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An Incredible Idea for a Social Network

  • There is only one real user.
  • The rest of the users are “bots.”
  • The “bots” are pre-programmed with different reactions to various situations.
  • The bots would feed input into the user by using different backgrounds, appearance, belief systems.
  • We would see where the user gravitated towards, and adjust algorithms to fit this.
  • The “user” would also be teaching the “bots” to become more intelligent, because of the quantified self data collected from the user.

As time went on, the “bots” may develop artificial intelligence of their own, by using the usage patterns (both on and offline) of the user to create a true quantified self.

From Social Network to Extension or App

We have social graph, we have open graph, and we have interest graph, but what we lack is a “personality graph.” It could even be played around with to see how recommending users based on personality.

An advanced / updated form of MBTI to form the foundations of these bots (to begin with) to develop their core algorithms. It would follow the patterns of MBTI / Socionics, but the distribution of cognitive functions would not be a template, we’d throw in some randomness to make it more real world applicable.  After all, you and I may both be ENTPs, but that doesn’t mean that our cognitive functions are distributed evenly.A new test would need to be formulated, because the online tests are not based on true Jungian Theory, but a bastardized version of it.

Eventual Benefit to Society and Technology

Part of developing this app / extension / overlay would be created by a much more correct form of testing. This could work as an extension overlay to the existing API or as a separate app. It would also need to pull from interests and social connections, (like every other form of app out there) to get a big picture of what this data really means.

For example, it may be discovered that all members of a certain type have a particular taste in music, movies, hobbies… We already “know” that they do, but this would put real results to support it.

The data collected by this application would be priceless, and could be used to develop products for years to come.


ENTP vs ENFP – Two Distinct Breeds of Extraverted Intuition

Similarities and Differences

The ENTP and ENFP are similar in many ways. They both share the same dominant trait of Extraverted Intuition (Ne). The difference lies in their second cognitive function, The Supporting Role, which creates two unique types, as similar as they may seem to be on the surface.

Similarities – Extraverted Intuition as the Dominant Function

  • Relaxed, nonjudgmental, non-aggressive look and demeanor.
  • Person is easily intrigued, starts new things very easily, and always has energy for new beginnings.

  • Relaxed posture and open and easy-going look most of the time.

  • Very often enthusiastic, but rarely physically robust or vigorous.

  • Like to have spontaneous moments rather than traditional / planned situations or “proper” behavior.

  • Spontaneous behavior and the absence of social masks serves to convey one’s “true” self to others. A concern with “proper” behavior only serves to mask the true self.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) implies a rejection of the Intraverted Sensing (Si) in one’s behavior. Therefore, Ne types try to interest others with thoughts, insights, and a particular vision of things and not through material means or by exerting a direct physical or visual impact on others.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) types “drop out” of situations (and their eyes glaze over and stop “seeing”) because they generally are abstracted from physical stimuli and are thinking about intangible characteristics of the situations they are in. The eyes remain open, but the visual stimuli is not reaching the conscious mind.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) implies an ability to recognize and develop high-potential situations, people, and ideas – hence the innate enthusiasm, openness, and the ability to become intrigued and intrigue others. Ne implies attentiveness to the unseen essence of things, and Ne types want to have their essence come through to others.

Differences – Intraverted Thinking vs Intraverted Feeling as the Supporting (Auxiliary) Function

ENTP – The Visionary

  • Explorer Inventor
  • Enthusiastic Innovator
  • Inventor
  • One exciting challenge after another
  • Progress is the product
  • Relationships are just another challenge
  • Answer the questions and question the answers
  • Precocious Planner

Explorative; lighthearted and detached curiosity; focused on interests and ideas; usually upbeat and good-natured.

The theme for ENTPs is inventing, finding ingenious solutions to people and technical problems.Their talents lie in developing ideas into functional and innovative applications that are the first of their kind. They thrive on finding new ways to use theories to make systems more efficient and people better off. They have a hunger for new projects.

ENTPs have faith in their ability to instantly come up with new approaches that will work. Engineers of human relationships and systems as well as in the more scientific and technological domains.

ENTPs tend to smile the same way most of the time, and don’t use all the muscles of their face. This shows that they are little concerned with being agreeable or emotionally involving others. ENTPs have a more distant and detached look than ENFPs.

  • Ti seeks precision, such as the exact word to express an idea. It notices the minute distinctions that define the essence of things, then analyzes and classifies them.
  • Ti examines all sides of an issue, looking to solve problems while minimizing effort and risk. It uses models to root out logical inconsistency.

  • ENFP – The Inspirer

    • Discoverer Advocate
    • Journalist
    • Champion
    • Giving life an extra squeeze
    • People are the product
    • You can never be too close
    • Pied Piper

    Playfulness; tinge of irony; acceptance; frivolous; warm curiosity about people and relationships.

    The theme for ENFPs is inspiration, both of themselves and others. Their talents lie in grasping profound significance, revealing truths, and motivating others. They are very perceptive of others’ hidden motives and purposes. ENFPs are Interested in everything about people and their stories, as long as they are genuine.

    ENFPs have a contagious enthusiasm for “causes” that further good and develop latent potential and the same zeal for disclosing dishonesty and inauthenticity. They are often moved to enthusiastically communicate their “message.”

    ENFPs tend to have a wide, “sincere,” likable smile and to show a wide range of facial expressions. ENFPs have softer expressions than ENTPs, often tilt their head a bit to the side to show their interest in people.

    ENFPs reflect their mood on their face more than ENTPs. At the same time, they are usually somewhat emotionally subdued and do not show powerful passions in their face or movements.

    • With a supporting tole of Intraverted Feeling (Fi), ENFPs are attuned to other people’s feelings and sentiments and are generally aware of people’s emotional response to them.
  • They feel responsibility for the emotional climate of situations they are in and soften these situations by being emotionally open and showing their inner feelings on their face.

  • Fi filters information based on interpretations of worth, forming judgments according to criteria that are often intangible.

  • Fi constantly balances an internal set of values such as harmony and authenticity.

  • Attuned to subtle distinctions, Fi innately senses what is true and what is false in a situation.


    My Mind: From Chaos to Solution


    I automatically see connections between all elements of an issue:

    • The problem.
    • The people involved.
    • The circumstances leading up to the situation.
    • The environmental factors.
    • The outside influences.
    • The potential reasons for misunderstanding.
    • The manner in which the individual elements affect each other.
    • All of possible solutions.

    All of these thought processes occur in my mind, simultaneously.

    Sparking rapidly in complete chaos.

    Bouncing off of one another, crossing paths, combining, and creating new sparks.

    An uncontrollable storm of pattern spotting, analogous connections, contradictions, divergence, and convergence.

    I can’t help it.
    I can’t explain it.
    I can’t turn it off.

    Destruction and Healing

    Different parts of my mind go to battle with each other, and then they construct new bridges to mend the dissonance they created.

    As a result, a new layer of understanding emerges that didn’t previously exist.

    Sitting atop this new layer, radiant and obvious, is the solution.

    The more complex and challenging the issue, the more useful having this ability is:

    Watching me tie my shoes or get ready to go out for the evening is amusing. I come across as a clumsy, scattered-brained moron.

    Being in the right environment is crucial.

    Now, take a room filled with the most talented people in the world, trying to solve an impossible problem or create an entirely new way of doing things.

    They may be completely stuck in a deadlock. They may be ready to give up entirely. Put me in that same room for a little while, and it’s like witnessing magic.

    Groups and a Diversity of Opinions

    Other people, especially with a diverse set of opinions, to bounce ideas off of, only multiplies what already happens in my mind.

    In a group situation, it may take some time to process and readjust the patterns of thought, based on the input of others. However, what it really provides is more elements to play with and more dots to connect: a bigger playground.

    Out of Nowhere

    Despite being the person with perhaps the least topic-oriented experience, I will typically see that one connection hidden in everyone’s blind spot.

    Somewhere in that same general area, the solution to their problem will present itself.


    It’s quite a powerful ability, but it’s something I only can direct or shape, not something I have complete control over.

    It’s not a matter of how it’s chosen to be utilized, but where it’s placed.

    Being Divergent in a Team Atmosphere, Without Having to “Walk the Plank”

    Does anyone else have the “curse” of explaining an opposing argument so well, your peers think you’re on the “other side” and start attacking you?


    Being a Visionary is Not as Easy as it Looks

    I’m a natural devil’s advocate, and somebody who constantly thinks of every alternative possibility.

    Throughout my professional career, there have been a few situations where me trying to bring up opposing arguments, for improvement of the project / idea, resulted in a team turning on me.

    The Visionary / ENTP Personality Type

  • ENTPs love to argue and consider it a sport, sometimes hurting those who don’t. They like proving their points and showing others how impressive they are.
  • They are masters at improvising and are usually good at everything they put their minds too.
  • Interested in almost everything, they become pleased with people who are skilled and talented.
  • Once something they are interested in is no longer a challenge they lose interest and move on.
  • Problem solving and adaptability is their specialty.
  • ENTPs are very judge mental about people, but are surprisingly very accurate on there judgment.
  • While following the rules of the game, they look for all the short cuts and mysteries of it. That is why these people are most likely to bend the rules and cut corners because they despise simple and uninteresting procedure or routines.

  • We Are All Puzzle Pieces

    We must remind ourselves that a majority of other personality types do not think this way. Certain types even crave sticking to consistent, reliable, and trusted methods above anything else.

    For other types of people, our style of thinking shatters the essence of their being. They hate challenging or changing conventional methods. They crave sticking to tradition, and believe it is the cause for what has made them successful, up to this point.

    Most types ask themselves:

    “Why fix something, if it ain’t broke?”

    This is a core belief of what makes these people who they are.

    Visionary types ask themselves a different question:

    “Why stick to what’s working we’ll, when we could be making it much better?”

    This is apart of our core personality, deeply ingrained into the fabric of who we are. We couldn’t stop thinking in this manner if we wanted to.

    Just as “we are who we are,” other people “are who they are,” as well. It’s important to always remember this truth when dealing with others.

    What Matters More: Your Pride, or Bringing the Vision to Life?


    • The goal is not to prove you are the superior type.
    • The goal is to learn how to get your vision across, and eventually believed in.

    The Future is Inevitable, Like it or Not

    The same people who said shaking things up was foolish, will be the same people that end up using and supporting the innovation in the long-term.

    It’s the same as “old people” and technology. They will fight tooth & nail to not try the “new hot thing.” A year later they’ll be in love with it.

    Dealing with Different Types of People

    Learn to Pick and Choose Your Battles Wisely!

    • It’s very easy for us to challenge just about anything, and we get quite a bit of enjoyment from it. Make an effort to resist this urge!
    • Try and stay focused on the most important, crucial points. The things that need to be challenged immediately.
    • Force yourself to withhold your urge to brainstorm about everything.
    • Make an effort to show positive reinforcement for ideas that you immediately agree with.
    • Show at least equal amounts of positive reinforcement, if not more, to the amount of opposition and challenging you cause. This helps prevent people from having the perception that you’re just an argumentative person.
    • When presenting a really important, divergent, outside-of-the-box idea to your team, meet with a few teammates ahead of time, privately, to acquire a bit of support heading in. You’ll already have a few people saying “hey that sounds like a pretty good idea.” It won’t be you against everyone!
    • Include these supporters in your scheme to make them feel apart of it. Make it “our idea.” They will not only agree with you, but will fight for the vision, themselves.

    Summing it All Up!

    As ENTPs, we don’t need “group approval” to think an idea is solid, but most other types do. If you have a few supporters going in, it will be much easier to challenge norms.

    Including others has an added benefit of introducing others into
    your thought process and understanding who you are.

    I’ve found that once you can establish this, once people understand
    the way you think, you can accomplish a lot more without as much friction.

    Unfortunately, sometimes we have to learn to “play the BS game” just enough to establish yourself as the visionary. It may be a little while before this happens.

    “Baby Steps” is the Key!


    A Great Clip from “What About Bob?”

    In this short scene, Bob learns is introduced to the basic concepts of “Baby Steps.”

    ENTPs at Work

    ENTP robot

    ENTP personalities tend to be quick-witted and knowledgeable – these traits usually make them both popular and efficient in the workplace. However, they may also get into trouble for arguing over anything and everything, or have difficulties focusing on one specific project.

    ENTP colleagues

    Very argumentative

    Excellent brainstormers

    Have a good sense of humor

    Attract new friendships quite easily

    Honest, direct and objective

    Usually very knowledgeable

    May be insensitive and condescending

    ENTP managers

    Able to accurately and objectively assess conflicting arguments

    Very good at holding ground in a rational debate, which usually makes them fearsome advocates for their teams

    Enjoy coming up with innovative ways to deal with challenges, but dislike managing the actual implementation

    Do not care much about being liked – would rather be respected and seen as smart

    Open-minded and flexible

    May jump from project to project, looking for challenges and excitement

    ENTP subordinates

    Comfortable challenging their
    manager’s ideas

    Curious and able to learn new methods very quickly

    Strongly dislike restrictive rules and guidelines

    Prefer tackling complex challenges over dealing with simple routine tasks

    Do not mind being criticized, as long as all arguments are rational

    May have difficulties with practical or monotonous tasks


    How to Prepare Yourself to Become an Innovator


    No college (necessarily).

    • A wide variety of experience in multiple industries and roles.
    • Google the crap out of anything that sparks your curiosity.
    • Ignore everything that traditional career advisors say.
    • Research and absorb the way that companies are currently doing things.
    • Use your intuition and logic to spot trends. See the “big picture view” of how society is evolving.
    • Have a mindset of 10-20 years from now, not next year.

    Don’t focus on what the next big “product / service” will be. Focus on what will inevitably replace it.

    For Example:

    • Don’t pay too much attention to the “kickass smartphone” that’s going to hit the market next year. Instead, imagine what will eventually replace smartphones.
    • What will this future world look like?
    • How will it function?
    • What are the challenges that this world will face?
    • What are the new opportunities that will emerge?

    The Ideal Future Problem Solving Team

    Creating the idea problem solving / future trends team is pretty simple. In fact, simplicity is an important aspect of success. Understanding these basic principles, can differentiate between a game-changer or complete bust.

    The Mind

    Size Matters

    With a future focused, problem forecasting, and solution creation team, you can’t have too many open minds at the same time. The ideal size is a minimum of three and a maximum of five team members.The people involved will all have the same goal of future problem solving, but by having too many divergent ideas in the same room, an unorganized, directionless discussion will develop quite quickly. So keep the team 3-5, and you’ll be in a great place.

    Personality Matters

    Let us pretend when have a three person team. The personality type of each person greatly changes the social dynamics of the group. It’s extremely important that all team members share the same overall goal, which is to solve a huge problem and to build a better future. However, it is equally important for a diversity of personality types.

    An Example of a Future Problem Solving Team

    Future Problem Solving

    1. The Visionary

    • Idea people.
    • Their perceptive abilities cause them to see possibilities everywhere.
    • Primary interest in life is understanding the world that they live in.
    • Constantly absorbing ideas and images about the situations they are presented in their lives.
    • Extremely quick and correct in their ability to size up a situation.
    • Flexible and adapt well to a range of tasks.
    • Get excited and enthusiastic about their ideas, and are able to spread their enthusiasm to others.
    • Following through on the implementation of an idea is usually a chore.
    • Extremely visionary, inventive, and enterprising.
    • Fluent conversationalist, mentally quick, and enjoy verbal sparring with others.
    • Live in the world of possibilities, and become excited about concepts, challenges and difficulties.
    • When presented with a problem, they’re good at improvising and quickly come up with a creative solution.
    • Creative, clever, curious, and theoretical.

    2. The Strategist

    • Capable of turning the big ideas or concepts and breaking them down into a workable plan.
    • Ability to challenge the Visionary, while still remaining a respect for them.
    • They aren’t the best at coming up with the ideas, but they quickly become enthusiastic.
    • Once they fully comprehend the idea, they are fantastic at working out possible plans to carry out the ideas.

    3. The Duty Fulfiller

    • Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living.
    • Extremely thorough, responsible, and dependable.
    • Well-developed powers of concentration.
    • Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments.
    • Well-organized and hard-working, they work steadily towards identified goals.
    • They can usually carry out any task once they have set their mind to it.
    • Have tremendous respect for facts.

    Shake It Up

    This is merely one example of a group with diversity, there are many ways you can try alternate teams, keeping a focus on making a team that’s diverse and have contrasting strengths and weaknesses. By keeping the team diverse, you create and environment of “accidental collaboration,” The opposing forces triggers a stronger team with a bigger potential.

    There are endless possibilities to try out, and I strongly recommend that you experiment a while to see what works best for you.

    The Beatles

    Each member possessed different personality type, which made them stronger together than they could ever be by themselves.

    • John was a visionary, abstract thinker, with a great deal of imaginary. However, he was not great at turning these ideas into the finished product. It a contrast of future thinking, and a propensity for randomness, adventure, doing whatever felt good at the moment. As a result, he wasn’t strong at getting his song concepts into a polished, organized, consistent product.
    • Paul was great at turning big ideas and creating ways to make them.
    • He loved the imaginative, big vision, but go his greatest pleasure from working out the instrumentation and details of the final songs.
    • George was an introverted person. He was very insightful, relaxed, and much more spiritual. He also shared in the big vision, but his primary focus came from throwing in a beneficial part here and there.
    • As a team member, George served as a balance to John and Paul’s aggressive, extroverted, and controlling personalities. George didn’t crave or care about control.
    • Ringo was great at route detail, consistency, and execution of the finished product.
    • It didn’t upset him that he would not start the project, bur he found his enjoyment from carrying it out.