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Avatar The Last Airbender: Katara [ESFJ]

OFFICIAL TYPING by Unknown (I can’t find the name of this post’s original author. If you catch this one, please send us a note and I’ll add your name) and mysterylover123

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Katara judges and makes decisions based on her feelings, which usually circle around other people. She is very outgoing and friendly, having no trouble to start a conversation with strangers (for example Haru in “Imprisoned”). Because she feels so strongly for others, she can’t just turn her back on people in need (starting the revolution in the Earth Kingdom, helping the lake village in the Fire Nation in “The Painted Lady”) or take injustice (The Waterbending Master”). “I will never, ever turn my back on people who need me!” She holds the gaang together, taking charge and keeping her hopes up when everyone else has given up (“The Desert“). She’s very protective, even wanting to shield people from an ugly truth (“The Southern Air Temple“). Since she cares so strongly for everyone, some characters feel that she is too motherly (“The Runaway“). (anonymous) She wears her heart on her sleeve, telling everyone how she feels at any given minute. She tends to interfere and mother others, even those who are not related to her. (mysterylover123)

Introverted Sensing (Si): Being both providing and practical, Katara makes sure that the gang has all they need on their trip around the world. She mends her brother’s pants, buys supplies, and knows how to help as a midwife. She is a hard worker and learns to be a Master Waterbender that way, in contrast with Aang’s natural talent (“The Siege of the North, Part 1). Being so emotional and having an excellent memory makes Katara prone to hold grudges and finding it hard to forgive deep wrongs (“The Awakening,” “The Western Air Temple,” “The Southern Raiders”). She prefers familiar ground and doesn’t take much joy from new, physical thrills (contrast penguin sledding with the mail system roller coaster in “The King of Omashu”) or breaking the rules for fun (“The Runaway”). (anonymous) She holds on to her powerful subjective memories of a variety of incidents for a very long time, and allows them to shape her future. She often compares things to how they were before, like what she says to Aang in The Day of Black Sun Part 1. (mysterylover123)

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Katara is much more open to new ideas than her brother, though not as susceptible to them as Aang. She immediately embraces the idea of Aang being the Avatar and becoming his new family, she enjoys visiting the fortune teller, and challenges old systems if they are unjust. She can be creative in her ways to help others, for example taking up the guise of the painted lady, and she is able to connect things quickly, for example getting the clues and solving the mystery of a crime quicker than Sokka (“Avatar Day”). (anonymous) She’s frequently creative and thinks up fun new potential concepts (mysterylover123).

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Logic and analytical thinking don’t play much of a role in Katara’s decision making and more often than not she’s offended at Sokka’s rational approach to a situation in which people are involved. She strives to understand people’s motivation though and struggles when she can’t make sense of it. (anonymous) She’s usually open to reinterpreting ideas and tries to figure out the pieces of the information she’s learned.

PLEASE NOTE (FELLOW MODS): Avatar: The Last Airbender is a western animated series, not an anime, despite appearances. Therefore typing Avatar characters is not a violation of the no-anime rule. Please DO NOT DELETE THE AVATAR TYPINGS; Past Avatar typings have disappeared, so I’m retyping the characters. As a mod, mine won’t be deleted (I hope.) - mysterylover123

some man who’s never felt fear in their entire life: sit next to strangers! get into conversations with randos on the street!!

me an autistic lesbian whose first instinct when seeing a man is to run for my life: no thanks

being shy and having resting bitch face is the worst combination because i look like a disinterested bitch but in reality i really want to socialize but i just dont know how to initiate conversation with strangers and also this is just my face

How to casually start a conversation with a really hot stranger
  1. Walk towards them excitedly and lightly punch their shoulder
  2. Say “Oh my god heyyyyy! Can’t believe it’s you! I haven’t seen you in a while!”
  3. They will respond by saying “Uh…sorry do I know you?”
  4. You have to pretend to be shocked and confused upon hearing those words.
  5. Suddenly say “OH SHIT! FUCK, WHAT YEAR IS THIS?!”
  6. They will respond by telling you the current year.
  7. Slowly back away and say “Oh crap I’m too early. We haven’t met yet. Ugh, forget this ever happened. Hello stranger. You don’t know me. Bye stranger”
  8. Take pleasure in their confusion and proceed to do your little cute laugh when they come up to you and ask “this is a joke right”
  9. Casually sacrifice them to Satan if they don’t find you funny
i’m ready to break, you’re ready to bend

for @eggo-my-leggo, thanks for motivating me ely :)

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tw: implied/referenced child abuse

Steve walked down the road quickly.  His eyes were burning, but he wasn’t sure how much of that was from the cold.  It was freezing, and he tucked his hands under his armpits before the fell off.  Winter in Indiana was always shitty, but in the evening it was even worse.

“Why the hell couldn’t you have grabbed your jacket, Harrington?” he muttered angrily at himself under his breath.

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Nine years of painting in a sketchbook

As a freshman in art school I cringed when I was told that students were required to keep a sketchbook. I never draw preparatory sketches because I like to work a painting out as I go, not in advance. When shown a finished artwork and its original sketch, I usually find the first draft to be more spontaneous, energetic, fresh and beautiful. But I was an obedient student so I forced my hand and began drawing in a Moleskine journal.

Drawing in public places always led to striking up conversations with strangers and helped me to make friends outside of school. I began drawing and experimenting on a daily basis. I bought acrylic ink for a school assignment and poured some into my sketchbook using an eye dropper. I liked how the ink bled onto other pages, adding color and texture. I fell in love with the medium and started drawing with ink using a dip pen and brush.

It’s difficult to use dip pens, brushes and ink jars while sitting in a cafe, so I began painting in my room. The privacy loosened me up and my themes became more personal. For years I was in the habit of punctuating paintings with song lyrics, but I finally started using my own poetry. After a while, I grew so invested in the sketchbooks that I began referring to them as “books of paintings” to imply they were complete, indivisible artworks.

I used to surf the internet to find images to draw, but that became boring because I kept googling the same things: antelope, construction cranes and light houses were among my usual search terms. In 2011 I got into photography and started using my own photos for reference. Now I exclusively paint scenes from memory or personal photographs.

Change is so gradual it’s hard to tell if I’m improving at all, so occasionally I flip through my collection of Moleskines. I think the most important creative change was the decision to stop copying images from the internet and other people’s poetry. This really opened me up creatively and I’ve become more observant of my surroundings– time spent outside of studio feels creative and productive because I always have an eye out for material.