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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."

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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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This was Friday for us...... it rained cats and dogs (and geckos and flies, plus a few more species), it was grey and humid (85% humidity - srsly - the floors are sticky!), it was cool and fresh and just beautiful.
As long as we stayed in, did no work, and ate hot bhajias and drank masala chai. Which is what we did ^_^

Oh, today seems like a repeat.

Bhajias : Veggie fritters in chickpea batter. Ours were made of sliced onions, thinly sliced potatoes, green peppers, and green chillies
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So I've heard, +Steve c!
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Major squee alert
This was just too much....... I had to share the cute.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/kaelintully/link-to-ur-fav-pic-of-bobby-flay-smiling-to-cheer-me-up#.gqRodQpyj4
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Oh +Avinash Jaisinghani y u do this???? Too much cute!!!
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I wouldn't liked to have shared anything positive from the English cricket team for the upcoming Ashes, but this is too well done. I loved it!
via that other social network

http://www1.skysports.com/cricket/news/12340/9876081/the-ashes-sky-sports-pundits-rework-we-didnt-start-the-fire

Oh, some background :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashes
The Ashes is just over a month away and our pundits are so excited, they've decided to sing about it!
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+Steve c Of course it can be allowed.
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Because the more you know, the more you understand.......

Thanks, +Jules Sherred for the conversation.
 
Over at The Mary Sue, I was interviewed about the (mis)representation of trans men in the media 
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OK this did make me giggle just a bit...... I don't know if she was being intentionally ironic (in saying "no caste bar but xyz caste preferred) - not to mention the ludicrousness of a mother selecting her child's partner / caste-based selection cheek-by-jowl with a clear barrier-breaking effort.
Vive la contradictions!

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/social-media-lauds-mumbai-mother-seeking-groom-for-gay-son/20150522.htm
A 57-year-old mother has placed India's first gay matrimonial advertisement seeking a groom for her son. | Social media lauds Mumbai mother seeking groom for gay son
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+Bill McGarvey - yusss, it's a universal principle - probably taught to them at whatever universal "school of parenting" they all go to. eye roll
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All-gender acknowledgement?
I appreciate the thought, but I'll reserve judgment 'til I see what form the implementation takes.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/reserve-bank-of-india-asks-banks-to-add-third-gender-column-in-all-forms/articleshow/47038699.cms

About The Third Gender : "'You really do not understand. I am the third sex, not a man trying to be a woman. It is your society's problem that you only recognise two sexes.'" - Myself Mona Ahmed. by Dayanita Singh (Photographer) and Mona Ahmed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_gender
The SC had upheld transgender persons' right to decide their self- identified gender and directed the centre & state govts to grant legal recognition.
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+Charles Strebor - you are provoking me a bit too much. It's not funny to me.   :)
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What a pity.
And why on earth was this not even 1 of the 83 "news" headlines I read this morning? Gahhh! People iz stupid.
But at least TIL that blue whales have recently been sighted off our coast.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/beached-blue-whale-dies-in-maharashtra/article7354719.ece?homepage=true
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+Amith Raravi yup, exactly. You have to work really hard to customize your news feed so that you see actual news, these days.
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Inspired by +Dryade Geo's current pix, I decided to post my very own #cableicous version - I had to borrow +Lacerant Plainer's phone for this, but I met with no resistance ^_^

cc +Charles Strebor of course!
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MOARRRRR!
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Buy something pretty......
There really is some very very cool stuff on here...... and if there isn't, the awesomely talented and very cool +Mat Brown will customize it only for you!
What more do you want? :-)
So go on, take a look, buy something beautiful. And special.

Quick link here : http://shinium.eu/index.php#header
 
So, today this happened. 7.5 miles from home. It was a long walk back..

At a minimum it's a new set of dérailleurs (the hanger got all tangled up in the front one after it had bounced around the rear wheel a bit, smashing up spokes), new cables, a new chain and a new rear wheel. My bank balance is currently in single figures, which is going to make repair/replacement rather tricky.

I'm not asking for charity because hey - "fancy bike is busted" is pretty much a first world problem - but I am asking that if you had been considering buying something of mine, this might be an amazingly useful time to do so. I also have a whole new range of stuff (currently only one design online but the rest are coming soon) which I think is pretty awesome. They're made to order and each one is different: http://shinium.eu/item.php?id=236625482

If you fancy clicking 'reshare' on this post, that would make my day. You know I think you're all amazing already, right?
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My pleasure, +Chris Dangerfield :-) I love his epoxy inlay pieces, and the Mobius rings.
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Hey guys, help me out with a little bit of primary research. I'm looking into availability and desirability of Indian handicrafts and ethnic products, and trying to understand why and how people buy them outside of India.

Where do you currently buy Indian handicrafts and ethnic products?
If your current option isn't listed in my poll, will you please mention it in the comments? Pretty please?

Gracias, amigos!!

Image details : _"'Patola' (ritual heirloom cloth) from Gujarat, India, late 18th or early 19th century" by Anonymous - Honolulu Academy of Arts. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org_
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+Dhruv Trivedi - as discussed :-)
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For a change I decided to be ahead, rather than behind the curve ^_^
If, for whatever reason, you haven't heard about the Google+ Collections, well, read about them here and nao.
+Dmitry Shapiro's introductory post should help you get started! 
Changes are coming have come - should be fun :-D
 
Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.

Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.

Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.

For inspiration on interesting topics, check out our Featured Collections page here: g.co/collections

Create your collections today and share what you love.
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Hah yes, exactly, +Nikki C!
And you'll definitely want to drill down, methinks...... c'mon..... #nikkiblue has to be its own collection, no? :-)
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