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Dating and Relationship

I got my hands on a GeoWissen special issue on love. On the one hand, there were very interesting topics, such as the need for a fundamental similarity and understanding between the partners for working relationship. On the other hand, I'm probably doing everything wrong on my online profile, because I wrote a lot there and regularly use more than the recommended 250 characters for the primary message. On the other hand I've learned enough in recent years about personalities just to be sick of pretending to be someone else. If only because I'm terrible at it. Yes, I like reading and I am also eloquent. The typical article here has something like 6,000 characters and that's an extent that reads really well. I also read the dossiers in ZEIT and they are many times longer. Not to mention the series Tarrin Kael by Fel - this is a truly epic fantasy story with 3.5 million words. Admittedly I need a few weeks for that, then it's not going to be an afternoon anymore.

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Gifted Kids

Due to a TV tip, I watched a series of Einstein Junior, a quiz show for highly gifted children around the age of ten. While I found the moderator a bit misplaced - why of all things a comedian which must display his disguise cravings in innumerable segment clips - the show was quite revealing.

As is known, I busted the MENSA test with a score of 126, as it is known that this is not enough for the membership. Now the children who were proven to be highly talented, had to solve a whole series of tasks and I was able to participate in front of the TV - and the results were enlightening. What I already knew before - mental arithmetic and memory were to blame - has been confirmed. Interestingly, in some tasks, I was even better: ultra-short-term memory (remember 4 symbols in 4 colours for a few seconds) and compare two 4x4 matrices with symbols. I also was at least equal in spatial imagination. And I am not too far behind in mental arithmetic. But for the memory *cough*. The candidates had to learn a card deck of 52 cards before the show and then recite this in turn, which of each team at least one accomplished. I would have completely failed, I could have remembered maybe five to eight cards.

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Even if you are very introverted, you always have to deal with people. And sometimes you question what their attitude towards life is. And maybe that has something to do with the personality type too. I'm an entrepreneur and work with a variety of companies, including my assembly company. Here the relation was right from the beginning a little tense. We have agreed to the same conditions as with the previous assembly company - a flat rate percentage of the value of the goods - and we also made the schedule the same as before. But because the assemblies needed much longer, the system did not work for them, since higher costs on one side didn't lead to higher revenues on the other. That they are therefore dissatisfied, is in principle still to understand. They were used to hourly pay. What I can not understand right now is - if I now bill for an kitchen move on a hourly basis - that's what they always wanted - why are they still dissatisfied just because of complications? If additional repairs have to be made, that means nothing more than more hours (which can be easily justified) and thus more revenue. It's like asking a taxi driver in Berlin to take a passenger to Munich. The vast majority are likely to rub their hands because of the easy money. Their attitude would be comparable if the taxi driver refuses because it takes too long or is too far or too boring or whatever.

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Stephan vs. PrusaI3Mk2 vs. NinjaFlex

An ulterior motive when buying the 3D printer was the ability to print with a variety of materials, depending on the purpose. A filament with special properties is NinjaFlex with a Shore hardness of 85A very elastic and thus ideally suited for seals, rubber feet and so on. The fact that the material is compressible also makes the prcessing very delicate. Here are four samples and the story behind them:

NinjaFlex samples

NinjaFlex samples

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The Ideal Artisan

So, after knowing an ISTP and dealing with a lot of other craftsmen, I think it is time to write something about the relationship between INTJs and crafting. The title of ISTPs is "the Artisan", but are they best suited for building things? True, a lot of the professionals are from that type, doing a portfolio of skills every day. When Time is money, you need work fast. But for bigger projects, it is very important to look at the big picture, where you will finish if you start there and then it gets difficult. After working with professional crafters for the last months, I can tell you a lot about this difference and my constant fight with these types to think first. As an INTJ, that is the logical way to start something, as usually I didn't do that particular task before. I am going to think ahead and build the project virtually in my head and only after that result is meeting the criteria I have set, I pick up my tools. The next point is being a Perfectionist (Enneagram One) - I envision something which is very hard to do even better and that is my benchmark. And INTJs have the focus and versatility to get to that mark, whatever effort it takes. SPs are adaptable to deal when something is not a standard situation, but are shortsighted in the big picture. SJs may look into that, but are much too rigid and quickly lost if the situation get into unknown territory. This shows also in the usage of tools. If i have a task and the tool is somewhere else in the building, I don't mind a few minutes to get there and do it the best and easiest way possible. An SP is more likely to simply use the tool at hand which is usually slower and the result is less perfect. And because of that constant need to improve, I am often torn between the lack of time for said improvements and the joy of benefication when I did them - which usually asks why I didn't do that sooner. But S Types don't feel this need for improvement, a big difference.

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Typing the Enigma

As I wrote before, typing the other members of my family was quite easy: My mother is INFP and my brother ISTJ. But my father was quite enigmatic and I couldn't pin him down, because he showed traits of ISTJ and INTJ at the same time, like the disregard for rules and at the same time constantly asking other people for help while I as an INTJ like to figure out these things by myself. Because he frequently terrorised my mother with clear-up attacks like "whom is this? Take it with you!" and the state of chaos our home was which caused a lot of tension I never doubted that he was an J. He clearly is an Introvert as well as a Thinker without much emotional reactions. The crucial insight I got after I read this about INTPs at "we put something away, and after two days it gets invisible for us".

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Intuitives oder The Search for Peppp

No matter what you think of MBTI & Co. - there is one distinguishing feature that divides people into two groups. Like sheep and border collies. On the one hand, there is the (large) majority that has found its place in society, and on the other, those who that is simply not enough. People who stand out of the crowd and want to make a difference, and often enough they accomplish that. Or, to put it even more florid, these guys have a lot of pep or buzz. That's somethink like a very catchy description of the "N" vs. "S" of the four letters and probably the most impacting aspect.

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In the environment of Introvert Intuitives there is also a whole lot of highly sensitive people (HSP). These are extremely sensitive to seemingly normal environmental conditions. I do not really count myself to this group. Why not really? What I have noticed - and in recent times intensified: I am in a sense already very receptive to my senses.

feet in stream

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I don't like lids

Jar with lid

Well, the lids on containers are not meant by this headline. After all, you want the paint to stay in the bucket and not spread out everywhere. But lids in a figurative sense ... they are an unpleasant experience.

To understand that, I have to look back in time: As a child you start to discover the world and the possibilities are limitless. Just completely without a lid. The older you get, the more you begin to understand that the world is more like a holodeck, where at some point the wall is there and can not be moved. This means that the seemingly infinity has a limit.

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Neural Networks

Even if I do not have time, I simply had to write this article. As I said, there is a biological limit to how much you can actively work in a week. In addition to that, one can still do passive things like reading or watching Youtube videos. The algorithm has now suggested a very interesting video for me about neural networks:

The whole thing is related to a project, which I did not mention in my previous article because I did not pursue it. But only because of the time / benefit relation, the topic is extremely interesting.

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At this point, I just have to write a status report about the items from my Todo List. I'm a bit active in the open source movement and have several projects underway where I have promised to contribute. Now, of course, this is a bit difficult if the work / company has been using up my creativity for so long completely. On the other hand, I have always delivered in my life what I promised. No idea if I can keep that up if you look at this:

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At the moment, I am fighting with a total reconstruction of our shop, after the bankruptcy of our main supplier last autumn has blown up all other plans. This requires an tremendous effort to do everything necessary in the required time. In other words, 80 hours of work per week is noted as leisure time, most of the time I'm scratching at the biological limit, which is somewhere around 100 hours. More is less productive because you fall asleep in the middle of something. Now, however, I can well explore on myself how to be motivated for more than half a year for such a exertion - and that in turn depends very much on the Enneagram.

showroom - before

showroom - before

showroom - after

Ausstellung - 3500+ Stunden später vom gleichen Standort, bis auf die Decke ist alles neu und die wurde auch gereinigt und ausgebessert

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INTJ and creativity


Over the holidays, I finally get to work on my ToDo list regarding this blog. This list includes every topic I want to address, and creativity has been on it for a long time. So this is also an answer to INTJunicorn. Although I am not a professional artist, I put my nose into some art forms and at least got ridiculously underpaid Euros for it. And yes, the question is whether as a highly organized, "emotionless" INTJ can do anything with art at all is worth a look.

But we start at the very beginning. There are two artistic subjects at school here: art and music. Art just means painting with watercolors, and I was not so good at that. Although I took the ninth place in a children's painting competition and my shot at etching (bird's nest in the tree) was at least good enough to be hung public with the other best pictures in the class (and unfortunately never returned). In hindsight everything was rather modest, since my imagination could never quite keep up with my painting technique. I had already considered showing these art works here, but then the stereotypical INTJ perfectionism won again: we only go public with something if we know it's good. For the outsider, it may seem like we are awesome with everything we do, in fact, we only hide what questions that image.

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Permanent Input

Sure, INTJ are not known as social contemporaries and Christmas is the time for social gathering. Fortunately, I have the gift of a strong sense of self-awareness and could recognize some amazing details this year. I have a little nephew who is turning two now. This one is - like most biennials - not to keep quiet in his chair, but runs around in the apartment, touches everything (especially everything that looks like a car) and woe, you take it away, then the crying begins. As a result, he is allowed to do it all. Sure, two-year-olds are in the middle of getting to know and interacting with their surroundings.

What struck me now is that I feel the same way, but in contrast I am not allowed to do that, it is expected socially that i just have to sit quietly in my chair and listen to the chatter of the adults. Evilly formulated. INTJs are not different in that respect from two-year-olds: we too need a permanent mental stimulus, and conversation about topics that are not interesting in our eyes simply does not count.

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