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Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week

We have been doing Fridays @ Five for a little over a year now. You know the format. The kinds of things we like to share. Have you ever wanted to share something on Fridays @ Five? Here’s your chance! 

Send us your favorite resources with a short blurb explaining why you like them. We will select the resources that seem most in line with our mission and message, and we will credit you if you want. Send your [email protected] ideas to [email protected] and put Fridays @ Five in the Subject Line. Include whatever personal information you want to share (name, type, country of residence). 

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Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.

It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.

 

 1.  THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MORTALITY 

 I came across this interesting interview in Spiegal Online. Death researcher and Psychologist Sheldon Solomon shares some of the things he has learned about how people are affected by the constant fear of death. Interestingly, it seems to bring out the worst in some people. He mentions some people will lean towards more conservative viewpoints when reminded of their mortality. For instance, Conservatives have less patience for Liberals and Liberals have more patience for Conservatives. I’m assuming this is related to some deep programming around heaven and the type of people who get in.
I couldn’t figure out the reasoning behind this statement: “Death anxiety makes us hate people who are different.” Unless it is related to the Ego. If our Ego’s greatest fear is elimination, then people who are different from us would be another reminder that our Ego isn’t as important as we think it is. So, someone whose fear of death makes them hate others is completely under the control of their Ego. What do you think? Why would death anxiety make people hate anyone who is different? –Holly, ENFJ

2.  WHY YOU WILL MARRY THE WRONG PERSON

This gem popped into my in box and made my morning. The title caught my attention and the content didn’t disappoint. Humorous and honest. What does it mean to be loved? What does it mean to love? Why are we drawn to people who will cause us to suffer in a familiar way? Fascinating. This video speaks for itself. It offers so many perspective shifts, I think I will watch it a second time. –Michael INFP

3.   RELIGION RUINS YOUR SELF ESTEEM

I just started listening to the personality hacker podcasts – I want to thank you guys for what you’re doing and also recommend this youtube series to both of you: ‘Losing my Religion’ about spiritual abuse. She lost her family, friends, and many years of her life to this church. Few people have watched these videos, but I’ve watched and listened to ALL of them in the past few days and they are illuminating. I think they’re amazing. I’ve been listening all week and I now feel so surprised and embarrassed about the road I was heading down. I was involved in a very conservative evangelical church for JUST a year, and my self esteem (and intelligence) took a nose dive.  I originally joined because I lost my job and was depressed and looking for answers. I was always liberal Christian, only an occasional church goer, and enjoyed it, so I figured why not? I now know why not.

I left recently – I kept questioning ideological points and doing research on their reading material and they cooled on me quickly. I just couldn’t buy into everything. I’ve been upset and embarrassed but now I just feel lucky I didn’t waste more time. Some of my other favorite videos: Thanks for reading this – listen to her other videos – My Church Addiction, Sheeple Addiction, Why Abused People Don’t Leave Cults, and Church: A Surrogate for the Down and Out.
–Jessie, INTP


4.  WHY EATING HEALTHY IS HARD 

I came across this video on Facebook awhile back. I really enjoyed it because it nicely demonstrates how “expert” opinion of food and diet changes so radically from one day to the next. I was reminded of the recent article from the American Heart Association that Coconut Oil isn’t healthy. I already had my doubts about the value of the AHA input after pushing margarine and vegetable oil for so many years. I personally believe that their suggestions may have contributed to heart disease and obesity. For more info, check out Beware of more Misinformation from the American Heart Association on Coconut Oil and Saturated Fats –Charis, INFJ

5.   GENERATIONAL COMEDY

I was in a particularly salty mood last night and I decided it might help to watch some acerbic stand-up. I had already watched all the specials from my favorite comedians: Bill Burr, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Louis C.K. So, I asked my Millennial stepson if he had any suggestions. He suggested Bo Burnham. So, we watched his Netflix special, What. As it got started, I couldn’t deny that this guy was a great performer with massive amounts of energy. But I wasn’t really getting into his comedy. It wasn’t acerbic enough. As I was trying to figure out how to bail without hurting my stepson’s feelings, it occurred to me why I wasn’t resonating with Bo. All the comedians I like are Gen Xers, just like me. They see the world through a similar lens as me. I’m looking at this kid who was only 22 when he did What and I realize he is a Millennial. His perspective of the world is going to be different from mine. Once I could recognize that difference and stopped expecting him to be a Gen Xer, I started enjoying his comedy. His act is really rather ingenius and there are lots of delicious Millennial tidbits scattered throughout. I recommend checking it out just to appreciate the new face of comedy as Millennials start taking to the stage in growing numbers. –Charis, INFJ

 

 

So there you have it.

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Charis Branson
Charis Branson is a Medical Qigong practitioner, professional massage therapist, speaker, author and thought leader. As an INFJ (Perspectives/Harmony in the Genius System) she understands many of the challenges that the Intuitives in the Personality Hacker community deal with. Charis is the Director of Operations for Personality Hacker.
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  • Marilyn Nave
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    Enjoyed your curation of these five and your insights. Thank you, Charis.

    • Charis Branson
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      Thanks for the feedback, Marilyn! 🙂

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