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There is a concept known as the missing letter effect, which can tell us a lot about our subconscious mind. When you look at a word that is missing a letter, how you choose to finish the word can give you insights into what is going on in your mind.

There are a few schools of thought on the missing letter effect. One of them is that the letter you use to finish the word depends on the word you are most familiar with. So, it could be that we will finish the word to make it match a word that comes to mind first.

Another school of thought says that the word you finish is a word that reflects what is going on within your subconscious. To me, this school of thought makes the most sense, because much like an inkblot or visual illusion, our brain doesn’t just come up with words and thoughts out of nowhere.

There is an inner dialogue that takes place that even we aren’t always consciously aware of. Otherwise, how do we explain our dreams?

Anyways, this particular test follows the second school of thought. Take a look at the image. What is the first word your brain comes up with? Don’t think too much about it, go with the first thing that comes up. Now, look below at the different options to see what that reveals about your subconscious mind.

If you see ‘Lover’

If you see the word ‘lover’ first, then you are highly focused on love. Unfortunately, this can be a double-edged sword. While it’s good to want to see the best in people, love can sometimes blind us from bad tendencies and behaviors that are right in front of us. On the bright side, loving people are also very optimistic and empathetic, which means when you meet the right people, you feel aligned and are loving unlike anyone else. Additionally, you are more likely to be extroverted and you aren’t afraid to be yourself.

If you see “Lower”

You are someone who likes to be in control over a situation. When things don’t go exactly as planned, you feel extremely overwhelmed. In turn, people may often misperceive you as someone who is a control freak, or someone who is extremely dominant. However, people who know you best come to you for advice and know they can lean on you when they need someone in their corner. You are very dependable and have a kind heart.

If you see ‘Loser’

You are a realist. Whenever someone wants to know the harsh truth, they come to you. And while at times, your harshly realistic nature can be misperceived by people who don’t know you, the ones who do know you realize you are always straightforward and drama-free. They lean on you because they know that no matter what, you are real.