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INFJ-run: the go-to, the solid foundation of mbtiverse. INFJs understand MBTI in its truest essence. they have the innate ability to capture every single unnoticed nuance of each type. Stuff that you think only you do, but actually you are just another cookie cutter ENFJ or whatever. Best blogs to go to to actually learn about MBTI. 

ENTP-run: stereotypes, “mbti as kitchen utensils,” punz galore, lolwtf scenarios… the BEST SHIT

INFP-run: relationships, compatibility, love and support, advice

ISFJ-run: funny in the most endearing way. under their gentle fluff is some witty shit.

INTJ-run: “we are master race, why would you ever choose to be another lowly type.” in-depth analysis of each cognitive function, the nature and nurture of MBTI, how humans work, how the world works, how quantum physics work, how MBTI is quantum physics

INTP-run: tries to analyze like INTJs but gets too lazy after awhile. “stop asking me about compatibility, seriously, please oh god,” jokes and puns

ENFP-run: ENFP 4w3 virgo with gemini moon non-binary hufflepuff  chaotic good unicorn’s blood dr. who bill nye the science guy i like turtles

ENFJ- run: tries to be good natured mbti bloggers but ends up posting advice on how to love ENFJs because none of ya’ll realize that we need love too *cries*

On Whitewashed Journalism: Muslim Women

By: Asma’u Shaheedah

I read an article few weeks ago written by an American journalist. It was titled “Letter to Muslim women from a Christian woman”, or something along that line. As a Muslim woman, I was initially excited to read the message from this woman because I was ready to finally read an article by a Christian woman that addresses Muslim women but leaves out condescension, I was ready for an article that actually addresses me written by a western Christian woman, by the end of the article I was enraged, lost, and disappointed. It was in its essence a good article that was intended to pass a message of admiration and friendship but then I noticed something very peculiar to articles written by white women on the subject of Muslim women. This article and so many others like it had a tendency to simplify Muslim women, they build a card box cage and fit us all into it not knowing that a lot of us are made of titanium and a paper cage cannot possibly hold us in. They write about Muslim women like they know us all, actively ignoring the non-Arab, non-hijab wearing Muslim woman. I felt excluded from the article.

Western journalists tend to assume there is only one type of Muslim woman, the one whom wears a black abaya, a burka, a hijab and sometimes, gloves and socks. When I started reading the article written by the western journalist, I expected to find myself in the writers message, as a practicing Muslim woman, I wanted to be at the receiving end of that message but at the end, I felt nothing like the Muslim women she had described, if anything, I felt so far away from the culture of Muslims/Islam she had described.

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im cutting myself off for a while after my back2school hauls got out of hand (theres still a colourpop order on the way too…i got stressed!) look how cute my backpack is tho

•shopmissa earrings - they’re really cheap and the products reflect it but they’ve still got some cute stuff!

essence “the nudes” nail polish in 03 i’m lost in you, essence lipstick in 01 wearing only a smile, and essence silky touch blush in 10 adorable

ardell twin pack lashes in 105,  essence eyeshadow in all about sunrise, and essence mascara in get big! lashes

jansport superbreak backpack in lipstick pink tea rose ditzy (tf is that name)

Being is the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. However, Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature.
—  Eckhart Tolle


“The Humble Simple Thing” is a skeleton of a Sheila Heti story, a “cut-up” by the artist Sara Lautman, who also illustrated the text. I had never heard of a cut-up before, but I love the concept. The opposite of a supercut, which tries to capture everything of a kind, a cut-up winnows a story to its essence.”


- Halimah Marcus, Editor-in-Chief of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading


Read “The Humble Simple Thing” for free in Electric Literature’s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading.

Fae Offering: Bent Pin/Needle

A good offering for faeries and spirits, particularly of a water nature, is a straight-pin or needle, bent at a ninety degree angle. It’s said that if you toss one of these pins into a body of water, the spirits therein will grant you divinatory counsel. For more powerful entities, a bent dagger or knife is more fitting. 

By purposely damaging the object’s physical form, you render it unusable in this world, but its astral essence remains intact for the entity to which you offer it.

ADDENDUM: It was brought to my attention that these pins could potentially cause harm to local wildlife and ecosystems, which is a very valid concern. Instead of physically throwing the pin into water, consider visualizing the action in your mind’s eye; any spirits/fae in the area will get the idea. 

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Fortela SS16 Pitti Preview

When it comes to fashion, few are the brands or artisans whose passion and essence ultimately translate into the final product. Maintaining the love for garments and authenticity as the core values of a label, is becoming an increasingly rare trait within a saturated menswear market. Needless to say, my instinct pulls me towards such labels in a most magnetic fashion - so much so, that scouting for them at Pitti has become a personal hobby. 

One of these recent finds was undoubtedly Fortela, the materialization of Alessandro Squarzi’s creative mind and superb taste. His acclaimed personal style is a but a quick glimpse into the universe of a label aimed at bringing to life Squarzi’s passion for vintage and army surplus, whilst incorporating a sartorial feel. Each garment is a manifestation of his vision, so unique in its essence and details that had he not created it, it wouldn’t be available any other way. Although many brands base their concept on the rugged vintage universe, few others are able to deliver the attention to detail, pattern design, fit and construction of Fortela. Besides curating the best fabrics, be them vintage army stocks originally used in tents or uniforms, or some of the highest quality selvedge denim from Japan, Fortela resorts to Italy’s finest craftsmen in each category. 

This combination of exquisite raw materials and extensive know-how results in a charismatic product that is as authentic as it is appealing. For SS16, the brand continues to explore its trademark pants, introducing a tailored denim model as well as heavyweight cotton/linen blends - an interesting detail was that thick organic fabrics were used, along with a looser silhouette reminiscent of old, ensuring added breathability and comfort. The outstanding details on the vests (more on that on an upcoming post), were surpassed only by the introduction of a superb field jacket. 

 Ph: Beyond Fabric

i went 2 ulta today and i finally got to swatch the new too faced polly pocket blushes u all know ive been so in love with and i almost started crying right there bc they were the most sheer blushes i’ve ever seen they barely showed up on my hand and then the salesperson came over and was like “dont u love how they’re so buildable!“ and i just stared at my hand and was like “haha yeh” :’((((

“The Humble Simple Thing,” Art by Sara Lautman, Adapted from a Story by Sheila Heti





Issue No. 171


AN INTRODUCTION BY HALIMAH MARCUS


“The Humble Simple Thing” is a skeleton of a Sheila Heti story, a “cut-up” by the artist Sara Lautman, who also illustrated the text. I had never heard of a cut-up before, but I love the concept. The opposite of a supercut, which tries to capture everything of a kind, a cut-up winnows a story to its essence.

Here, Lautman’s cut-up of Heti’s original “R. Rose”—an un-edited, heretofore unpublished 1,500-word story—takes on a new life. I’ve always found reading Heti’s work invigorating; as Lautman put it in an interview for Electric Literature, her and I share a love for the “full frontal engagement with feelings, grasping the handles, tenacity mixed with compassion, gameness, trying to really solve problems.” Many times, reading Heti’s most recent novel, How Should A Person Be?, I thought, If I had a mind like this I would never be bored.

I first read “The Humble Simple Thing” without knowing Heti and Lautman’s collaboration process: I thought Heti wrote only these lines and in this order. I was again flabbergasted (in a good way) as I had been reading How Should A Person Be?. This is how she writes, I thought. Leaping from idea to idea with abandon, glancing back over her shoulder at the reader, yelling, Come on!, like that childhood friend who is always faster, funnier, and more adventurous. Perhaps the work of turning a story like this into a novel was adding in the stepping stones in between those ideas, a path for us timid kids.

Heti is always, thrillingly, one step ahead, but Lautman’s selection of sentences, as well as her gritty illustrations, are as essential to “The Humble Simple Thing” as the words themselves, and deserve enormous applause. By “cutting up” Heti’s story, Lautman has created a reading experience that relies on intuition. The lines she’s chosen are the sort that get caught on loop as I’m walking to the subway, the refrains of everyday wanting: “Who does one do this for?” Yet it would be impossible to go from lines like, “Then the man goes with the woman and they live in whatever apartment they choose,” to “You think they have a good life and you are right. Wings, extra,” without the texture of the illustrations—the gloriously rough stepping stones beneath your feet.


Halimah Marcus
Editor-in-Chief, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading


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nickname: on tumblr, I am girl genius

birthday: I’m a July baby, which means I’m a summer baby!

star sign: Cancer

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favorite color: purple

current time: 6:28

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lucky number(s): 3, 7, 17, 21

last thing you googled: time in the uk

favorite fictional character: that’s a toughie, but I’m just gonna say Reid for obvious reasons

favorite book: lol The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

favorite band: One Republic

song that is stuck in your head: Fight Song by Rachel Platten

last movie: Trainwreck

last book: MacBeth by William Shakespeare

dream trip: ComicCon! And Japan! And Korea! And London!

dream job: photographer

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The state is a force incarnate. Worse, it is the silly parading of force. It never seeks to prevail by persuasion. Whenever it thrusts its finger into anything it does so in the most unfriendly way. Its essence is command and compulsion.
—  Mikahil Bakunin
why Rush is a typical intuitive feeler

It’s a brief summary with some previously unmentioned points regarding Rush’s type and ethical intuitive types with a dominant Feeling function in general (which are ENFjs / INFjs in Socionics - and are usually considered to be equal to MBTI’s ENFJs / INFJs; even though Socionics INFjs have the same functional order as MBTI’s INFPs, the type itself usually seems to better correspond to MBTI’s INFJs).

Some points regarding psychological types in general:

  • A psychological type is not just formed by a functional order. It’s more like a shared ‘image’, a common pattern of the representatives, the same core regarding who they are and what they look like. It’s like the same ‘shape’ that can be recognized in their appearance.
  • ‘Logical’ types are known to be characterized by a clear ‘logical’ frame that unites all the ‘cells’ of their views and acts in a single and consistent logical framework (which means that we can see this consistency inside, it’s quite hard to explain, but it is something people usually just sense); what makes an ‘ethical’ type ‘ethical’, though, is an inviolable ‘ethical’ frame regarding the things that are precious to them, based on their feelings and forming their attitudes by which they determine the world around – and an actual flexibility and inconsistency in general.

[Thus those guys like Young, Greer, TJ, Chloe, Vanessa and Brody are definite ‘logical’ types; while Rush, Camile, Eli, Matt, Lisa, Volker, Telford and Amanda are clear ‘ethical’ ones]

What actually matters to ‘ethical’ types are the values they need to protect while the means to do it actually can be different. Which is why, for example, it’s all right for Rush to ‘lie’ about the Icarus-type planet in ‘Life’ in order to make people feel better and be helpful – as it is known, it’s not uncommon for INFjs / ENFjs to lie about something minor and actually invaluable, while feeling a genuine need to be honest about more deep and significant things; just as it’s not a rare occasion for these types to keep something back or to ‘alter shades’ not changing the actual truth, and to consider it to be right, as a way to protect / achieve something that is actually important to them (though of course it always depends on people’s personal attitude to lying, just as to any other moral issue). But I would say that Rush substantially keeps it back and ‘shifts colours’ rather than actually lies.

‘Ethical’ types are also often seen as manipulators, since that is the way they interact – by influencing people’s emotions and feelings through their own emotions and feelings.

‘Ethical’ types aren’t ‘ethical’ because they are required to make good decisions while being emotionally driven, as I was told once (while acting on strong emotions / feelings you often simply forget about everything else – just as it happens in Rush’s case on a regular basis, – so it’s definitely not the point). ‘Ethical’ types are ‘ethical’ since they prioritize their emotions, feelings, attitudes and ethical standpoints over other things. That’s what makes them ‘ethical’, in the first place, not the ability to make ‘good’ decisions. (Actually, I don’t know how the ‘goodness’ of Rush’s decisions should be measured from a ‘logical’ standpoint, as from my ‘ethical’ perspective they just look natural and understandable, and thus ‘good’; though it’s my personal way of viewing things, anyway.) They rely on their feelings and emotions, and anything else normally just doesn’t matter much in case they feel that something should be done; of course it doesn’t mean these things are not to be under control.  

Ethical intuitive introverts / extraverts typically don’t look on actual expediency and reason (even when they think they do), since they already know the answer, it’s formed by their attitude to things and intuition.

What is necessary though is to find a logical explanation to what you do (since these two types can actually find expediency and reason in everything they do, if they need it) and put it into a logical frame (again, any logical frame they like) – a system for introverts, like Rush, an order for ENFjs. They don’t create logical systems and connections; they only explain what they already sense. But it is something that they need. It can be more or less pronounced, even exaggerated (under stress / in a troubled condition, like it is in Rush’s case), but anyway, it is the same accentuation on rationality and logic, this structuring and systematizing and getting at the roots and the nature of things (since it is a weak function, so you need to feel yourself capable of performing it effectively, and just look competent in it) – yet only as long as it corresponds to what you feel and sense, well, standardly. Which is why, for example, these types can be good at math, as they have their intuition to make it actually work. Still, what Rush prefers before his trauma occurs is to work with people and teach them as a university professor.

Logic is the role function of these two types, their protective tool, and normally is quite pronounced (in a way that simply looks ‘stressed’, as compared to how it works for ‘logical’ types), but still subordinate to the main functions. Because of his exaggerated role function Rush is over-focused on practicality and productivity, however it remains subordinate to his main functions and serves as an actual means to secure his ethical goals.

I know that sometimes INFjs don’t recognise Rush as the representative of their type; personally, I suppose it mainly happens when his ethical views (which all his actions are actually based on) don’t coincide with their own values. Anyway, if at the same time Young, who is a clear logical sensing type, can be seen by them as someone they have much in common with (since in Socionics INFjs and ESTjs are considered to be actual ‘other halves’ and potential soulmates, it’s not an accidental coincidence, I think) and someone whose POV they can even look from, it only suggests that Rush’s logic is evidently not the case.

However, touching the concept of subtypes: since the intuitive subtypes of INFjs / ENFjs are usually considered to be more ethically flexible, sometimes they can actually find even less in common with the ethical subtypes of their own types than ethical intuitive introverts and extraverts with the intuitive subtype may find with each other (as I feel regarding Rush, for example).

Rush actually ‘lives’ in his feelings and senses. That’s what forms his inviolable ethical views he is so firm about; that’s what regulates his social interactions, typical for his troubled state; what makes up his obsession with the Mission, which he himself defines as the way ‘to change things, control our fate and right the wrongs’, confirming his ethical orientation, again (not only it’s his personal path to atonement and his duty to society / the universe, which still mostly refers to Gloria who was everything to him to the point that after her death he simply calls himself ‘dead’; but it’s also his way ‘to gain greater understanding’ of reality, which is actually the mentioned ‘getting at the roots and the nature of things’ in order to balance his feelings and senses with the world around).

So, to sum it up:

  • Rush measures things proceeding from his attitude to them.
  • Rush makes his decisions in accordance with his ethical views and intuitive senses, while being actually flexible in the choice of the means needed to achieve his goals.
  • Rush has a ‘stressed’ logic that he uses as a means of self-protection and can come up with any logical reason he likes in order to protect his feelings and senses / change this explanation in an instant if it doesn’t suit.
  • Rush is inconsistent in his actions and tends to change his track if his feelings and senses demand for something else. When he is driven by the things that feel precious and ethically valued, he puts it ahead of everything else constantly turning his own logic upside down.

And even though it is known to be rather typical for INFjs / ENFjs to view people in general as something abstract and pressing (probably, because of a weak Sensing), it definitely doesn’t mean that they don’t care (even given the fact that what tends to be valued by INFjs most of all is their dear ones and the relationships with them). Which is why I honestly don’t know how Rush should show his concern and care, for it to become accepted and acknowledged. He shows it by his actual actions and actual emotions. To people who are actual strangers to him, who mistreat and resent him since the beginning. Not to mention his actual need to avoid proximity. Given the fact that even with a proper processing of functions feelings and emotions of ‘ethical’ types usually require to be balanced in order to avoid simple overwhelming and exhaustion.

As usual, I only speak about known tendencies. However, I tend to believe it as it works the same way for me and those ethical intuitive guys (INFjs / ENFjs) whom I know, can ask and observe. Anyway, it’s not an attempt to invent something new; I mainly state things that were already approved as the rules for these fields. Feel free to come and talk to me about it. I don’t bite. 

My previous notes regarding these matters can be found here

“The most important act of a poem is to reach further than the page, so that we are aware of another aspect of the art. This will introduce us to its spiritual essence. This essence has no limits. What we are setting out to do is to delimit the work of art, so that it appears to have no beginning and no end, so that it overruns the boundaries of the poem on the page.”
-Barbara Guest, from Wounded Guest