Friend: What’s your favorite animal ever?
Friend: Just tell me.
Me: But, seriously, why do you need to know this?
Friend: I’m going to show you a cool psychological trick- trust me!
Me: Fine, a lion.
Friend: Great. Why?
Me: They’re brown and furry, love. love. love. the furriness. And the big fuzzy head of hair. Plus they’re the ruler of the animal kingdom and they have this quiet calm, like they’re so mafia. It’s like you want to give them a hug even though you know if you did they’d eat you up and spit out the bones. I mean they’re cats, but they can kill you. Awe-inspiring and frightening. What’s the psychological twist to this?
Friend: Um, they did this study that. . . you know what, never mind.
Me: You have to tell me now!
Friend: The traits you assign your favorite animal are the traits you um, possess yourself.