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Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week

We are going to be changing the format of Fridays @ Five just a bit. Up until now, Addison Dunlap has been selecting the resources each week. However, Addison is going to be taking a break since she is busy with college and her summer internship. We here at PH really want to thank her for sharing literally hundreds of resources with us. Thanks, Addison!

So, this is where we appeal to the Personality Hacker community. 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). 


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.



I really like this podcast because of the way the hosts treat every subject very thoroughly. They present evidence that represents both sides of an issue in an effort to let the audience make up their own minds. One of their more recent episodes was on whether or not the CIA created the 1960s counterculture. Some people believe the CIA experimented with LSD in hopes of weaponizing it as a mind control drug. On a related subject, another recent episode asked, “Did Hallucinogens Create Religion?” I thought that was already widely accepted. –Roy, INTJ



I recently discovered David Foster Wallace’s “Good Old Neon” in connection with Enneagram type 3 and was fascinated by the way his mind works. I began looking deeper into his work and I found a commencement speech he gave in 2005 to Kenyon College. I loved the way he articulated the constant human struggle with thought so completely and yet simply. I found myself internalizing the message. “Choice…I have choice. I get to decide how I think. The filter I view the world through. I’m free. I can rise above my default settings of thought. My automatic default ticker tape of lower vibration observations. I have the power. I sometimes forget the world right in front of me and need to keep reminding myself, ‘this is water.’ Freedom!”  –Kimberly, ENTJ



On June 7 a new museum opened in Helsingborg, Sweden. A museum that celebrates failure instead of success. I like this idea. I think we have a tendency to fear failure – or believe failure is the opposite of success. Yet, I believe it is that excessive fear of failure in our society that prevents so many people from even trying. If we spent a little more time exploring how many failures the uber successful endured on their way to the top, maybe we would feel less paralysis and start reaching for the stars. –Charis, INFJ



How is your smartphone like a slot machine? Ask technological ethicist Tristan Harris. He is on a mission to change the way we are manipulated by technology. Every time we pick up our phone and check it for messages, likes, emails, or alerts we get a hit similar to pulling on a one-armed bandit. And the more alerts there are the more often you will check in order to get that little bump of adrenaline when someone we want to hear from has reached out. I find myself doing it. Sitting somewhere watching TV, reading, or working on my laptop I will find myself checking my phone every couple of minutes in case I missed a notification. My phone is set up to make noise every time anything comes in, yet I still have to check it. Tristan is attempting to get people to become aware of this addiction and attempt to reclaim their lives by changing the industry that is slowly turning us into mindless drones.  –Joel, ENFP



I have been following Bethany Webster’s work for about two years now and I’m always blown away by the wisdom she brings around the issue of the “mother wound,” a topic I never delved into until I came across her work.
In her most recent blog post she discusses the differences between “having genuine love, respect for one’s mother and genuine appreciation for all that she may have done for you” and “the feeling of ‘owing’ your mother [which] is something very different and a painful illusion that can bring an enormous price.”
According to Webster, “There are few relationships quite as complicated as the relationship with our mothers.” I couldn’t agree more. I have personally struggled with the push and pull of loving and respecting my mother, and feeling as though I ‘owe’ my mother everything for all that she has given up and struggled through for myself and my younger siblings. From a typology perspective, it probably doesn’t help that I’m an ENFJ.

Give this article a good read and then share with us below how, if at all, you think your typology may or may not also contribute to whether or not, and to what extent, you might be struggling with the “mother wound.” –Holly, ENFJ



So there you have it.

Do you have something you would like to add to the conversation? Please leave a comment or your thoughts below. We’d love to hear what you think.

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