The Psychology Behind My Pet Society Rooms

March 5, 2010 / Psychology / 23 Comments

I’ve wanted to say this for years but I was afraid that everyone would think I’m a lunatic, but I’m going to say it anyway because my interest for Pet Society has recently been revived: Rooms in Pet Society reflect a person’s state of mind.

Now I’m no psychoanalyst so I don’t have the knowledge to analyze every choice and every placement, but I’m going to attempt to psychoanalyze myself in hopes you could pick up some clues about yourself from your own Pet Society rooms.

Main Room

Pet Society Main Room

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. The main room represents the how you want the world to see you. I like to be seen as someone who’s organized, open-minded and fairly straightforward. I think that’s the feel I try to project here with the large windows and minimalist decor — kind of like nanyate, don’t you think?

Bedroom

Pet Society Bed Room

I’d like to think that the bedroom represents how you see yourself. It’s also a measure of your self-esteem. I’ve been playing with Pet Society for years, and I have to admit I’ve never been satisfied with my bedroom. For me, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it means I always leave room for myself to grow.

The ghost is an interesting point, since it’s a very accurate reflection of my sleeping habits. I turn 25 this year and I still sleep with a night light on. That’s because every time I try to sleep with the lights off, I would dream about being haunted by something from within. So the ghost represents my fear—my fear for a part of myself.

I guess it’s no accident that I display my awards here. (Most people would display their stuffed toys here.) I have a feeling that my self-esteem depends on my career achievements to a certain extent.

Bathroom

Pet Society Bathroom

I have no clue what the bathroom is supposed to mean but if I had to make a wild guess, it’s probably how you choose to pamper yourself. If my guess is right, people who struggle with loving themselves would probably not like their bathrooms or avoid having a bathroom altogether.

And so my Pet Society bathroom makes me the ultimate narcissist. Bathing Japanese-style while watching the sunset and then getting out to have a cup of tea would while idly philosophizing about the world would be heaven on earth for me.

Kitchen

Pet Society Kitchen

The kitchen is probably a reflection of how you view your family and/or your home. I admit I’m not a homely or family-oriented person. So I guess it’s no surprise that it’s the only room that I’ve not bothered to re-design for almost a year.

Hobbies Room

Pet Reading Room

Most higher-level Pet Society players have a room to showcase their hobbies—be it a large walk-in closet, a piano lounge, or in my case, a reading room.

One of the things that I feared most after I started working was that I would eventually stop learning. In an effort to keep learning, I’ve voraciously devoured management and communication books, and used my Tumblr and Google Docs (represented by the laptop in the picture) as learning notebooks for quick access to my newly-acquired knowledge.

An interesting highlight to this room is the presence of a door. It’s the only room (aside from the main room) in my house that has a door. The door represents openness. The hobbies room is something that I’m open to changing and that I openly share with everyone.

I wonder if that means those who have doors for every room are generally more open people.

The Extra Room

Pet Society Veranda

I don’t know about other Pet Society players, but 6 rooms is enough for me. So the 7th room is an extra room I use to play around with the latest decor. For now, I’ve turned it into a veranda cafe (because this weeks’ items are all cafe inspired). I can’t imagine what I will do with the 8th and 9th rooms when I get them.

Or perhaps the extra room just represents that I’ve not discovered enough facets of myself yet.

Fantasy Room

Pet Society Play Room

And to save the prettiest for last, this is the whimsical, fantastic room that represents the child in me. It’s the dreamy side of me where I wished everything in the world would be poetic, pretty and peaceful.

A few points of interest: my petling is here, I guess that means I’ll never own a pet in real life. Like most of my other rooms, it has no door—evidently, it’s not a side that I like to admit to.

Some Caveats…

I think analyzing your pets only works if you had a few conditions fulfilled.

  • You need to have played while perceiving your pet as a representation of your self – whether consciously or unconsciously. If you see your pet as Johnny Depp or Miley Cyrus, then I don’t think it’ll work.
  • Your decor choice should not be constrained by the lack of cash. If you bought the cheap wooden bed because you don’t have enough money for the princess bed, then you’re not at a level where you can accurately analyze your state of mind from your room. Looking at my friend list, I think most people start to cross to the “analyzable stage” at around Level 25 – 27.

And this ends my random, lunacy-infested post on Pet Society! πŸ˜€

Your Thoughts?

  • If you play Pet Society, do share the decor of your rooms!
  • If you don’t, what do you think of my analysis? Do you think it can be applied to other games like Farmville or Cafe World?
  • If you a psychology expert, I’d like to hear what you think.
  • And if you have nothing to add, feel free to jeer at my lunacy.


  • http://twentyfourcarat.net Katy

    Omigosh the rooms are so cute and I’m soo intrigued which is NOT good. I don’t want to start another addicting online game. =(

  • http://www.mariacelina.net Maria Celina

    I like the main room and the fantasy room looks really adorable! For some reason, I can see how this can be a veritable analysis on the person’s psyche. I don’t know if it’s because I have read it somewhere before (an email forward or something.. don’t laugh) or I did a paper on it back in college.

    I don’t play Pet Society, but I was pretty addicted to YoVille for about a year. I managed to fully decorate my apartment and partially decorate when I bought a house. I’m sure your points apply to this game too! =)

  • http://www.carnelianvalley.com Charlie

    I love the first two rooms, and I agree with the view of those rooms representing what you’ve discussed. A home is a home but the reception rooms can’t always be what you want them to be for yourself.

    I was also worried that to start work would mean to stop learning, so I do similar – buy books on subjects and read cover to cover.

  • Ari

    for some reason, i think your bathroom is still my fav.. hahahahaa .. which sounds a bit bizzare…. considering also ur bathroom should be totally private… i shouldn’t be “intruding” But i love that peaceful feeling it gives :)… we are too into that world. lol

  • http://hwsoh.blogspot.com/ Soh Hong Wei

    Now then i know there’s such meaning in the Pet Society game. I not been playing it lately.. =)
    Nice post!

  • http://nanyate.com Ivy

    @Katy: Play it! You know you want too! πŸ˜‰

    @Maria Celina: Ooh, Yoville. I’ve never tried. Not a big fan of Zynga games. The graphics aren’t as cute as the Playfish ones. Besides, I think two addictions are more than enough: Pet Society and the evil Bejeweled Blitz. (Warning! Do not start. You’ll never stop!)

    @Charlie: Thanks! It’s always good to keep learning. :)

    @Ari: I like your “English” room best. Very elegant!

    @Soh Hong Wei: Play! I’ve been washing your pet!

  • Anne Mary

    I found your analysis very interesting. I had been wondering about the rooms too.

    I’d like to say that the attic could represent our mind and the things we keep or are very important to us.
    My pet’s house has no kitchen and I thought it was due to the fact that I don’t like cooking. I’m family oriented, however it has meant a lot of problems to me.

    Regarding appearance, I’m sure we choose some features that do look like us.

    Have fun,
    Anne

  • Annie

    ..In your bathroom, there is a beautiful japanese light. It’s rectangular and has grass cut into it…DO you know what it is called?

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Bamboo leaf lamp. :)

  • Shimali

    Okay, so I saw your bathroom, and instantly went “WOW.”

    Then I went straight back to Pet Society to see if I could copy it. Thing is, though, that after reading your article/blog-post, I decided to take pictures of all my rooms. And I really like my own bathroom. So it’s staying that way. =D

    I think you may be onto something with the whole psycho-analysis thing. I checked all my rooms, and while I don’t think I am at the stage where I can actually analyse it myself, I think it CAN be analysed.

    I don’t suppose you could tell me what you see?

    xx

    P.S. I’m not done with my Chill-Zone Room yet (the middle room on the second floor).

  • http://julietrieu.com/ Julie

    Just stumbled across your blog via welovewp.com I think. Pet Society – one of my guilty pleasures! I’m so glad your rooms are sensible, I feel like the majority of the players just stuff their rooms with all the items they can buy/trade for – and I don’t understand how that is fun. Anyway, great WP theme and great Pet Society rooms!

  • Marco

    Gardens!! You forgot your gardens! That’s got to mean something. The fact that you forgot them and, of course, the gardens themselves.I got here beause I was googleing for some professional vision. I’m not disapointed. You made a pretty good job! But do you know if there is someone else doing this kind of analysis?

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Hahaha, actually I didn’t forget them. I just don’t get the point of gardens and that’s true in real life too. Hmm, not really. I haven’t come across any yet. These were just my observations. :)

  • http://sweetdancingballerina.blogspot.com lj

    Very nice and organised

  • need!help

    why does my pet goes in the second room of my house, when i go back home it always goes first in the second room…why need ur help! pls….!!!

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Because your first room doesn’t have a door?

  • http://----------------------------------------- Miss mystery

    I loved the rooms and your point of view is clear in each one. I’m on pet society, lvl 29 and my taste in furniture changes every week. I change my outfit at least 7 times a day and i change my name to go with my outfit :) i have 7 petlings. a pink dog called pepper, a white dog called bobski, a blue dog called liam, a pink coyote called precious, a white lion called rory and a brown cat called jessy. im planning on getting a leopard once jessy is fully grown πŸ˜€ gr8 rooms.

  • littleLark

    Nice analysis. :) But what happens if the main room and the bedroom are the same room? o.O Also, mine has a lot of oversize theme stuff like the oversized pocketwatch, bookbed, teacup table, etc…does that mean I’m oversized? D:

  • vitto rakkonen

    how do i make a room my main room?

    • yasmin

      i think u just need to put a door there

  • yasmin

    can i show you my rooms for you to analyze my charecter???
    if yes how can i share them?

  • Fawn

    Hey, I came across your house randomly through the cafe recently! Really like the decor. :) It’s awesome to see a post like this analyzing Pet Society, very interesting read. I forgot what I was looking up about PS, but it brought me to your blog haha.

    My pet’s house isn’t a representation of me so much… He’s a suave connoisseur who enjoys the luxuries in life. His house is a house I’d love to have, but the rooms aren’t really about me as they are about my pet’s character. πŸ˜›

  • Connie

    Pretty true for the theory on the main room, I start to analyse myself too. My main room is a castle on a river, maybe it’s because I’m always quiet and not outgoing (by separating the world by a river and a great wall). But many players tends to have different rooms for different themes, such as castle, beach, church, hospital… and do not really care about the function of bathroom or kitchen, so the other theories are not applicable :-)