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MBTI Typing: Allison Cameron (House MD) - INFP

Now I am at the people that I am most uncertain in. I will still try to make a typing, because I think it is going to be a good exercise to help with my typing skills. So the next one in the line is Cameron.

Allison Cameron

In order to try and eliminate at least some of the types, I am first going to try to see if she can be classified in some of the four Keirsey temperament. These temperaments are the artistic and sporty people that are good at keeping track of the gossip (SP), the logistic, dependable and able to organize the systems well (SJ), the ideological, people-happy types of people (NF), and the knowledge seeking ones (NT). Yes, I am aware that my descriptions are a bit biased.

She is most likely to be the NF temperament. That means that she has either the Fe-Ni or Fi-Ne as their two strongest functions. So let me first start with the Fe vs. Fi. On the first glance, she is using a lot of Fe, as she is the one to make sure people feel nice. But when comparing her to Wilson, there is a big difference here. Wilson is much more directed to the other people, while she is putting her feelings in front of feelings of other people. Like when she should not tell the patients the bad news and so on. Also, she is just as likely, if not more likely, to appear judging and appraising (Fi), than validating and reaffirming (Fe). This puts a strong word for the Fi vs. Fe. So that would make her a xxFP.

The next are the perceiving functions. I think there are some good indications of the Ne. For example, when she is talking to Cuddy about the alternative diagnosis in the nun case. Or, on the beginning of the second season (yes, in the mean time I watched an additional two episodes), where she was trying to do everything she could to try and prove that her patient is not terminally ill, coming up with different possibilities and tests. On the other hand, she is using a lot less Se than somebody like House and she does not seems to have that confidence in her knowledge that comes with Ni. But there is a lot of Si use, because she connects a lot of her emotions through her own past, that she can connect with the current situation, which indicates the usage of Si. So she is a Ne-Si user, which would make her either xNxP or xSxJ. Considering the upper info, that makes her likely to be xNFP.

There are still two types left, INFP and ENFP. But in her case, this decision seems easy. Her Ne is fueled through the Fi, and not the other way around. So, he is more likely to be INFP, than ENFP.

For the last check, she is about meaning, not use (F), she is about concepts, and not the specifics - her argument with Cuddy in the nun episode is a good indicator (N). She is about options, and not actions (P) and she is more inward than outward (I). So an INFP seems like a good type for now.

MBTI Typing: Eric Foreman (House MD) - ISTJ

The last three that I am going to do in this series, Foreman, Cameron and Chase, were a bit more difficult than the previous three. Which is surprising, because I got the feeling that we see them more than either Cuddy or Wilson. So I am going to be going form the easiest one of the three to the hardest one. But that also means that I am less and less certain in my typings. So lets start with Foreman.

Eric Foreman

Looking at my notes for Foreman, I was quite convinced that he is using the Te-Fi and the Si-Ne combination. The efficiency of going against the House when he think is right indicates that he is changing the outside structure (Te) based on the inner morality (Fi). He goes quite along with the rules and the procedures and he is usually more annoyed at going against what he thinks would be the efficient way to deal with the patient's problems. On the other hand, he does not seem like the type to use the social harmony and ties (Fe) in order to bring forth the logical order (Ti).

He is the extroverted judger, though this is the harder one to articulate way. I would say that it is because the decision that he makes are based on how the outside world will react or change. Though it is usually based on the hierarchical order (Te), than the social one (Fe). So it is one of the upper one, with extroverted judging being stronger than introverted judging. This makes him a xxTJ.

He is also a much more connected to his past than to his present. This is well seen when compared to House or Wilson. He actually feels the effect the past had on his life, which is why he was not happy that his record helped get him a job. He is also much better in generating the possibilities (Ne) than he is in getting the right answer (Ni). So that means that he is using a Si-Ne combination. Which, together with the use of Te makes him a xSTJ.

Now, he could be either a ISTJ or a ESTJ. The question is whenever the Te is stronger than Si and whenever the Fi is stronger than Ne. I have a hard time deciding whenever the Te or Si is stronger, but I think I could make a good case of Fi being stronger than Ne. Which might be why the description of the ISTJ fits a bit more than a description of ESTJ.

Surprisingly, there were just two types that other people typed Foreman with. One is ISTJ and the other is INTJ. Just looking at the temperament, Foreman seems more like the logistic, dependable person (SJ) than a person constantly perusing the truth (NT). But looking at the descriptions of the functions, he is much more likely to have actions guided by verifying (Si) than by knowing the things (Ni). So ISTJ.

Now, on the final check, he is more likely to take action than to look for options (J). He is much more likely to deal with the concrete situation than with concepts (S). He is more concerned with the use than with meaning (T). He first check inward, then outward (I). So still an ISTJ.

MBTI Typing: Lisa Cuddy (House MD) - ESTJ

Next in this House MD series is Cuddy.

 Lisa Cuddy

Now, unlike the previous two, House and Wilson, she is not using the Ti-Fe combination, but the Te-Fi combination. She is all about efficiency. She bugs House about efficiency, but she also employed him, because he is the best and worth some problems, she invited Vogler in, because his money would make them better. She makes sure everything runs smoothly and she is really good at it. She created a good system and knows how to bargain for real-life results, for example her bet about the parenthood, where her bet was House attending the symposium.

So, if she is Te, and I think she is using Te as the first function, that makes her a ExTJ. So, she is either using the Si as her second function, making her a ESTJ or she is using a Ni as her second function, making her a ENTJ. Originally I though she was an ENFJ, because she seems to be pretty good at seeing the possibilities and dealing with the crisis. Until I remembered, that she was not that good with dealing with the crisis, like in the case of the sick babies, where she started swabbing everything. And that her dealing with new situations is much more see a possibility in the Ne, than dealing with the situation with what is available Se. And if she is using Ne more than Se, then she is using Si more than she is using Ni.

Not to mention that the description for the ESTJ fitted her a bit more than the description for the ENTJ.

Interestingly, the ones that don't put her in the ESTJ bracket usually put her in the feeling category, like ESFP, ENFJ and ESFJ. When looking at the first impression, I would say that Cuddy is more giving the impression of regulation (Te), then either the validating (Fe) or judging (Fi). I would say that there is some judging seen, but it is a lot less visible than regulation, which would indicate that she is using Fi, but not as much as Te.

On the perceiving side, there is the choice between the divining-enjoining (Ni-Se) goals and accounting-enabling (Si-Ne) goals. She seems to be a lot more on the accounting-enabling side. She is accountable and responsible and she tried to make sure everybody else is as well. But she is also enabling, making sure that doctors have the ability to do their job the best way they know, as long as they are accountable.

Putting this together, she still seems like an ESTJ.

And the last test for the letters. She looks outward, she reacts to what is in her environment (I). She always goes from the experience, not concepts (S), she is putting more emphasis on the use (T) and she is all about the action, and not generating the options (J). Which confirms the theory that she is the ESTJ.

MBTI Typing: James Wilson (House MD) - INFJ

Next in the House MD typing series is Dr. James Wilson.

James Wilson

The first thing that I noticed here was the strong use of Fe function. Wilson is all about helping other people in order to make them feel better. Either is was by eliciting responses by House about what is wrong, helping Cameron deal with telling patients the bad news or making sure that House apologizes to the people he hurt. He is also the one that brings cases to the House because he cares.

Compared to the Fe, there was not a lot of Te, of him being efficient or task oriented. There also was not a lot of Fi, as he is much more oriented to the emotions of other people than his own. Not to mention, his 'morality' seems to be constructed around the social accepted views and making people feel better, which is a sign of having a stronger Fe. Ti was sometimes seen, but it was on a way lower level than the Fe.

So, if Fe is his strongest function, then his other function must be either Ni or Se. So the question was whenever Wilson uses the Ni-Se functions or the Si-Ne functions. Well, the Si-Ne combination would be using the storage of knowledge about the past to find the new possibilities. Instead, I think Wilson is using the Ni-Se, using the current cues to predict the future.

Only now, writing this, did I realize how much of my knowledge is encoded in a implicit manner. It is kind of a fun exercise trying to write down why I think what I think. So, when I am trying to say, that Wilson is using the Ni-Se, I am very much going back to the stereotypes only, because I don't know how to verbalize my intuition. Kind of like trying to explain what do I experience in a way for other people to understand.

I can try to explain with the contrast. When comparing within the House cast, the House and Wilson are in the Ni-Se camp, while Foreman and Cameron are in the Si-Ne camp. House and Wilson are a lot more in the concentrated, live more in the present instead of the past, unlike the Cameron and Foreman.

Now, he could be both the INFJ and ENFJ. I spend some time, because I was not sure which was right. On the end I decided on INFJ, because the description for INFJ fitted him better than one for ENFJ. Also, he is not using Fe most of the time, but there is another function. Which means that it is most likely that Fe is a second function. Also, it looks like it goes used for some other goal than just social harmony (he defends House too much for social harmony to be his strongest suit), which points to Fe not being the first function. So INFJ.

Unlike for House, there were a lot less choices for Wilson. People in the internet generally put him in just three types: INFJ, INFP and ISFJ, with INFJ being predominant. But just in case, I will do the Beebe test just in case. This means that instead of Fe, he could use Fi and instead of Ni, he could use Ne or Si.

The first difference is between the validating, affirming and relating (Fe) and judging, appraising and establishing a value (Fi). I don't know about you, but Wilson is much better described with the Fe words than with the Fi words.

The second is between Ni, Ne and Se. Since the Fe was confirmed before, testing Si and Ni would be enough, but let compare all three of them. Between implementing, verifying and accounting (Si), entertaining, envisioning and enabling (Ne) and imagining, knowing and divining (Ni), I am pretty sure I can immediately cancel the Si out. Now, I can see some enabling in him, but I don't see this as a goal, more the opposite. His goal is not about enabling people at all. Instead, he is much more closer to the Ni words, at least the way I see it.

Which would confirm the INFJ for me.

The last test is to test the letter as well:

  • Looking outwards or inwards? Inwards (I) - this is the one I am not 100% sure of
  • First acting or looking for options? Acting - once there is something to act upon (J)
  • Starting from experience or concepts? Concepts (N)
  • Concentrate on the meaning or use? Meaning (F)

On the end, it seems that the most likely type at this point is INFJ.

MBTI Typing: Gregory House (House MD) - ISTP

Next I am going to do the series of typings from the series House MD. I have to put up the disclaimer, that I have only watched the first season, but I think it would be interesting to see, if I ever watching it to the end, if my opinion of it will change.

The first person that I am going to type is Gregory House.

Gregory House from House MD

The first thing that I noticed is that he is using quite a lot of Se and Ni when he is figuring out the diagnosis. A lot of times he would see something and the connect it to the current patent. This difference is quite seen when comparing him to the Cameron. She is remembering the past cases when she is solving the current one. The only time I remember House referring to the past case was when he had that lecture. Instead he see something and this visual or other sensory cues help his use this spark. Like the time when he saw the twitching and noticed something was wrong. On when we was explaining the asthma kid's mother about steroids and realized how it could pertain to his current case.

He also has really good observation skills, he even notice the things that he is not really looking for. For example, that the lady in the kitchen is not that good with the hygiene. He is also using the table in order to have a visual sign about what is going on. There is also a stronger certainty about being right, that comes with the Se-Ni combination than Ne-Si combination.

I would say that his Se is stronger than his Ni. So, House is most probably a SP, or possibly a NJ type.

Then we are at the judging functions. When comparing Ti and Te, I actually see a bit more Ti than Te. I know a lot of people that type him as INTJ see him using Te, but I just don't see it. Sure, he is abrasive and authoritarian, but he actually allow his team a lot of leeway in how they do their work. The work of his team is not a pinnacle of efficiency and sometimes it seems that he is trying to destroy the efficiency that exist there.

On the other hand, there is some indication of Ti. The whole making hypothesis out of Se-like cues is very Ti like. It creates a hypothesis and if it works fine, if not, well... the patient dies. I think there was at least a couple of times that he actually says that exact phrase.

There is also the difference between Fe and Fi. At the first look, he does seems like he uses Fi, as he expresses his moral gospel, like 'that he does not lie', which by itself is a lie, like when he gave a person a candy instead of prescription or when he said to lie to parents so children get different treatments for the same illness. Sure, he does a lot of make sure that his patients are alright, but this, when looked closer also does not seems to be steaming from Fi.

Also, when he has to make a speech for Volger, he is not sure what is the right thing, so he is asking people question. He is using other people in order to make a choice. He is also much more interested in the emotional life of other people, with his asking them motivational questions and snark remarks, fishing for the reactions. On the other hand, he is not even sure what he is still feeling about his ex-girlfriend and he seems to be lost when it comes to his own emotions. Which means that he is much more likely to be Fe user than Fi user.

Well, I think that his Se is stronger than Ni, and his Ti is stronger than Fe. Which leave ESTP and ISTP. Since Ni is stronger than Fe, as his Fe is quite immature, while he has a good hold on the Ni at least in some situation, showing the kind of varied performance, that Beebe claimed is frequent with the third function. That would put Ni on the third position, and made his an ISTP type.

Beebe in his article also talked about the different descriptions of functions, where one word is used to describe each phase of the function. The first is how it appears on the surface, the second is the process and the third is the goal.

For Ti, the words are naming, defining and understanding. For Se, the words are engaging, experiencing and enjoying. I find it interesting that some characters accuse his that he is enjoining the puzzle. I think Wilson once said that he has a Rubik complex, the inability to let the puzzle unsolved.

I have seen House typed with a lot of different types. Beside ISTP, there are ENTP, INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ISFP, INFJ, ESTP and ISTJ. That would mean that instead of Ti, he might be using Te, Fe or Fi and instead of Se, he might be using Ni, Si or Ne. Basically, he could be any type.

But the Beebe words don't really fit him better than the upper ones. Words for Te are regulating, planning and reinforcing, but I don't actually see him regulate anything. If anything, other characters, like Cuddy and Foreman have problems regulating and reinforcing him. And Vogler fiasco showed that he is not that good at planning. So no Te.

Fe words are validating, affirming and relating. Now, if we are talking about things, that I might be able to make a case of this, but Fe is usually related to people and he is not really good at validating the people, or affirming them. He is only relating to them in very limited domains. So Fe is out as well.

Fi words are judging, appraising and establishing the value. Sure, he is good fo judging people, when they make a mistake. But I don't see him doing much appraising of anything. Not to mention, I could not even tell what values would he be establishing. So not Fi either.

On the perceiving side, there is Si, which is implementing, verifying and accounting. He lest the implementation to his team, he prefers to start the treatment before verifying the diagnosis and he is really bad at even keeping the patients files. So not Si either.

Ne is entertaining, envisioning and enabling. I don't see him entertain anybody, except if somebody has a quite quirky sense of humor. I don't see him actually living much in the future or envisioning anything. I could maybe make a case of enabling, but not as his goal. So not Ne either.

The words for Ni are imaging, knowing and divining. Here I could make a case, that they are least partly fit House. But not as much as engaging, experiencing and enjoying do. So he has visible Ni, but not in the first two function.

The lat test is the one that I got from a little bit of personality. It is a quick test: Does he first look outward or inward? House, when getting the information, first think about it for at least a couple of seconds before having a reaction (I). Does it first do the action or seek opinions? House searches for opinions a lot, be it different diagnosis or opinion of other people about what to do. He always wants more options (P). Does he first concentrate on the experience or concepts? House usually gets his ideas from one experience and transport it to another experience. It starts with specific experience (S). And the last one is the meaning or use? Well, House is a lot more about the use of everything, from people to diagnosis, and he is not really that strong on the meaning (T).

So far all the things point to ISTP.

Cooked Apples Recipes

Cooked apples with walnuts and Vanilla Icecream

Recently I have got really interested in the cooked fruit to experiment while cooking. This recipe was inspired in part by random snippets that I remembered, like that cooked apples go together with walnuts. The other part was based on this recipe.

This recipe can be done in a little over 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Grinned Walnuts
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Recipe:

  • Cut the apples in half, remove the middle part, so they look like a makeshift cups
  • Put inside the cinnamon and walnuts
  • Put the piece of butter on top of it
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C
  • Cook for 20 minutes
  • Served topped with vanilla ice cream

The Results of my Entrepreneur DNA Test from the Founder Institute

I have gotten my results to the Founder Institute's Entrepreneurial DNA test, where they told me that I am a Visionary. They are apparently the people that:

are always looking at the big picture, coming up with new ways to push the limits. You are constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ideas, and devising new ways to put them into action.

Which, alright, it is faltering and I hope that I am that kind of person. Out of all of the profiles that they have listed on their website, this one seems to be the most like me. Even though, deep down, I would prefer the Strategist one.

What I am interested is in a specific part of the personality that I had different from other people. Apparently visionaries have higher openness (which is true for me), higher fluid intelligence (possible true, as long as mensa IQ measures fluid intelligence) and higher extroversion (which is not true at all).

They do write, that I have lower emotional stability, which I would say is true, even though the tests don't show it as strongly. So I have to be careful because:

I may have the tendency to become overly negative in stressful situations, which could hinder my potential as an entrepreneur.

So what are other entrepreneurial personalities, that they claim that they are possible. Here is a table comparing these personalities with different personality and intelligence traits:

Type of Entrepreneur Name Extroversion Openness Fluid Intelligence Conscientiousness Agreeableness Emotional Stability
The Visionary 40% above 20% above 10% above
The Machine 5% below 10% above 80% above
The Innovator 10% above 25% above 5% below
The Hustler 15% above 25% above 15% above
The Prodigy 15% above 45% above 25% above
The Strategist 5% above 10% above 55% above

I am not sure what the average population is, that they are matching against, but I am going to guess than it is all the people that wanted to take the test. Which means, that the average population is most likely skewed to match the types of people than are entrepreneurs. So the values above are most likely values compared to entrepreneurial group of people.

So, what can we learn from this? It tend to be better for people to have higher fluid intelligence, higher agreeableness, higher conscientiousness, higher extroversion, and in most cases, higher openness and higher emotional stability.

I find it interesting, that they claim that IQ and conscientiousness are not measured, as they have no predictive power. But there still list conscientiousness on their profiles, like the machine and the hustler. They also measure the fluid intelligence, which I was convinced that was equal to IQ, though I know that some IQ tests also measure crystallized intelligence, for example different measures of verbal IQ.

Well, taking the test was fun, even though I am kind of disappointed that I did not get a detailed results for myself. But I guess, considering that it is an evaluation test, it is not really meant for increasing self-knowledge.

Different Moods of Presentations

I remember when I was in the Toastmasters, I for some times was thinking about how to make my speeches more varied. Unlike most of my co-members, I was more interested in experimenting, than in polishing each speech and the basic skills. Now, I will admit that most members improved a lot more from speech to speech. But unlike the rest of them, I think I had less anxiety.

Well, in order to make it more varied, the following list helped a lot. I think I got the list from one of the Steve Pavlina's videos, but I am unable to find it again. I think it was his presentation before the conscious heart workshop.

Here is the list:

  • lecture
  • storytelling
  • reading
  • written exercises
  • partner exercises
  • small group exercises
  • sharing opinion / experience
  • crowdsourcing / brainstorming
  • demonstration
  • physical exercises
  • hot calls/live coaching
  • games
  • creative exercises
  • mingling
  • field work
  • Q&A

Inside the Toastmasters speech, there are some that are hard to be used, for example mingling or field work. But I had used 10 of these methods inside my speeches. And it was fun.

I am posting it here, in case somebody else also finds it useful.

Differences in Privacy Between US and Europe

I have recently read a quite interesting articles that discussed the differences in privacy between US and Europe. The main differences that it was supposed to exist, is between dignity and liberty. In Europe, the value of dignity privates and that means that every person has the right to control their own image, created from the distrust in the mass media. In US, the liberty is relatively a much more important value, brought forth by their distrusts in the state, which means that they have the right to the privacy at their homes, and protecting the free speech and free markets.

This actually explains a bit, why I am sometimes surprised at some of the resistance that I see in an occasional news from US. I never understood what was the problem of requiring everybody to have an ID, or why people are so against the registration of the weapons. But if their notion of privacy really came from their distrust in the state power, then this makes is more acceptable.

The article also has an interesting historical overview of why Europe has these values.

As I like personality types, I have also started to think about what does this mean from the personality point of view. I could actually see this from the perspective of the Jung's function.

I think it could be explained from the place of where the problem stems. In the US, the problem is the state, a giant, usually Te like organization, where their goal is to make the running of the country efficient, while achieving all of its goals. In the Europe, the problem was mass media, the Fe like way of spreading information, so everybody can be aware of it and judge them.

It is interesting to notice, that US is a country with a highly developed Te. Things are a bit more complicated in the Europe, as it is a group of different groups with different personalities, that are nonetheless connected together with the shared historical narrative, if nothing else. Thought, maybe the same is true for US, but from the outside perspective, I just can't see it well.

Why I find this interesting to notice is, as from my limited understanding of Jung, the dangerous part are usually the parts that are less developed. But I guess this is not that relevant in this case.

But in this case, it seems like people are alright with the opposite of them, so the Europe is relatively more alright with the state intervention than US. But also US is more alright with the intrusion into their life from the non-state parties than Europe.

But now I am starting to think... about about the non-Western civilizations? What values do, for example Japan, have for their privacy?

The Role of Universities

I have recently been thinking about the role of Universities in the education of people. For now, being involved with a couple of different ones in different countries, I could see the differences in teaching style, goals, scope, depth and organization, including whole administration and what are the requirements. This is even more prominent now, as in Slovenia our student organization (ŠOU) had introduced into the parliament the law. While I am not sure what their goal is, I am assuming that what they are discussing in their proposal is what they think is important for students.

Sadly, trying to get what they want out of the education from that proposal is impossible. Not that because it would be hard to read, it is actually not, presuming one knows Slovenian, which most, though not all, people affect by it know it. It is because it reads more like a proposal for changes in the social transfers than having anything to do with the actually education.

There are other indications of the role of University that I have seen. I have recently had a conversation with one of my teachers about my master thesis. It was very interesting that I was encouraged to do a master thesis for a company, because it is a good opportunity for the possible employment later on. That most people actually pick either than or doing a project for the company they already work for.

This actually gives a picture of trade education. People go to the university in order to learn a trade. The structures in the university actually make it harder for a person to get a more well-rounded education. Why? Because it is hard to take subjects from different faculties in the same university. And I know that it can be quite hard, as I took neurology and programming as electives when I was enrolled at the Faculty of Economics. And one can imagine that there is no neurology course there, even though we apparently have researches that do fMRI studies together with cognitive neurology laboratory.

When this is put together than at least the the Faculty of Economics there are only 12% of credits that can be taken with the electives. The rest of the classes are already predefined based on which department at the Faculty of Economics did a person pick at their study. In the cognitive science, this is a bit different, but there is a reason for this. There they only predefine the first year of masters and they are a bit flexible on the subjects. They don't do any of this for the second year, but that might be because everybody needs to go abroad in the second year and write their masters, so there is not a lot to be able to redefine it.

So when I was visiting the WU or cognitive science program in the University of Vienna, I was a bit surprised at the organization. While WU is quite strict, they seems to at least have modules, so people can choose what they are interested in and not do everything the same as everybody else. At the University of Vienna cognitive science program they were even more flexible and taking with them, apparently the Bologna reform gave them the feeling that they are less flexible. Even though they only have to argue why the subject is relevant for the mayor in order to be counted toward their core subjects.

The more the system is flexible the more it comes closer to what I have always seen the role of the University. I have seen the role as the place where people could get knowledge in order to be better informed. I have this (probably unrealistic) vision of people through their life attending courses in the subjects they are interested in. This way the people could get the equivalent to a couple of university education in their lifetimes. And I can not see how the society would be worse of if more people knew comparative literature or the history of Madagascar or the physics needed for civil engendering.

This would require a couple of things, two of them would be a more flexible workdays and the wish for people to actually learn various things. The last one is the one that worries me, as some people seems very unmotivated for any kind of learning. But this is something that I will have to accept. Even if these people, who still want to be educated, are the ones that are shifting at least some of the education that the university provide to be more like the trade schools.