“The cave you are scared to enter contains the treasure you are looking for” ~ Joseph Campbell
According to the American historian, who has also researched human psychology, if someone wants to conquer their fears, they must be happy.
Clifford N. Lazarus agrees with Campbell and adds that people build their own barriers, and this prevents them from expressing themselves. He advises that taking risks and facing our fears can lead to happiness.
If you want to learn more about your personality and barriers, take a look at the following pictures and choose which one scares you the most:
1. Abandoned House
You’re a very clever and analytical person, and you’re able to see things as they are. Your values are what’s most significant to you, and you expect others to believe the same. The wall covered in wallpaper shows that you have high emotional and spiritual walls, and that makes you hard to reach out to. However, the light is a sign that you are willing to take down those walls, at least for some close, but true friends. The treasure you’re searching for is emotional satisfaction, and what you want is to connect with someone emotionally, and not just intellectually
Stairs that lead to a cellar or attic indicate that you’re a free spirit and like living your life to the fullest. This picture symbolizes the fear of being buried, for instance, the fear of death and the unknown. The treasure you are searching for is good health, so you need to eat better, exercise and take care of yourself. Although you overthink, you love life, you love yourself, and you’ll definitely find your treasure.
If you chose the ice cave, it is possibly because you’ve spent a long time looking for emotional warmth. You’re scared of feelings like sorrow and disappointment, so you prefer to stay on your own. However, this also means that you are probably living a beautiful period of your life, and you’ve realized what you want and what brings you happiness. You’re a person with values, and you respect independence and freedom. The treasure you’ve been searching for is love, both romantic and platonic.
If the decrepit house is your worst nightmare that means that you’re a generous person and that you always look out for others. You’re a loyal and honest person, but not everyone appreciates it. The house is a symbol of love and security, so seeing it in ruins means bankruptcy. Fearing a house means the treasure you desire is wealth. You know that to get it, you have to work really hard. However, you shouldn’t forget that the people you love don’t need the material objects, but your care and support.
Being afraid to enter the tunnel means that you should examine your emotions. You’re emotionally intelligent and smart. The water shows that your mind needs clearing up, to better understand your thoughts. You need to stop worrying about your problems and start looking for a solution. The treasure you seek is confidence, and to solve your problems, you should express your feelings. Just remember that at the end of a tunnel, things are much clearer.
6. Chained Door
Being scared of the blue door with chains could mean several things: blue is the color of the sky that symbolizes stability. You’re productive, and you achieve all the hard goals you set. You are creative and capable of solving problems, and also a good leader. The treasure you are searching for is comfort. You shouldn’t devote yourself to work too much, as you need a rest to enjoy the simpler things in life.