Seeking the Odd & Creative!

I created a Facebook Group!

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For a long time, I’ve wanted an accepting space on the internet where I could post the geeky, quirky, creative things that I love without uncomfortably about sharing it with all of my Facebook friends/family/coworkers. Sure, some of us don’t have a ton of friends on Facebook. But– Some of us do! If you’re like me, you also have a few of those unfiltered friends and family that can’t relate and often drop comments on the post that hang a dark cloud over it.

That’s where The Creative Array comes into play. It’s a group meant for all of the artsy, oddball, crafty, creative, geeky, philosophical, nerdy posts to go that you may not share with on your personal News Feed.

This is that place that you can post that weird thought that popped into your head, or that theory you had about life. It’s the place to let your creativity and mind run free. Did you sketch or paint something that you want to share with like-minded people? This where you do that. Want critique or advice on a project that you’ve wanted to/already started? Ask it here.

I really like to think of it as a sanctuary for oddballs to gather together and embrace all the things that make us odd and different while celebrating creativity.

There isn’t judgement here. Only perfectly honest eccentricity.

Even if you’re hesitant, I encourage everyone to visit our page and see for yourselves:

The Creative Array

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You’re an INFJ! – Personality Test

As a kid, I was fascinated by astrology and its potential ability to teach you about yourself through your astrological sign. I don’t mean horoscopes, but more the traits associated with each of the signs. I couldn’t get enough of learning what it meant to be me!

As an adult, I’ve ran into the Myers-Briggs personality type test. Specifically, this assessment is a “psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions”. In simpler terms, it takes a deeper more scientific look at your personality.

This personality test is used widely among employers, but I don’t think it should be exclusive to the work environment. It can teach you a lot about your personality by breaking it down to four determining traits.

 

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For example, I am an INFJ:   I-introvert, N-intuitive, F-feeling, J-judging.

You are either:

Introvert or Extrovert

Intuitive or Sensing

Feeling or Thinking

Judging or Perception

 

The above traits are categorized as:

Introversion/ Extroversion  are “Attitudes”, preferences for the way that we function cognitively.

Intuitive/Sensing and Feeling/Thinking  are “Functions”, with intuition and sensing being information-gathering function and feeling and thinking being decision-making functions.

Judging/Perception  are “Lifestyle Preferences”, preferences to how we react to the outside world.

 

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If you are anything like me, you will find the results of this personality test ultra-fascinating. I really can’t get enough of learning about myself.

Nifty little fact: The creator of the MBTI was the same type as me!

*I’d like to note that if you do take the test, be very critical of yourself. Choose answers that best fit how you act and feel. Don’t choose answers that sound best to you or that are ideal in your mind because you may not always act or feel that way! That also won’t result in an accurate profile.

 

Here are two sites that you can take the MBTI for Free:

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After you get your results, feel free to come back to this post and view the charts below that will tell you your Star Wars and Harry Potter personality match!

 

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How Introverts Can Change How We Think

So I’ve had a few questions rolling around in my mind for a while.

Does society generally reject introverts? Are they very much misunderstood?

I think, yes.

This question came up because of a frustrating situation that I encountered at a party. It was an average party with food, music, people, fun, ect. Keep in mind that my personality leans more toward introverted, but I still enjoy the environment of a party! Shocked?

So there I was enjoying the party much like everyone else. I ate, talked, and danced to a few songs that I liked. As time went on, I watched as the extroverts continuously tried to pull the introverts to the dance floor. Because, well, how could they possibly be having a good time unless they were doing it in the same method as the extroverts? That just didn’t make sense.

Eventually, I was spotted. I had been sitting through one too many songs, and so of course I wasn’t enjoying myself.  (I hope everyone is catching the sarcasm.)

Why aren’t you dancing?”, “You should go dance!” – Or my favorite: they run up to you, grab your arms, and pull at you until you go out onto the dance floor. Well, I didn’t. I’m stubborn like that.

I just wanted to ask them, “Why?” I was having a perfectly good time doing what I was doing. I’m an adult. I know how I enjoy my time after twenty-five years on this earth.

Why is that if you aren’t experiencing your surroundings as an extrovert would, people think that you are unhappy, unmotivated, and/or just not having a good day?

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Are we really living in a time and society that is still so misguided about what it means to be an introvert?

Introversion means that the person generally thinks before he/she speaks and acts. They’re drawn to internal stimulation versus external. Extroversion is the opposite; they draw energy from their surroundings, people, ect.

That being said, it should also be said that people can’t be sorted into either type. You are not solely one or the other because personalities are too complex. You may lean toward one more than the other, and that’s when it becomes obvious to you and others.

I tend to lean toward introversion. While I like to talk and dance, there are times that I prefer not to. It has nothing to do with me being unhappy.

When we are young, it’s more accepted to be introverted. “Oh, he/she is just shy.” In some cases, it’s even considered cute! As you age, however, you are expected to “grow out of it”. It’s sad to say, but introverted children aren’t usually viewed in a good light by their peers and most adults. Some parents even think that something may be wrong with their children if they don’t grow out of it.

Ultimately, I think we live in a society that deems introversion as unacceptable and incorrect. While I understand that in order to work certain jobs and participate in certain activities to you need to acquire more extroverted traits, I don’t think it’s acceptable to put a stigma around introversion.

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There is nothing wrong with being introverted! In fact, I would be the first to encourage extroverted people to embrace introverted habits. Listen to your thoughts, pay attention, and try to develop self-awareness.

I think it would do a lot of good if society slowed down and truly took the time to turn their attention inward.

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Also, the below image = me! Although, that could be part introversion, part animal lover-ism. 😉

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So, are you an introvert? Are you an extrovert?

What do you think of how society views and treats introverts?

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