"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Inter-tainment and "It's all about ME"

Another busy week at work...drive in...It's dark.  Drive home...It's getting dark.

Yick.  (I try to spend as much time as I can outside on the weekends.  Yummy sunshine!)

I was SO tired last night.  I went online and hit all my favorite sites but I was just too tired to concentrate.  I noticed that my last post was almost a week ago.

This morning while walking the pups, I thought about things to write on the blog.  Not much going on personally or in the garden.  (I'm drawing a blank.) 

In the great big world, there's plenty going on with politics (Kick em all out), Juan Williams and NPR (pull the funding), La Nina (South = warmer and drier...no kidding), cholera in Haiti (couldn't see that one coming?)....Wow, re-reading all that, even I'm depressed!

So how about some of my favorite, fun, goofy, mindless, time wasting sites?

For free TV try Cast TV.  Many of the shows are freebies, some are not. The catch is you can only watch for free for about 90 min.  Go away and come back a few hours later.  I watched this seasons True Blood for free.  (All the girls at work talk about it so I watched too....)

SM's favorite free online game is Bubble Town.  Me?  I'll game more during the winter.  I like Bejeweled 2 and Bookworm and Zumas Revenge.

Free Personality Tests

When I went back to school, I seriously thought about a minor in psychology.  I'm fascinated by what makes people tick.  Then I figured out I'd have to work the people I'm so fascinated by....scary!  No Thanks!

But the psych tests are fun too...Here's a few of my favorites. And my results!  (Maybe you just don't want to know.)

Numerology  (I used my first and last name (married) only.)

Soul Urge - You are a philosopher by nature. Inside, you are calm shy and reserved, preferring to live alone in your own perfect world of thoughts and intuitive analysis of life's deeper mysteries. You experience irritation and upset in noisy or chaotic environments, as your hearing is more sensitive than most peoples. You have a good ear for music and are probably drawn to complex and meditative melodies. (Spot On)

Personality - There is an air of affluence about you, no matter your station in life. People assume you are in control. You give the impression that you are the best at what you do, so naturally others look to you for leadership. You have an eye for quality and no matter what it takes you dress for success. Designer clothing of the highest quality is certainly your preference. People cluster around you hoping that some of that luck is contagious. (Ummm...I wear T shirts and jeans, flip flops and "sleepy" pants, so NO this ones off in that regard.  But the "leadership" thing.  Dead on again.)

Expression - Family and home life are your main interests. You know how to nurture and accept anyone, therefore, many are drawn to you including those that others call, "strays". You have an eye for anything beautiful and your home is sure to reflect this, no matter what your budget is. You are proud of all your possessions and especially of the talents of your family members. Your generous, creative nature makes you the ideal host or guest at a party.

(Strays? Me? Ha!...And I'm a "dud" at parties)

Jung Briggs Myers

Everytime I've taken this test through the years I've been an INFJ.  I'm a "Counselor".

Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential. Although they are happy working at jobs (such as writing) that require solitude and close attention, Counselors do quite well with individuals or groups of people, provided that the personal interactions are not superficial, and that they find some quiet, private time every now and then to recharge their batteries. Counselors are both kind and positive in their handling of others; they are great listeners and seem naturally interested in helping people with their personal problems. Not usually visible leaders, Counselors prefer to work intensely with those close to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes. (That's me, behind the scenes...)

Counselors are scarce, little more than one percent of the population, and can be hard to get to know, since they tend not to share their innermost thoughts or their powerful emotional reactions except with their loved ones. They are highly private people, with an unusually rich, complicated inner life. Friends or colleagues who have known them for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that Counselors are flighty or scattered; they value their integrity a great deal, but they have mysterious, intricately woven personalities which sometimes puzzle even them. (Anti-social me...I'm suprised that I even have a blog)

Counselors tend to work effectively in organizations. They value staff harmony and make every effort to help an organization run smoothly and pleasantly. They understand and use human systems creatively, and are good at consulting and cooperating with others. As employees or employers, Counselors are concerned with people's feelings and are able to act as a barometer of the feelings within the organization.

Blessed with vivid imaginations, Counselors are often seen as the most poetical of all the types, and in fact they use a lot of poetic imagery in their everyday language. Their great talent for language-both written and spoken-is usually directed toward communicating with people in a personalized way. Counselors are highly intuitive and can recognize another's emotions or intentions - good or evil - even before that person is aware of them. Counselors themselves can seldom tell how they came to read others' feelings so keenly. This extreme sensitivity to others could very well be the basis of the Counselor's remarkable ability to experience a whole array of psychic phenomena. (SM swears by my intuition)

More INFJ Analysis (or I'm just being difficult...grin)

INFJs are distinguished by both their complexity of character and the unusual range and depth of their talents. Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally "doers" as well as dreamers. This rare combination of vision and practicality often results in INFJs taking a disproportionate amount of responsibility in the various causes to which so many of them seem to be drawn.

INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people -- a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious "soul mates." While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent "givers." As a pattern of behavior, it is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the enigmatic INFJ character to outsiders, and hence the most often misunderstood -- particularly by those who have little experience with this rare type. (Oh yeah...I call this my "decompression time", leave me alone please)

Due in part to the unique perspective produced by this alternation between detachment and involvement in the lives of the people around them, INFJs may well have the clearest insights of all the types into the motivations of others, for good and for evil.

Usually self-expression comes more easily to INFJs on paper, as they tend to have strong writing skills. Since in addition they often possess a strong personal charisma, INFJs are generally well-suited to the "inspirational" professions such as teaching (especially in higher education) and religious leadership. Psychology and counseling are other obvious choices, but overall, INFJs can be exceptionally difficult to pigeonhole by their career paths. Perhaps the best example of this occurs in the technical fields. Many INFJs perceive themselves at a disadvantage when dealing with the mystique and formality of "hard logic", and in academic terms this may cause a tendency to gravitate towards the liberal arts rather than the sciences.
*Want to share how your tests came out?  Spot on? or way off base?*


  1. Actually those personality tests are pretty interesting and helpful, especially for understanding others. I haven't taken the one you mention in awhile. Maybe I should do it again, just to see if living the slow life has changed anything! :P

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  3. Lets try this again....

    I took the JMB back in college 20 yrs ago. I suppose that the basic "foundation" remains unchanged even though your life experiences can impact your outlook.

    I'm always interested to hear how others interpret their own tests. Some find it revealing, others find it hogwash.