Saturday Dec 13, 2008

Typealizer: analyzing your personality through your blog

illustration of the scientist Thanks to Mark Dixon I discovered Typealizer, a service that reads your blog and finds your psychological type. So of course I tried it on my own blog, as you will on yours shortly :-) . This is what it had to say:

INTJ - The Scientists

The long-range thinking and individualistic type. They are especially good at looking at almost anything and figuring out a way of improving it - often with a highly creative and imaginative touch. They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be pshysically hesitant to try new things.

The Scientists enjoy theoretical work that allows them to use their strong minds and bold creativity. Since they tend to be so abstract and theoretical in their communication they often have a problem communcating their visions to other people and need to learn patience and use conrete examples. Since they are extremly good at concentrating they often have no trouble working alone.

Well that not bad for flattery. So I reward them with this blog post.

They accompany their analysis with a brain activity diagram. This is the one I got:

Brain activity diagram for main blog

illustration of the travel category There is a lot in the cross section intuition and thinking, with some but not a lot of positioning in the practical. So being all happily scientifical I decided to try out what it would say if I pointed Typealiser to the Travel category on this blog. This is what it has to say on that aspect of my personality, perhaps it is true, a little in retreat recently.

ESTP - The Doers

The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

This also came with a brain activity diagram for that part of the blog

So clearly a lot more biased towards action, as a travel blog should.

Still both of these blogs are not allowing me to capture around half of my brain activity. The spiritual idealistic side is not very visible. I wonder if that means I should speak more about open source and linux? ;-) I tried the Art category of my blog but that did not move me more to the feeling type, nor did the philosophy section make me more idealistic, just again more of a thinker, which they characterise like this:

INTP - The Thinkers

The logical and analytical type. They are espescially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.

Now what could be interesting would be some way then to do the inverse search. Find out what your brains activity diagram should look like, and ask to find blogs that fit those categories, which one could then use as a guide to help one develop that aspect of one's personality - or find a partner :-)

Ps. a thought: after categorizing people into 16 different groups this still leave you with 8 billion people/16 = 500 million people to chose from and if every person just had 1000 web pages that would leave you with half a trillion pages to look at. So this character analysis can be useful, but there still has to be a lot of other criteria to make a good judgement call.

PPS. Oddly enough - or not - Ken Wilber's blog is categorised as being of the "executive type".

Sunday Sep 09, 2007

authentic paranoid fantasies

On 1 July 1936 Salvador Dali gave a fantastic presentation at the New Burlington Galleries in London. He arrived carrying a billiard queue in one hand , accompanied by 2 large dogs and determined to present his talk "Authentic Paranoid Fantasies" in a diving suite.

I read this story a year ago in Berlin whilst browsing the philosophy section of a large bookstore. On page 156 of "Spheres III: Foam", Peter Sloterdijk - a famous contemporary German philosopher, who now teaches in Vienna - quotes the following passage from Dali's Memoirs "Comment on Devient Dali", which in turn I have translated for your enjoyment below:

I had determined to give a talk during the exhibition in a diving suite as a representation of the subconscious. I was placed in the armor and even fitted with heavy lead shoes, making it completely impossible for me to move my legs. I had to be carried onto the stage. Then they placed the helmet on my head and screwed it tightly shut. I started my talk behind the thick glass in front of a microphone that clearly could not record anything. Nevertheless my mimicry fascinated the public. Soon though I ran out of air, my face turned red, then blue, and my eyes turned upwards. Clearly they had forgotten to provide me with access to air, and I was close to asphyxiation. I signaled to my friends through desperate gestures that my situation was becoming critical. One of them ran for some scissors and tried without success to puncture the costume; another one tried to unscrew the helmet, and as that did not succeed he started banging on the screws with a hammer... Two men tried to tear off the helmet and a third one continued whacking the metal so hard that I nearly lost consciousness.
On the stage one could only see a mass of wildly moving hands, from which I emerged now and again like a dismembered puppet, and my helmet sounded like a gong. The public applauded heavily to this successful Daliesque melodrama, which in their eyes clearly represented how consciousness was trying to communicate with the unconscious. I though nearly died during this triumph. As they finally ripped off my helmet I was as white as Jesus as he returned after his forty days of fasting from the desert.
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