Friday, February 29, 2008


Portrait of an ISFJ - Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging(Introverted Sensing with Extraverted Feeling)

"The Nurturer"
AKA: D., Mr. Pessimistic

As an ISFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system.

ISFJs live in a world that is concrete and kind. They are truly warm and kind-hearted, and want to believe the best of people. They value harmony and cooperation, and are likely to be very sensitive to other people's feelings. People value the ISFJ for their consideration and awareness, and their ability to bring out the best in others by their firm desire to believe the best.

ISFJs have a rich inner world that is not usually obvious to observers. They constantly take in information about people and situations that is personally important to them, and store it away. This tremendous store of information is usually startlingly accurate, because the ISFJ has an exceptional memory about things that are important to their value systems. It would not be uncommon for the ISFJ to remember a particular facial expression or conversation in precise detail years after the event occured, if the situation made an impression on the ISFJ.

ISFJs have a very clear idea of the way things should be, which they strive to attain. They value security and kindness, and respect traditions and laws. They tend to believe that existing systems are there because they work. Therefore, they're not likely to buy into doing things in a new way, unless they're shown in a concrete way why its better than the established method.
ISFJs learn best by doing, rather than by reading about something in a book, or applying theory. For this reason, they are not likely to be found in fields which require a lot of conceptual analysis or theory. They value practical application. Traditional methods of higher education, which require a lot of theorizing and abstraction, are likely to be a chore for the ISFJ. The ISFJ learns a task best by being shown its practical application. Once the task is learned, and its practical importance is understood, the ISFJ will faithfully and tirelessly carry through the task to completion. The ISFJ is extremely dependable.

The ISFJ has an extremely well-developed sense of space, function, and aesthetic appeal. For that reason, they're likely to have beautifully furnished, functional homes. They make extremely good interior decorators. This special ability, combined with their sensitivity to other's feelings and desires, makes them very likely to be great gift-givers - finding the right gift which will be truly appreciated by the recipient.

More so than other types, ISFJs are extremely aware of their own internal feelings, as well as other people's feelings. They do not usually express their own feelings, keeping things inside. If they are negative feelings, they may build up inside the ISFJ until they turn into firm judgments against individuals which are difficult to unseed, once set. Many ISFJs learn to express themselves, and find outlets for their powerful emotions.

Just as the ISFJ is not likely to express their feelings, they are also not likely to let on that they know how others are feeling. However, they will speak up when they feel another individual really needs help, and in such cases they can truly help others become aware of their feelings.
The ISFJ feels a strong sense of responsibility and duty. They take their responsibilities very seriously, and can be counted on to follow through. For this reason, people naturally tend to rely on them. The ISFJ has a difficult time saying "no" when asked to do something, and may become over-burdened. In such cases, the ISFJ does not usually express their difficulties to others, because they intensely dislike conflict, and because they tend to place other people's needs over their own. The ISFJ needs to learn to identify, value, and express their own needs, if they wish to avoid becoming over-worked and taken for granted.

ISFJs need positive feedback from others. In the absence of positive feedback, or in the face of criticism, the ISFJ gets discouraged, and may even become depressed. When down on themselves or under great stress, the ISFJ begins to imagine all of the things that might go critically wrong in their life. They have strong feelings of inadequacy, and become convinced that "everything is all wrong", or "I can't do anything right".

The ISFJ is warm, generous, and dependable. They have many special gifts to offer, in their sensitivity to others, and their strong ability to keep things running smoothly. They need to remember to not be overly critical of themselves, and to give themselves some of the warmth and love which they freely dispense to others.

Portrait of an ENTP - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving(Extraverted Intuition with Introverted Thinking)

"The Visionary"
AKA: A., The Gelfling

As an ENTP, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in primarily via your intuition. Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things rationally and logically.

With Extraverted Intuition dominating their personality, the ENTP's primary interest in life is understanding the world that they live in. They are constantly absorbing ideas and images about the situations they are presented in their lives. Using their intuition to process this information, they are usually extremely quick and accurate in their ability to size up a situation. With the exception of their ENFP cousin, the ENTP has a deeper understanding of their environment than any of the other types.

This ability to intuitively understand people and situations puts the ENTP at a distinct advantage in their lives. They generally understand things quickly and with great depth. Accordingly, they are quite flexible and adapt well to a wide range of tasks. They are good at most anything that interests them. As they grow and further develop their intuitive abilities and insights, they become very aware of possibilities, and this makes them quite resourceful when solving problems.

ENTPs are idea people. Their perceptive abilities cause them to see possibilities everywhere. They get excited and enthusiastic about their ideas, and are able to spread their enthusiasm to others. In this way, they get the support that they need to fulfill their visions.
ENTPs are less interested in developing plans of actions or making decisions than they are in generating possibilities and ideas. Following through on the implementation of an idea is usually a chore to the ENTP. For some ENTPs, this results in the habit of never finishing what they start. The ENTP who has not developed their Thinking process will have problems with jumping enthusiastically from idea to idea, without following through on their plans. The ENTP needs to take care to think through their ideas fully in order to take advantage of them.

The ENTP's auxiliary process of Introverted Thinking drives their decision making process. Although the ENTP is more interested in absorbing information than in making decisions, they are quite rational and logical in reaching conclusions. When they apply Thinking to their Intuitive perceptions, the outcome can be very powerful indeed. A well-developed ENTP is extremely visionary, inventive, and enterprising.

ENTPs are fluent conversationalists, mentally quick, and enjoy verbal sparring with others. They love to debate issues, and may even switch sides sometimes just for the love of the debate. When they express their underlying principles, however, they may feel awkward and speak abruptly and intensely.

The ENTP personality type is sometimes referred to the "Lawyer" type. The ENTP "lawyer" quickly and accurately understands a situation, and objectively and logically acts upon the situation. Their Thinking side makes their actions and decisions based on an objective list of rules or laws. If the ENTP was defending someone who had actually committed a crime, they are likely to take advantage of quirks in the law that will get their client off the hook. If they were to actually win the case, they would see their actions as completely fair and proper to the situation, because their actions were lawful. The guilt or innocence of their client would not be as relevant.
If this type of reasoning goes uncompletely unchecked by the ENTP, it could result in a character that is perceived by others as unethical or even dishonest. The ENTP, who does not naturally consider the more personal or human element in decision making, should take care to notice the subjective, personal side of situations. This is a potential problem are for ENTPs. Although their logical abilities lend strength and purpose to the ENTP, they may also isolate them from their feelings and from other people.

The least developed area for the ENTP is the Sensing-Feeling arena. If the Sensing areas are neglected, the ENTP may tend to not take care of details in their life. If the Feeling part of themself is neglected, the ENTP may not value other people's input enough, or may become overly harsh and aggressive.

Under stress, the ENTP may lose their ability to generate possibilities, and become obsessed with minor details. These details may seem to be extremely important to the ENTP, but in reality are usually not important to the big picture.

In general, ENTPs are upbeat visionaries. They highly value knowledge, and spend much of their lives seeking a higher understanding. They live in the world of possibilities, and become excited about concepts, challenges and difficulties. When presented with a problem, they're good at improvising and quickly come up with a creative solution. Creative, clever, curious, and theoretical, ENTPs have a broad range of possibilities in their lives.
To find out yours go to: and type your four letter classification into google.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Stress Test

The Holmes/Rahe Life Change Scale

Please review each listed life event, relative to the past year, and add up your final score.

1. Death of a Spouse: 100
2. Divorce: 73
3. Marital Separation: 65
4. Jail Term : 63
5. Death of a close family member: 63
6. Personal Injury or Illness: 53
7. Marriage (or legal suit, or similar): 50
8. Fired at work: 47
9. Marital Reconciliation: 45
10. Retirement: 45
11. Changes in Family members health: 44
12. Pregnancy: 40
13. Sex Difficulties: 39
14. Gain of new family member: 39
15. Business readjustment: 39
16. Change in financial state: 38
17. Death of a close friend: 37
18. Change to different line of work: 36
19. Change of number of arguments with spouse: 35
20. Mortgage over $10,000: 31
21. Foreclosure of Mortgage or loan: 30
22. Change in work responsibilities: 29
23. Son or daughter leaving home: 29
24. Trouble with in-laws: 28
25. Outstanding personal achievement: 28
26. Spouse begins or stops work: 26
27. Begin or end school: 26
28. Change in living conditions: 25
29. Revision of personal habits: 24
30. Trouble with boss: 23
31. Change in work hours, conditions: 20
32. Change in residence: 20
33. Change in schools: 20
34. Change in recreation: 19
35. Change in religious activities: 19
36. Change in social activities: 18
37. Mortgage or loan under $10,000: 17
38. Change in sleeping habits: 16
39. Change in number of family get togethers: 15
40. Change in eating habits: 15
41. Vacation: 13
42. Holidays: 12
43. Minor Violation of the law: 11

Once you have added up your total, please refer to the following:

Below 150:Little or No Problem- you probably won't have any adverse reactions to the changes in your life.

150-199: Mild Problem-a 37% chance you will feel the impact of stress with physical symptoms.

200-299: Moderate Problem- a 51% chance of experiencing a stress related illness or accident.

300 and over: DANGER! Stress is threatening your well-being, an 80% chance of stress related illness or accident.

Now, I know D. and I have been through quite a bit in the last year, with the move, and the school and the jobs, and now the puppy, but, both of us are apparently in serious danger. D.'s score was 411, and mine was 553! I almost doubled the danger zone. WOW.

Of course the test is flawed, I realize this. My sleeping habits changed when we gained a new family member (puppy), and my financial state changed due to differences in work. The test doesn't take those factors into account. Also, there are not concrete definitions and therefore each life event is left to individual perception. Of course we are not taking the test seriously. But, overall it is interesting.

The reason this was so interesting is because it appears no one other than lazy college students whose parents pay for everything gets below a 300. Is there a fully functioning, responsible adult who gets less than 300?

For more stressful test fun, try: or

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dog Gone Crazy

On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show crowned Uno, the 15 inch Beagle the Best in Show. A first for the breed, and an exciting night for D. and I, who have been cheering on Uno in the multiple dog shows we have been watching lately. The crowd agreed on Tuesday night, as they all cheered and chanted, "Uno!" when he appeared.
D. and I have been watching multiple dog shows these past few months, as we are now the proud owners of a dog. We actually started watching the shows in anticipation of getting a dog, and learning about the breeds. Now, with our cute little Great Dane puppy Wellstone, we can't help but watch anything that might include a glimpse of the future size of our gentle giant.

As it happens, once you start watching these shows, you form favorites, such as Uno, who quickly won our hearts. Vikki, the toy poodle, and favorite to win this year, however, is number one on our list of least favorites. We just don’t like poodles of any size, and, well who doesn’t want to cheer for the underdog (in this case, actually a beagle, like snoopy, and "Under Dog").
We are of course partial in general to the breeds we have always liked: as in Marge the Weimaraner, who placed in her group, and do I even need to mention Great Danes at this point? Though, as a note, the Dane in the show placed third in the Working Group. As a result of Uno's win, I have seen some minor changes in the personalities of other animals I know. Of course, my friend Lucky, the Beagle, is thrilled with this win of his own kind. However, the most startling change has been in my beloved calico cat, Gizmo, who is now convinced she is a Beagle. She has a valid argument, noting that she is cute like a Beagle, has the same color markings as a Beagle, and barks like a Beagle.

Other Interesting Dog Related Items:

Great Dane's Group:

Great Dane Online, where Wellstone's picture will appear to be voted on, hopefully soon:

Special Mention: Boxster and Raider, though no pictures to share yet.

Monday, February 11, 2008


This past weekend, I was cursed with repeating references to John Dillinger. I watched a movie, and he was mentioned. I had a conversation with someone and he appeared, I read a story and his name was present. It kept happening so much that I, in fact, began to create my own obscure references to the famously named bank robber.

First, I read something. I dont know what it was, as I have very poor memory for certain things. Anyway, I read something on Friday that mentioned John Dillinger in reference to bank robbers of the 30s. I briefly stumbled upon my fleeting memory of something to do with his autopsy photo being famous, though I couldn't recall all the details.

I watched a cartoon, Futurama I believe,and he is mentioned again. Then, I watched The Recruit and Colin Farrell's character mentions going to see Dillinger in the Smithsonian. ( again, referencing the photo). I watched Joe Dirt, and when Christopher Walken's character is supposedly dead, there is an obscure reference to Dilinger's legend .. though, I am not sure I would notice this if I wasn't already having a super Dillinger weekend.

Finally, I looked him up to learn more than my vague memory would allow and explained my obsession to Mr. Pessimistic.

Also, keep in mind that in the tribute section of wikipedia, several things I have come into contact with, and rather enjoy, are listed: Kurt Vonnegut, Humphery Bogart, Reservoir Dogs, William S. Burroughs, High Fidelity, and of course, Chicago.

Hopefully this particular reference has been played out over the course of my weekend. Weird though, right?

Saturday, February 9, 2008

My Boots

This is probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever posted, but I felt it necessary. These are my boots. I got them in the summer at the end of my freshmen year of highschool, which would make them approximately ten years old. All winter I have worn them, and have not once come home with wet feet. This winter alone, I've stepped in countless bottomless and camoflaged potholes/puddles which should've soaked my feet, but the Doc's have been more than trustworthy. If I could say 'cheers' to one thing that has always been there and never failed me, it would be my sixteen eyelet Doc Martens.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008


I got to feel two of the three colors that make up our great nations flag today.
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