Blogger Widgets Ender-Chan's Thoughts: July 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Strengths Test

Your Talents Results are:
(from highest to lowest)

Rank Talent Strength Potential Main Objective Description Score Video explanation
1 Thinker Intellect Intellect and thinking to filter information. Individuals with the Thinker talent can have deepness in their thoughts and are introspective. This talent can help to simplify complex information, concepts or ideas. 96 Click Me
2 Information Excavator Information Input To dig and validate information. Individuals with the Information Excavator talent are good are digging into information and collecting things. This talent can help to collect and review things and information in order to find errors. 96 Click Me
3 Analyst Analyze Analyze to find root causes. Individuals with the Analyst talent can be very good at understanding cause and effect. This talent can help explain how things work and how they are related. 96 Click Me
4 Believing Believe Believe and doing the 'right thing'. Individuals with the Believing talent can have a solid set of core values by which they choose to live. This talent can enhance ethical standards and integrity, and when presented with alternative paths will tend to choose the 'right one'. 96Click Me
5 Recognition Significant Get Recognition and be in front of others. Individuals with the Recognition talent can seek to have influence and to be important. This talent can generate the necessary drive to try to make a difference in the world. 93Click Me
6 Solutions Finder Ideate Ideate new ways to solve problems. Individuals with the Solutions Finder talent love concepts and ideas. This talent can help them to see underlying concepts that unite disparate ideas. 91Click Me
7 Organizer Arrange Arrange and optimize resources. Individuals with the Organizer talent like to organize and can have the flexibility to place things right where they need to be. This talent can help people to figure out how all pieces come together for the best results. 91Click Me
8 Fixer Restore Restoration and troubleshooting to solve problems. Individuals with the Fixer talent can be very good at finding what is wrong in a problem and solving it. This talent can restore things to their normal functioning. 87Click Me
9 Visionary Futurist Envision a better Future. Individuals with the Visionary talent are inspired by the future and its endless possibilities. This talent can help to inspire people to create new projects and initiatives. 87Click Me
10 Excellence Maximize Maximize performance by Focusing on people's potential. Individuals with the Excellence talent like to stimulate group and personal performance to their maximum. This talent can help them to focus on people’s strengths in order to improve from average to great performance. 87Click Me
11 Prudent Deliberate Deliberate carefully to find a safe solution. Individuals with the Prudent talent can take serious care when making decisions and will look to anticipate potential obstacles. This talent can bring a detailed step-by-step plan taking into account every possible scenario. 87Click Me
12 Potential Cultivator Develop Develop people's potential. Individuals with the Potential Cultivator talent love to work around people's development. This talent provides the ability to recognize and cultivate the potential in others. 87Click Me
13 Student Learn Learn to do things to reduce time to performance Individuals with the Student talent are energized by the process of learning and continuously improve their expertise. This talent can help to bring new or better knowledge to an activity or project. 84Click Me
14 Unifier Connect Connect and unite people & things. Individuals with the Unifier talent can believe that there are few coincidences in life; every event has a profound meaning. This talent can help them to show there is a 'bigger' reason for every event in life and bring spirituality. 84Click Me
15 Foreman Commanding Commanding and directing (people). Individuals with the Foreman talent can be direct, decisive and take control of a situation. This talent can help a person to be a leader without fear of confrontation. 84Click Me
16 Initiator Activate Activate new Projects. Individuals with the Initiator talent can allow a person to start a lot of things. This talent can help transform thoughts into actions and get things into motion. 84Click Me
17 Consensus Harmonize Harmonize in order to solve conflicts. Individuals with the Consensus talent can have the ability to calm tense situations. This talent can help in a conflict, to lookout for areas of agreement and search for win-win solutions. 82Click Me
18 Understand Others Empathize Be Empathic to people's emotions to help solve them. Individuals with the Understand Others talent can have a unique ability to sense the emotions of others. This talent can help them to identify and conciliate people’s emotions. 80Click Me
19 Presenter Communicate Communicate (messages) information. Individuals with the Presenter talent like to be heard and find it easy to convert thoughts into words. This talent can help them to explain complex concepts and use words to inspire action and education. 80Click Me
20 Motivator Positive Positive attitude and motivation to move people. Individuals with the Motivator talent can have a unique ability to get others excited about something. This talent can find and show the positive side to any situation and to reduce fear when confronting new situations. 78Click Me
21 Hard Worker Achieve Achieve results. Individuals with the Hard Worker talent can have a constant drive to accomplish meaningful tasks. This talent can help a person to be willing to work arduously to reach a goal. 76Click Me
22 Flexibility Adapt Adapt in chaotic environments. Individuals with the Flexibility talent can have the ability to change direction as quickly as needed. This talent can bring great adaptability in order to work better in constantly changing environments. 76Click Me
23 Winner Compete Compete with others to win. Individuals with the Winner talent love to measure their performance against other people. This talent can stimulate others to set higher standards for their own performance. 73Click Me
24 Equalizer be Fair Be Fair and treat people the same. Individuals with the Equalizer talent are aware of the importance of treating people the same. This talent can help them to treat people equally to promote impartiality and fairness. 73Click Me
25 Personalizer Individualize Individualize people to understand their differences. Individuals with the Personalizer talent can have an innate sense to identify people’s differences. This talent can be used to find the uniqueness of individuals to create successful teams. 73Click Me
26 Integrator Include Include left out people to generate social improvement. Individuals with the Integrator talent can recognize when others are excluded and fully understand the repercussions. This talent can help the person to work diligently to include everyone and generate social improvement. 71Click Me
27 Planner Strategize Strategize; plan and identify relevant obstacles (to avoid them). Individuals with the Planner talent can be able to see a clear direction through the complexity of a situation. This talent can bring efficient ways around obstacles in order to reach a goal. 69Click Me
28 Charismatic Meet People Meet people to get new relations. Individuals with the Charismatic talent like the challenge of meeting new people. This talent can help to have a special magnetic appeal to others that will make it easier for them to create connections with people. 64Click Me
29 Prioritizer Focusing Focusing on important things. Individuals with the Prioritizer talent can have the ability to find and focus on the important things. This talent can bring a clear sense of direction and reduce the effort required to accomplish a task or project. 64Click Me
30 Stucturer Disciplined Be Disciplined and create routines to avoid rework. Individuals with the Structurer talent like order and rules; they set a plan and follow it. This talent can bring order, discipline and structure into an activity or project. 62Click Me
31 Commitment Responsible Be Responsible in order to complete activities. Individuals with the Commitment talent often take personal ownership of the promise they made. This talent can bring extra effort in order to follow through on commitments. 62Click Me
32 Confidence Self-Confident Self-Confidence to lead or create new ways. Individuals with the Confident talent can trust in their abilities to manage their life. This talent can bring certainty when making decisions. 53Click Me
33 Historian Contextualize Contextualize situations in order to not repeat the same mistakes. Individuals with the Historian talent need to know and look into the past. This talent can be used to look into the past to make better decisions in the present. 49Click Me
34 Group Relations Relate Relate in order to integrate groups. Individuals with the Group Relations talent like to have deep bonds and close relationships with others. This talent can have the ability to build stronger relationships between people. 47Click Me

The link is here.
As stated by this test, my predominant strengths are strengths of analysis. Not a day goes by when I don't find an idea, dig for information, flip it around, run it through my own perspective, apply it to understanding another idea, and start the whole cycle over again. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Disability and Cognitive Functions: The Tertiary Function and Loops

Your tertiary function is the function that you engage in when you are being childish or childlike. This function comforts the dominant function and is used to recharge it. It is how we are creative and playful at its best and how we are immature and derailing at its worst. The tertiary function is often used along with the auxiliary in order to back it up.

When your tertiary function kicks in, you feel like a new person. Depending on what your tertiary function is, it can assist you in either seeing things from other perspectives (perceiving) or considering other factors in your decision making (judging). Your tertiary function forces you to challenge deep-seated beliefs or adopt better systems. For example, the ESFJ has tertiary Ne that enables extrapolation off of what the ESFJ already knows from auxiliary Si.

Living with a disability can force cognitive function development. The tertiary function is one of those functions. Humor, a skill developed by many PwDs as a survival tactic, is the prime place to see the tertiary function at work. An INTP may make a satire on how applying for accommodations or benefits is unnecessarily complicated using dominant Ti to make the satire logically consistent and tertiary Si to incorporate their own experiences and the experiences of others with the faulty system. However, that is not the only use for the tertiary function.

As stated before, the tertiary function can be used to change one's modus operandi. For example, an INFJ may have a vision of what they see as best for everyone. However, tertiary Ti allows the INFJ to see that not everyone will benefit from it. The INFJ will proceed to adjust this vision to allow others to reject it while still maintaining the integrity of their original idea. The latter may not occur in a loop: overuse of the dominant and tertiary functions.

In a loop, the dominant and tertiary relay information to each other with little to no input from the auxiliary and inferior functions. Loops impede self-care and intrapersonal development by "blocking" these functions. A loop may render one exhausted or prevent reasoning as to what is realistic and aligns with one's values. Looping extroverted functions generates a fake energy and veneer of overcompensation while looping introverted functions promotes uncharacteristic callousness (Ti) or emotional irrationality (Fi).

Loops, at best, are precursors to and symptoms of neurological disorders. They are not disorders themselves, though. They can mimic anxiety and/or depression or be a symptom, but anxiety, depression, and other disorders are not loops themselves. Channeling an auxiliary or inferior function will allow the loop to "break"; with a disorder, there is usually no such luck.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Disability and Cognitive Functions: Judging Functions

The DiSCability official symbol* (Design: FlutistPride)
So, did you guys enjoy my little post on perceiving functions? Well, here come the judging functions! The judging functions influence decisions we make based on what makes sense to us (thinking) and our values (feeling). In a dominant or auxiliary position, our judging functions make up the predominant basis of our judgments. Like perceiving functions, these can be introverted (self-directed) or extroverted (outer world-directed).

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) (  FJ)
Fe takes "I feel your pain" to the next level. Fe users are empathetic and may even seem/be empathic in some cases. (Any type can be empathic; it is more likely for Fe users.) Fe users are adept at saying the right thing at the right time to suit your emotional needs, even if those things do not make much sense. Especially with dominant Fe, Fe users tend to have a sense of authority as in: "I know what's best for you". In the disability community, Fe is easily one of the most, if not the most, powerful functions. For better or worse, Fe unites people by appealing to their emotions. This can lead to the strongest bonds and the deepest rifts. It is common for autistic Fe users, especially Fe doms, to go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Fe validates the struggles of all positions and even takes them up as their own.

Introverted Feeling (Fi) (  FP)
Fi is focused on one's internal state and personal values. Contrary to popular belief, Fi is not judgmental in and of itself. Fi users respect the individuality of others while making no compromises on their own identity. They are often rather creative and love surrounding themselves with beauty according to their own definition. Fi users are blunt and opinionated, but they usually do not intend to hurt others by making such statements. Expression is a part of identity, the basis for an Fi user's personal values. Fi users tend to be more self-aware than other types; they often realize they are "different" early on. They tend to have strong views on how they think others should treat them and those close to them and are not afraid to say it. At the same time, Fi users respect, even admire, this kind of expression from others.

Extroverted Thinking (Te) (  TJ)
Te is all about efficiency, systems, and bare-bones raw facts. The disability community seems to be prejudiced against Te, which is why Te users in the community tend to feel out of place. Te users strive to make smoother transitions, advance measurably, and achieve goals. It is common for a disabled Te user to feel frustrated at their perceived lack of measurable achievement and, in turn, tenaciously strive to hone their skills in order to fulfill their need for such a thing. Te users tend to ignore their emotions, which can lead to a downward spiral. The spoon theory and like ideas appeal to Te users due to the use of a straightforward, logical interface to explain distribution of energy. Te users are quick to recommend products and services that they think will benefit others and will point out errors of fact in the blink of an eye.

Introverted Thinking (Ti) (  TP)
Ti reflects on presented and processed information by fitting it into a subjective framework of relative truths. Ti users can spot logical inconsistencies quickly and give the disability community the dose of flexibility and wit it needs in order to keep it afloat in the waves of adversity. They can sometimes come off as callous or even heartless. On the other hand, Ti users can appear to lack rationality. Ti users do not lack morals or reason. Instead, they are governed by an intricate web of consistent principles that they can shift for their own personal benefit as they please. The Ti user's favorite phrase is "Have you thought of it this way?". They generally enjoy playing devil's advocate and introducing new perspectives in order to challenge others' frameworks. Although Ti users can come off as aloof or uncaring, that is rarely the case. Ti users just care too much to cloud their words with personal biases that distract from what they are trying to say.

*Image Description: A robust white stick figure in a wheelchair that reads "DiSC" on the wheel in a clockwise direction. D (uppercase) is red, i (lowecase) is yellow, S (uppercase) is green, and C (uppercase) is blue. The image is on a blue background.

Disclaimer: Note that I understand the functions through my own functions. Although I try not to let any biases slip by, please do not read these descriptions as totally objective. I do not claim to be a professional psychologist. I'm just an enthusiast.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Disability and Cognitive Functions: Perceiving Functions

The DiSCability official symbol* (Design: FlutistPride)

Perceiving functions are the functions we use to take in and interpret information. They determine our preference for giving and receiving information. The functions, sensing and intuition, can be extroverted (directed towards the outer world) or introverted (directed towards one's self). The dominant or auxiliary perceiving function is used as the main mode of processing facts, finding patterns, and synthesizing them for further processing using judging functions. Perceiving functions are not directly used to make decisions, but rather provide the basis for decisions.

Extroverted Sensation (Se) ( S P)
Se is associated with movement and physical activity as well as refined praxis. Many disabled Se users mistype due to the nature of descriptions of Se. An Se user could be aware of their movements, but lack control over them. This frustrates Se users greatly. Se is the ability to use one's immediate environment to their advantage. An Se user is generally in tune with their physical self. This allows Se users to spot accessibility features/a lack thereof right off the bat, manipulate their bodies in ways others do not think to be possible, know when sensory overload is coming, and milk the potential of anything physical. Se is also known to be promoting. Se users know how to put on a show--and they enjoy doing it. This is a useful skill in advocacy and in succeeding in areas where others with similar abilities cannot. Paralympic athletes are (most likely) fine examples of high Se and disability in combination.

Introverted Sensation (Si) ( S J)
Si is not a good memory or a traditionalist viewpoint, though Si users tend to have such things. Si is looking back on a repository of carefully stored experiences in order to perform a certain task or cope with uncertainty regarding a situation. Si users, generally, do not trust what differs from what they know works. It is not that Si users are intolerant; they just prefer the tried and true over experimenting with the new. A disabled Si user generally seeks out others with similar experiences, usually with the intention of helping others like them. Such people usually join or start support groups. It is common for Si users to feel isolated when others do not share their experiences, which motivates them to band together and exchange impressions (unless the Si user has had a bad experience with experience sharing). 

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) ( N P)
Ne users are good at seeing possibilities because that's what Ne is: extrapolating to multiple outcomes from a single point. Ne-one can be Ne-thing according to Ne users. (<-Pun that would make an Ne user proud) When something is impossible, Ne users make it possible. Ne comes in handy for imaging improvements for assistive technology, better benefit systems, and noticing underlying patterns behind disability perception. Ne users tend towards outlets that promote this explosive function's qualities such as blogging, arts, and public speaking. They do not like to settle for a known method when something else could be better. Ne users are likely to have colorfully decorated assistive technology among other things. These people use their intuition to extrapolate to other possibilities of how others experience their lives rather than "just knowing" or experiencing it for themselves.

Introverted Intuition ( N J)
Ni users get straight to the point: that is, their vision of how things should be. Ni users make great activists because they doggedly pursue their visions. However, Ni users are often reluctant to implement large-scale visions knowing they will yield disappointment. They tend to shoot straight towards their goals knowing how they should look exactly and tend to have little regard for the sensory aspects of life. This is both advantageous and detrimental as it leads to more security regarding appearance, but decreases awareness of one's physical needs. Ni users tend towards writing. However, Ni writing has a clear objective rather than having random, seemingly incoherent thoughts. Ni swings back and shoots straight to land on a target. Where these targets come from is often only known to the Ni user. Personal symbolism is another component of Ni that others tend to miss. Ni users draw vague conclusions about what certain things mean to them; an Ni user can write an entire article about what a certain object means independent from any impressions with said object.

*Image Description: A robust white stick figure in a wheelchair that reads "DiSC" on the wheel in a clockwise direction. D (uppercase) is red, i (lowecase) is yellow, S (uppercase) is green, and C (uppercase) is blue. The image is on a blue background.