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What's the difference?

Are you an INTJ? You probably "are most comfortable working alone and tend to be less sociable than other types. Nevertheless, INTJs are prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, or if they see a major weakness in the current leadership. They tend to be pragmatic, logical, and creative."

versus

Are you an Aries? You're probably “the leaders of the pack, first in line to get things going. Whether or not everything gets done is another question altogether, for an Aries prefers to initiate rather than to complete.”

So what’s the difference, really?

TL;DR : Not much.
The long answer : Not much. :-)

Or, to be more precise, and a touch verbose – the comparison works better with, say, a Buzzfeed quiz.
As a brief background - The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. These preferences were extrapolated by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung. Jung theorized that there are four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. One of these four functions is dominant most of the time – Wiki

MBTI is a particular darling of the corporate world. According to a recent Forbes article, “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessments are extremely popular, as well as profitable for both the publisher and the many certified consultants who use them. In fact, they are so popular as to be nearly ubiquitous in corporations and large organizations, including 89 of Fortune 100 companies.” But how well does it work? Does it work at all? And is it used in a way that would be least detrimental?

I found myself in agreement with most of the points made in a  Skeptoid article – the genesis and intrinsic values of the MBTI and pop tools like zodiac signs or Buzzfeed quizzes  are not dissimilar. The article is quite interesting, and in my view, fairly balanced. As a training consultant, I’ve seen the value that tools like MBTI (and other psychometric assessments) can provide – they make great introspection and perception start-points; and often provide a framework to discuss group dynamics and to help evolve solutions. I have also seen the farcical side of using them – the lazy, unscientific short-cuts they provide for the indolent or incompetent, and the rather sad way in which they replace critical and original thinking.

The tool has its fair share of critics – unbiased and otherwise. As an agnostic about the value and context of anecdotal or experiential systems, I can see its worth;  but I find myself getting annoyed at the somewhat cultish adherence to its “findings”, or applications, or indeed the lack of healthy skepticism amongst practitioners and more importantly, buyers.

I also find amusing the way proponents of these tools react when you point out the (many) similarities to the zodiac-sign classifications; or Cosmo quizzes. Or point to the Forer Effect ( also called the Barnum effect after P. T. Barnum's observation that ‘we've got something for everyone’ is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people – Wiki) Is it only because they come dressed in a patina of “science”? Or are they just a fad, waiting to be replaced by the next one? Or, as is always the case…… follow the money? According to a Forbes article – “2 million people a year (are) using an assessment tool that generates approximately $20 million in fees for its publishers”. Food for thought, for sure, I would've said.

The CPP website, btw, (the company that is the provider / publisher of the MBTI instrument) has this to say : It’s very common—especially on the Internet—to hear the MBTI® assessment referred to as the Myers-Briggs® personality test, the MBTI test, or simply the “personality test.” However, here at CPP, Inc., we never refer to the MBTI assessment that way. Personality tests may exist, but the MBTI assessment is not one of them. Here’s why…

So far, so logical. And then they go on to add –
By definition, a test is “a series of questions, problems, or physical responses designed to determine knowledge, intelligence, or ability,” implying that there are “right” and “wrong” answers. It’s true that the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment contains a series of questions, but that’s where the similarities to a personality test end. Unlike personality tests, the MBTI assessment doesn’t determine knowledge, intelligence, or ability. Instead, it measures four pairs of opposing preferences, which are inborn and value-neutral, to form a person’s four-letter type. No type is better or worse than any other—they are just different.

That explains quite a bit ;-)
I think this would be a good time to add that I am emphatically not certified in MBTI assessments. 

So, hello, Ms. Gemini, Mr. ISTJ, Ms. Flower-Child.....

In case you’re interested – there are plenty of good, skeptical articles. Here are some that I liked :

The skeptoid article - http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4221

http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddessig/2014/09/29/the-mysterious-popularity-of-the-meaningless-myers-briggs-mbti/

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28315137

 http://skepdic.com/myersb.html

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/give-and-take/201309/goodbye-mbti-the-fad-won-t-die

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator

The CPP website - http://www.cppblogcentral.com/mbti-talk/this-is-not-a-test-personality-or-otherwise/

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Bahahahahhahaha +Brigitte W.. Our internets is very slow too :-p
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What do you do when it's cold and rainy outside? Why, you settle in and play some games :-D

Exploding Kittens was way too much fun! The beers had nothing to do with it!  And King of Tokyo was fun too! I won all but the last game of Kittens, and that because I was sabotaged by my partner.

Seattle, we're loving it here :-D
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+Gary Ray R it's s'posed to go down to 0 deg C one of these days! As LP likes to say... Eeps! 
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+Charles Strebor I branch your work!
Your wonderful worlds of Rantz, and Streborian Ponderings, Orbs and cablez, Terrance and That Rock, and That Branch. And teh rainz.
And 23.
And Gas Giants. And Fractals and glitches.
And and and.....
My favorite time-check : Antejentacular Ponderings.
May your days be....

Always branch.

#LoveYourWork  

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#loveyourwork is +Paul Pavlinovich​ 's organic introduction to quality photographers project. Many people are now starting to do the same so search the hashtag for examples. You can read more about the project on his blog: http://photographersstudy.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/loveyourwork-organic-introduction-to.html
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+Gita Jaisinghani I gotcha ;) 
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#LoveYourWork : Mary C
Love your work, +Mary C.!! Always delightful, and funny. And just darn good.
Mary's one of my favorite artists here on the Plus, and given the number and quality of artists around, that's saying something. Check out her latest #Inktober series, or any of her old work.
The Back Story, via +Charles Strebor  -->>> 
_Post from +Paul Pavlinovich where he loves my work and discusses the hashtag http://goo.gl/zWsx0_
 
#inktober  : Day 27

+Lacerant Plainer and +Gita Jaisinghani can't seem to make up their minds as to whether +Jake Kern or +Yoon-Mi Kim make "Best Comic Book Guy" from the #Simpsons . ---https://goo.gl/yI1KG7

So here's a NEW silly poll to help put some peer pressure on LP and Gita as to how they should cast their vote!


#vikingsnarkarts   #pentel   #thisisallsosillyandridiculouslyinvolvedandyetsomuchfungigglesnort    
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Draw a Bunny and a pancake together
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bunny and pancake of course
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Of course!!!

Or are there more? ^_^ I think I know enough SF writers who could add to this......

via +Christopher Lamke 
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+Walter Roberson while we were talking.... coincidence strikes - http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jun/in-no-time
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Not that anything will make up for the lack of new Douglas Adams material, but authentic crumbs, such as this history - The Frood: The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy may help.
A quick skim through the excerpts online tells me that it's promising. Very promising.
Keep the towel handy.
h/t +Paul Carr 
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I'm glad. I'm still surprised at the lack of hype, or at least my awareness of it.
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The start of the holiday was just so lovely....... lovely food, lovely champagne, lovely single malts.....
And a fabulous view airside at the CDG lounge. They had great coffee too!!
Oh, and the gorgeous view of Seattle as we landed....... the one day it didn't rain ^_^
Would these qualify as food pics, +Terry McNeil , +Gary Ray R ? :-D
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+Brigitte W. No worries. It's not like I made any of this ;-) Or had it in my kitchen even! 
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Stuck in traffic...... and there it was - a gorgeous moment (or two)

Sunset at Marine Drive, Bombay
Picture courtesy : Me, for a change!
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+Amith Raravi exactly right :-) 
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"Tis time for some pretties....*

Take a look at +Mat Brown's shiny Shinium on Etsy ..... but only if one-of-a-kind, or quirky, or just plain awesome design is your thing :-)
 
SALE! Clearing out my workshop - lots and lots of one-off pieces that will never be remade. Odd designs that turned out to be too complicated to make regularly, a few custom orders that were never collected, that sort of thing. Grab a bargain for yourself, or make a start on buying christmas gifts!

Free UK shipping, as always, and international is as cheap as I can make it.

http://etsy.me/1L8pUVZ
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Shiny...
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Look, it's our very own +Terry McNeil nominated for #featurefriday !!

Please do vote in the poll. And check out Terry's collection - you will not be disappointed. Although you may get very hungry.
h/t +Sophie Bonnet for the poll, as also the Collections community.
 
#FeatureFriday : World Foodies

Meet our two talented creators: +Terry McNeil and +Søren Siim Nielsen

- Thanks to +Gita Jaisinghani for sharing Terry's sophisticated and mouthwatering photographs in her "The Slanted Kitchen" Collection (https://goo.gl/gRtV6E). 
- On the other hand, Søren is proving that being a dad and loving how to cook is possible, and is actually a lot of fun in his "Food" Collection (https://goo.gl/PY1dHZ)!

Which Collection inspires you the most? The results will be announced on Friday based on Creators' choice.

We would like to thank everyone for sharing their Collections, and hope we’ll see more of your Collections in our Community!

Keep on celebrating life with good food!
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LOL it's the thought that counts, Yoon ;-)
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My list of the ten iconic must-do things in Bombay

Or the TL;DR version : #MyBombay  
 
Whether you’ve lived here for a while, or are a first-time visitor, these places define Bombay – the inclusive, cosmopolitan, safe (arguably!) city-on-the-go.  These places are a mix of old and not-so-old, places to see and places and to hang out at, “local” eateries and high-end bars, and yes, this would have been a much longer list if I’d made it ten years ago. So many of our iconic city-defining places are gone, replaced by generic, nouveau-riche outlets of instant gratification. But that’s a rant and a list for a different day.
Of course, this is my list, and not exhaustive by any means. I think I may have to write part 2 and part 3 pretty soon.
 
1. Spend a few hours at Café Mondegar – preferably on a Friday or Saturday evening.  Yes, Café Leopold is more well-known and touristy, but Mondy’s is Bombay in a microcosm. Chilled out, accessible and affordable, quirky (yes, the waiters are the opposite of the polished “have a nice day” type!) and original. Bonus – one of the few remaining jukeboxes in the city. Double bonus – the Mario Miranda murals.

2. Stroll along Colaba Causeway and buy “authentic” “antiques”, as well as cheap and stylish sarongs and scarves, handbags and jewelry, telescopes and pocket watches. And just watch the tide of people walking past – hippie tourists, shady vendors, college kids and locals.

3. Eat the street food – preferably from a street vendor. Yes, there are reasonably hygienic options, but only if you’re Indian. If not, please contact your local host for advice on “what’s safe to eat and where” ^^  Oh, the street food must-eats include _bhel puri, pani puri, vada pao, misal, cutting chai.

4. Take a walk in the rain…… - on any sea-front. Choose from Carter Road, Worli sea-face, Marine Drive, or Juhu / Chowpatty, or Versova. And don’t forget the corn-on-the-cob aka bhutta – freshly roasted corn, slathered with salt, red chilli powder and lime.

5. Must-try sea food : Yes, Goa has fresher produce, but that’s Goan seafood. In Bombay, try the local cuisines – Kolhapuri, Malvani, Koli. Choose from the hip, urbanized places like Soul Fry, or the somewhat authentic but still urbanized  Gazalee, or the famous  but touristy Mahesh Lunch Home or Excellensea, or the seriously authentic holes-in-the wall Saayba or Chaitanya.

6. Watch a play – either at Prithvi Theater in Juhu, which is the hub of the theater scene here (bonus : hang out at their iconic café, stare (politely) at some pretty well known theater actors, and drink their famous Irish Coffee) or at NCPA in south Bombay which puts on interesting and experimental work.

7. Gaze at the architecture – you can do that as you travel hither and thither, of course, but it’s fascinating enough to plan a day around it. There are organized heritage walks of South Bombay, Bandra village etc., but feel free to do your own thang. The Victorian / art-deco buildings of South Bombay’s business district, the Portuguese village remnants of Bandra, or the quintessential  chawls of central Bombay are all enthralling walks through the city’s history.

8. Visit an Irani café – before they all disappear (too many already have). Visit them for a subculture that exists only here, and food that is unique, as are its owners / servers. Whether it’s the astonishing berry pulao at Café Brittannia, or the brun-maska, or keema-pao, caramel pudding at any other café, the flavor is un-missable. Bonus : the hilarious signs in the café such as “Don’t talk to the cashier”. Double bonus : An ancient, irascible, eccentric owner who calls you ”young lady”, ignoring your silver hair, and insists that you try some dish of the day.

9.Travel like the locals – whether it’s by local train, or by a black-and-yellow cab or an auto-rickshaw. Yes, ditch the Uber, and see and feel (and smell) the city as she is. And revel in how safe and easy it still is here (compared to other Indian cities). Just, y’know….. the usual big-city precautions apply.

10. End the day in style - grab a drink at a local bar or pub – preferably a dive. Choose from The Ghetto in South Bombay (dingy, very divey, graffiti and murals, cheap booze and avoidable food, brilliant music and an awesome vibe) or Toto’s in Bandra (sanitized, a little yuppie, but very chill and quaint), or any of the small but trendy places littering Bandra, Khar and Colaba. And if you’re in the mood to splurge, try the 5-star options – either the famous Bayview Bar at the Hilton, or the new(ish)Aer at the Four Seasons. And last, but so not least, finish your night with street food from the late-night places that only locals know of - _bhurji-pao outside Santacruz station, or keema-baida-roti at Bade Miyan, or biryani at Haji Ali Juice Center.

Each of these is its own post, I think. But this will do nicely to start with.

Picture graciously provided by +Lacerant Plainer 
 
Links to some of the places I’ve referenced:
About Bombay : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai
Bandra : A suburb or borough of Bombay – on its western coast. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra
Colaba Causeway : The main street in an upmarket neighbourhood in South Bombay. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colaba_Causeway Café Mondegar : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cafe_Mondegar
Irani cafés: Irani caféare Iranian or Persian style cafes in India. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irani_caf%C3%A9

More reading : http://blog.travelyaari.com/mumbai/mumbais-architecture-heritage/
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Because I've been seeing a surfeit of religious nonsense and intolerance in events all around - both on social media and IRL, I thought we could all do with a gigglesnort
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+Poh Yoong Yee the older and non-Abrahamic religions are transparently allegorical.
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