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Why Cleopatra Might be ESTP

By Hannah Strachan Most people would probably type Cleopatra as ENTJ or ENTP, and quite possibly peg her as having a narcissistic style too. For my part, I disagree with all of that. Let’s look a bit at Cleopatra in her proper historical and cultural context. We are not presented with a wealth of information, but nor are we lost in the dark either. We have testimonies from various sources (both negative Roman sources, and more positive ones from the Middle East), and all of them seem to point to a single type. Our sources agree that she possessed strategic,…

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From Object and Subject to Functions

By Boye Akinwande Object – simply a thing. An entity… Subject – Subclass of object. Refers specifically to the the sentient properties of an Object…we as human beings are of importance here… “Object” can make reference to both Subjects and the impersonal/mechanical properties of human beings as well From these, we arrive at: Subject to Object– Subject’s mechanical relationship to Object (Te) **puts self/sentiments in accordance with mechanics of environment Object to Subject – Object’s sentimental relationship to Subject (Fi) **reaches full height of personal feeling Subject to Subject – Subject’s sentimental relationship to Subject (Fe) **gets best grasp on…

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The Curse of Elite Stupid

There’s a problem that’s pretty widespread in typology circles, which I call “elite stupid.” Many typologists are smarter than your average person, but still not part of the academic elite. So they read a couple of books about “big topics” and make conclusions based on those few books that miss the bigger picture. For example, typologists who are into Sam Harris will sometimes talk about his “deep erudition”, “unparalleled in his conceptual clarity” and so on. But almost the whole class of academic elites who are specialized in his field find him to be unclear in his reasoning and selective/haphazard in…

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The Svetasvatara Upanishad and Typology

By Lee Morgan I recently read Valerie J. Roebuck’s translation of the Upanishads and was struck by her translation of the Svetasvatara Upanishad. Unlike the majority of the Upanishads, the Svetasvatara Upanishad was written in an increasingly theistic culture, and accordingly, it raises an interesting philosophical question, and one not unfamiliar to western theists: if a benevolent God exists, why would He create a world of illusions and people it with souls whose salvation and only real chance of happiness requires that they transcend it? In a roundabout way, it’s the same question Stephen Fry asks Christian’s when he sees…

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Plato and Solipsism

By Lee Morgan Plato’s Republic begins with Socrates debating Thrasymachus. Their disagreement regards the essence of justice. Throughout the argument, Socrates presents an idealistic, egalitarian perspective. Though avoiding definitions, he insists that justice serves the whole community. But Thrasymachus disagrees. He asserts that “justice is nothing else than the interest of the stronger.” And while Plato favored his mentor’s idealism, both interlocutors present captivating arguments. And indeed the debate even ends in aporia; and for uncertainty at that! From there continue the Republic‘s nine, remaining books. These present the Socratic conception of justice in allegory. But they all presume Thrasymachus…

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Nick Cave and the Archetypal INFP

By Lee Morgan Nick Cave: “All outward motion connects to nothing for each is concerned with their immediate need.” (As I Sat Sadly By Her Side) Nick Cave: “God has given you but one heart. You are not a home for the hearts of your brothers.” (As I Sat Sadly By Her Side) Nick Cave: “[Reading Mark’s Gospel] one is reminded of a child recounting some amazing tale… the narrative aches with the melancholy of absence…  the outpourings of [Christ’s] brilliant, jewel-like imagination are… misunderstood, rebuffed, ignored, mocked and vilified… It is Christ’s divine inspiration, versus the dull rationalism of…

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INFJ Portrait

By Tiffani Warren INFJs at their best are nuanced and empathetic individuals who use their understanding of relationships and society to craft and realize the futures they envision. They are very perceptive of the implications of people’s words or actions, and are skilled at developing predictions and making judgments quickly based on limited information. That said, they sometimes “miss the trees for the forest” – being so wrapped up in their grand ideas that they forget to take note of what actually exists and is happening in the present. Their primary interest is in collating and refining their understanding of…

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ENTP Portrait

By Tiffani Warren ENTPs at their best are creative individuals who question the nature of reality and commonly-held assumptions. They thrive in environments where they have the chance to come up with and use their own ideas, and often see a multitude of opportunities and possibilities in situations that others miss. They feel uncomfortable or stifled in situations where there is only “one right way” to do everything and they are expected to follow orders unquestioningly. Their primary interest is in finding new ways to do things, and exploring new avenues for rational understanding and analysis. ENTPs approach the world…

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Theses Toward a Comprehensive Theory of Type

By Lee Morgan We must consider personality under both of its aspects: the structural and the phenomenological. The practice of not distinguishing between them is the ruin of this art. To illustrate their difference, let us draw an analogy. With respect to language, a line divides between words and the pictures they paint. That is why what is shown cannot be reduced to what is said. These words of mine inhabit a category different from that of your mental representations of them. And yet they stand in a certain relation. Personality is much the same. The phenomenological approach brackets off…

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ESTJ vs. ISTJ

By John Barnes “Any religion that endorses violence is incapable of delivering spiritual enlightenment. How obvious does that have to be. And it has no right even to call itself a religion. Without the shield of religion to hide behind, Islam would be banned in the civilized world as a political ideology of hate. And we have no obligations to make allowances for it any more than we do for Nazism. It’s a bigger threat to our freedom than Nazism ever was.” -Pat Condell on Islam. Some might be tempted to type the speaker of the above quote as a…

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