#Writephoto – Bright

From the diary of Jennifer Saunders

I met with the psychologist today to get the results of Matthew’s IQ tests. She confirmed that he is extremely bright. His scores in all areas of the assessment were significantly above average and in the identification of oddities test he scored the highest result she has ever seen.

The subject of his anxiety came up again. She told me about his play activities with the toys in the sandbox. “He selected the elderly Chinese man figurine to represent himself and the giant to represent you. His father was the tortoise and his younger sister, the mermaid. A selection of farm animals were placed in the corner of the box to represent his school peers. He placed the tortoise, the mermaid and the giant together in a group with the Chinese man on its own in the middle of the box.”

Honestly, this did not mean much to me but Sandra explained how she had interpreted the results of the sandbox assessment and it made sense to me.

He sees himself as being older and wiser than his peer group and that is why he selected the Chinese man to represent himself. It’s placement indicates that he feels alone and partially isolated from his family and school friends. My representation as the giant apparently means that he sees me as his mainstay and primary source of support in the family. I am the one he leans on the most. His father, represented by the tortoise, is the one he sees as being reliable and steady and his sister is a beautiful and free spirit in the form of a mermaid.

It is all interesting and I think it does help me to understand my unusual and moody son but it is also rather frightening. How am I to raise a four-year old who thinks like this? At this point the upper side of a normal IQ looks very appealing.

This post was written for Sue Vincent’s write photograph challenge. You can join in the fun here: https://scvincent.com/2019/03/28/thursday-photo-prompt-bright-writephoto/



31 thoughts on “#Writephoto – Bright

      1. I think it is a most inexact science, if it ever were a science. Either they are mostly barking up wrong trees, or the whole subject is too profound and with too many variables for anyone to grasp properly.

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  1. You have choosen very interesting characters, Robbie! Love the story, which – i think – could become a novel too. I consent with you about psychologists. Never used one, but looking at the studies they have to do, its more statistics as human care. Best wishes for the weekend! Michael

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  2. Fascinating, Robbie. And it’s intriguing that this may fit into a larger piece. Children often do communicate in symbols, but all interpretation should be considered in context. Rarely is it so straightforward.

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