Luminary Perspective

March 23, 2006

Relational Knowledge

When you learn a new skill, it is similar to getting to know a human being. There is an entire set of knowledge that you acquire about the subject area, and things that you must experience to fully grasp. Like human relationships, more time spent means a closer bond with the subject. Also similarly, there are ways to make friends and ways to approach a subject that are more effective than others.

You need to find common interests and common goals to make friends. It is likewise good to find some existing area of personal interest that a subject incorporates or expands, and to take a close look at the various goals you have which it has potential to help you achieve.

Knowledge is your friend. It can also help you make friends, just like having friends can help you make more friends. It gives you something to talk about, and it gives you power and abilitites that impress people favourably. All these are advantages of friendship as well.

Thus when I think of knowledge in terms of a relational database in my mind, it is more than a mechanism. It is more like a relationship.

March 21, 2006

Thoughts on Rhythm

The more I think about it, the more it seems like rhythm is the ultimate key to hacking our wetware. The flow of ideas and thoughts inside us is based to a large degree on timed functions. All you have to do is synchronize them properly and they can accomplish anything that is possible for a mind to accomplish.

Rhythm reduces the amount of energy that it takes for the mind to accomplish a particular task. A non-repeating beat is never as easy to process as a repeating one. However that is not to say perfect rhythm is the only thing that is useful in life. Often it helps to break a flawed pattern. However, this only works if there are sufficient resources available to correct it.

Thus, it is good to start with with a rhythm until sufficient resources exist to handle a break, then locate a flaw and temporarily break the rhythm over it. This is a really basic principle.

R mental
H  composed of timed functions : rhythm synchronizes
Y social
T  people expect rhythmic behaviour : schedules, ideas synchronize
H flaws in a pattern
M  may be ignored for a time : must be confronted at the right time
I repeating patterns
C  build energy : permit growth : not always perfect

March 20, 2006

Fe Fi Fo Fum, Terminology on the Run

Filed under: Personality Types, Writing & Education — Luke @ 11:32 am

Lately I have been using a mock-MBTI version of the personality type letters system. Instead of putting a J or P at the end, I determine order of traits by simply writing them in order. EFS, ITN instead of ESFJ or INTJ. It’s simpler and makes more sense to my mind.

However it is prone a little to misunderstanding. A bit like the vi editor or the forth language, it is really ridiculously simple once you know it, but you do have to know it for it to make any sense. If you don’t know that traits alternate, you won’t know that IFN means extroverted intuition, for example.

That is why I sometimes use the longhand literal form of appending a lowercase letter telling the directedness of a given letter. Although it is more cumbersome to write, it has the advantage of being harder to misunderstand. This is where I put “FeSiNeTi”, “TiNeSiFe”, or “FiNeSiTe”.

With all that CamelCaps, you can see why I get tired of it. But it is easier to see what I’m saying if you are still learning the system. Also, in communication it is nice to be able to use the abbreviations like “Fe” instead of “extroverted feeling” because it cuts down on the conversational workload.

My type is INT. That means Ni with Te, which come with Fi and Se. Go figure. 🙂

S Mock-MB
H  really easy : has slight learning curve
O CamelCaps version
R  too long : educational value : abbreviations useful

Seeking Spiritual Gifts

Filed under: Personality Types, Spiritual Growth — Luke @ 5:53 am

There is an interesting set of passages in Romans 13 regarding spiritual gifts. These are all ways of helping others, and they seem to develop in people over time, unlike typological personality traits which are more set in stone.

However they are all things that certain types often acquire more naturally and easily than others. An intuitive person has more natural tendancy to prophesy, and a logical person often has more ability to teach things. A sensing person has more immediate inclination towards helping others, and a feeling person is often inclined to build up and motivate (exhort) people to do better.

Everyone has some amount of each typological trait, with two of them being stronger and more important to them. Thus, the gifts are possible for everyone to learn, but not everyone has developed them all to the same extent or in the same direction.

A lack of mercifulness is not a good thing, neither is a lack of willingness to help others. A lack of ability to teach truth, or to discern the hidden meanings of things is not good either. No one should settle for a lack of any of these. We need to expand and grow in areas of weakness, not ignore or rationalize them away. I’m not saying you need to be an expert in them, but you should strive for a reasonable ability in each of them.

We all have chances to learn and grow, and we should recieve each of these gifts in a manner that enhances and works together with the way we are constructed as individuals. If I become more of a server or administrator, it won’t be because my sensing side ascended in preference order, or changed direction. It will be because my God-given type of personality really does have the capacity for them.

SP Everyone has some gifts
IR  : personality traits can predispose : not limited by p-type
IT Not a competition
UA  : gifts from God : all are ways of helping others
LG Developing more
IF  : divine guidance is part of the process : some come more easily

March 19, 2006

Motivational Dynamics

Filed under: Accelerated Learning, Motivation, Personality Types — Luke @ 8:22 am

How can you motivate yourself unfailingly? And more important, how can you stay that way? Here are some tricks and tips.

Commit to a long-term goal. Note that I didn’t say “think about a long term goal.” It is easy to day-dream about a nice long-term goal without it bearing any fruit. It is also easy to be afraid to commit because it seems like you might want to change your mind. Well, if you find a truly better goal to switch to, that is okay! But if is an equal or worse goal, it is not worth switching. For example, I could quit working on blogs if it would make me a millionaire to do so, but that is not going to happen. More than likely, the reverse is the case.

Put it in words that make sense to your personality type. For me, this means questions like “Wouldn’t it be interesting to accomplish this?” That is because I am INT, and am motivated by intruguing questions and factual analyses. But for a feelings person, it might be more like: “Wouldn’t it feel so good if you accomplished this?” For me that would be a non-motivating statement — maybe even cause me to stubbornly resist.

Build your support group. Everyone has one, it’s human nature, they just don’t always put it to the best use. It can be your family, your friends, or even online buddies. People have a way of motivating each other, and talking about your goals a bit will usually get you a lot of encouragement. Even negative comments can be used for motivation — you don’t want them to be right about how wrong you are!

Pour it in concrete. Write it down, think about it more than one day in a row. Obsess over it a bit, even. The more it goes into your long-term memory and habitual thoughts, the more likely you will go through with it. Pray about it if you believe.

When all else seems to fail, eliminate distractions. This means movies, novels, messes, junk foods, unproductive social events, comics, and anything else that distracts you. This may seem like a goal in itself, but it’s really just a step towards a bigger, better goal. Wherever you want to be in two years, whether it’s pro athlete, millionaire, happily married, highly credentialed, or whatever else you have in mind, it won’t ever come if you are distracted every 15 minutes.

I’m not saying don’t have a life. Have a good one, but not every 15 minutes of every day. Fill your time and attention with things that are accomplishing the goal, and get rid of the things that are doing the opposite. That is the only way to stay motivated.

O - Long-term goal
N    : commit : don't switch for worse : keep in mind daily
T - Personality type
R    : address stronger traits : wrong emphasis can detract
A - Support group
C    : family : friends : online : take encouragement : resist negative
K - Distractions
     : eliminate as part of goal : occaisonal pleasures are more fun

March 18, 2006

Type Yourself!

Filed under: Personality Types — Luke @ 11:40 am

Figuring out the type of a person is easy once you get the hang of it. Everyone has two extroverted and two introverted functions, one percieving and one judging in each direction. There are two traits which are weaker and two that are stronger, with one member of each pair dominating the other member. The following questions will help determine which functions point which direction.

Q: Is your intuition introverted or extroverted?
A: It is extroverted if it is easier to talk about future possibilities without paying attention to details. It is introverted if it is easier to think privately about future possibilities.

Q: Is your sensing introverted or extroverted?
A: It is extroverted if it is easier to describe situations and happenings literally with details. It is introverted if it is easier to think privately about situations and happenings literally with details.

Q: Is your thinking introverted or extroverted?
A: It is extroverted if you can easily talk about the logical basis for things without referring to the emotional aspects of them. It is introverted if it is easier to think quietly about the logical basis for things without referring to the emotional aspects of them.

Q: Is your feeling introverted or extroverted?
A: It is extroverted if you can easily talk about your feelings regarding things without referring to a logical basis for them. It is introverted if it is easier to think quietly about your feelings regarding things without referring to a logical basis for them.

There are two categories, judging (Thinking and Feeling) and percieving (Sensing and iNtuition). The pattern for these is XYYX, with X being the primary trait’s category and Y being the secondary’s. My NT personality type will naturally have FS as it’s minor functions, in that order.

Directionality (introvert vs extrovert) follows the simple pattern ABAB, with A being the direction of the primary and tertiary traits (#1 and #3), and B being the direction of the auxilary and inferior traits (#2 and #4). My full personality pattern, INTFS, thus indicates that N and F are the same direction (introverted) and T and S are my two extroverted functions.

Since the second set of letters can easily be determined from the first two once you know the pattern, it can be shortened to INT. Three letters is the minimum for representing all 16 types. An alternative notation style is to be specific on directions for each letter, for example Ni or Te. This is less convenient for making short labels, but can be helpful for explaining things using fewer long words like “introverted intuition”.

F - figuring out types
I    : patterns : categories : direction
N - direction pattern
D    : ABAB : third same as first : fourth same as second
T - category pattern
Y    : XYYX : fourth same as first : third same as second
P - representation examples
E    : INT : INTFS : NiTe : NiTeFiSe : "INTP"

March 17, 2006

Understanding Personality Types

Filed under: Personality Types — Luke @ 6:08 pm

I have been learning from the personality type framework commonly known as MBTI, and it’s cousin Socionics. They are good systems, but there are some errors and intuitively misleading points in MBTI and Socionics based texts alike that can confuse people easily. For example, MBTI claims INTJ primarily has introverted intuition followed by extroverted thinking. Their profile descriptions twist the definitions around to make this appear so without seeming inaccurate, but this is an error. A real INTJ testing individual almost always has introverted thinking, with intuition as their extroverted secondary trait. Socionics corrects this problem but does not set the record straight enough in my opinion.

Partly from wanting to get away from this, and partly because it is intuitively better, I have started using a 3-letter system of direction-primary-auxilary to more simply represent a person’s traits. For example, my type is INT. This means I hade Introverted iNtuition as a primary trait and extroverted Thinking as a secondary. By contrast, an “INTJ” is simply called ITN. Since the fourth letter is determined by the type of the primary, and that can be stated using the letter order, we don’t need it any more.

Everyone has four traits, each with an energy-boosting and energy-draining direction. During waking hours, your thoughts run mainly in the energy-boosting direction. For me, introverted intuition (where I consider changing aspects of things a lot but don’t express these to anyone directly) is the strongest trait. Extroverted thinking is the secondary trait, so I enjoy explaining things and structuring things around me logically, but considering a line of unintuitive logic quietly for long periods of time does not come easily, because it doesn’t feed my mind enough new mental energy to do this.

The weaker two traits are introverted feeling, which means I can care a lot about right and wrong in a quiet way that is not easy to express or listen to others expressing. Instead, I simply try to do the right thing, easily correct myself, and perhaps lead by example in that regard. I am not easily hurt by what others say or think about me directly, but if I do something that I know to be hurtful to others I feel badly. I can care what others attitudes are for brief periods of time, but this is a somewhat draining function I’d rather not use for very long at a stretch. I can reverse it briefly for communication purposes, but with a certain mental energy cost.

The last trait for my type is extroverted sensing. This means I tune into the predictable aspects of my environment. Things happening around me that are not new or strange, are energizing and comforting. However, this being the weakest trait means I can briefly reverse it’s direction without losing energy as rapidly as the other traits. Provided I have plenty of energy and stability stored up, I can figure out the thoughts of an Si (introverted sensing) person, modeling their imaginatively detailed and stable inner thoughts enough to figure out what they are talking about.

A Personality Typologies
L  \\MBTI test of surface appearances \\Socionics, intuitively based
L Lettering Systems
T  \\MBTI uses 4 letters \\J/P unnecessary if literal order preserved
Y My Type
P  \\INTP or INT \\introverted intuition \\extroverted thinking
E Type Attributes
S  \\all four traits \\two are stronger \\each has preferred direction

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