Happy Hour! Card Game Now on Kickstarter!

Happy Hour!the first bartending card game, is now available on Kickstarter. It’s the latest game I’ve been working on with my good friend, graphic artist Walker Cahall. We’re really proud of it and we’d love it if you checked it out on Kickstarter, but first…

Dinner’s Ready, the first game I created on Kickstarter back in October of 2015 was really a proof of concept for a style of gaming I call “competitive learning.” You’re playing a card game, focused on the competition and gameplay, but the more you play, the more you subconsciously learn about a particular topic. With Dinner’s Ready!, we wanted to teach people about healthy eating and whole ingredients. With Happy Hour!, our aim is to get people familiar with the world of mixed drinks and to start learning cocktail recipes.

tumblr_okv3mm2v4e1rt7qgbo1_500Bars pride themselves on having fully stocked bars and the ability to make “any drink you want.” The problem is, with the limitless possibilities behind the bar, we’re overwhelmed so we inevitably defer to our “go-to drink,” a simple, unimaginative, cocktail. It inevitably involves three ingredients, one of which is ice. If we knew more about mixed drinks and cocktails, maybe our palette would expand also!

Happy Hour! was born!

From the beginning, we set out to make Happy Hour! both fun but also somehow an educational experience. We bounced around between different formats of gameplay, styles and designs, and base rules in order to best deliver the information we want to get across. In doing so, we made some tough decisions. We decided to omit the facts on the ingredient cards. We chose to ignore the “preparation method” of each cocktail for the sake of clarity and ease of play. We increased and decreased the size of the bar and the number of orders waiting at the counter. But after every play test, it would always loop back to that feeling: we were onto something special.

happy-hour-handHappy Hour! is the FIRST competitive bartending game that’s not only fun to play, but also teaches you an array of actual mixed drinks! Soon enough, you’ll be a master bartender!

Imagine this… it’s a Friday night and you’ve got three friends in town. In anticipation of your friends arrival, you’ve stocked up on some booze. Around 5 o’clock, commonly known as “happy hour,” you bust out the Happy Hour! card game and set up the bar and counter.

Now it’s time to choose an alcohol: whiskey, vodka, tequila or gin. For the rest of the evening, when any drink is played that contains your alcohol, you’ve gotta whatever drink you happen to be consuming. (Extra points if you pair your alcohol to your side drink.) When a player collects 21 points, everybody else has to finish their drink. Sounds pretty good, right? (You can obviously play the game without this optional drinking rule, but… why?)

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Whiskey Sour!

The games typically last 7-15 minutes for 2 people and around 30 minutes for 4 people. That means you can get two rounds in, and (maybe a little north of) two drinks. Not only does that get your evening started for a night on the town, you also have a head start on ideas for drinks later on in the evening!

The Kickstarter page is now up and the campaign will run until February 28, 2017. You can still get the game at the “Early Bird Special” price of $25 (including shipping), otherwise the game is $30 (including shipping). Join the Happy Hour! community by backing the game, following us on social media, and sharing our project with your friends!

At the time of posting, we’re currently at $1263 or 21% of our overall goal!

Thanks again for your support, and I look forward to sharing a drink with you all in Happy Hour!

CHE

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2017, We’re Off the Blocks!

There’s an age old adage, “How you spend morning of January 1 is how you’ll spend your whole year.” Looking back over the festivities of the past couple of New Years, that might actually be true. Waking up with (or sleeping off) a painful hangover is never the best start off the blocks, but it’s something I insist on doing, year after year. Recent years had been filled with bar crawls, music festivals, and lavish hotel galas, would this year be different?

Since I’m balling on a budget, one idea was to have a house party at the place I’m currently subleasing. That wasn’t an entirely bad idea, but it was going to be a little work. Beer pong. Plastic cups. Chips. BYOB. A little hangout with some of my new friends in Portland, Oregon. That wouldn’t be so bad, right?

Another idea I had was, “Maybe I’ll just sit this one out this year.” I hadn’t had a quiet New Years in a long time… if ever. What if I did something like my 70 year old parents, and just drank champagne until the ball drops in the “Big Apple” at 9 PM then call it a year. I mean, it’s only really a special day if you make it one, right?

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Scott Pemberton

The day before, my soon-to-be-roommates got a bunch of tickets to the Scott Pemberton Band show at Goodfoot Pub. I had never heard of them before, but they’re totally awesome. They’re a local Portland jam band with heavy guitar and steel drum. I was instantly hooked and danced my pants off. If you’ve got 8 minutes, watch this performance.

Around 1 AM we called it a night, but instead of going home to my empty attic space, I went to my new house and hung out with my new roommates. I slept in my new bed. I didn’t set an alarm on my phone. I didn’t have plans or need to rush out in the morning. When I woke up (around 10 AM) I was calm, stress free, and in a place that I couldn’t be happier in. A place that would help me accomplish my goals this year. I woke up on January 1, 2017 happy and inspired… okay, I had a little headache, too. Whatever. It was New Years!

As humans (because no other species on Earth celebrates New Years), we attach a lot of metaphysical importance to the changing of the years. It’s as if we’re hitting a “reset button,” but we get to start over again with all the knowledge and experience we’ve collected over time. While I know plenty of people that are “above resolutions,” I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with finding an excuse to re-evaluate and analyze your life and goals with an intent to stick through it. If it only gets done once a year, so be it.

How are you starting off this first chilly morning of 2017? Are you already hard at work on accomplishing your New Year’s Resolutions? Shoot me a message and we’ll make it happen together!

Happy New Year!
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Dinner’s Ready! Update and Survey

Dinner’s Ready! is now out in the world, available for purchase (here). Perhaps a little bit more jarring, Dinner’s Ready! is out in the world for public scrutiny. It’s necessary to stick your neck out in marketing, so I submitted Dinner’s Ready! to a ton of card game and board game review websites and blogs. Only a couple bit.

tumblr_o3ywr3TaZN1rt7qgbo1_500We boxed them up and sent them out a copy of the deck, equally hesitant and excited about their take on the game. We even sent one to the First Lady, Michelle Obama. She wrote back with this…

Perhaps more importantly, we were looking for any word from these influential websites. Soon enough, I got an e-mail from one of the blogs. They had questions about the game’s instructions.

This is good… right?

I did my best to answer the questions, but even then some of the language was touchy. Did my language leave too much to the imagination? How was this coming through on the gameplay?

Last week, the first review of Dinner’s Ready! went live. It was honest. It was complimentary and condemning all in the same breath. Here were some of the highlights,

  • “Dinner’s Ready is a good educational game that teaches about food groups and creating a balanced meal. It is easy to set up and can be played with the whole family.”
  • “For parents looking to teach their kids about food and nutrition, this is the game for you.”

But the overarching theme of the review was that the game was too highly weighed down in education, so the gameplay is slow. Challenging, yet slow. This slower pace of gameplay could impact the level of “fun” that people have.

These are all truly valid points. Classes aren’t fun. Card games are supposed to be fun.

One of the concepts we played with from the beginning of this whole project was that we wanted to educate kids about healthy eating. How ingredients go together. But unlike actual cooking, Dinner’s Ready! comes with rules. Or rather, had to come with an initial set of rules.

What we perhaps failed to make as clear as we should have, was that these Dinner’s Ready! cards are tools to create your own card games with healthy food. However you want to manipulate the cards is up to you! If you want to play “Go Fish” with ingredient cards, go for it! If you want to play with one recipe and three ingredients, help yourself! Make it fun!

Versatility is not necessarily a benefit of a card game. With all the tools we have in the world to assist us in teaching our kids about food, why is this card game better than all of those? Because it’s tactile? Because it contains an extra fact? Because it’s so beautifully designed? What makes Dinner’s Ready! different?

Dinner’s Ready! is different from all the other teaching tools because it allows players, young and old, to explore the connections between whole ingredients and healthy eating, away from computer screens, interacting and learning with others. Dinner’s Ready! is the

I’m not going to link to the article here. If you want to read it, you can find it yourself. I just don’t find the value to directing people’s attention to one person’s review of our flaws, while we’re already taking steps to make the next versions of the game better. We got what we asked for, and we’re responding accordingly. Speed bumps, am I right?

If you’ve played Dinner’s Ready! and you’d like to help us craft a better version in the future, feel free to fill out this quick survey (and pick up a copy of Dinner’s Ready! for a friend here).

We’d really appreciate it.

CHE

Dinner’s Ready! is now available on Kickstarter!

DR INGREDIENT CARDS v.3

It was another late night last night and I’m hoping it’s the last one for a while. We launched Dinner’s Ready! yesterday afternoon to a “soft opening.” I sent e-mails to my closest 132 friends and family, encouraging them to hurry over to the Kickstarter page to pick up one of the “Early Bird Specials” we’re offering. I also e-mailed the newsletter recipients and started making lists of publications to reach out to. Oh yeah, and queueing up a bunch of tweets.

Truth be told, I ran into devastating computer problems recently which brought a majority of my “art” to a grinding halt. Luckily, Eric Parker has been at the helm of the artwork for the Dinner’s Ready! project, but I haven’t been able to continue The Modern Artrepreneur Podcast for the last two weeks. I first discussed Dinner’s Ready! back on Episode 2, and I’m not ashamed to say that I have been thinking of very little else. This game has consumed my life.

But in the end, or rather, as of now, we believe Dinner’s Ready! is a fantastic, unique game that will bring cooking to life in a new, fun way! We’ve doing play tests of the game and receiving feedback (both positive and negative) and we’re nowhere near finished. We know how the game works, we just need to properly describe it. That’s just one of the many tasks on my plate over the course of the crowdsourcing campaign.

So here’s an overview of what we’re offering on Kickstarter!

Dinner’s Ready! challenges players to collect three recipe cards: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. Each recipe card calls for three ingredients, one from each of the FDA’s five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy. Once players have a “balanced meal,” they move on to collect the necessary ingredient cards to make those recipes. The first person to collect all the ingredients to prepare their healthy dinner wins, exclaiming “dinner’s ready!”

Dinner’s Ready! is ideal for families looking for a new venue to educate their children about whole foods, the food groups, the dexterity of ingredients, and the order in which meals are prepared. The Basic Dinner’s Ready! game ($20) comes with 30 healthy recipes, fifty ingredient cards, “rotten ingredients,” and informational cards. Our ultimate goal is for children to gain a new perspective on cooking and ask to eat one of the delicious meals from the game.

The game is also fun for an “adults only” crowd! Our Four Course Expansion Deck features exclusive recipes from Chefs Hodgson and Miller, as well as a set of “Drink Pairing” cards with an optional “Drinking Suggestions” card if you want to boost the stakes. You’re never too old to learn some delicious new recipes while sharing a drink with friends.

Our top expansion pack, The Family Recipe Deck, is a set of blank recipe and ingredient cards, for you to keep track of your own family recipes and incorporate them into the Dinner’s Ready! game.

I’ll spare you all the details of development (that’s more for the podcast) but I can tell you that we’re extremely excited about the project and its potential to change eating habits and food preferences, particularly with children. Plain and simple, no matter who you are, we think you’ll love Dinner’s Ready! 

You can check out the Kickstarter here.

Thank you!

Chris (and Eric)

Some Dinner’s Ready! Updates

On the last episode of my podcast The Modern ArtrepreneurI discussed the history behind my new family card game, Dinner’s Ready! The game didn’t always start out as a family-focused, healthy eating, nutrition-driven card game, but in fact, it was quite the opposite. The game started out as War College, a new style “war” card game based on the United States Military. I still think that game would be fun to play, but for now, Dinner’s Ready! really fits the bill and people are getting behind our mission to promote healthy eating, starting at home.

As Baby Chips can testify, the card game is nearly all I talk about these days. It fills my every thought. Would this be a good recipe for the game? Do you think this place would be a good venue to do a play test? Do you think that chef would be interested in sponsoring or promoting the game? And perhaps my favorite phase du jour is, “…after the game comes out.” I’m constantly checking for new additions to the newsletter and new e-mails from interested parties. I’m sure Eric Parker (aka “Nanook”) feels the same way.

The excitement is really building and it has taken immense feats of strength and patience to not share every single little thing that has been happening along the way. I’d love to splurge the details of the Food Network Chefs that are interested in supporting the game, or the beautiful artwork that Nanook and I have been developing, or even the awesome guerrilla marketing campaign we’ll be launching in a few days, but I won’t (sorry!) I just don’t want to dish all the good stuff, build all this hype, then not have the wave continue of enthusiasm die out when the crowdsourcing campaign is up and running. We’re hoping for an October 1 launch date, but between here and there we will be leaking out little bits of information to continue whetting your appetite for Dinner’s Ready! (see what I did there?)

So… what’s the latest update with the Dinner’s Ready! game? We’ve nearly finished designing the basic deck and we’re going to be ordering some test decks (all the way from China!) by the end of this week! This will be exciting (and scary) because it’ll be the first time that we’ll actually get to hold the game in our hands and see the product of all our hard work! We’ll be using these decks to make small corrections (alignment, color corrections, image selection, etc.) but we’ll also be using these decks to host a couple of “play tests,” most likely in San Francisco and Portland. If you’re interested in participating in one of these play tests, please e-mail us at info@dinnersreadygame.com and we’ll put you on the list! You can also follow the Dinner’s Ready! page on Facebook.

I’m filled with immense pride when I think about everything we’ve accomplished so far and the immense, uphill road ahead of us in turning our game into a reality, one that can change how families talk about nutrition and healthy eating. We’ve come to discover this idea, this concept, is much bigger than us, so we owe it the justice and effort it deserves.

It’s for the kids, man!

As always, take care of yourself and don’t forget to eat well.

CHE

Launching “The Modern Artrepreneur” Podcast

Here we go, listeners!

the-modern-artrepreneurLast night, just after midnight, I launched my own podcast, The Modern Artrepreneur. As “easy” as it has been to produce Ben’s podcast, MAD Potential, it is completely different being on the other side of the microphone. As this was my first personal venture into podcasting, there was quite a bit on my mind before I hit the POST button. Are people even going to listen?

I had a surprising amount of anxiety about the whole podcast thing, mostly because of my voice. Back in high school, I broke my nose playing lacrosse. This, in addition to having an already deviated septum, resulted in my admittedly nasally-sounding voice. I could have gotten my nose fixed (and maybe I will one day) but I didn’t so for now, I’m stuck sounding like there’s a wooden clothes pin on my nose (it’s really not that bad, I promise. I’m just self-conscious.). I can’t tell you how many takes I deleted before I got to the one that didn’t make my skin crawl… and truth be told, it still kinda does. I sound so flat and unenthusiastic, which is totally not true! (Also, contrary to what the cut may sound like, I recorded my audio in complete silence. There is no attempt to “rap” my narrative over the music.)

One thing I never considered was how difficult it is to actually say “Modern Artrepreneur” without sounding like you’ve got a mouth full of marbles. Good thing it’s the name of my show!

The structure of this podcast is going to be a little different then the MAD Potential podcast. The Modern Artrepreneur podcast will be a serious look at my creative and business process, accented with interviews and discussions with friends and professionals. For the first episode (not just the teaser) I interviewed my best friend (and former business partner) Ward Sorrick and my mother, amazing mosaic artist Merilee Eaton. I’ve got over 2.5 hours of audio from those two interviews alone, but I only chose a few golden minutes from each to include in the teaser. You’ll hear more from these interviews coming up this season, but the moments of honest humanity in these clips were too good to hold onto for later. I can’t wait to hear what other juicy nuggets I unearth through more interviews.

I’ve already written out the narratives for the first few episodes; they are six pages each, but after that, the creative process hasn’t really happened yet. Some discussions will be easier than others, such as the card game discussion, because the game continues to be developed on a daily basis. But other topics, like discussing the e-book, may be a little more difficult to go into, which is why this podcast will be an experiment in storytelling and podcasting. One of the things you can look forward to this season will be “readings” of my various writings during the writing episodes, introduction of new card games during the card game episodes, and recommendations on other podcasts during the podcasting episodes. I’m looking to provide a more enriched listening experience than just me, in front of my computer microphone, going on about my struggling art. That sounds terrible!

The most important thing I’ve learned from podcasting thus far is “build a community, not just an audience.” I check Ben’s statistics everyday, and I’m sure I’ll now be checking my own numbers on the daily, too. Subscribers may sound like an important number, but I’ve learned a majority of those are actually “bots,” scanning the topics and charts, subscribing to podcasts. A few days later, they fall off. We could have a swing of 60+ subscribers overnight, only to have them fall off bunch by bunch over the next few days, only resulting in a few real listeners. The critical number to focus on is downloads. These establish that the content has been delivered to someone’s device, ready to be played. It’s the individual episode downloads that get me excited!

I launched the podcast teaser first, a few days before the first episode is set to launch. I did this because I need the lead time for iTunes to approve the podcast and start listing it in the podcast marketplace. I am going up against some really spectacular podcasts in the Business > Careers category, but I’m also listed in Arts, and a few other general categories. With over 250,000 podcasts vying for the top of the charts, I’m not holding my breathe for a top spot… not yet. But if you’re new to podcasts, or looking for another podcast until Serial comes back, consider listening to The Modern Artrepreneur on the Mystery Tin Podcast Network.

I think you’ll dig it.

CHE

A Small Town Fourth

For the past few years, I’d spent my Fourth of July imbibing with my friends at the lake or the other lake or at a house on the beach. This year, I kept it local because a handful of my family and loved ones came to visit us in Ojai and partake in the patriotic festivities, and boy was it a good time!

tumblr_nr1v9z03Ck1rt7qgbo1_500You can’t help but love Ojai’s Fourth of July parade. The city shuts down Ojai Ave. (the main street of Ojai) as the procession walks/galavants/parades from one end of town to the other, a whopping distance of nearly two miles. The parade, per usual, was nothing short of priceless. A true slice of “small town” Americana. Following the opening procession of motorcycle cops, came the really old cars, farm tractors, members of the local Corvette club, the Ojai youth girl’s softball team, local Corvairs, karate groups kicking boards, more really old cars, floats carrying small peace-based organizations, and a handful of decorated cultural groups on horseback. And yes, there was a three plane flyover.

Our family normally sets up shop at the end of the route, in front of Westridge Market (I actually drove down the night before and left the truck in the parking lot. We had arranged this in advance). For most residents, however, it isn’t always that simple. Starting in the last week of June, small lines of plastic chairs start popping up, chained to street signs in the pre-emptive land grab for watching the parade. While I do appreciate the fervor for the parade, I think the rows of plastic chairs in June make the town look shabby, especially in a town that requires all businesses have wooden signs in order to maintain the “aesthetic” of the town. Would it really be so bad if you had to wait until July 1 to put your chairs out? Nevertheless, downtown Ojai on the Fourth of July is the best.

My aunt Diana, Hannah Rose & James and their two children, my brother Brian & Katie and their two children (my niece and nephew!), new friends Ryan & Lauren and their two children, my parents and their child (me), all celebrating freedom the good ole’ fashioned way… by the pool. My mom had gone all out and decorated with American flags, red white and blue plates, the whole shebang for Uncle Sam. There was dancing, grilling of meat, microbrewed beers, belly flops, horseshoes and pool basketball. All things that make America truly great.

I believe the idea of “family” is, perhaps, more important than the concept of family based on genetics. We all know people who are estranged from the people they share genetic coding with, just as we all know friends who are close enough to be siblings but aren’t related in any way. Your family is your tribe and your support system, whether you’re besties or not. To say your family is an “obligation” slightly belittles the bond, but having a “family,” regardless of DNA, is essential to leading a happy and successful life.

It’s totally worth it.

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More Archery!

You need more archery in your life.

Seriously. It’s awesome.

Yesterday, Baby Chips and I grabbed her Little Banchee Junior Compound Bow and a handful of arrows to set out for the archery range. I didn’t know what to expect because neither of us had been to a public archery range before it was time she took that bow for a spin. I had a horseshoe pit at my house growing up, so the wooden backboard conveniently doubled as the archery target backing for my own archery adventures. Now that I think about it, I must have dulled or broken a dozen arrows on that damn metal, horseshoe spike.

The Black Mountain Bowmen Archery Club and Range in San Jose is actually quite large, maintained by a local nonprofit and volunteers, free for the public. That’s some community service I can get behind! Next to the parking lot is the BBQ area and the Practice Range. Up the hill, past the range, is “the field course.” There are a series of 28 targets, laid out in a row, from a central path. It’s an archery hunting ground.

Baby Chips at the Archery RangeThe practice range had bales of hay positioned at specific distances from the firing line, ranging from 30 feet to 70 feet up a hill, with targets. After a quick glance through the rules, most importantly wait for everyone to finish before giving the “Clear!” sign and retrieving your arrows. It was near the end of the day, so it was just the two of us for a while, but a few small groups came and went on their way up the hill to the course.

She’s left handed. I’m right handed. It may be an “ambidextrous” compound bow (the salesman assured her), but it’s currently only strung for one way: right handed. It can be unstrung for a left hander, but unfortunately we couldn’t hand it off and both shoot with our dominant hand. So she switched to her right hand (not because I wasn’t willing to switch, I just didn’t know how to restring it quickly!) and we were off to the range!

Honestly, shooting a compound bow may be harder than you remember. It takes a little while for you to get back into stride with it all, matching the sight, the whole nine. Catching glimpses of the seasoned archers (they were the ones with the arrow holsters and crazy looking bows), it was obvious the disadvantage we were at using the Junior sized bow. No power, no distance, no accuracy. But in the end, it really didn’t matter. We were having a great time taking turns shooting arrows at hay. Shot after shot, smile and smile, we helped and critiqued each other’s archery form, both blissfully unaware of what we were actually talking about.

We’re going to go back there again soon, but next time I’ll have my own bow and arrows. And if we’re ready, we’ll push on, like two hunters in the forest, trying to stay alive and test our skills on the archery course.

Because we’re badass like that.

Zodiac Sign or the Myers-Briggs?

I recently took a shortened form of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to learn what kind of personality type I am. I have always been skeptical about stuff like this, but it was part of my job, so I did my best to embrace it as a learning experience. I learned that I am an “ENFJ,” meaning I am an Extrovert-iNtuitive-Feeling-Judgment person… whatever that means.

For instance, read these two paragraphs:

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A. [They] are very deep, intense people, there is always more then meets the eye. They present a cool, detached and unemotional air to the world yet lying underneath is tremendous power, extreme strength, intense passion and a strong will and a persistent drive. [They] have a very penetrative mind, do not be surprised if they ask questions, they are trying to delve deeper and figure things out and survey the situation.

And…

B. [They] are warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. They are highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. [They] find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. They may act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.

Both of these descriptions seem too flowery to be an accurate depiction of who really I am as complex human being. There isn’t enough time in the world for that. Both of those descriptions, however, seem to allow so much wiggle room that I can’t help allowing parts of it to resonate with something inside me… That’s because one is my Myers-Briggs result and the other is my Zodiac sign, Scorpio.

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I don’t mean to discredit the Myers-Briggs. Unlike the zodiac horoscope, I was active in the process of determining I am an ENFJ. Rather than base it on a set of criteria left up to other people (my parents) I was allowed to select answers based on my own behaviors. But who’s to say I wasn’t subliminally lying when I checked off “I’d rather than be in the middle of the room than the outside of the room.”

One area where I found the Myers-Briggs particularly enlightening was in my approach to conflict. I found that I commonly shy away from conflict because I’d rather be “everyone’s friend” and sacrifice my own interests. I considered this behavior “being a team player,” but after some discussion, it really became more a “mistaken kindness for weakness.”

So what does these two personality profiles say about conflict?

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A. One of [their] strongest traits is their tendency to defend loved ones and friends, as they are not shy when conflict arises. They can enjoy a good argument but beware; oftentimes [they] are as right as they are very smart.

Hmm… okay? What’s the other side?

B. [They] are in many ways expressive and open, but is more focused on being responsive and supportive of others. When faced with a conflict between a strongly-held value and serving another person’s need, they are highly likely to value the other person’s needs.

Maybe Myers-Briggs is the professional zodiac. I learn that I’m a “passionate lover” in the Scorpio horoscope and that I’m a valuable “teammate” in the Myers-Briggs assessment. The stars tell me that I am “a balanced being” while results tells me I am composed of psychological opposites. We select the snippets of the horoscope we instantly connect to just like we may subliminally choose the answer we want rather than the answer we are.

I’m not saying we subliminally lie while taking tests, I just think the least trustworthy opinion of myself is mine. The people around me can tell explain how I deal with stress far more accurately than a series of disconnected hypotheticals grouped for cumulative scoring. I’m a human being! Or, at least, a Scorpio.

One more pair:

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A. In conventional social gatherings they are pleasant to be with, thoughtful in conversation, dignified, and reserved, yet affable and courteous; they sometimes possess penetrating eyes which make their shyer companions feel naked and defenseless before them. (I like this one.)

And…

B. In general, [they] are charming, warm, gracious, creative and diverse individuals with richly developed insights into what makes other people tick. This special ability to see growth potential in others combined with a genuine drive to help people makes [them] a truly valued individual. (This one’s cool too.)

So… which one’s which? (Go back and read the top ones now.)

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If you guessed A was Myers-Briggs, you would be wrong. A is my Zodiac Scorpio Profile and B is my Myers-Briggs Personality Profile. Both describe me, yet both could easily not describe me. Yet both are theoretical discussions on my behavior, good and bad. Checking in on these behaviors from time to time is good for everyone.

I encourage everybody to take the Myers-Briggs I took, so I’m linking it here. It’s somewhat enlightening… you know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

CHE

P.S. At least I’m not an Outward Thinking Person with Human Judgment.