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Benefits of Tree Reading

Tree reading is an easy way to break the ice and bond with complete strangers. What if you could go from wallflower to social butterfly and start a scintillating conversation under any circumstances—parties, happy hour or even a networking event in less than two minutes and have a blast doing it. This is not therapy; it’s a way to bring back human interaction in our fast-paced, high-tech world with a new level of meaning.

Law enforcement agencies including the FBI use handwriting analysis to obtain information about an individual’s personality. Interpretation of tree drawings provides much of the same information without words, language limitations, or artistic ability. Tree reading is the perfect accessory to open communications and develop rapport,understanding, and respect.




Step 1

Download the Tree Reading App on iTunes or Google Play.

Step 2

Draw a tree — it can be any kind of tree with any kind of detail. It is completely open to whatever you want to draw.

Step 3

Describe a few simple details about your tree and then submit to learn what it reveals about you.


Tree Reading App

For a quick fun introduction to tree reading, Janet developed a mobile app called “Tree Reading” It is available on iTunes and Google. Just ask someone to “Draw a tree” and the fun begins. They will be amazed at how accurate and insightful the insights are. You will be surprised at how effortlessly you get to know people in any networking or business situation. All profits from the sale of the app go to The National Arbor Day Foundation to help plant trees around the world.

Buy on iTunesBuy on Google Play Store

History of Tree Reading

Tree reading origins

Tree reading has its origin in the field of vocational, psychological and psychiatric evaluations as a projective type of personality test. In the early part of the 20th century, psychologists began to understand the tree as a powerful metaphor to assess an individual’s personality. The early systems of tree reading were created by John Buck and Charles Koch. Dr. Phillip Greenway, a senior lecturer at Monash University in Australia, wrote an article in 2009 entitled, Tree Drawing as a Method of Assessing Personality. He describes trees as an ancient symbol for cultures since the beginning of time and as a reflection of humans interacting with their environment.

Early Developments of Tree Reading Techniques

Father Karoly Abel, a Hungarian priest of the Piarist was a diplomat, psychologist, and an educator. In the 1930’s, he developed a tree reading technique that was the framework for the method that Janet teaches today. Unfortunately, he was incarcerated and never published his work. It was brought to the west by one of his students.

In 1977, Karen Bolander published a book entitled Assessing Personality through Tree Drawing for her dissertation with its main features based on Father Abel’s research. Dr Bolander developed a comprehensive method to interpret trees and their symbolic meaning from a psychological perspective.

Ethel Johnson

Moving from a psychological assessment to a fun way to describe people’s personalities, Janet enrolled in a tree reading class with Serena Lumiere and was introduced to a tree reading technique called dendrographology. Ms. Lumiere’s work was based on Ethel Johnson’s book called Telltale Trees: What The Tree You Draw Reveals About You. Ms. Johnson said, “Every drawing of a tree is filled with clues that tell you about the person who drew it.”

Janet is constantly searching for all the information she can find on tree reading and ways to apply the insights. No matter where she is, on a plane, at a restaurant, or in any social situation, she asks people to ‘draw her a tree’. Cocktail Napkins, receipts, empty envelopes or any blank piece of paper have served her thirst to make friends around the world by tree readings.