The Pig Test

  • Time Required: 5 minutes
  • Size of Group: Unlimited
  • Materials: Paper, Marker Pen
  • An icebreaker that can be used to add a bit of humour


  1. Give each person a sheet of paper and a marker pen and tell them to draw a pig
  2. After everyone has finished drawing their pig, read out the following information: “The pig serves as a useful test of personality traits of the drawer. If the pig is drawn
  • towards the top of the paper, you are positive and optimistic
  • towards the middle, you are realistic
  • towards the bottom, you are pessimistic and have a tendency to behave negatively
  • facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly and remember dates birthdays
  • facing right, you are innovative and active, but don’t have a strong sense of family, nor do you remember dates
  • facing front on, you are direct, enjoy playing devil’s advocate and neither fear nor avoid discussions
  • with many details, you are analytical, cautious and distrustful
  • with few details, you are emotional, you care lithe for details and are a risk taker
    with fewer than 4 legs showing, you are insecure or are living through a period of major change
  • with 4 legs showing, you are secure, stubborn and stick to your ideals, if there are more than 4 legs, you are stupid!
  • The size of the ears indicates how good a listener you are — the bigger the better!
  • “Who didn’t draw a tail on their pig?” The length of the tail indicates the quality of your sex life — again more is better. “OK, so who had the longest tail?”

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