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Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week

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.  


Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…



I found an animated interview with Stephen King today on Youtube. He discusses childhood and the subconscious–he says that he thinks we don’t remember much of childhood because “children think in corners, not in straight lines like we do as adults…like in dreams.” We know in a scientific context that it doesn’t *quite* work that way, but I love the metaphor (as I love all metaphors.)




I was scrolling through Tumblr this week when I found a list of short, scary stories. It included pieces like “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury, “A Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, and other famous works. I was compelled to read most of the ones I hadn’t already, but I found one in particular that I wanted to share–Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” I won’t say much about it, except that I think it is a delightful commentary on unhealthy Memory (Introverted Sensing).



phnowyouseeit3. NOW YOU SEE IT: YOUTUBE

I love movies. I think movies are some of the best gateways into understanding a culture or time period. A Youtube channel, Now You See It, covers some of my favorite movie-related topics like why characters swear, why we keep making zombie movies, and what film scores accomplish in a scene. If you’re a movie nerd, or even just interested in a new perspective on American culture, I highly recommend checking out this channel.





During a late-night search through Wikipedia, I discovered a type of thought-processing called lateral thinking, defined/invented by a man named Edward De Bono. This lead me to a page called “Situation puzzles,” and that’s what I want to share with you. Basically, you get a whole scenario and have to figure out the answer using only yes-or-no questions. When I was reading through the description, the data-collecting process felt very Accuracy (Introverted Thinking) to me.



Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed.

Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed.


Buzzfeed has done a couple “Powerful Images of the Year” pieces in the past, and I think this post is a good summary of a very memorable (but arguably very bad) year. I don’t include these photos as a summary of my beliefs, or a belief that Buzzfeed is a credible, unbiased news source, but I do think images are incredibly powerful introspection fuel.



So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.


Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.


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  • Jennifer Rodriguez

    I read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson when I was a freshman and 14 years old in my high school Honors English class. I loved it! I remember on an intuitive level resonating with what Ms. Jackson was trying to say about Society in her story but everyone in my English class hated it and thought it was sick. They criticized the teacher for assigning it to us and thought something was wrong with him. Then I remember when I tried to voice what I believed Ms. Jackson was trying to say about Society in class, which I wasn’t able to do in a very articulate manner because I only understood her ideas in an intuitive manner at that time and didn’t know how to express them in a manner that those who are sensor can find tangible. Everyone laughed at me and thought I was as sick as the teacher. I became disenheartened and never voiced my ideas again in class or in public for that manner. I’m so happy today to find someone else who liked this story as much as I did and has deemed it worthy enough to be called out to the public for all to read. It vindicates my (bad) high school memory.

    • Addison Dunlap

      Aw, I’m glad I could validate your experience! I had a lot of that happen to me in early high school too–I remember reading Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” and saying the poem reminded me of moths. Everyone in the class just blinked at me. It certainly didn’t convince me to keep my mouth shut (it still hasn’t) but I keep doing it to speak for other people 😛

    • Joshquinn Andrews

      I have an thought that came to me when I read your comment. Suppose the reason many people don’t like this story is because there is simply know one to intervene to stop this tradition from continuing?The story just ends with the way things are without either someone stepping up or someone showing up to save the day. Because being that it seems that most are only going to view this story on the surface level without looking deep into the themes of it, that’s probably one reason why a lot of people gotten turn off from reading it.

      Sorry you had to go through that experience in school. I never heard of a class reacting to a story like that to the point of calling the teacher sick. In the English Class I took know one got into an uproar when we read what had to been the saddest story we covered ( I think it was The Mocking Bird), but then considering The Lottery did get a lot of backlash when it was first publish I should not be that surprise (I was thinking all of that happen in a different time period people would had been over it, but I was wrong it seems). I encourage that you don’t allow what others say to keep you from expressing yourself. I had times in which I had trouble voicing my opinions as well. The best advice I can give is to take time to organize your ideas before you try verbalizing them (write them down if you have to). It’s something I been trying work on.

      Merry Christmas!

  • Joshquinn Andrews

    1. I do recall living in a dream state as a child. In some ways I think I still do in a way or to some extent (I do tend to daydream). As to why adults tend to forget what it was like being children, I think it has to do with that people get so caught in dealing with the chaos of their lives (regardless of whether they want to or not) that overtime it changes their way of thinking and therefore how they view life and the world around them.

    2. I think it’s more than just an example of how to misuse the Memory function, but also misusing the Harmony function as well (at least from what I read about the themes of the story after I finish reading it). I could sense that something about this event wasn’t quite right until the end when I realize what was about to happen. For what it is it’s a nice short story, but I was surprised to learn that a lot of people hated it when it was first published (so much to the point people went far as to send the arthur and her publisher hate male). I try to find reasons why people would be this bother by it at the time, and the only reasons I can find so far is that it struck people the wrong way as the story made them confront the reality that they are just as capable of committing evil acts as the dictators (according to this article: as well as being a criticism on traditions and a possible stereotyping of country folk from this other source: (which I can’t view entirely without signing up for a free trial first). I think it might be the former with the second one being another possibility, but then as I think about it there probably are multiple reasons.

    By the way, what genres of books do you like to read?

    3. Interesting channel! I watch two of their videos. One was “Disney Princess: Reality through Fantasy” and the other “Settings are Characters, Too.” The former discuss something I was already aware of, but at the time same time reminded me of how movies can have such an effect on how a mass of individuals and therefore being a catalyst for change. The latter touches on the importance of settings in stories and that they need to be given just as much attention as characters themselves, which was something I have been thinking of lately.

    Why I have been thinking of the importance of settings lately has to do with following a series of discussions from a gaming news channel I watch of two games I have been keeping tabs on since early this year. Those games being Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon! One of the things they discuss was the setting for the games (which takes place in area base around Hawaii this time) and how it seems to be playing a role in the story this time around as well as the number of culture that are present. From giving one of the games a try I can say that one of the positives I am enjoying from those games so far is the setting, and what was discuss seems to be ringing true, Compared to most of the games that came before, the setting is really standing out this time to the point it feels alive and vibrant. Plus the setting does have an affect with the story and how the characters live and behave their lives along side Pokémon, and I can just feel it. I know the setting is good when I feel I would like to live there if it were possible.

    Another example can think if where setting is played a huge role in a story is Disney’s latest movie Moana. What is funny about this example though is not only the setting is a character is a similar way settings from other stories are characters, but it’s “literally” character. The entire ocean is sentient, and it’s responsible for giving main character (who so happens to be name after the ocean) a task to fulfill as well as guides her to her destination. It also keeps her travel companions in check.

    4. This puzzle must suit you than. Anyway, sounds a game to play during a game night with friends/family over.

    5. I don’t follow year in reviews personally as they are too general. I’m introspective of the year from my own experience. With that said, I do agree that images can leave a powerful impact that makes one think as well as feel I would add. I generally like looking at art work as well as photos of different things (especially if the focus is nature, gardens or homey/antique décor/architecture). I use to even give critiques to artists back when I was active in DeviantArt as I shared how their art made me felt (as well as leaving pointer of what needed to be improved when necessary). By the way, just curious what do you like about year in reviews?

    • Addison Dunlap

      Thank you for the article on the lottery–I didn’t know there was as much backlash to the story as it sounds like there was. Great read.

      My favorite genre is science fiction and horror. Lovecraft, Bradbury, Philip K Dick, etc.

      I don’t know if I “enjoy” year in review posts, but I am incredibly forgetful and so I read them to remind myself of what happened, otherwise the last three years would blur together.

      • Joshquinn Andrews

        I see. So year in reviews help you to keep your memory of yearly events in check.

        Concerning The Lottery yeah it was surprising to learn about it, but thankfully in today’s time it’s recognize as being one of the great works produce within the U.S (at least to those who really understand the story). As for genres I figure as much base on the stories you mention in your post that you read before as well some of the topics you choose for your blog series. My favorite genres are Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery (specifically Detective), and Slice of Life with Steam Punk and Historic Fiction (as I mention before) I seem to have a leaning towards.

        • Addison Dunlap

          Yeah, I suppose if you’ve read these posts for any amount of time you’d know that I love horror. Haha. I’m not much of one for reading fantasy, but I do play D&D somewhat regularly so I suppose I could consider myself a fan as well?

          • Joshquinn Andrews


            Concerning Fantasy I would guess you are a casual fan of the genre.

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