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ENFJ vs. INFJ

By John Barnes The following quotes are an exchange between Neil Degrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins on being public intellectuals. Tyson to Dawkins: “You’re a professor of the public understanding of science. Not professor of delivering truth to the public. And these are two different exercises. One of them is you put the truth out there and like you said they either buy your book or they don’t. Well that’s not being an educator. That’s just putting it out there. Being an educator is part not only getting the truth right, but there’s got to be an act of persuasion…

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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an INTJ

By Michael Pierce Highly composed, courteous, and genuinely nice. There is a sense that there are always very weighty matters on their mind despite their calm and unassuming façade. It appears sometimes as though their thoughts are distracting them from society. They are distinctly ill at ease around crowds, and seem to fumble a little bit with holding things together or presenting themselves in a public setting. Not always, but often have a distinct literary or artistic bent — a need to express things that are extremely difficult to express, rather like the ISFP. You can see deep feelings, passions,…

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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an ISFP

By Michael Pierce Remarkably similar in demeanor to the INTJ; they too seem to harbor very private, weighty ideas which distract them from the outside world. Gentle, serene, and graceful in their presentation. Generally so uneasy around people as they are simply mild and shy; like the INFP they have an overflow of warmth that waters those around them and ornaments whatever unease they do have. They often seem amiably unsure what to do socially — there is often a quirky degree of detachment when it comes to ‘unwritten rules’ of conduct, because they are very independent when it comes…

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The Types At Their Worst

By Ryan Harris Se doms (ESFPs and ESTPs) at their worst lose their ability to separate their surroundings from themselves. Jung says: “[they develop] into a crude pleasure-seeker, or else degenerates into an unscrupulous, effete aesthete. Although the object has become quite indispensable… it is none the less devalued. It is ruthlessly exploited and squeezed dry… Repressed intuitions begin to assert themselves in the form of projections. The wildest suspicions arise; if the object is a sexual one, jealous fantasies and anxiety states gain the upper hand. More acute cases develop every sort of phobia, and, in particular, compulsion symptoms.…

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Associations between Personality Styles and Functions

By Boye Akinwande Abstract: In this article, I’ll attempt to provide an explanation for the associations observed between Theodore Millon’s personality styles and the Jungian cognitive processes. So as not to reinforce the mindset, I caution readers to keep in mind that while such associations may exist, the personality styles should not be treated as absolute identifiers or aspects of the functions themselves. There is a tendency to determinetype on the basis of the occurrence of a style that’s commonly associated with a function/type instead of actually identifying the function itself. As we might expect, J types are overrepresented among styles where the standards that they uphold and adhere to are seen as valid in an objective sense.…

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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an INFP

By Michael Pierce INFPs – a general outline: Gentle, kind, and unobtrusive. Often seem a bit maladjusted to the world around them; something seems ever so slightly ‘off”: odd, eccentric, which traits clearly arise from a reclusive tendency in thought or even habitation. They are a bit like a faerie or fey, embodying a contradiction of otherworldly fragility and otherworldly resolution. Fascinated by individuals’ inner values and way of working, love to watch and understand them. This is why they are so aware of and adamant about individuality; they don’t like the idea of Te repressing Fi. They are terrified…

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Typing Yourself (Using Functions)

By Tiffani Warren What Are Cognitive Functions? There are four functions. The two judging functions, Thinking and Feeling, allow us to make decisions and prioritize. The two perceiving function, iNtuition and Sensing, allow us to interpret the world: Thinking (T) deals with facts, logic, relationships between objects, and processes Feeling (F) deals with ethics, values, relationships between people, and human development iNtution (N) deals with the theoretical world: concepts, metaphors, models, and imagination Sensing (S) deals with the real world: what is happening or has happened, how we can make an impact on it, and how it makes an impact…

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INTJ Description

By Tiffani Warren INTJs at their best are nuanced and driven individuals who take advantage of all available avenues to craft and realize the futures they envision. They are very perceptive of the implications of any particular situation or piece of information, and are skilled at developing predictions and making decisions 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…

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Popper’s Revisionist Ethics

By Karl Popper It is impossible to avoid all mistakes, or even all those mistakes that are, in themselves, avoidable. Mistakes are continually being made by all scientists. The old idea that mistakes can be avoided and that one is therefore in duty bound to avoid them must be revised: it is itself a mistake. It still remains our duty to do everything m can to avoid mistakes, but it is precisely in order to avoid them that we must be aware of the difficulty in avoiding them, and of the fact that nobody succeeds in avoiding them all; not…

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Bach vs. Handel

By M.R. Bukofzer The musical style of Handel must be seen in the general perspective of baroque music, and must be evaluated in relation to its opposite pole: the style of Bach. There are many striking similarities between these two ultimate representatives of baroque music: both were born in the same part of Germany, both were reared in the atmosphere of cantors and organists, both were famous for their improvisations, both preferred the organ to any other instrument for their own playing, both were stricken with blindness, both dictated their respective last work, which was in either case a revision of…

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