INT. UNIVERSITY SCIENCE LAB – DAY
CLOSE UP on a picture of a family, firmly clasped in a man’s hands. We see a husband, wife, daughter, and someone’s tears dripping onto the frame.
PULL BACK. Sunlight bursts through a large window, highlighting glass beakers on a bench.
We see a teary man, a scientist, giving his last goodbye to a family he will never see again as he shoots a rainbow liquid from a test tube, and the picture slipping from his hands.
DOCTOR ROBERT BLAKE, A QUANTUM
PHYSICIST, DEVELOPED A SHRINKING
Personality tests reveal inner worlds and expose ways in which people operate.
At work, the fifteen of us in our department of pen jockeys had to take the MBTI personality test. The entire process formed greater empathy toward each other, which was an interesting outcome. But not as interesting as several people failing their personality tests. How, you ask.
When the official MBTI practitioner put us as a group through a secondary line of questioning to qualify our initial results, this process revealed how certain people were off by a letter.
In the MBTI test, you get a four letter designation – ENTJ, ISFP, INTP and so on. There are 16 types all up with each place in the four letter designation either going to one end of the spectrum or the other. For the first place E and I are the letters, which stand for Extrovert and Introvert, which explain how you take in energy.
Several people in my department got the last letter mixed up, where they were meant to have a J in place of a P or vice versa. J is for Judgemental, which means you are very organised, while P if for Perceptive, which means you can understand deeper layers of information around you.
Because certain people got their last letter wrong, it revealed how these people wanted to see themselves rather than seeing themselves as they are. They chose answers on the initial MBTI test that were in opposite to who they truly are. The reason why this happened seems to be rooted in some cognitive bias on their part.
So, be wary of people who spout their MBTI designation at you willy nilly, as more often than not they will want you to think that they’re something, which they’re in fact not.
The Invisible Man is an excellent modern day Universal Monster movie that uses our cinematic conditioning to build tension from start to finish. Quite an impressive feat and one that tells a serious domestic abuse story through the lens and conventions of horror. A top performance from Elizabeth Moss and an insanely cool and scary Invisible Man – especially with how he turns invisible – though he is one proper evil bastard.
Many people didn’t talk. Could you imagine a Labanian who didn’t like to talk? It was unnatural. I didn’t like it, the deathly silence. But what was worse was how, as that giga-storm raged on, those pits became wells. We thought they were bottomless, but they weren’t. And many of us got to see our loved ones again, even though they were long-dead and broken from the fall.
Always prefer the concrete word to the abstract. Almost prefer the direct word to the circumlocution. And use transitive verbs that strike their object; in the active voice, eschewing the stationary passive.
Sometimes beard hair will grow back thicker in certain spots after a trim but will reset itself after a shave or two. Go figure.