/t Daily Mail