Here & Now
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HERE & NOW ISSUE 04
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Richard Bach Max Ehrmann Olivia Feathers
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Carl G. Jung
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PHOTOGRAPHERS Charles Condon
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PROOFREADERS Elizabeth Boeder Kate Poulose
Editor’s Note Dear readers, Turn on the news any day of the week and you will have a near-perfect example of the rhythm of this life, a rhythm that we all move to in one way or another whether we recognize it or not. A segment will begin with footage of a local charity event and heartwarming testimony positive life-change then suddenly, abruptly cut to a sound byte of a 911 dispatcher communicating with a man or woman in crisis. Two entirely unrelated stories, with seemingly no consideration of the other. Two entirely separate experiences, attitudes and outcomes. But isn’t this how life deals its cards? Tragedy doesn’t care if we were just promoted at work, the same way that a new friendship can appear in the midst of a time of anger or depression. As much as it is in our nature to try to, we often don’t have the power to pick and choose our circumstances. And in seasons of worry, despair, anxiety, grief, or pain, the twists and turns can make this life feel haphazard. Now I happen to be in an exciting time of change in my life, a time that has caused me to do quite a bit of reflecting on the experiences of my past several years. I think of my first semester of college, when I went to a place where no one knew my name in hopes of running away from the depression I was struggling with. I think of the disappointment of realizing that I couldn’t outrun and the fear of the thought of transferring universities for the chance that my situation would repeat itself. I think of the way the disappointment and fear entered the scene so quickly and intensely that it knocked the wind out of me. Then I think of last weekend, when I snuggled up on a couch that I share with five of my best friends in our warm, bright, loving home. I think of the comfort and peace that filled me up even though it was at the end of an incredibly long day, and I think of how very blessed I felt in that moment. I’ve thought of these times and many more, reliving the joys and the pains. Unexpectedly, in doing so, I’ve caught on to the common thread between them. My rock bottom and my greatest day have one unifying characteristic: growth. Even though it took the form of hardship at times and contentment at others, each significant season that I’ve walked through up until now has been an opportunity to grow, to build character, and to walk out of it just a little bit stronger, kinder, or more secure. I can look in the mirror today and see someone who has the perseverance to fight depression and the ability to love the little things in life; someone I would not see if it weren’t for both the experiences aforementioned. Ultimately, our seasons can be looked at as less of a sum of their circumstances and more as a means of becoming better humans. Life will continue to throw us curve-balls and treat us like yo-yos. Like a newscast, there will be shifts and changes that may catch us off-guard. But when those come, I like to believe that we will see the potential for personal development therein. I hope that the stories in this issue of Here & Now encourage you to seek growth regardless of circumstance or emotion. Until there & then, Olivia Feathers
Whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace within your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
DESIDERATA Max Ehrmann Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs;for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann (September 26, 1872 â€“ September 9, 1945) was an American writer, poet, and attorney from Terre Haute, Indiana, widely known for his 1927 prose poem "Desiderata" (Latin: "things desired").
Boulder Canyon Trail
Tim & Olivia Feathers
Austin 23 Years on a One-Track Mind
any parents of young or adolescent children will tell the same tale. It’s a tale of phases, stages, and, discovery. Their kids play several sports, rotate through musical instruments, or are members of multiple school clubs and organizations. Their children have become professional quick-changers as they switch uniforms in the backseat of the car so as to not be late for practice, and the parents themselves have resorted to purchasing a vehicle with more storage space to transport equipment. Their children seem to jump from track to track as often as the days change to nights. A pair of parents in Overland Park, KS, however, have a different story to tell. “Instead of playing video games, we would always just find him watching the science channel,” Kim Feathers said of her now 23-yearold son, Austin. “Even when he was young, we could tell that he thought in a way that was unlike any other kid we had ever met.”
Austin Feathers now resides in Denver, CO and works as an electrical engineer for BarberNichols Incorporated, a firm specializing in turbo mechanics. He was hired on quickly after graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in engineering for reasons far beyond his university training. Austin’s resume includes experiences such as winning his age group’s top prize in the school district science fair in second grade, participating in the Kansas City Maker Faire starting at age 14, serving as the president of the Physics and Engineering Student Organization (PESO) for two years, and being selected as Master of Ceremonies at his college graduation, just to name a few. From his youth to his professional career, Austin has remained on his one-track-mind. This track has shaped him into an extremely knowledgeable engineer, intuitive thinker, and science-minded individual.
AGE 10 Hand-made kitewing
Childhood: 0 - 11 “In kindergarten, his teacher called to tell us that she found him teaching a friend how to burn leaves with a magnifying glass on the playground,” Tim Feathers, Austin’s dad, said. “At first we were kind of shocked, but as we thought about it, we came to see it as kind of incredible. I mean, we didn’t teach him that.” This experience is one of the first that the Feathers parents remember as displaying his passion for understanding and gathering knowledge. From then on out, those kinds of experiences began to occur more and more. In Austin’s memory box in the attic of his suburban childhood home are pages and pages of sketches and diagrams of rockets, machines, and science experiments. It didn’t take long for his specialized knowledge to surpass that of many adults in his life. For example. In third grade, students at Trailwood Elementary participated in a live wax museum. In accordance with his interests, he chose to dress and speak as Chuck Yeager, the first man to have exceeded the speed of sound in flight thus breaking the sound barrier. As he explained the physics behind a sonic boom, his advanced knowledge of scientific principles became abundantly clear to the audience. “I was standing with the group of parents, watching my darling little boy in his little suit with his little glasses, using words that none of us understood.” Kim said. “I felt so bad because the parents started to giggle. I could tell that Austin didn’t get why and became a little flustered, but they were just so charmed by his demeanor and blown away by how smart he was.”
Adolescence: 12 - 18 Even during a time when many young people struggle to understand themselves and typically try on a variety of new personas, Austin’s knack for building and learning continued throughout middle and high school. “I think I was just a lot more observant than a lot of people around me,” Austin said. “If I saw something that I didn’t understand, I would teach myself about it. I watched a lot of videos and read a lot of articles online.” Austin’s parents recall his observational tendencies at this time as well. “No matter where we were, he just looked and looked and looked,” Kim said. “We could tell whenever he was looking off into space that the wheels were turning. We could usually expect an explanation of whatever he was looking at a few days later. That didn’t always mean we would understand it though.”
AGE 14 (top)
AGE 15 (bottom)
Miniature tesla coil
Engineer : A person who carries through an artful enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance
“My interests were definitely different than a lot of my friends growing up, but that didn’t matter.”
AGE 15 (left) Leaf-blower powered jet engine
AGE 13 (right) Rocket for hobbiest competition
â€œI was doing what
made me happy.â€?
Adulthood: 18 - 23 Perhaps one of the most notable areas of growth throughout his development was the way Austin learned to communicate what was happening in his head to those around him. “His projects were never quiet and never went unnoticed by any of us. His tesla coils would make the lights flicker and we would get calls from the neighbors making sure everything was okay when he ran his engines,” Austin’s younger sister, Olivia, said. “So I always wanted to know what he was up to, but had a pretty difficult time understanding his explanations and vocabulary for a while.” Soon, however, Austin was no longer just explaining his work to his friends and family.
AGE 19 Jet-powered go-kart for KU PESO
He was invited to speak to both students and adults about his projects at fairs and demonstrations throughout Kansas City. “As I got older, I got more and more opportunities to teach people about the things I was doing or building,” Austin said. “I got invited to a lot of elementary school science fairs while I was in high school and my first few years of college, and trying to explain things like electricity to a group of kids was definitely a challenge. But honestly, I think that those were some of my most valuable experiences. They made me confident.” Ultimately, it was that confidence that allowed the plethora of Austin’s experiences and his compilation of years and years of knowledge to take him where he is today. “I’m working my dream job,” Austin said. “I really get to eat and breathe this kind of thing all the time now. So I’d say my one-track mind sure paid off.”
AGE 20 & AGE 22 (top, bottom) Photograph from weather balloon launch Master of Ceremonies at college graduation
AGE 16 Tesla coil and metal glove at KC Maker Faire
AGE 22 15 - foot tesla coil for KU PESO
A FIELD GUIDE TO WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS Chris Guillebeau
hen you’re wandering cobblestone streets in Europe, stopping at cafes and making unexpected discoveries, it’s fun to lose your way and wander off the well-trodden path. You’re on an adventure! When you’re out on a long run and don’t mind if you take a wrong turn or two, you know that the extra distance is good for you. But here’s the thing: you’re not really lost in those situations. You’re exactly where you wanted to be, even if you didn’t know it. That’s why “getting lost” feels oddly welcoming often. When it comes to wandering in the wilderness of the soul, however, it’s a different situation. This is the wilderness where you feel truly lost. You lack direction, enthusiasm, or purpose—or maybe all three. You don’t know what to do, and every option you can see feels like two steps backwards. Amenities are limited in this wilderness. You sprain your ankle on those picturesque cobblestones. Cafés serve overpriced, burnt coffee, and the servers are rude. All you want is to get back on the path, but it’s not so simple. The teacher appears when the student is ready, so they say, but you’re ready to drop out of class. You curse the landscape, your traveling companions, and most of all yourself. You try to fight your way out, but any opponent you select is a straw man, any battle a proxy war that only ends up delaying your exit further. No one chooses the wilderness; the wilderness chooses by its own logic. And once you’ve entered, your ability to determine the time and location of exit is beyond your control. Let’s say you’ve recently arrived in this unpleasant no-mans-land. Perhaps this isn’t your first time here, so you try to get your bearings. You survey the landscape, recognizing familiar signs and features. With a shrug of your shoulders, you think, Well, I’ve done this before. I just need to lace up my boots and start hiking. But each wilderness of the soul has some unique shape or challenge to it. You notice that the tools you used the last time have become rusty, or maybe even defective. The wilderness is mocking you, telling you that if a quick fix was available, you wouldn’t have encountered each other again. As you ponder your options, you think, Where
am I? And, How did I get here? And most of all, Where’s the off-ramp from this wilderness? But that’s where you find yourself frustrated again. The off-ramp isn’t on the map! The very definition of a wilderness is a place where you find yourself wandering, most likely going off in the wrong direction multiple times. Your path out will be anything but direct. Eventually you sink in and accept your fate. Damn. I guess I’m officially lost in the wilderness! It is at this point, or soon thereafter, that you learn something. First, you learn that you are not in control. The longer you fight this lesson, the longer you remain in one place. It’s not that you have no autonomy whatsoever. You have skills, and you have life experience. You can draw on those times in your life where you had to do hard things. These memories and experiences won’t take you all the way, but they’ll help. When you stop panicking, it gets easier. It’s hard to make wise decisions feeling desperate,
“It is at this point, or soon thereafter, that you learn something. First, you are no longer in control.”
â€œThe longer you fight learning this lesson, the longer you will remain in one place.â€?
Speaking of decisions, somewhere in the wilderness there’s a decision you need to make. Before you can escape and get back on the path, you need to find your way to that decision point. That choice you must make is not obvious or easy. Whatever the decision is, there are no two ways about it. Trying to have it all only leads to a muddy compromise that further delays you. Once you navigate that point of no return, it gets easier still. You find a rest stop somewhere. You find an unexpected guide or companion. You see the beginnings of a trail. Note: try not to get too excited at this point, because it might not be over yet. There’s always that “Darkest hour before dawn” thing to look out for. Clues appear that lead you along the way, bread crumbs drop from the sky to give you sustenance. At first these feel like the bare minimum of rations, but somehow the crumbs lead you to a place of comfort. You begin to take joy in small
pleasures again. The coffee becomes much better, and the servers even smile once in a while. Finally you emerge from that wilderness, dusty and haggard, face set toward the sun and the path that leads you forward. Maybe you look back for a moment and feel grateful for the lessons you’ve learned. Maybe you shake off the dust and vow never to return. Or maybe you just pause and say, “What the hell was that about?” There’s no “5 ways to escape the wilderness” guide. If it were that simple, it wouldn’t be a true wilderness. But understand this: acknowledging that you are in the wilderness is oddly empowering. Admitting your powerlessness can build resilience. You probably know the quote well, having seen it on bumper stickers and Instagram captions the world over: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Where does that come from? Oh, right, it comes from the human condition. The reality of life, love, and adventure. The choice to truly live, and to risk with no guarantee of return. When you find yourself lost, release control but never give up hope. Always know that life is worth living no matter how hard things get. And never doubt that there’s an off-ramp from the wilderness, even if that exit seems impossibly far away.
â€œAcknowledging that you are in the wilderness is oddly empowering. admitting your powerlessness can build resilience.â€?
PHOTOGRAPHY Charles & Marie Condon
Pat & Susie The Roots of a Family
NEWLYWEDS (right) Pat and Susie Feathers
TOBY (left) First family pet
Lynn + Ellen Pat, Leonard Charles + Marie Kathleen, Charlie, Susie Pat + Susie Tim, Mike, Betsy Tim + Kim Austin, Olivia Mike + Tracy Spencer, Carter John + Betsy Chris, David, Lauren
PARENTS (top, bottom) Pat and Susie with Tim, Mike, and Betsy
FATHER Pat with Tim and Betsy
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”
IN-LAWS (left & bottom left) Susie with Betsy, Kim, and Mike Pat and Susie with Mike, Kim, Tim, and Betsy
FATHER (bottom right) Pat with Tim
GRANDPARENTS (left to right, clockwise) Pat with Austin and Olivia , Pat with Chris, Susie with Olivia, Susie with Austin
“If we spend our time and effort trying to meet somebody else’s idea of success, and ignore or belittle any conflicting messages from our own psyche, then we will find ourselves exhausted.”
WHAT GROWTH MEANS TO YOU Carl G. Jung
erhaps the most important realization that an individual can make in their quest for personal growth is that there is no single formula that defines the path to personal success. We all have different goals and priorities, which means that different activities and attitudes will make us feel good about ourselves. We also have different natural strengths and weaknesses that are a part of our inherent personality type. How then, as individuals, can we feel successful in our lives? Each personality type has a different idea of what it means to be successful. Self-knowledge
is one common goal that will help everyone achieve personal success. So many people are hung up on somebody else’s idea of what it means to be successful that they are unaware of what is truly important to them. This is completely normal. We all have important role-models and influences in our lives who may have basic values that are quite different from our own. If this is the case, it’s important to recognize that the discrepancy between what we have been taught is truly important and what we personally believe to be truly important is due to a difference in perspective. If we spend our time and effort trying to meet somebody else’s idea of success, and ignore or belittle any conflicting messages from our own psyche, then we will find ourselves exhausted and unhappy. Realizing what is truly important to us is a major step towards achieving personal success
To grow as an individual, the ISTJ needs to focus on applying their judgment against information that they have gathered, rather than against single facts or ideas coming from others. Before judging, put all new data into the context of existing facts. Working with all of the facts at your disposal will greatly improve your ability to judge effectively, and will reduce the likelihood that you will become offensively reactionary and isolationist. An ISTJ who is concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to the subject of their judgments, and their motivations for making judgments. Are they judging something external to himself/herself, or are they judging something within the context of their stored knowledge? Too often, an ISTJ will judge something without properly understanding it, and with the intention of dismissing it. Seek first to understand, then to judge.
The ESFJ who is concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to the way things appear to them. Do they try to find the basic connections between the elements of a situation? Or, do they appreciate only those elements which accord them a feeling of worth? At the moment when some connection or relationship between things is perceived, is the ESFJ only concerned with whether that perception supports something they value? Or is she/he concerned with becoming truly appraised of how things fit together in the world? The ESFJ should try to put themselves into the minds of others, to locate and recognize how others see things, before making judgments. They should try to see the way others might see situations, without making personal judgments about how others ought to feel. In general, they should work on exercising their sensation in a truly introverted sense.
An ESTJ who is interested in coming into his or her own potential should consciously try to suspend judgment until all of the facts are known. An effective ESTJ is not afraid to redefine principles when information cannot be understood or dealt with effectively within their known systems. Practicing this sort of behavior will help auxiliary introverted sensation to flourish, and thereby allow the entire personality to become a more effective and positive force. Rather than simply rejecting the new information that became available, my ESTJ friend could have altered his principles slightly to allow for differences in personal capabilities. Using the new data (made available by introverted sensing) to tweak and redefine his principles would allow him to create a more effective system of principles that would be better able to handle future challenges.
To grow as an individual, the ISFJ needs to focus on opening their perspective to include a more accurate picture of the feelings and value judgments of others. In order to be in a position in which the ISFJ is able to perceive and consider data that is foreign to their internal value system, the ISFJ needs to recognize that their world view is not threatened by the new information. The ISFJ must consciously tell himself/herself that emotional affects in others are not unrelated to reality; that the feelings of others are also just and valid within a wider and less rigorous vision of the world. The ISFJ who is concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to their motivation for deciding what is good and bad, right and wrong. They should consciously be aware of their tendency to discard anything that doesnâ€™t agree with their carefully ordered concepts, and work towards lessening this tendency.
Extroverted Introverted Sensing Intuition Thinking Feeling Judging Perceiving The Myersâ€“Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective selfreport questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people make decisions. The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers.
The ESFP who is concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to their motivation for valuing certain actions, interests and possessions over others. At the moment when something is felt, is the ESFP concerned with adjusting that feeling to fit in with what appears to them as the most important things in the world? To achieve a better understanding of their feelings, the ESFP should try to allow feelings their full force, before setting them against their strong desires. They should be consciously aware of their tendency to discard anything that doesn’t agree with their immediate sense of appearance, and work towards lessening this tendency. They should try to see situations from other people’s perspectives, without making judgments about the situations. In general, they should work on exercising their feeling in a truly introverted sense.
To grow as an individual, the INTJ needs to focus on applying their judgment to things only after they have gone through their intuition. One cannot effectively judge something that they don’t understand. The INTJ needs to take things entirely into their intuition in order to understand them. It may be necessary to give your intuition enough time to work through the new information so that it can rebuild its global framework of understanding. An INTJ who is concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to the subject of their judgments, and their motivation for making judgments. Is the motivation for judging something to be able to understand its usefulness in the world, or to dismiss it? Too often, an INTJ will judge something without properly understanding it, and with the intention of dismissing it. Seek first to understand, then thereafter, to judge.
To grow as an individual, the ISTP needs to focus on taking in as much information as possible through extroverted sensing. He or she needs to allow himself/herself to get into situations that they aren’t necessarily comfortable with, or that are different from the situations that they would normally choose in life. The ISTP learns from experience, so the best way for the ISTP to grow as a person is to open him or herself to new experiences. ISTPs usually have a loyal group of friends that they fit in with and feel comfortable with. Be aware of the tendency to want to run out and do something “new” that is actually just a different opportunity to exercise a known skill. Your task, as a person interested in personal growth, is to understand the world in a truly objective fashion, rather than understanding how the world fits in with your way of life.
To grow as an individual, the ISFP needs to focus on opening their perspective to include a more accurate picture of what is really going on in the world. In order to be in a position in which the ISFP is able to perceive and consider data that is foreign to their internal value system, the ISFP needs to know that its value system is not threatened by the new information. The ISFP must consciously tell himself/herself that an opinion that does not concede with their own is not an indictment of their entire character. The ISFP who is concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to their motivation for taking in information. Do they take in information to better understand a situation or concept? Or, do they take in information to support a personal idea or cause? To achieve a better understanding of the external world, the ISFP should try to perceive information objectively, before fitting it into their values.
To grow as an individual, the ENTJ needs to recognize the role Intuition plays in their life, and learn to understand its language. In particular the ENTJ needs to realize that their intuitive function is not directed outward to the world, that its images are personal, subjective and relate directly to the way the ENTJ’s inner self is being affected by both the outside world and their own behavior. Introverted Intuition is not an obvious process to understand, and quite unlike the rational, straightforward thinking the ENTJ is used to. Nevertheless, if understood and fully utilized to support thinking, it can make the ENTJ the most outwardly effective and productive of all the personality types. For this reason it is essential to allow this gift to become what it can be, rather than allowing it only to speak when it seems to agree with the ENTJ’s outwardly focused thinking.
To grow as an individual, the ESTP needs to focus on freeing their thinking from the control of extroverted Sensing and allow himself/herself the space to make careful, rational judgments. Not only about the immediate, external situation, but also about the ways in which it can be managed to create a more valuable, long term result. The ESTP’s capacity to do this is innate; it hides just beneath the surface and takes only a few deliberate moments to allow it to work. All the ESTP needs to do is to recognize the difference between thinking with the moment, with the subject of their immediate sense impressions, and the thinking they do when nothing else grasps their attention. The ESTP needs to recognize that the second kind of thinking, this “alone with self” space, is full of potential for careful judgment of their actions and consideration of the best course for the future.
To grow as an individual, the ENTP needs to allow themselves sufficient time and space to relax with the ideas and possibilities they can see. It is all too easy for the ENTP to assume that what they see is what they need. Careful thinking can allow the ENTP to “suss out” the best possible ways to proceed out of all the possibilities that come to them. At the same time, even if they are not able to share them, ENTPs need at least to understand the joys and satisfactions that others derive within those situations the ENTP would not normally choose in life. Awareness of the ways and needs of others can be the key to understanding the most life affirming way ahead for the ENTP, for there is always a danger that they might choose paths without regard to the feelings and needs of others close to them. The ENTP learns from analyzing his experience, so the best way for the ENTP to grow as a person is to develop his thinking capacity.
To grow as an individual, the INFJ needs to focus on applying their judgment to things only after they have gone through their intuition. In other words, the INFJ needs to consciously try not to use their judgment to dismiss ideas prematurely. Rather, they should use their judgment against their own ideas. One cannot effectively judge something that they don’t understand. The INFJ needs to take things entirely into their intuition in order to understand them. It may be necessary to give your intuition enough time to work through the new information so that it can rebuild its global framework of understanding. INFJs need to focus on using their judgment not to dismiss ideas, but rather to support their intuitive framework. An INFJ who is concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to the subject of their judgments, and their motivation for making judgments.
To grow as an individual, the ENFP needs to focus on applying judgment to all of their perceptions. This means they need to decide how they really feel about people, places and things, rather than allowing their feelings to hang open indeterminately. The ENFP needs to understand that developing their ability to discern qualities does not threaten their ability to understand the world, but rather enhances it, and enhances their personal changes for achieving a measure of success in their lives. The ENFP concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to their motivation for making a judgment. The goal when judging something is to not let your life experiences cloud your opinions. Obviously, this is not entirely possible, but it is the exercise to keep in mind. You want to open your mind to judgment without feeling threatened, and without using your own judgment in a defensive, rationalizing mode of responsive action.
To grow as an individual, the INTP needs to focus on taking in as much information as possible through extroverted intuition. He or she needs to allow himself/herself to get into situations that they aren’t necessarily comfortable with, or that are different from the situations that they would normally choose in life. The INTP learns from experience, so the best way for the INTP to grow as a person is to open him or herself to new experiences. Be aware of the tendency to want to run out and do something “new” that is actually just a different opportunity to exercise a known skill. Your task, as a person interested in personal growth, is to understand the world in a truly objective fashion, and how you fit into the world, rather than how the world fits into your life. The INTP should also pay close attention to their motivations when perceiving new information. They should aim to perceive with an open mind, without an agenda.
To grow as an individual, the ENFJ needs to focus on paying attention to their inner images. This means they need to be open to the possibilities that lie beneath their judgments and values, rather than just accepting the appearance of values which accord with their sense of rightness. The ENFJ needs to understand that developing their ability to see the subjective possibilities within themselves and others does not threaten their ability to make correct judgments, but rather enhances it, and enhances their personal chances for achieving a measure of success in their lives. The ENFJ concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to their motivation for accepting values that come to them. The goal is to find a balance between what seems correct and valuable and the many possible ways in which such a judgment might be subjective and not necessarily the best for themselves or a situation.
The INFP who is concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to their motivation for taking in information. Do they take in information to better understand a situation or concept? They should consciously be aware of their tendency to discard anything that doesn’t agree with their values, and work towards lessening this tendency. They should try to see situations from other people’s perspectives, without making personal judgments about the situations or the other people’s perspectives. In general, they should work on exercising their intuition in a truly extroverted sense. They should use intuition to take in information about the world around them for the sake of understanding the world, rather than to support their own conclusions. The INFP who successfully perceives things objectively may be quite a powerful force for positive change.
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Visual Communication 414 Student: Olivia Feathers Professor: Tim Hossler
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