REVIEW: The Secret Lives of INTJS by Anna Moss

The Secret Lives of INTJsThe Secret Lives of INTJs by Anna Moss

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I admit the secrecy of it all initially captured my attention. I’m still astounded by the fact that the secrets included within are not secrets at all.

The organization also needs to be improved and some parts of the work need to be hacked for consistency. The chapter about the difference between INTJs and INTPs should be put in the appendices (because the author has another book about INTPs) because her personal recount of somebody she cannot remember the name of but can recall features is hilarious to me. -_-

More importantly, I find that a secret shared to everyone defies the very definition of secret.

I will try to come up with a more substantial review when I feel the need to do so.

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MARCH Articles

I’ve been wanting to do this project for a long time. My Goodreads READ-shelf shows I’ve been too into Japanese comic books recently (so far 58 books out of 60 are comic books lol) so I thought reading articles in my spare time will even things out.

How am I planning to execute this? 
I had considered having a monthly wrap up for my blog posts until I realized that my blog count depends on how often I post…which is erratic in nature. Considering the amount of articles I read a month, I cogitated the idea of summarizing my thoughts for all of them instead of reviewing them one by one. Think of it as a Youtube Beauty Guru doing a monthly haul, or having her Monthly favorites, or empties video (yep, I spent my time binge-watching Youtube videos too!) so lo and behold!

Without further ado, here are the articles I read this month:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/23/why-we-read-authors-and-readers-on-the-power-of-literature
I’ve always thought that it is important for a writer to read but anything I have to say has already been said-er-written here.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160908-the-language-rules-we-know-but-dont-know-we-know
http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170313-the-secret-language-you-speak-without-realising-it
BBC is a great site where people can read substantial articles and the links I have written above are awesome examples. I have always been intrigued by language structures be it Japanese or English and I’m quite sure a number of languages out there out to be examined as well. Still, not everyone can be a philologist.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160912-the-dark-side-of-roald-dahl
I have written a review on BFG (here) not knowing that there is more to it than my poorly written feedback. It didn’t come as a surprise though that literary works come in different shades –or what are literary criticisms for!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/newu1671/80-signs-youre-an-intj-cz0z?utm_term=.rymRARvaA#.sj7mvmAwv
Not exactly an article but I still love this list from Buzzfeed. I posted something about getting INTJ in some personality tests (you can read it HERE)but somehow answering them triggers a compulsion to get the answers ‘right’. This list however almost convinces me that maybe, yes, I am… Still, it won’t hurt to know for sure.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170303-eight-words-that-changed-the-way-we-think
I love the idea that there are eight words that changed the way we think, to be honest but the crowding of words in the article made it rather difficult for me to just pinpoint which things I have to focus on. I’m thinking whether it is because my vocabulary has to be further honed by the writer, or the idea was to intimidate people because the article was about words. In short, it’s verbose. Then again, it’s worth sharing. And it has Muggle in the list, that’s enough a reason.

You may have noticed that I read a number of articles dated 2016 but hey, these posts are about articles I have read in a month, not the articles-written-in-a-month that I’ve read (does that make sense?).

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I am Not That Jazz (or how I see myself as an INTJ)

Putting a label on one’s personality is quite hard. With each passing day, we grow and develop our characters influenced by our society, the things we read, we see, and we feel and these factors help us perceive things in different angles and respond to them accordingly.

Knowing this, you might think I don’t like taking personality tests. On the contrary, I do. I spend a number of hours trying to figure out what kind of behavior I actually exhibit and it feels good to learn different ways of analyzing one’s character therefore having different labels that are not at all contradictory to one another.

I took another exam featuring Myers-Briggs to verify something that has been bothering me for quite a time. I had taken three similar personality tests from different sites a number of months ago and two of them had yielded the same result. Note that I had taken them at different times as well. Lo, and behold, the most recent exam I took made the score 3/4.

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I typed INTJ + gif in Google images and found responses that seemed natural to me at times including this:

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Most likely my personality at the workplace has affected my responses to those exams–and the fact that I take exams well (lol). Other factors include language and time. Certainly the amount of time one spends on answering a personality examination endangers its accuracy due to his subjectivity. Say, there’s this question:

Regardless of what other people say, deep down I feel that I am… *
Pretty normal
Kind of weird

I wouldn’t choose NORMAL–heck no. There’s nothing more despising than being categorized with people who don’t know their own purpose in life. Then again, should I say I’m weird? That will be weird. ^_^ So it took me a long time to consider what I should choose.

Somehow a part of me thinks that this maybe the result of how I want to see myself. Do I act like this when I’m surrounded by people who know me well? Surprise! I don’t. But you don’t have to know what I am like, right? ^_^

What I somehow don’t understand in these personality examinations are the promotions that come after. Why do we need to ‘improve’ ourselves? Should we become better INTJs or any other classification? Or are we being molded to become ‘better’ individuals by changing parts of us that society cannot accept? There is also the question of what ‘better’ actually means.

After all, I personally believe a part of our personality depends on how others perceive us… but it doesn’t mean we need to care about what they think about us. I don’t think it is fair that a person can put a label to anybody’s character without spending enough time with him or her. Even married people tend to misinterpret their partners’ actions, parents can’t understand their children’s philosophies, and colleagues can’t decipher each other’s logic. Who knows, the INTJ beside you might be very different from the one who has written this post… but who still wants to determine if she’s actually an INTJ.

Although Buzzfeed took a pretty good shot at it and almost convinced me.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/newu1671/80-signs-youre-an-intj-cz0z?utm_term=.coqYqX2AP#.ruqnKLQ8v

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* The question  to http://personalityhacker.com

TBR 2017

tbr 2017These are the books I am definitely going to read after my Harry Potter and One Piece marathons–yep, I am not yet done and I am running out of excuses.

I know it is quite late compared to others who have already started their reading challenges this year but hey! We do have our own reading pace and styles *excuses excuses* so without further ado, here’s my TBR 2017 list.
FOUNTAINHEADThe book I have been postponing to read. Just the thickness of it intimidates me. Let’s not go to the font that is freakishly small. I remember buying the copy sometime in 2011… and after six years, I have just decided to include it in my TBR. I am not that intimidated, am I?
ANTHEM – Since the thick book is intimidating, I need to give Ann Raynd a chance by reading a much thinner book. I read from somewhere that this book also encapsulates her theory of Objectivism.
ATLAS SHRUGGED – When I saw its cover, I immediately fell in love. It has the same pattern as the other two! How cute was that! I thought it would complete my Ayn Raynd collection as I am not entirely into her but like Fountainhead, god! The font is too small.
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THE PERFECT STORM – I saw the movie and it still scares me from riding a ship. Life of Pi does the same thing only with a Richard Parker in it. i wonder if the book also does the same.
SPHERE– I am a big fan of Jurassic Park and although I don’t reread it as often as Harry Potter, I’ve read it at least five times and its sequel, The Lost World, three. I wonder if Michael Crichton could actually pull off another sci-fi novel without any dinosaur in it.
THE TWELVE DAYS OF DASH AND LILY – Syme of People Like Us gave me this book for Christmas and that time I was still in the middle of my recuperation and Harry Potter marathon so I couldn’t squeeze it in my 2016 TBR. This year, I intend to read it in December, too.
A BRIDGE BETWEEN US – I remember buying this when I was still teaching in high school. The summary reminded me of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club and since my Japanese has been improving lately, I thought I should learn more about the culture from a different perspective.
INFERNO – This is one of the books I bought out of a whim after reading too many stories from Readers’ Digest. That said, I haven’t even started reading any part of the book.
THE DIARIES OF JANE SOMERS – Doris Lessing is known for The Golden Notebook but I’m quite sure that she is also popular because of her other works. The truth is, I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of her known work so when I saw this book in 2012, I decided to buy it.
Honorary Part of the List:
SOPHIE’S WORLD – It has been a long time since I last read this book, I thought it might be a nice addition to my TBR.
The first quarter of the year is almost over and until now, I haven’t finished my marathons. The only books I managed to squeeze in were Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and Only Dull People are  Brilliant at Breakfast. Hopefully, I can start with any of these because, oh boy, this list is ambitious. lol
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Good old Bilbo

私はあなたの半分が私が好きであると同時に半分も知らない。私はあなたの半分以下、半分以下が好きです

or

私はあなたが好きなだけ半分を知らない。私はあなたの半分以下、半分以下が好きです

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I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

A 30-Day Vacation (December 11, 2016-January 2016)

Here’s a summary of what I did during my long vacation, something many people -surprisingly- have been wanting to find out.

  1. Finished reading 3 books
    a) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (as part of my Harry Potter Marathon)
    b) The Subtle Knife (finally!)
    c) The Amber Spyglass
  2. Finished watching:
    a) Uncontrollably Fond, Korean Drama – 20 episodes
    b) W-Two Worlds, Korean Drama – 16 episodes
    c) Hitman Reborn, Japanese anime – 203 episodes
    d) Bleach, Japanese anime – 15 episodes
    e) Slam Dunk, Japanese anime – 101 episodes
    f) Pete’s Dragon, movie
    g) Kubo and the Two Strings, movie
    h) Maxsteel 2, movie
    i) Harry Potter Series, 8 movies
    j) Keeping up with the Joneses, movie
    k) 君の名は (Your Name), Japanese movie
    l) Kung Fu Panda 3, movie
    m) Passengers, movie
    n) One Piece GOLD, Japanese movie
  3. Finished ten product reviews
  4. Had a wonderful match against my archenemy, mental block

I have been convincing myself ever since that I was productive. XP

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2017 RESOLUTION BOOK TAG

AN: I hope to have improvements in my blog and myself this year. I haven’t made New Year’s Resolutions for some years now and this is a good time to start again. In addition, this is the very first book tag I have created 😎

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1. How many books do you promise to read? 

As usual, I am gonna go with 25. It’s a reachable goal for someone who has to go to work. Besides, for some reason, I haven’t been able to conquer that goal for sometime,

2. Which genre which isn’t your favorite will you try to read more?

Historical-biographical classics. When I was in the university, it was second nature for us to read classics, buy classics, and analyze classics but that resulted to me being revolted to them. I couldn’t help but associate them to grades, spot-on analysis and hard-to-please teachers. then again some classic fantasy novels ended up being my favorites. However, historical-biographical ones are still quite vapid for me-I repeat before I bruise someone’s ego, for me– and I find it difficult to look for an interesting one.

3. Which genre will you try to force on a friend?

Historical-biographical too so I can have a friend someone to share the frustration with.

4. What book/s will you take with you when traveling?

Most people I know bring light-reading materials like their favorite novels or comic books. I plan to take with me easy-recipe books this year. As I am not getting any younger, I want to learn as many dishes as I can because the ones I know I can count with my fingers. Also, it will be fun to search for local recipe books in different places. But that’ s a different story.

5. How often will you post book-reviews?

I intend to post book reviews once or twice a month. I have promised to do a lot of things for my blog and in its nature, it involves other things apart from books so I cannot do more often than that. Also, I might need to schedule posts again for that to work. Everything has to wait though because I am still in the middle of Harry Potter Marathon.

6. How often will you read book reviews? 

I read book reviews after I read and review novels myself. Since that is a factor, then following #5, once or twice a month.

7. What book-related activity/ event will you promise to participate in?

Going to public libraries will be great. For some reason, I noticed I wasn’t able to frequent libraries apart from my own recently. It will be fun to see any improvement in equipment and selection of books.

Book donation program. I remember visiting a library several years ago and the experience was terrible. Books were so scarce and outdated and I’m not so sure if the younger generation can find relevance there. These days, internet provides them the information they need and coffee shops give the perfect ambiance, but I still believe that the atmosphere in the library is different and it will be great if younger people can appreciate that. One good way to ensure it is fill libraries with better books.

Literary seminar. With my job, the chance of attending one is 5%. So I hope this year, I can go to one. Since this is a resolution tag, I will make it happen.

No doubt, you have a lot of resolutions in mind, but I’d like to keep mine to a minimum 😅 If you would like to participate in the tag, please feel free to do so and leave your links down below so I can also read your answers. Have a blessed 2017, everyone!

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