The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

No, it is not a giant space-age computer dedicated to revolutionizing, utilizing, and merchandising mankind. You can chill out, because it’s just a personality test. (unless you are a geek, in which case you will now grow very excited).

Carl Jung present the basic model, and Isabel Myers-Briggs built upon that foundation to give us what has now become the most in-depth, reliable, and popular test in the psychology world to date.

The test measure four facets of the personality, which I will attempt to simplify to the best of my ability:

Introversion (I)  vs. extraversion (E)

An introvert is taxed by social time and draws energy from alone time, extroverts are energized by social interaction.

Abstract thinking (N) vs. Realistic thinking (S)

Abstract thinkers keep their minds focused on deep issues, handle complexity well, and are sometimes accused of keeping their head in the clouds.  Big picture oriented.

Realists are concrete, rather than conceptual. They are very aware of their environments, handle details very meticulously, and are practical.

Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)

This facet relates to decision-making: Thinkers are accused of being ‘divorced’ from emotions, and make logical objective decisions. Feelers are the opposite force, making empathetic decisions. Thinkers will make judgements, socially, based on a system of merit and value, Feelers on a basis of accident forgiveness and good faith. Thinkers are business-like, typically, and feelers will get distracted by small talk.

Judging (J) vs. perceiving (P)

If you are a structure-loving, decision-making to-do list maker who cannot be swayed from their mission and is annoyed by people who “do not have their act together”, than you are a judger.

If you are laid-back, whimsical, spontaneous, go-with-the-flow, leaves options open,and have difficulty staying on point, then you are a perceiver.

That, simply, is the whole of the matter.

There are sixteen different types. Here at Barton Hollow we have a INFP and an INJT.

If you’d like to take the test yourself,

here is a rather long one,

here is a shorter one, which we like very much.

 

 

10 most awkward things known to man

1. Twilight

2. Henry the VIII

3. Mt. Vesuvius

4. Your average British dude (No offense. Love British Dudes as we most certainly do…)

5. Zombies

6. List Posts on blogs

7. People who discuss overtly personal issues while in public

8. ELEVATOR RIDES WITH STRANGERS

9. Overly quiet public bathrooms

10. The fact that my Target places men and women’s undergarments RIGHT ACROSS THE AISLE FROM EACH OTHER

 

What is this “Steampunk” of which you speak?

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Steampunk is an art form. An expression of those souls old at heart. Of all the arts in which it has manifested, it is quite possibly literature that receives the most attention. It utilizes late Victorian era aesthetics (Clockwork gears), fashion (top hats and bustle dresses), and general cultural influences, and superimposes it with futuristic technology. (And zombies. Sometimes zombies.) It is generally agreed that Jules Verne is the father of the Steampunk movement, as he was the most popular of those who mused on the future of technology while living in the prudent and picturesque 19thc. Some others who unknowingly contributed to this neo-victorian revival are H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and, to some degree, Edgar Allen Poe (though less in a inter-species, time travelling hero sense as much as a dark literature way).

But ultimately, we must show rather than describe this phenomenon:

Etsy for accessories

Polyvore for entire ensembles

Barnes and Noble for literature (be sure to look into Arthur Slade’s “Hunchback Assignment” series, as well as “Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancy)

Pinterest is an excellent place to view artwork

You may be interested in films like “Around the world in 80 Days”, and “Treasure Planet”, which exhibit steampunk tendencies.

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So what do you think? is steampunk relevant? Beautiful? Atrocious? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Let us know in the comments below.

P.S. We give due credit to Ted Dwayne for capturing the beautifully trippy photograph included in our post. We highly recommend checking into his other work!

The most tragic stories EVER

These are the books that (while sometimes having significant literary value) threaten to bring one to tears.

*tears* *tears* *tears*

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

Tigerlily, by Jodi Lynn Andersen

1984 by George Orwell

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte (it could be contested that this is not so much a tragedy, as story concerning the second generation ended on a pleasant note. However, it is traditionally regarded as a tragedy.)

Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare (did we even need to list this?)

Hamlet, by Shakespeare

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

anything written by Edgar Allen Poe

If you saw one of your favorites on the list, YOU’RE A FREAK.

P.S. We are freaks too, it’s ok. Are you a freak? Did we miss any sad literature?

Review on the “Abram’s Daughter’s series”, by Beverly Lewis

In 2002, Beverly Lewis published the first installment of her excellent “Abram’s Daughters” series. The four books that followed track the lives of an Old Order Amish family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The story begins in the year 1942, and resolves in 1969. The Ebersol family has four daughters, all of whom we see mature from their youth. The books average  in at 350 pages. They are steadily paced, and solidly written. Though the author deals with intense family drama, it is handled with exceptional good taste, resulting in a book that can be read with the family. We will refrain from spoiling the story, but we happily report a satisfactory (if unexpected) ending. Five stars.

We also enjoyed Beverly Lewis’ “Annie’s People” series.