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A Character Analysis of Gatsby

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Published on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 15:56 by Bill McAneny
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Champagne towerThe charismatic, enigmatic, introvert

An analysis of Gatsby reveals one of the most charismatic characters but we only truly learn about him as the story unfolds. His charisma shines even before anyone knows or has even met him, enigmatic and difficult to know. In retrospect that author describes him this way: “If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away.”

Building your Personal Brand around your Personality

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Published on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 15:52 by Dan Murfitt

CerealsPersonal branding has become a key part of personal development. Most of us now have a wide-ranging online presence; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, a personal website - and these each paint a picture of us as individuals and as professionals.

When building our personal brand it’s important to be authentic, not just because we’ll get found out if we’re not, but because we’re more likely to be happy and successful in areas in which we are strong. Part of our personal brand will be based on our skills and interests. For example, if you work in a technical field, such as a web developer, you might want to be seen socialising and blogging around new technology, programming, security and other web related areas. But all of this only paints half a picture. Our personality shows how we use our skills and interests, how we’re different from others, and maybe most importantly, why we do what we do.

You Know Someone is an Extravert When...

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Published on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 15:48 by Angharad Jones
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Thinking out loud“Where’s my… oh there it is” is a common phrase for the extravert. They say things as they think them and they need to talk through their thoughts to make sense of them. The upside is you’ll know the context, what’s happening, why they think things, how they got to their decisions. The downside is you’ll know and experience all the mind-changes and irrelevances too; like that they momentarily misplaced… something (they never finished that sentence)! If they are extravert ‘N’ they will go through their future ideas and plans, if they are extravert ‘S’ they will take you through the details.

Five Interview Tips for Introverts

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Published on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 15:41 by Dan Murfitt

Meeting roomBeing an Introvert in an interview doesn’t put you at any sort of disadvantage, but there may be a few areas where you could focus, especially if you’re shy, find it difficult sparking conversation, or just find the interview process daunting. We’ve seen a lot of press lately around Introverts and how they should jump in more, get in with the crowd and generally try and act more ‘Extraverted’, but actually there’s an upside to being a natural ‘listener’ rather than a natural ‘talker’. So here are some key areas which we think highlight the value of being an Introvert in a job interview.

The Double-A Side Dichotomy

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Published on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 14:38 by Bill McAneny

The BeatlesThe Sensing vs Intuitive dichotomy is an interesting one. It is all about how we experience the world and how we take in information. This is further determined by whether we are Extravert, in which case we orientate to the outside world, or Introvert, in which case we orientate towards our own inner world.

A really good example of this is in the lyrics of the Beatles’ ‘double A’ side single from 1967. On one side is the Lennon composed ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and on the other McCartney’s ‘Penny Lane.’ In the early days Lennon and McCartney wrote songs together but by the mid-1960s they were writing separately. And this ‘single’ represents their individual, very different character types extremely well.

Valentine's Day - Conflict vs Compatibility in Relationships

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Published on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:18 by Bill McAneny

Lauren and HardyWith Valentine's Day approaching the question is often asked: ‘will relationships work best with someone who is exactly like me or do opposite attract?’ And sadly the answer is ‘yes and no and yes and no.’ You see the issue of harmony vs conflict is one of adaption. Sure we can’t change our basic personalities but we can modify our behaviour; and that is where we can change conflict to compatibility - if we choose. And that will occur best when we understand the other person. We get to know someone and we adapt our behaviour to accommodate, we consider our impact on them, we recognise they see the world differently from us; and we have compatibility. Relationships have to be worked at and this is best achieved through mutual understanding.

Lance Armstrong - the INTJ interview

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Published on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:13 by Bill McAneny

Lance ArmstrongThe interview with Oprah seems to highlight Lance Armstrong’s INTJ type, the scientific, non-relational nature of his statements, the way he drills deep and the way he constructs his reality. Oprah begins with three short, binary, convergent questions which elicit similar responses:

Q. Did you ever take banned substances to enhance cycling performance? A. Yes Q. Was one of those substances EPO? A. Yes. Q. Did you use any other banned substances? A. Yes

She then asks a more penetrating, divergent question:

OW: Was it possible to win without doping?

Lance Armstrong is almost surprised by such a question coming up so early, yet his answer has a hard-edged honesty which is focused in an ‘N’ like way, far more broadly placing him in the context of the sport and the time.

Bowie at his own pace

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Published on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:10 by Bill McAneny

Being ten years since his last musical offering isn't surprising given David Bowie's ISFP personality. He won't be rushed, works at his own pace and will only ever put something out there if he has something to say (why say anything if there's nothing to say?) ISFPs are often caught in the moment and can seem to 'disappear' for long periods of time whilst they are actually totally immersing themselves in something new. Bowie, at 66, doesn't feel either the artistic or commercial pressures to churn stuff out and so he will have been slowly and carefully immersing himself in something fascinating and he will only come out when he's ready, very much an ISFP trait. People may say 'where have you been' and his answer, if he did answer, would be 'where haven't I been?'

The personality of Santa Claus

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Published on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:04 by Bill McAneny

SantaSanta Claus is known the world over, yet what character type is he? We know him essentially from descriptions in stories and songs. Let’s start by looking at the lyrics to “Santa Claus is coming to town:”

“He's making a list
And checking it twice; 
Gonna find out
Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!”

Wow quite judgmental, but kindly and boy does he like his lists! Let’s break it down a little further:

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

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Published on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 10:14 by Bill McAneny

Susan Cain - the voice of the introvert

Susan Cain makes some hugely important points in her TED Talk, a long overdue defence of the introvert, the roles they can play and the value they can add within business and society. Her basic premise is that as society we are attuned to the voice of the extravert and value noise over quiet. So many of the ‘self-help’ books and websites almost view introversion as a ‘condition’ and that ‘the introvert’ has to work hard and learn to be an extravert. 

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