If You Can See the Correct Image in This Picture, You’re 1 in a 100! Here’s What It Means

Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Conscious Living, Happiness & Humor, Inspirational, Thrive with 2 Comments


By Ana Erkic | Lifehack

What do you see in this drawing that baffled so many people?

Only 1/100 guessed right, but for the rest it was completely mind-boggling.

Try again. The trick that helped some was to cover the darker side of the image with their hand.

creative people

Here comes the spoiler…

image explained

It’s actually a man with a cowboy hat!

It took some people an entire hour to figure this one out, while the lucky few were able to see it right away. If you belong to the latter group, you can consider yourself a highly creative person as studies show.

Creative processes have been considered highly abstract and unquantifiable practices, often considered as bursts of sudden inspiration that came out of nowhere. However, scientists have been able to conduct certain researches to catch the creative process in order to analyze the distinctive features that creative people have. What they came to realize was that creative people tend to use much bigger parts of their brain during the thought process. This gives them the opportunity to use more associations and memory when trying to decode something.

In the case of image deconstruction, creative people have more to work with when looking at an unknown image which means they would much more quickly collect the previously known parts to build ideas.

Therefore, it is no wonder that to some people this puzzle was way too easy making them wonder what the catch was. However, you shouldn’t think something is wrong with you if no matter how long you looked at the drawing, all you could see was the distorted image of a bat or a rat. It just means that you process new information in a different way, usually in a slightly more formal way, following certain known rules and associations, whereas for creative people, this process includes more “outside the box” kind of thinking with more options to choose from.

This drawing wasn’t the first one to spur up the conversation about the effect our thinking process has on the way we perceive the world. The famous duck-rabbit dilemma presented by American psychologist Joseph Jastrow in 1899, provided starting point for the research on the topic.

Before reading any further, stop and look at the drawing.

What do you see? A duck or a rabbit? Can you easily find the other animal? Can you switch from one perspective to the other with ease, or does it take some effort?

duck or rabbit

For this drawing, there is not a wrong or right guess, (even though most people guess duck first) it is rather a question of the ability to quickly switch from one perception to the other.

All of these features count when determining if you are a highly or average creative person. According to the research Richard Wiseman did with a group of fellow psychologists at the University of Edinburgh, creative people actually perceive the world differently, as they are more able to see things from many different angles.


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  1. grannyzef@gmail.com' zef rose says:

    That’s an albatros, not a duck!

  2. wayne.hartley@gmail.com' Wayne says:

    This reminds me of cloud watching as a kid and seeing things by the shape of the clouds through perceptual imagination. No right or wrong, just differing imaginative images.
    So called >REALITY< is the belief that there is but one TRUE fact and anything else is just fiction. Religion has demonstrated this "reality" concept to a polished fault where it's my way or the highway mentality is extremely divisive and reinforces the duality paradigm.
    Ten people may read or watch the same story unfold and yet deliver Eleven or more different reviews and evaluations of it. Clouds constantly change shapes as do perceptions and judgments. When we need someone they are more appealing than when we don't need them. Same person, different day, different perspective.
    I don't share the "Highly Creative Person If" mindset suggested in this article at all. Some autistic people for example, see and feel things beyond what us "normal" individuals do. People with obvious limiting physical and mental abilities very often perform seemingly miraculous feats of astounding talent, seemingly impossible. The mindless masses hear but one drum while the mindful individual hears and sees many. What we may lack in one department nature seems to insist that we have many times the potential in yet another.

    Interesting article and exercise-Thanks!

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