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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…


Image courtesy of Variety magazine.


Jenna Marbles has done a few of the “__ lessons I have learned in __ years” videos for her birthdays before. Her most recent, from this week, was for her 30th birthday. I really like the idea of thinking about life lessons for each year I’ve been alive. My favorite of Jenna’s is a story about “humanness.”

Don’t be ashamed of your human-ness. One time, Glozell (another Youtuber) came over to my house, and we had just sort of moved in and there was still stuff everywhere, and it was kind of a mess, and I was like “I’m really sorry for the mess,” and she was like, “No! Don’t apologize for the mess. That makes me feel comfortable. People’s houses who are too clean? I don’t trust those people.” … I used to be so embarrassed if there were messes in my house, I felt like people were judging me. But I’m not ashamed of it anymore. I’m a human being. Human beings live in this house, and sometimes there’s messes. Deal with it.


Click here to watch the video.



As an ENxP, I’ve always had a hard time figuring out my relationship with my Memory function (Introverted Sensing, or Si) I tend to shy away from relying too heavily on previous examples and precedents, but as I’ve gotten older my perspective on that has changed. I’ve begun to understand how linked together Memory and Exploration (Extroverted iNtuition, or Ne) are, and how each person’s Memory experiences are different. I have a particular nostalgia for time periods I wasn’t alive during, and MessyNessy’s article about LA’s Moonlight Rollerway really struck me as a really great combination of Memory and Exploration in a time-period context. It’s now an anomaly in a very modern Los Angeles, serving as both a piece of the past and a one-of-a-kind experience. For other xNxPs, how does your Memory function show up? Does anyone else have a penchant for old-school architecture like I do? Click here to read the article.




I don’t think I’ve ever seen a series that scream “ENTP” more than this one. Adam Ruins Everything, hosted by CollegeHumor’s Adam Conway, is a series that discusses and debunks some of the weirdest origins of modern products and practices. For example- did you know Listerine mouth wash was originally a household cleaning product? Sometime during the 1920s, Listerine began being marketed as a cure for “halitosis,” a made-up disease that caused bad breath. That marketing scheme gave birth to mouth wash as we know it. It’s so interesting to me how some products or fads catch on and others don’t. A running theme with the subjects in Adam Ruins Everything are that the advertising around the inception of a product/idea is either 1. Increase in status, or 2. Solving a point of individual insecurity (i.e. mouthwash.) It makes me wonder if that dynamic is malicious Graves 5/”Orange” Level in Spiral Dynamics catering to Graves 4/”Blue” Level. Maybe it’s something else? Do we still use this kind of marketing today, or have we moved past it? What do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Click here to watch the playlist.



personalityhacker-com-antonia-video-09092016-emotional-thermostatPERSONALITY HACKER: INTEGRITY

This *might* be considered cheating, but I LOVED this article. I remember when I was first learning about MBTI, I kept freaking out about not dating other iNtuitives. I would tell Antonia about my fears, and her usual response was “well, are they a good person? Do you share the same interests and values?” Even now, if I tell her about meeting someone or casually dating, she asks me the same question. Almost never about type. It’s been a long (but very important lesson) to figure out what things I value, how to act on those values, and to find others who share and stick to some of those values too. It’s now advice I give to any of my friends who get into MTBI and typing. Even in a non-romantic context, having integrity and drilling that principle into my head has made me a happier, more confident person. If you somehow haven’t seen this article yet, I highly encourage you to read it. Click here read Antonia’s article on integrity.





I remember reading a few articles around the internet about the intriguing “36 questions that will make you fall in love challenge.” I don’t thinks that’s *exactly* what it’s called, but the idea that it could be possible makes me very curious to try it. It’s actually kind of fun to answer the questions on your own, even if you aren’t currently in a relationship (or already in love, or whatever else.) Click here to read the article.



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.


Got a tip or something you think I should check out? Email me [email protected] and put in the subject line: Fridays @ Five


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Addison Dunlap
Addison Dunlap is a writer, student and all around walking encyclopedia of internet chic. You can also hear her on many episodes of the PHQ Podcast.
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  • Joshquinn

    I can see the 36 questions that would make one fall in love as a good way to initiate small talk that would help for a couple to better get to know each other. I’ve been interested in giving it a try myself just for the fun of it, but I have been busy with other things. If I do ever get in a relationship I might share this with my partner.

    • Addison Dunlap

      Sounds like an awesome idea. If you decide to try answering the questions yourself, let me know how it goes/what you think. 🙂

      • Joshquinn

        Alright! Will do. 🙂

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