Trigger Finger (previously entitled, “Trigger’d”)

Trigger Finger (previously entitled, “Trigger’d”)


Is all I see

Reflecting off the comments,

Right back at me.

My heart revs like a

Car doing seventy

In a thirty; my

Hands quake, as though

Naught could


My nerves’ anxiety.


The words, so



Weren’t they out

Of angst, anger, or some

Other injustice, even


Pierc’d my vessel

Straight to my


Making my skin

Flush more crimson

Than hot coals;

My shaky hands, I try

To control


If I do


Then my



And Nature

Is subject

To the



I swallow, I weep,

I breathe, then





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MBTI: The INTP Inventors

MBTI: The INTP Inventors

Hey, guys!

So, remember how a little while ago I promised that Steve and I would do a double-whammy of posts this week into a little bit of next week? About to happen right now, my friends.

Tonight, we’re actually giving you the lowdown on Steve’s MBTI type, actually– the INTPs. They’re very similar to INTJs in many ways– generally very objective-minded, blunt, brilliant, sarcastic, loyal to friends and family, and like many Intuitives in general,  highly theoretical. Like most NTs, they are unafraid to objectively debate and argue to test out novel ideas (though perhaps not quite to the extent of their Extraverted cousin, ENTP), and are constantly working on generating new theories and ideas (often getting excited about these theories and ideas in the process). They are the classic, “absent-minded professor,” but don’t let that fool you– once you have them on a theoretical roll, it can be pretty tough to try to stop that avalanche!

Here’s how the INTP stacks up:

INTP Cognitive Functionary Stack-up:

Introverted Thinking (Ti)– Unconscious/subconscious function. Rather than JUST looking at solid, concrete facts, Ti has the tendency to look more into the internal MEANING behind those facts, the actual ideas/theories themselves, although INTPs are still highly logical people. Bringing order and meaning to their inner worlds, and based on this worldview, they are inclined to view many things as personal goals or challenges– perhaps one of the biggest reasons they like to debate in an intellectually stimulating way. While they can impose rules/standards upon themselves, they are inclined to break them due to their disruptive Ne copilot. They often find it easier to use Ti to uncover what is UNTRUE rather than what IS true.

Extraverted iNtuition (Ne)– Conscious function, akin and similar to outwardly brainstorming. They may not often always have a point, while outwardly expressing Ne, but consciously works to gather data; however, unlike Se, it continuously chooses to test the data, scanning for connected relationships to other facts or consistent patterns. It helps them to remain open-minded, and grasp as many possibilities as possible. We’ll see how that comes into play in just a bit. 😉

Introverted Sensing (Si)– Unconscious/subconscious function. Uses past experience to notify the brainy Ti, while the ever-curious Ne immediately brainstorms a good solution on the spot. But more commonly, it is used to establish some sort of familiarity and routine; INTPs are more of the type to “eat to live,” rather than their “live to eat” Se cousins. However, it can work in conjunction with Ti to look even beyond the bodily senses, to something deeper within the body’s state of being.

Extraverted Feeling (Fe)– Conscious function, seldom used. Because it is the Inferior function, this makes INTPs particularly uncomfortable and hesitant in emotional situations, such as funerals. Because of the Fe’s concern of maintaining outward group harmony, they may not express their feelings to avoid general, unnecessary conflict, although they are often viewed as “artificial peacekeepers,” since it is the Inferior function, and not normally too high on their list of priorities. But in positive terms, this is sometimes how an INTP shows affection, whether platonic (as Steve does with me) or romantic– by playfully teasing in using Fe. They will often playfully call you a nickname, like “Goober,” “Dork,” etc. to show they care about you, though this can seem counter-intuitive at the time.

I know several officially untyped INTPs (namely secular authors), and 2-3 officially confirmed INTPs, two professor friends/acquaintances (surprise, surprise… “absent-minded professor,” literally, here. 😉 ), my male college Engineer buddy, and Steve. So yes, there WILL be a few(albeit relevant) examples in this post.

If they are healthy, well-functioning INTPs, they will frequently utilize a “trial and error” kind of approach in dealing with facts, theories, and ideas– this helps them root out the true from the false. They start out with their Dominant brainy Ti, then use the Auxiliary Ne to idea-seek/sort through all the various possibilities. Additionally, they’ll sometimes employ their Si if they need to see if any past experiences or past gained knowledge will affect any of said possibilities, or may even offer un-thought-of ones.

Like some FJ types, many INTPs like to teach and gift the world with their expansive knowledge on the things they know best– but that can be a hair problematic with expressing direct judgements at times. They often prefer doing so with the brainstorming-on-the-fly Ne than their Inferior Fe rabbit trails. Because of Ne, they often expect pupils to catch on to concepts fast, like they do, and to make intelligent but well-informed, accurate decisions in the classroom and in life. I saw this VERY clearly in my particular Political Science Professor Who Shall Remain Unnamed (but for you fellow G alumni, and students of that school– you KNOW who I mean!), when he taught. Some people didn’t like him because he graded very hard, and often challenged common ways of thinking in the classroom; very commonly portraying himself as– almost literally at one point–“the devil’s advocate”(causing me to initially mistype him as an ENTP, but outside his classroom he is actually quite socially awkward, and prefers solitude in his office). He is open-minded enough to give students’ political or financial theories the benefit of the doubt, and is very willing and capable to test them to see if they would actually work. He seemed to have respect for those who could toe-to-toe challenge him in return, and think on the fly a bit, and expresses his Inferior Fe in trying to be playful and pick on every single person in the room for some kind of answer or example, so no one gets left out, but also knows where to draw the line if he goes a bit far.

Speaking of the Inferior Fe, as mentioned before, many INTPs express this in a kind of light-hearted banter and teasing. My bud Steve often expresses friendship in playful jest or banter with me, and my college friend Hunter liked snarking with close friends, or playfully sneaking up on then “jumping” me if he saw me walking around nearby. But Hunter’s Fe is particularly strong, even as a brilliant INTP; he is openly kind and chivalrous to many of his gal pals, the kind of dude who’d open doors for girls or walk them back to their homes at night so they didn’t have to go out by themselves. He is as much a good sport as he is good with objective advice. Steve, too, is great with advice and is very considerate and understanding in that objective INTP way.

However, as is the case with all types, not everything comes up roses with INTPs (as many would probably tell you, themselves– it would be illogical to think otherwise, after all 😉 ). Like INTJs, the “cold logic” side of them that often smacks people first can appear as aloof, stand-offish, insensitive or rude, when they are simply stating the facts as bluntly as possible (aka, one of the reasons I get on with them fairly well. LOL.). This can rub peacemaking types the wrong way, especially since this is a type that likes to test the waters of their own ideas before deciding to set sail in them– even if that means debating the crap out of said ideas and theories in order to test them. They like to make sure things are true before committing, and are very reluctant to lie or sugarcoat, if at all. They are usually not in-tune with emotions as well as Feeler types, and this can easily lead to some miscommunication and injured feelings between the types, if not handled properly. Being Thinkers with Inferior Fe, INTPs can easily override and almost completely detach from Fe altogether, acting as though the emotions didn’t exist (and somewhat fulfilling the “cold robot” stereotype), this may be to help cope in certain circumstances, such as tragedy or loss, and help them to  bounce back quicker. This can obviously seem insensitive to Feelers, who may still openly be in mourning over the event.

Famous/Historical INTPs: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Kierkegaard, Abraham Lincoln, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Rene Descartes




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MBTI: The ESFP Entertainers

MBTI: The ESFP Entertainers

Hey guys, so this week we’re doing things a bit differently. I know I said we’d be doing Mon.-Tues. nights, but something came up, so this week’ll be Tues.-Wed. night, instead. Additionally, we’ll be hitting the next MBTI post up on Saturday or Sunday, rather than next week, and will try to post more on weekends instead of the previously agreed Mon.-Tues. evenings. We apologize for any confusion.

So, we’ve been discussing the deeper or more serious side of MBTI so far– INTJ, ISTJ, and even ENFP (as fun-loving as the latters usually are) can be deep-thinking people who tend to ponder the consequences of their actions a bit more…

Well, tonight we are about to take a one-way plane ticket nose-dive straight into Se-Land. Yes, that’s right– the infamous Se. So far, we’ve done Ni-Dominant, Si-Dominant, and Ne-Dominant– and we’ve talked more than enough about the “YOLO” Se on the side. So why the heck not?

ESFPs tend to be friendly, sociable, popular and well-liked, much like their Ne-Dom cousins, but are definitely even more “live for the moment,” people, thanks to Se, causing them to be quite spontaneous and adaptable. The combo of Se and Aux Fi can make them quite competitive (more on that in a bit), but thanks to that Aux Fi, they are also caring, on a more personal level. They are generally outgoing and love having fun, love hanging out with others; often comical, throwing parties, or providing cheery support to friends and family. They adore being the front and center of attention, and often love performing, whether it be comedy, sports, musically, acting, etc. This is a type that likes to live life to the fullest. They help teach us to live in the moment, make those moments count each day, and to stop and smell the roses every once in a while.

ESFP Cognitive Functional Stack-Up:

Se (Extraverted Sensing): Conscious function. Main contributer to the “YOLO,” outlook, this function focuses on experiencing the moment with your senses, whether it be touch, taste, smell, sight, or sound. They tend to prefer their surroundings in the here and now, than their inner worlds. They often have great aesthetic tastes because of this trait, in many different things.

Fi (Introverted Feeling): Unconscious/subconscious function. Makes decisions with the heart rather than the head, only on a personal level. Focuses on individual emotional wants, needs, morals, beliefs, likes and dislikes. If they meet someone with similar values and feelings, they often connect well and empathize deeply. ESFPs tend to make decisions based off of their own feelings and surrounding circumstances, although they tend to be people-pleasers and often crave personal appreciation/affirmation from others.

Te (Extraverted Thinking): Conscious function. While not used all too often (I would wager school is the biggest trigger in it for ESFPs who want to do well), ESFPs do have a practical, smart, concrete and down-to-earth side that comes out from time to time, especially if they need to be realistic about something.

Ni (Introverted iNtuition): Unconscious/subconscious function. This is the least used function in the ESFP’s stack-up. Since it’s not in a higher position, it makes using it a tad awkward at times for this outwardly-oriented type. ESFPs can access it, but usually through Te and logical means. They don’t care much for deep, abstract thoughts like their Ne cousins, and prefer the current (and very sensory) world around them.

Because they obviously rely heavily on Sensory experiences in the here and now, these types are great for spontaneously entertaining (think stand-up comedy or improvising on the spot with acting); they also often do well in the arts, thanks to a handy combination of Se (Sensory) and Fi (personal tastes and judgements). Many ESFPs are amazing athletes, like my younger cousin (who happens to be in several different sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball…), because Se helps them make split-second decisions in the moment to help them win the gold. To an Intuitive or a Dominant/Aux Si-user, this can seem a little absurd, but when Te tag teams with Se, it can help them make those split-second decisions a bit more logically.

However, ESFPs also unfortunately have a bit of a reputation for being shallow, pleasure-seeking people– most likely due to a more unhealthy combination of Se and Fi, sometimes leading to less-than-wise decisions (and thus causing the later hard-hitting Te to face-palm). However, this is probably due in part to the Auxiliary Fi’s personal moral integrity, and not wishing to upset anyone (or themselves– as Feelers, they can be quite sensitive), and would rather not discuss anything negative. They are often more optimistic and fun-loving to balance this trait out.


Historical ESFPs: Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland


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MBTI: The Effervescent ENFPs

MBTI: The Effervescent ENFPs

Hi, everyone!

So we’re going to shake things up a little. From now on, we’ll be taking Mon.-Tues. nights to work on these articles, and get them up by hopefully Tuesday evenings (if not Wednesday mornings), rather than weekends, so you can give yourself an interesting little reading break in the middle of a work week.

That being said, the type we’re going to delve into tonight is a very interesting one: ENFPs. Like their ESFP, more sensory cousins, they are often energetic, fun-loving, and somewhat if not rather popular among peers or coworkers; however, being Ne dominant, they also retain a more deeply reflective side. In a sense, they can be introverted extraverts at times, but are usually inclined to be more outgoing with family and friends. We’ll see how this plays out in their official functional stack-up:

ENFP Cognitive Functional Stack-Up:

Ne (Extraverted iNtuition)– more conscious, “brainstorming aloud,” gathers information and can use it either perceptively or expressively; seeks “outer novelty”. Absorbs sensory data, but more actively analyzes what it MEANS. Helps them to seek a proper judgement/opinion on something by viewing many different opinions/ options. Combined with Fi, this often makes the ENFP highly empathetic towards others.

Fi (Introverted Feeling)– more unconscious, individualistic. Helps the ENFP build more of a personal outlook, but based more on personal tastes, i.e., likes and dislikes, and moral integrity. After exploring things a bit with Ne, the ENFP then uses their Fi to make more of a judgement call (as opposed to INFPs, who tend to make more snap judgements with Fi first, then ponder with Ne on whether or not to be open about it).

Te (Extraverted Thinking)– more conscious, “extraverting judgement”. When they do make judgements about others, instead of more brashly telling the person (as an ENTJ or INTJ would, since their Te is higher in the stack), the more sensitive ENFP will prefer keeping personal opinions to themselves via Fi. However, if given time to develop itself, tertiary Te can actually help the ENFP with things like standing up for themselves.

Si (Introverted Sensing)– more unconscious, relying on past experiences. Seldom used, as the Inferior Function normally is, it nevertheless plays a role in subconsciously promoting the values and wants of the ENFP– whereas the Dominant Ne is used to consciously convey their needs and values.

As stated, ENFPs are generally very warm and fun-loving like their more Sensory cousins, only on a deeper level. They can be enthusiastic, energetic, but also rather restless, scatter-brained, and distracted– and are sometimes diagnosed (or, possibly more so, misdiagnosed) with ADD or ADHD. More dominantly right-brained than left, these emotional people-lovers are usually creative and caring, valuing novelty and having a strong sense of adventure. Through their Ne, they want to live life to the fullest, experiencing as much of it as they possibly can. Though I don’t know many professionally typed ENFPs, the ones I do know have traveled at least once– my cousin’s wife has traversed out of country to either Greenland or Iceland with him for their honeymoon, and has since then travelled several states with close friends. Likewise, a fellow college student acquaintance of mine, another ENFP, as been to Germany, Austria, and a few other countries over in Europe this past spring with a group and some of our favorite professors.

In short, if you want to take a semi-organized but still pretty sporadic road trip adventure, and want to talk the deep thoughts of life on the way, this type’s your go-to partner-in-crime. This type is not one who just sits on their bum all day; they like doing things, and sometimes get easily bored.

Affection-wise, these types can be rather unintentionally flirty; but they’re usually just naturally friendly. They can be very sweet people, and normally like typical romantic gestures, including sweet texts, first thing in the morning, all throughout the day, and last thing in the evening. However, despite being a “flirty” type, they can sometimes have a tendency to hold onto negative relationships, similar to INFJs– I once knew an ENFP girl who had gone through a couple of different break-ups because the guys were unhealthy for her, but initially found it difficult because of her attachment and remaining affection (granted, she isn’t the healthiest example of an ENFP, herself, so bear that in mind, too). This also plays into the more negative aspects of ENFPs– their great dislike of conflict (Fi) and respecting everyone else’s opinions (Ne). This can even lead to some more manipulative streaks, in unhealthier instances.

However, with Ne, they tend to be well-rounded and generally more open-minded to other perspectives in a healthier way. For instance, I saw this with the aforementioned college acquaintance– he and one other guy were the ONLY guys in our Women’s Literature class. Quite a few of us were, “strong women” minded, so I was surprised he wasn’t a bit intimidated. But he seemed to thrive in the class, respecting our POVs, while still offering a healthy and reasonable perspective of the “other side” of things. I found it quite fascinating, respected him for representing the smaller populace of the class, and gave him kudos for doing so well. 🙂

This being said, they are often quite intelligent, something some people don’t give them enough credit for (or tend to initially notice). They tend to use their Ne in conjunction with Te in know-how, and when combined with the notorious Fi, can be excellent writers, journalists, or connoisseurs of or partakers in art, music, drama, photography and other culture.

Famous/Historical ENFPs: Mark Twain, Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Robin Williams, Mandisa, Hollyn, Upton Sinclair, Charles Dickens


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MBTI: ISTJ– Slow, Steady and Dutiful Wins the Race

MBTI: ISTJ– Slow, Steady and Dutiful Wins the Race

Hey, everyone! Time for your weekly dosage of Myers-Briggs personality type theory! 🙂

This week, we’re zooming out from one of the rarest personality types (INTJs) to the statistically most common type (ISTJs). We’ll explain how just ONE letter difference can make a HUGE difference in how they think, even though both possess Auxiliary Te and Tertiary Fi!

ISTJ Cognitive Function Stack-Up:

Si (Introverted Sensing)– unconscious, relies on past experiences to deal with the present situation, future situations

Te (Extraverted Thinking)– conscious, concrete (as opposed to the more meaning-searching Ti), factual, logical, practical.

Fi (Introverted Feeling)– unconscious, individualistic (as opposed to group-oriented Fe), subjective opinions/beliefs, personal tastes, feelings, morals and values.

Ne (Extraverted Intuition)– conscious but not often used unless under duress; generating/connecting ideas, seeing possibilities. While rarely seen (since it is a rather quirky function, and ISTJs tend to be on the quieter, more traditional, reserved side), it sometimes pops in during pieces of gossip, or while pursuing mind-stimulating hobbies, often in conjunction with Si and Te.

Similar to INTJs, ISTJs are also very brainy, very Te-oriented– but the main difference here lies within their Dominant Function, Ni (INTJ) vs. Si (ISTJ). Ni Dominant or Auxiliaries tend to be future-forward innovators, whereas Si Dominant or Auxiliaries tend to be more traditional, relying on what’s happened (or what they’ve seen happen) in the past. They view that experience as invaluable to helping them through life, “If I did X and combined that with the Z factor, I know I got Y. So, naturally, if I do that again now, it’s likely to be the same result.” Unlike their Se, very “YOLO” cousins, Dom/Aux Si users prefer a more routine, predictable lifestyle, rather than a carefree or innovative one. They have more of a tendency to be organized rule-followers than rule-breakers. However, like their Ni cousins, they can often be obstinate and like things their way, but may be open to ideas that seem effective or efficient, and will help them. Good old-fashioned hard work and responsibility mean a lot to this type, and blowing off work to chill while everyone else is still slaving away is an offense not to be taken too lightly by the ISTJ.

Hardworking and realistic, practical and logical, the ISTJ is the epitome of the old saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Predictability, through Si, helps them know what to do next– one of the reasons why spontaneity throws them for a loop and often aggravates them (and are ironically often attracted to or paired with a NP or a SP to help balance out that SJ. My parents, for instance, are ISTJ and ISFP respectively. My dad’s the ISTJ.). That is not to say they can’t adapt at times, but they usually prefer having at least a heads-up so they know how to plan around whatever is going on (the same holds true for their Ni cousins, again, in this). This is one type that does not like surprise birthday parties, so you may do better with a half-surprise– tell them something’s going on Friday night, but keep a secret what exactly the surprise is. This is also how they tackle most issues, through a combo of Si-Te, to logically and factually use the previous know-how conveniently stored their trusty tool kit. And thus, the day is officially, once again, saved thanks to handy-dandy facts and practicality. Crisis averted. 🙂

Since their Introverted Feeling is, well, introverted– they are usually not big on showing their emotions and private values or beliefs to just anyone, and are very private about them. And since Te has priority over Fi, ISTJs often isolate their emotions and zero in on controlling their environment via Te. This is actually one of the ways an ISTJ will show affection– you’ll know one cares about you, if they take you places at their own expense, make sure you’re take care of physically and financially, never in want, and overall content/happy. My father does this for us, our church, and my grandma (his mom, and another ISTJ).  Nevertheless, the more they tap into Fi aside from Te and Si, the more they come to realize their personal (and often subjective!) emotions and beliefs, as well as the emotions and values of others, and that their preferences are not always restricted solely to logic or experience. This can help them become more caring and understanding towards others, despite any differences in personality or opinions.

Historical/Famous ISTJs: George Washington, Pope Benedict XVI, Thomas Hobbes, Sigmund Freud, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson


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The Statue

The Statue

I saw sitting on

The porch swing today

A small bird that had

Yet to fly away.

Speck’ld and still,

It must have


Great skill

And courage

To stay put.

To be curt, I

I thought it

Had been hurt,

Or even


For its verbos’ty

And movements

Had near but


I got close, just a pinch

But the still little


Did not even flinch.

I sat down

On the swing,

But the brave avian

Had moved not a wing.

It watched me with

The watchful blink,

I had to wonder,

What to think.