Tuesday, November 12, 2013

the Atlantic | How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

I'm not sure how much I agree with this new theory, but it's worth a read.

"When considering large portions of the brain, we need to think about systems—not dichotomies. A system has inputs and outputs, and a set of constituent components that work together to produce appropriate outputs for particular inputs."

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/11/how-the-brain-creates-personality-a-new-theory/281287/

Monday, October 21, 2013

the Atlantic Cities | The Myers Briggs States of America

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2013/10/myers-briggs-states-america/7286/

"The study identifies three main regional types: friendly and conventional, relaxed and creative, and temperamental and uninhibited."

In spite of the misleading title (the article makes no further mention of Myers Briggs and in fact the study in reference uses Big 5 personality traits), this is an interesting look at the concept of "geographical personalities."

Thursday, September 26, 2013

how to recognize an ESTj

There are many excellent descriptions of the ESTj (Logical Sensing Extrovert) out there, so I'll try to refrain from a rehash of all of those articles. But I'd like to take this opportunity to provide some of my personal observations of the type and how to know if you're in the presence of one.
  1. The ESTj is productivity-oriented. Above everything else, the ESTj emphasizes their work. They have great stamina for productivity and have a knack for increasing efficiency and output of whatever they are working on. 
  2. The ESTj is responsible. ESTj's have a strong sense of duty and an extremely high work ethic, expecting the same from others. They also value loyalty and honesty, and find it very difficult to be dishonest themselves. They willingly take responsibility for the outcomes of their projects.
  3. The ESTj is practical. At work, they focus on the most efficient path towards the stated goals, even going so far as to circumvent rules or policies that they consider purposeless. They do not like ambiguity and will ask clarifying questions until they are satisfied that they understand things concretely.
  4. The ESTj is polite. Especially to strangers, the ESTj is polite and welcome. They are able to socialize, but will inevitably want to return to productive activities. They can be provoked to anger, especially by excessive frivolity or dishonesty.
  5. The ESTj is conservative...not necessarily in a political way, but in the family-values sense. They believe it is their responsibility to provide well for their family and to be a role model for their community.
  6. The ESTj has rigid posture and movements. This is true of males and females. Their body types will vary, but they often appear uncomfortable or tense. Their dress is typically conservative, neat, and geared for comfort.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

how to recognize an ISFp

There are many excellent descriptions of the ISFp (Sensing Ethical Introvert) out there, so I'll try to refrain from a rehash of all of those articles. But I'd like to take this opportunity to provide some of my personal observations of the type and how to know if you're in the presence of one.
  1. The ISFp is friendly. As with the other Feeling introverts, the ISFp is fully capable of being sociable--their introverted sensing augments the ISFp's ability engage other people. Moreso than other introverts, they can appear extroverted even among strangers, although they won't remain in that state for prolonged periods.
  2. The ISFp values harmony. The defining characteristic of the ISFp is their emphasis on harmony, both materially and emotionally. Their homes will be well-kept and comfortable. They enjoy peaceful surroundings and also enjoy being in outdoors. In terms of their relationships, they will follow things naturally, not being particularly assertive or aggressive while also allowing themselves to be receptive and to foster warm relationships with other people.
  3. The ISFp is non-confrontational. As might be expected from someone who values harmony, the ISFp refrains from arguments with others, as well as from being pulled into others' conflicts. They can become assertive if directly provoked but they generally carry themselves in such a way that conflict scenarios rarely occur.
  4. The ISFp is internally turbulent but remains outwardly optimistic. Like other introverts, the ISFp processes many things internally and they can become emotionally strained. But they try to hide their anxieties from others, preferring to appear unaffected and consistently cheerful to outsiders. When they are provoked past their threshold, they can become briefly aggressive and quickly withdraw to compose themselves.
  5. The ISFp is artistically-minded. They have an appreciation for arts and cultural experiences and are themselves drawn to creative hobbies--painting, writing, or music.
  6. The ISFp is [usually] a tad chubby but physically graceful. Their physical characteristics tend towards soft and rounded. This is true of males and females. They are blessed with a great sense of style and color and will always be dressed well and appropriate to the occassion.

Monday, September 2, 2013

how to recognize an ISTj

There are many excellent descriptions of the ISTj (Logical Sensing Introvert) out there, so I'll try to refrain from a rehash of all of those articles. But I'd like to take this opportunity to provide some of my personal observations of the type and how to know if you're in the presence of one.
  1. The ISTj is logical. They approach everything rationally and sequentially--they do not excel at multi-tasking but instead prefer to follow one thought process through to its logical end.
  2. The ISTj attempts to be restrained. They generally appear to be objective and calm, but can be provoked into surprisingly aggressive behavior. Additionally, they hold themselves confidently and enjoy socializing (at least more than the other logical-introverted types) and can become animated in conversation.
  3. The ISTj is rules-oriented. ISTjs respect social norms and power hierarchies, taking offense to those who do not.
  4. The ISTj is meticulous. They are detail-oriented and will patiently sift through all available information before making decisions. They are highly-organized at work and at home. An interesting note here--in their area of expertise they will display a high degree of confidence, up to the point of denying that they are incorrect or uninformed about related facts presented by other people.
  5. The ISTj enjoys culture. In spite of their reputation for being logical and work-oriented, ISTj's will reserve part of their lives for arts and culture. They enjoy being outdoors and in nature, they often consider themselves to be part-time foodies, film-connoisseurs, artists, etc.
  6. The ISTj is [usually] fit and has rigid posture and movements. This is true of males and females. Their dress style is conservative and clean cut, emphasis is placed on grooming.

Monday, June 17, 2013

how to recognize an INTj

There are many excellent descriptions of the INTj (Logical Intuitive Introvert) out there, so I'll try to refrain from a rehash of all of those articles. But I'd like to take this opportunity to provide some of my personal observations of the type and how to know if you're in the presence of one.
  1. The INTj is restrained. In their most natural state they are contemplative and serious. In social situations they are often unsure of themselves and they prefer that others take the lead in conversation.
  2. The INTj is a good [technical] communicator. When explaining or debating things related to their area of expertise, they are precise and confident when speaking. They are engaging in conversation but will usually maintain a certain amount of self-control, even when they are passionate about the subject being discussed.
  3. The INTj is rational. INTjs are logical thinkers and approach almost all situations objectively. They desire stability in their lives.
  4. The INTj is farsighted. They think in terms of overall strategy and focus on trends and patterns as opposed to minute details.
  5. The INTj is confident in work, less confident in relationships. In their area of expertise, they can be consumed by work and will be driven to get results. They prefer to work independently and without hinderances (i.e. corporate politics or bureaucracy) but will find ways to be successful, if they are interested in their projects. However, in their personal lives, INTjs have problems understanding feelings and emotions and thus avoid frivolous socializing--they will usually have a narrow circle of long-lived friendships.
  6. The INTj is [usually] thin and physically clumsy. This is true of males and females. They tend to dress conservatively and their wardrobes are typically very repetitive. When interacting with people, especially strangers, they are prone to nervousness.

how to recognize an ISFj

There are many excellent descriptions of the ISFj (Ethical Sensing Introvert) out there, so I'll try to refrain from a rehash of all of those articles. But I'd like to take this opportunity to provide some of my personal observations of the type and how to know if you're in the presence of one.
  1. The ISFj is [outwardly] normal. And expects other people to be [outwardly] normal. The first impression of the ISFj is that they are nice and normal, with no obvious displays of eccentricity. They expect people to act according to societal norms and can be offended by what they perceive to be unethical, anti-social, or unexpected behaviors.
  2. The ISFj is judgmental. Both in work and in their personal lives, ISFjs view things critically, seeking out flaws and defects. In work this serves them well--they are decisive and have great work ethic. When socializing they'll gravitate towards discussions of other people's ethical behavior.
  3. The ISFj values loyalty. They are very committed to friends and family, expressing loyalty and expecting loyalty in return. They will quickly jump to the aid/defense of their loved ones.
  4. The ISFj can be aggressive. When their values are compromised, the ISFj will not be shy about attacking the offending party, both directly and indirectly. ISFjs are known for spreading harmful gossip and encouraging others' spiteful behavior towards their enemies.
  5. The ISFj is vulnerable. Much of the ISFjs aggressive behavior is actually derived from their own emotional vulnerability. They are quite caring and invested in their relationships and do not react well when things go wrong. Thus over time they become slow to trust other people.
  6. The ISFj is [usually] thin and has a characteristically intense stare. This is true of males and females. Their dress is well-fitting and proper, typically slightly more proper than is required for any given occasion.