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About Madden

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  1. I can't get Monty Python out of my mind now. Clusters.
  2. Not sure about the personality type in itself. I think some people are just mean-spirited. My mother-in-law is like that (she's probably ESFX). More than once she has blatantly lied about me - once accused me of giving her a dirty look, whereas I never did. FFS. She has also said untrue things about my husband to me, changing the lie in mid-sentence when she realised I wasn't falling for it. My husband and I had to make an agreement to always take anything she says about either of us - or about anyone at all - with a HUGE grain of salt. I've often said that people like this were the ones who would get people tried for witchcraft in the past. It's as well that I trust very, very few people.
  3. Well, you asked! Still finding it hilarious that you chose to focus on that particular aspect of my contribution to your discussion.
  4. I thought the same thing, Imperator, yeah. Further to that, it's all very well having a set of variables by which we can judge the value of any culture, even if we can all agree on what we mean by 'freedom' or 'privacy' or 'safety', but then there are the daunting difficulties getting individuals (never mind entire societies) to live up to them and change the status quo in the process. Many people are deeply invested in maintaining the status quo, because it benefits them to do so, even if it results in unfairness to others.
  5. Been thinking about this question since I saw it (I was grading papers at the time, so I couldn't respond straight away, but I let my mind ruminate on it while I finished my marking quota). For me, it can happen in response to different triggers, including but not limited to the following: *quiet mindfulness or contemplation *exercise *intimacy *engagement in a creative activity *travel But the most profound, almost spiritual (cough) level of happiness resulting from that state of synchronicity is reachable through introspection. Deep introversion. Pulling back from the external world and its demands, expectations, judgments, etc., and tapping into my inner self, the mind's secluded and safest place, where there is no need to adjust myself to the benefit of the other, and where the only one present is me. Self-absorption, in other words. It's difficult to 'get there', but when I do, I have sometimes even had what feel like near out-of-body experiences as a result. It's mindfulness that results in complete disintegration of the social/constructed self, and access to what feels like my soul. The true self. And it feels like a stranger, and yet at the same time it's like a remembering. Ah, yeah, this is the real me. How did I forget? Core self. Pure consciousness, but without the restrictions of the everyday world and its mundane bullshit. Same here!
  6. I think the purest moments of happiness that I've experienced are those when my inner and outer selves are in perfect sync.
  7. Sometimes the way to go is with the flow. Why puzzling? We're at a forum buttressed by MBTI and personality theories.
  8. Flexible, open-ended, adjustable plans, some big, multilayered and complex, and others miniscule, simple and short-lived (so, constructing a monograph vs. making a steak dinner) with room to manoeuver as circumstances change. Mostly internalized, Ni/Ti, and subconscious. If I'm under pressure, or have to multitask, I'll write a quick 'to do' list to keep myself on track, but I always go back and adjust the list, because I'll re-prioritize as necessary. My master to-do lists end up in a mess, because I'll shift items up or down as I go. I work off-script most of the time. I work better that way. I hate being restricted, even by my own plans. Here's a thing I find weird about my own M.O. As a prof, I of course have a 'master plan' for each course I design and implement. I have units of study, required texts, dates for quizzes and tests and essays. But that's because the university needs this, not because I do. I just know what I'm going to do, without consciously thinking about it. In fact I've discovered I am more effective when I don't try to plan too much, or at least too much on a conscious level, the way I think many Te users do. When it comes to giving the course I've designed, it feels like a flow state. I don't have to think about what I'm doing, what comes next, or whatever. I have the syllabus that I created, and the order in which I know how things ought to occur. I prepare lecture notes, activities, discussion topics for each lecture. And that's it. I drive to work with my prepared notes, the book(s) I need, my Expo dry erase marker, a set of brief (and visually-stimulating) PP slides, and that's all. I don't think about what I'm going to do. I don't rehearse, or (consciously) plan anything. I have my notes to keep me anchored, and to give the class a sense of structure - because I know this is what most students need - but when I begin lecturing, I'm in a state of going-with-the-flow. It's Ni/Fe, with Ti working in real-time. *I* disappear, recede to the background, and the personality I am takes care of the situation. It's effortless, natural, and strange. Strange because I don't consciously know what I'll say or do next, but it's always the 'right' thing. I become flow itself. As for long-term life plans, I deal with the big picture of life in my mind as well. I'm reluctant to share plans, that's something else I've noticed about myself. I don't like laying them out. It's boring, tedious, and feels like I've been through the experience already. I'd much rather keep them in a box in my mind until needed.
  9. I don't think that finding 'things to be interesting' is specific enough to identify any personality type. All types find 'things to be interesting'. It's what the person finds interesting, and why they find it interesting, that will be more helpful in deciding which particular MBTI type they might be. Again, that's not a function of MBTI, at least not according to how I understand personality theory. Different types might laugh more readily about different things. Now that is more detailed, and quite specific. That's a skill (?) I've noticed some people have in spades, and others not so much. It doesn't have anything to do with literal eyesight, though. One can have 20/20 vision, and still be oblivious to the fact that something has changed position in a room. I also wonder if different types, with their different functions and function placements, might utilize different strategies to 'suss' their environments, and to focus on certain aspects of their environments, again depending on personality type and proclivities resulting from that. Some people are very good at remembering details about other people's appearances, for instance, and still others about distances between objects. I'm always amazed, for instance, when watching a trial (real ones), and when I worked for the Crown Prosecution Service, and would read witness reports, just how much detail some people could recall. Perhaps some of them can indeed do that ( I don't see why not ), but other types can do that as well, and therefore this ability isn't the most reliable way to ascertain MBTI. Love being a part of a team? Helpers? I don't think most INTPs would agree. I'm an INFJ, and I despise being part of a team, and the thought of being one of 'life's helpers' makes me cringe.
  10. Yes, I believe so, as long as we can agree on a set of variables by which to assess cultures in a fair and consistent manner. Consider the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  11. I didn't date in high school either. I even gave my future husband the brush-off.
  12. Yeah we're mostly a bunch of introverts in our hamster balls.
  13. Good lord. The horror. thankfully, i don't seem to come across that sort of personality type very often in my game. I've encountered obnoxious students from time to time, but they're rare in my corner of academia. We're mostly a bit on the reserved side (introverts and extroverts alike).
  14. Very interesting, and there's a definite pattern, yeah. (Re ENTJs) My ENTJ prof isn't shy either, just self-contained? That's the word. Confident, quiet, and dare I say....gentle? The introvert prof doesn't lack confidence, but comes across as more dual-natured. When he lectured, it was like going to theatre. One-on-one, he is more hesitant, a combination of directness and simultaneously trying to avoid a direct gaze. The ENTJ is more consistent in approach, regardless of audience. He is more overt in watching people, more interested in what's going on in his vicinity. I could go on about the differences, but i think that gives a bit of insight into the extrovert/introvert vibe. I wish i knew the MBTI of the introvert.
  15. In my experience, this ^ is true for both male and female ENTJs. That prof of mine I've mentioned a few times here at the forum, the ENTJ Jungian analyst, is soft-spoken. Another prof of mine - also a psych prof, a bit older than the Jungian ENTJ - scores 100% introvert (according to him), but you would never guess it, going by his lecturing style. Appears far more outgoing than the ENTJ. Fascinating difference, and indicative of the possibility of many mistypings occurring, if people go by how stereotypically 'extroverted' an individual appears, in certain situations. The introvert prof, for instance, is far more obviously introverted in one-on-one situations.