A Play on Beliefs

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I am back!

It has been over one year since my last post. Since then, I graduated from massage therapy school this past August 5, 2016, and am now a Licensed Massage Therapist.

I started classes at the local university two weeks after graduating from massage school. I am majoring in Creative Writing, with a Minor in Theatre. Next semister (January 2017), I am enrolled in three writing workshops – playwriting, poetry writing, and comedy/satire writing. For the playwriting class, I am already doing the research so that I will be prepared in January to start writing.

The subject of my play? Islam. And, not just the violent side that Americans associate with the religion. I want to portray an organic, thriving belief system and how people mold that system into vastly dffferent paradigms of reality.

I found an excellent comprehensive book on the subject of Islam on Amazon but it is only offered as a hard back copy for $28. The e-book is currently unavailable. Too rich for my pocketbook, so I searched the web.

Amazingly, I found a pdf copy of that 600 page book on the internet. I downloaded it and sent it to my Kindle address and now I have the entire book for free on my Kindle. Following is the book site if anyone else is interested in exploring another religious culture:

Islam: A Comprehensive Introduction

I am intrigued by the fact that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and that it is supposed to surpass Christianity by the end of the century. What’s the draw? Why does so much violence springing up in the name of Islam? How do the majority of peace loving muslims live in a world where so much negativity is directed at them because of the actions of a few?

I intend to discover the answers to those questions and to put my revelations into a medium where others can learn.

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I Started Massage Therapy School

I am enjoying my life tremendously.  This past Monday I began a year long, in-depth program in Massage Therapy at the local college.  There are 20 students and 1 teacher and all of them are open, to various degrees, mentally and spiritually to metaphysical beliefs outside of the norm and we are taught those things along with massage therapy – Energy, Reiki, Crystals, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, and Acupressure are just a few of those things.

Of course I am still working on my writing as that is the first and foremost passion in my life, but the metaphysical stuff runs a close second.  It moves the ‘tree hugger’ side of me.  The side of me that loves the idea of ‘oneness’ with people and the earth.  My Shamanistic/Wiccan side.

The writer inside of me keeps creeping in though.  Already the idea of a massage therapist protagonist or antagonist, that has the ability to slowly pull energy from clients, into himself is churning around in my head.  Would he zombiefy the client?  Take all of the client’s energy so that the client eventually died?  What if he started pulling energy from a serial killer?  How would that affect him?  Maybe he’s a good guy that can read your energy and know things about you.  How could he use that?  There are all kinds of ways that plot could move.

I digress.

I was amazed to discover that giving someone a massage is a moving meditation for me.  It puts me in the most relaxing frame of mind!  It is as enjoyable for me to give a massage as it is to receive it, and I thought that it would be just work.

Also, another benefit of the class is that I lost 2 pounds in five days just from practicing massaging and being massaged in class this first week.  I can’t wait to see where that takes me weight-wise and health-wise!  I have been trying for 3 years to drop below a particular weight and have been unable to do so, until this week.

I’m loving this Massage Therapy Class!

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Drafting A Playwright’s Credo

This week I am beginning to work on my “credo” – something I should have done a long time ago.  Yes.  I’ve had a play produced and written a couple of more, but I need ideas and fuel for more plays.  A credo will help me tremendously with that.

Before a Playwright writes a first play, it is highly suggested that he/she write a personal “credo”. For my own reference, and for anyone else who is interested, I am posting reasons for writing this “credo”, and I’m giving suggestions about what kinds of things might be included.

The Playwright’s Credo

Introduction

A credo is, simply, a personal statement of convictions. A credo is the writer’s beliefs concerning topics he or she feels are highly important. It is focused most especially upon those portions of life that concern the writer most. It addresses topics about which the author has a deep emotional attitude–a burning anger, a scorn, an affection.  So if you start with, “This I believe…” it will be uniquely your own.

What Are The Topics?

“This I believe…” can touch any number of areas: Religion; religious hypocrites; inner peace; religion and the state; politics; the nature of serving one’s country; leadership; the nature of death; love; family; children; relationships; old age; the decline of morality in America; crime; and anger. Writers tend to look at topics that affect their future, such as peace, justice, war, and disarmament. Or they may select topics that have more personal concepts of future, such as choices, professions, marriage, and materialism. The credo may touch all of the above topics or none of them. There is no assigned quality, no maximums or minimums. Writers may decide upon only a relative few–perhaps under a half dozen–or many.

Often the credo reflects the writer’s environment. Perhaps a mother’s credo will focus upon family structure, discipline within the family, love, freedom to balance career and family, and women’s rights. A businessman’s credo may examine honesty, loyalty, the work ethic, people’s rights, product quality, profits. A student’s credo might look at drugs, friendships, studies, pressure, finding goals, sex, cheating, the nature of pressure. Such reflections of surroundings are expected. Indeed, the more the credo touches the individual’s actual life, the more likely it will deal with areas the writer believes are significant.

What Is the Ideal Length?

The credo may be any length. Serious writers report that a credo grows to be quite long. They say they start with a credo perhaps fifteen pages long and within a week they have doubled it. Other writers seem to find ten pages satisfactory. I have always been told that first credo should start at around 8 pages.

The Basic Requirement for the Credo. “This I believe…” must deal with the writer’s strong beliefs. The credo will be important to the writer only if it tackles significant topics with a deadly honesty. A credo full of materials given light treatment, as if simply trying to complete an assignment, will have less value to the writer.

Values of the Credo to the Writer

The playwrights who have written credos say that they find they contribute meaning and concepts to their work. Their plays have a greater depth and insight. Advanced playwrights urge beginners to work on a credo in order to develop personal concepts. These writers say the credo is a direct assistance not only to play writing, but also to many other activities, and it makes better understanding of what one believes. Some of the values of the credo are suggested below:

Writing a credo gets the beginning playwright into writing. The credo will not be seen by others and therefore it is a non-stressful writing project. No outsider will judge it ‘good” or “bad.” The credo helps the writer move into personal writing. Further, the writer does the credo for personal reasons. There are no other rewards. The project will in this manner help the writer become more aware that writing in many ways is its own reward.

The credo suggests to the writer the value of “self as source.” For the beginning playwright, the idea that self is source may be disturbing. More experienced writers, however, understand that no better source for drama can be found than the writer’s inner self. What the writer must do is free himself or herself from inhibitions that prevent digging into the self. Writing the credo is, in this sense, preparing resource materials for future use.

The act of writing forces deeper thinking of one’s values. It is possible to talk at length about one’s attitudes regarding this or that topic. Indeed, many of us participate in bull sessions from time to time, testing our ideas against concepts held by others. But talking does not test our ideas very deeply. Writing does. Writing is thinking.

To write what one believes is to be forced to think more deeply about the topics. The result is rich understanding of the concepts the writer finds significant. One knows better what one thinks.

For some writers, the credo is an introduction of self to self. The very idea of the credo is threatening to some writers because they recognize it will make them examine their inner beliefs. Writers reluctant to participate in any meaningful self-examination will find that the credo helps them overcome their hesitation.

The credo may show the writer conflicting convictions. It is possible for a writer to feel extremely strongly about two areas that cannot co-exist. I know one writer who was quite surprised to discover he felt positively in favor of total religious freedom, but yet when writing on another topic he had shown he was unable to accept one particular religion’s existence. Until he wrote the credo, that conflict had not surfaced. Once conscious of the discrepancy, he then understood some illogical positions he had earlier taken. That insight into oneself is an exciting aspect of the credo.

The credo provides the playwright with materials for projects. The playwright’s credo will be seen in the thought of plays written. Indeed, my advice to playwrights who say they’ve written themselves out and cannot find anything to write about is simple: “Let’s talk about your credo and see what is most important to you, then find a way to bring those concepts into human form for a play.” The credo is a resource bank from which the playwright draws materials for plays. Whatever a playwright considers to be highly important, as shown in the credo, ought to be visible in the plays.

Finally, and significantly, the process of writing the credo will help the playwright remember that a main part of play is its intellectual value–its thought. For some playwrights, thought is the single most important aspect of the play. There are many plays written primarily to communicate the authors’ concepts, an absorption-in-art of the credo. For all playwrights, attention to moral, spiritual, and intellectual concerns–the ingredients of the credo–cannot be ignored. Writing the credo, working over personal convictions, is a highly effective way of ensuring that the playwright will remember that plays communicate the writer’s beliefs.

The Credo and the Writer’s Journal

The writer’s journal, described elsewhere, contains materials that are stored for future use. The credo fits into that category, and therefore the journal is an appropriate receptacle for it. The credo should be in the journal where it can be revised frequently. The writer will expect to make additions and changes to the credo.

Summation

The credo is important to the writer both for personal growth and for the plays that will reflect the author’s inner convictions. Plays written without reference to the credo may be simply exercises, full of sound and fury but signifying nothing, to steal a concept from Shakespeare. The credo gives the playwright direction, a compass for a long ocean voyage. The playwright’s credo contributes shape, a hull for the sailing vessel. And the credo gives meaning and a reason. It will sustain the playwright during the solitary passage.

Exercises:

Some plays appear to be developed from the playwright’s personal credo. One thinks of Sartre’s ‘No Exit’ and Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ as examples. Construct a list of plays that share that quality. Briefly describe the basic similarities in tone you perceive in all the plays.

If you were to write a credo, list the topics it would contain. How many topics? The number depends upon the writer, but I’d guess that six is too sketchy and twenty is too many. Think of this list of topics as a table of contents. A word or a phrase for each topic will suffice.

If you have a table of contents, it needs to be organized. Divide the topics into several basic parts. Part One will contain the most important concepts, Part Two will be the second most important, and so on. In this manner you will revise your list into order of importance to you.

Take your most important topic. Write a short essay, perhaps six pages or so, regarding your conviction about that topic.

Develop a scenario from the topic you examined for the preceding exercise. Find a protagonist who cares deeply about the topic. Make the topic concrete and specific. Describe the protagonist’s efforts to achieve a goal that relates to that topic. Create an antagonist who will stand in the protagonist’s path, putting obstacles in the way of the protagonist’s direction. The play’s subject and theme will relate to the topic, bringing it to life and making it affect humanity. Is a play being born?

Write your own credo. You will be prepared to add to it during the years, and of course it will change as your values change. Start a credo now, perhaps beginning with a dozen pages.

Some of the information in the post is from
‘Playwriting’ – James E. Catron

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16 Personality Types For Character Creation

I’m working on the first, in hopefully a series of books for people who like Harry Potter type adventures. Of course my story world and characters are totally different, but they are magically oriented like Harry Potter’s adventures.

I’ve spent years researching and now, all that is left to do is to get the character’s personalities and world views firmly etched in my brain.

How do I do that?

I actually run astrological charts until I get one that has the ‘flavor’ of the personality I have in mind for each character. Then, I match up the Sun Sign with a personality type (from Meyer’s Briggs) that fits within the Sun Signs general attributes.

Once I have all of that information, I go through every trait to eliminate the ones that don’t fit my perception of the character. Then, I take each of the traits I like, and I create a history for the character using those traits.

For example, my main character has an autistic sister. One of his traits is that he is very protective of family. How does that correlate with his sister? He acts like her mother when he is in charge of her – meeting her every need. He sews a ‘tracker’ into her fanny pack so that she can be tracked if she wanders away. And so on…

Below is just a brief synopsis of each of the 16 personality traits – I’m an ENFP.

Also, here are 2 lists showing how Sun Signs might correlate with the personality traits.

List 1
Aries – ENTJ, ESFJ
Taurus – ESTP, ISTP
Gemini – ENTP, ENFP
Cancer – ISFP, ISFJ
Leo – ESFJ, ENFJ
Virgo – ISTJ, INTJ
Libra – ESFP, ENFJ
Scorpio – INFJ, INTJ
Sagittarius – ENFP, ESTP
Capricorn – ISTJ, ESTJ
Aquarius – ENFP, ENTP
Pisces – INFP, INTP

List 2
Pisces – INFP: sensitive and creative
Libra – ESFJ: decisive, hard-working, balanced
Aries – ENTJ: fiery spirit, and hotheaded
Capricorn – INFJ/ISFJ: purpose, warm hearts, shy
Sagittarius – ENTP: open-minded, free-spirited, intellectual
Leo – ENFP: crave attention, optimists, fun loving
Cancer – INFP: sensitive, complex, appear strong but can be vulnerable
Scorpio – ENFJ: charismatic, connect to people, determined
Virgo – ISFP: shy, idealistic, materialistic, and cynical
Aquarius – INTJ: good thinkers, open minded, and affectionate with loved ones
Taurus – ISFJ: patient, dedicated, practical, romantic and cautious
Gemini – ESFP: social, lively, great romantic partners, free spirits “life of the party”

16 Personality Types

ISTJ – THE DUTY FULFILLER (Inspector)
Planner Inspector – Guardian, Chart-the-Course

Snapshot: Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter- of-fact, realistic and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized—their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.

Keywords: Organized, decisive, follows-through, gets things done, maintains existing framework.

Typical careers: Management and administration, law enforcement, accounting.

Practical and fact-minded individuals, who’s reliability can not be doubted.

Quietly systematic. Factual. Organized. Logical. Detailed. Conscientious. Analytical. Responsible. Pragmatic. Critical. Conservative. Decisive. Stable. Concrete. Efficient.

Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.

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 accomplish any task once they have set their mind to it.

Popular careers for the ISTJ include:

• Auditor
• Actuary
• Budget Analyst
• Accountant
• Chief Information Officer
• Office Manager
• Efficiency Analyst
• Stockbroker
• Estate Planner
• Property Manager
• Real Estate Appraiser
• Bank Teller
• Statistician
• Economist
• Cost Estimator
• Airplane Pilot
• Computer Programmer
• Database Administrator
• Electrician
• Environmental Engineer
• Mechanic
• Flight Engineer
• Civil Engineer
• Nuclear Engineer
• Health & Safety Engineer
• Power Plant Operator
• Compliance Inspector
• Geologist
• Landscaping Manager
• Farmer or Rancher
• Technical Instructor
• School Administrator
• Criminalist
• Police Officer
• Dentist
• Pharmacist
• Surgeon
• Coroner
• Medical Technologist
• Physician Assistant
• Optometrist
• Health Care Administrator
• Judge
• Paralegal
• Librarian

Fictional ISTJ’s:

“Hermione Granger” from Harry Potter series
“Adrian Monk” from Monk
“Dana Scully” from X-Files

ISFJ – THE NURTURER (Protector)
Protector Supporter – Guardian, Behind-the-Scenes

Snapshot: Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.

Keywords: Organized, preserves what works, builds consensus, people skills.

Typical careers: Health care professional and support personnel, teaching, religious, and social services.

Very dedicated and warm protectors, always ready to defend their loved ones.

Quietly warm. Factual. Sympathetic. Detailed. Dependable. Organized. Thorough. Conscientious. Systematic. Conservative. Realistic. Caring Practical. Stable. Helpful.

Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.

Quiet, kind, and conscientious. Can be depended on to follow through. Usually puts the needs of others above their own needs. Stable and practical, they value security and traditions. Well-developed sense of space and function. Rich inner world of observations about people. Extremely perceptive of other’s feelings. Interested in serving others.

Popular careers for the ISFJ include:

• Dentist
• Health Care Administrator
• Nurse
• Speech Pathologist
• Veterinarian
• Optometrist
• Family Physician
• Physical Therapist
• Radiation Therapist
• Audiologist
• Physician Assistant
• Medical Assistant
• Dental Hygienist
• Nutritionist
• Dialysis Technician
• Preschool Teacher
• Elementary Teacher
• School Administrator
• Counselor
• Social Worker
• Religious Educator
• Funeral Director
• Paralegal
• Court Reporter
• Probation Officer
• Credit Counselor
• Farmer or Rancher
• Electrician
• Jeweler
• Interior Designer
• Biologist
• Food Scientist
• Medical Researcher
• Conservation Scientist
• Librarian
• Curator
• Historian
• Genealogist
• Real Estate Appraiser
• Office Manager
• Customer Service Rep
• Hotel Manager
• Tech Support Specialist
• Bookkeeper
• Administrative Assistant

Fictional ISFJ’s:
“Samwise Gamgee” from The Lord of the Rings
“Dr Watson,” Sherlock Holmes’ partner

INFJ – THE PROTECTOR (Counselor)
Foreseer Developer – Idealist, Chart-the-Course

Snapshot: Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.

Keywords: Imagination, sense of purpose, creativity, organized, develops others.

Typical careers: Counselor, psychiatrist, psychologist, religion, teacher, trainer, marketing, artist.

Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.

Vision and meaning oriented. Quietly intense. Insightful. Creative. Sensitive. Seeks harmony, growth. Serious. Loves language, symbols. Persevering. Inspiring.

Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.

Quietly forceful, original, and sensitive. Tend to stick to things until they are done. Extremely intuitive about people, and concerned for their feelings. Well-developed value systems which they strictly adhere to. Well-respected for their perseverance in doing the right thing. Likely to be individualistic, rather than leading or following.

Popular Careers for the INFJ:

• Physical Therapist
• Public Health Educator
• Family Physician
• Occupational Therapist
• Psychiatrist
• Physician Assistant
• Massage Therapist
• Nutritionist
• Medical Researcher
• Clinical Psychologist
• Counselor
• Social Worker
• Speech Pathologist
• Clergy
• Social Scientist
• Genealogist
• Food Scientist
• Environmental Scientist
• HR Manager
• Corporate Trainer
• Environmental Attorney
• Legal Mediator
• Elementary Teacher
• Special Education Teacher
• School Counselor
• Librarian
• Curator
• Translator
• Editor
• Technical Writer
• Writer
• Graphic Designer
• Animator
• Artist
• Musician
• Interior Designer

Fictional INFJ’s

“James Wilson” – from House MD

INTJ – THE SCIENTIST (Mastermind)
Conceptualizer Director – Rational, Chart-the-Course

Snapshot: Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.

Keywords: Strategic, analytical, problem solver, conceptual design, planning.

Typical careers: Executive, law, architect, computer professional, management consultant, engineer, scientist.

Imaginative and strategic thinkers with a plan for everything.

Vision oriented. Quietly innovative. Insightful. Conceptual. Logical. Seeks understanding. Critical. Decisive. Independent. Determined. Pursues competence, improvement.

Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.

Independent, original, analytical, and determined. Have an exceptional ability to turn theories into solid plans of action. Highly value knowledge, competence, and structure. Driven to derive meaning from their visions. Long-range thinkers. Have very high standards for their performance, and the performance of others. Natural leaders, but will follow if they trust existing leaders.

Popular careers for the INTJ include:

• Computer Programmer
• Database Administrator
• Software Developer
• Systems Analyst
• Computer Animator
• Network Administrator
• IT Manager
• Computer Software or Hardware Engineer
• Graphic Designer
• Electronics Technician
• Technical Writer
• Technical Instructor
• College Instructor
• Archivist
• Anthropologist
• Environmental Engineer
• Civil Engineer
• Environmental Scientist
• Astronomer
• Pharmaceutical Researcher
• Biomedical Engineer
• Microbiologist
• Surgeon
• Neurologist
• Pathologist
• Cardiologist
• Psychiatrist
• Geneticist
• Health Care Administrator
• Coroner
• Attorney
• Judge
• News Analyst
• Architect
• Financial Planner
• Investment Banker
• Financial Analyst
• Budget Analyst
• Stockbroker
• Securities Analyst
• Financial Manager
• Management Consultant
• Statistician
• Economist
• Mathematician

Fictional INTJs:

“Walter White” (“Heisenberg”) from Breaking Bad
“Gandalf the Grey” from The Lord of the Rings
“Katniss Everdeen” from The Hunger Games
“Hannibal” and “Clarice Starling” from Silence of the Lambs
“Professor Moriarty,” Sherlock Holmes’ enemy
“Gregory House” from House M.D.

ISTP – THE MECHANIC (Craftsman)
Analyzer Operator – Artisan, Chart-the-Course

Snapshot: Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.

Keywords: Analytical, problem-solver, technical knowledge and expertise, adaptable, takes risks.

Typical careers: Technically oriented profession, engineer, lawyer, science, military, and law enforcement.

Bold and practical experimenters. Masters of all kinds of tools.

Logical. Quietly analytical. Practical. Adaptable. Curious. Cool. Observer. Problem-solver. Exact. Realistic. Troubleshooter. Hands-on. Variety. Adventurous. Independent.

Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.

Quiet and reserved, interested in how and why things work. Excellent skills with mechanical things. Risk-takers who they live for the moment. Usually interested in and talented at extreme sports. Uncomplicated in their desires. Loyal to their peers and to their internal value systems, but not overly concerned with respecting laws and rules if they get in the way of getting something done. Detached and analytical, they excel at finding solutions to practical problems.

Popular careers for the ISTP include:

• Carpenter
• Surveyor
• Mechanic
• Commercial Designer
• Landscape Architect
• Building Inspector
• Forester
• Farmer or Rancher
• Exercise Physiologist
• Athletic Trainer
• Dental Hygienist
• ER Physician
• Chef
• Photographer
• Jeweler
• Securities Analyst
• Purchasing Agent
• Financial Manager
• Software Developer
• Systems Analyst
• Database Administrator
• Software Tester
• Property Manager
• Office Manager
• Cost Estimator
• Economist
• Budget Analyst
• Financial Planner
• Paralegal
• Criminalist
• Biologist
• Geologist
• Police Officer
• Firefighter
• Private Investigator
• Military Officer
• Intelligence Agent
• Airline Pilot
• Ship and Boat Captain
• Flight Engineer
• Civil Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Electrical Engineer
• Air Traffic Controller
• Machinist

Fictional ISTPs:

“Michael Westen” from Burn Notice
“Jack Bauer” from 24
“Indiana Jones” from Indiana Jones series
“John McClane” from Die Hard series
“Angus MacGyver” from MacGyver

ISFP -THE ARTIST (Composer)
Producer Composer – Artisan, Behind-the-Scenes

Snapshot: Quiet, friendly, sensitive and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what’s going on around them. Like to have their own space and work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, don’t force their opinions or values on others.

Keywords: Gentle persuader, craftsman, adaptable, people skills, builds consensus.

Typical careers: Service occupations in health care and business, skilled trades.

Flexible and charming artists, always ready to explore and experience something new.

Gentle. Quietly caring. Compassionate. Adaptable. Modest. Aesthetic. Idealistic. Observant. Loyal. Helpful. Realistic. Patient with details. Spontaneous. Joy in action.

Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what’s going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, do not force their opinions or values on others.

Quiet, serious, sensitive and kind. Do not like conflict, and not likely to do things which may generate conflict. Loyal and faithful. Extremely well-developed senses, and aesthetic appreciation for beauty. Not interested in leading or controlling others. Flexible and open-minded. Likely to be original and creative. Enjoy the present moment.

Popular careers for the ISFP include:

• Fashion Designer
• Interior Designer
• Cosmetologist
• Artist
• Landscape Architect
• Jeweler
• Carpenter
• Chef
• Tailor
• Graphic Designer
• Mechanic
• Forester
• Surveyor
• Gardener
• Florist
• Nurse
• Massage Therapist
• Occupational Therapist
• Veterinary Assistant
• Dental Hygienist
• Physical Therapist
• Fitness Trainer
• Optician
• ER Physician
• Physician Assistant
• Dietitian
• Pharmacist
• Office Manager
• Paralegal
• Insurance Appraiser
• Botanist
• Geologist
• Preschool Teacher
• Social Worker
• Translator
• Special Education Teacher
• Teacher’s Aide
• Air Traffic Controller
• Police Officer
• Firefighter
• Residential Counselor
• Animal Trainer
• Retail Manager
• Recreation Worker
• Bookkeeper

INFP – THE IDEALIST (Healer)
Harmonizer Clarifier – Idealist, Behind-the-Scenes

Snapshot: Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible and accepting unless a value is threatened.

Keywords: Sense of purpose, creative, people skills, adaptable, gentle persuader.

Typical careers: Counselor, psychologist, social worker, artisPoetic, kind and altruistic people, always eager to help a good cause.

Deep-felt valuing. Quietly caring. Compassionate. Pursues meaning, harmony. Creative. Idealistic. Empathic helpers. Inquisitive. Enjoys ideas, language, writing. Independent. Adaptable.

Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.

Quiet, reflective, and idealistic. Interested in serving humanity. Well-developed value system, which they strive to live in accordance with. Extremely loyal. Adaptable and laid-back unless a strongly-held value is threatened. Usually talented writers. Mentally quick, and able to see possibilities. Interested in understanding and helping people.

Popular Careers for the INFP

• Artist
• Graphic Designer
• Writer
• Translator
• Fashion Designer
• Craft Artist
• Interior Designer
• Musician
• Editor
• Journalist
• Art Director
• Animator
• Technical Writer
• Architect
• Landscape Architect
• Organizational Psychologist
• HR Recruiter or Trainer
• Career Coach
• Public Relations Specialist
• Librarian
• Special Education Teacher
• Elementary Teacher
• Preschool Teacher
• Continuing Ed Teacher
• College Professor
• Speech Pathologist
• School Counselor
• Legal Mediator
• Recreation Worker
• Curator
• Social Scientist
• Religious Educator
• Clinical Psychologist
• Counselor
• Public Health Educator
• Social Worker
• Minister
• Nutritionist
• Massage Therapist
• Physical Therapist
• Occupational Therapist
• Holistic Health Practitioner
• Psychiatrist
• Veterinary Assistant
• Chiropractor

Fictional INFPs:

“Frodo Baggins” from The Lord of the Rings
“Anne of Green Gables”
“Fox Mulder” from X-Files
“Deanna Troi” from Star Trek
“Wesley Crusher” from Star Trek

INTP – THE THINKER (Architect)
Designer Theorizer – Rational, Behind-the-Scenes

Snapshot: Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.

Keywords: Analytical, problem solving at system level, technical knowledge and expertise, adaptable, conceptual design.

Typical careers: Computer professional, architect, executive, social scientist, writer, artist.
Innovative inventors with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

Logical. Conceptual. Analytical. Objective. Detached. Critical. Ingenious. Complex. Intellectually curious. Loves ideas. Pursues understanding. Questioning. Adaptable. Independent.

Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.

Logical, original, creative thinkers. Can become very excited about theories and ideas. Exceptionally capable and driven to turn theories into clear understandings. Highly value knowledge, competence and logic. Quiet and reserved, hard to get to know well. Individualistic, having no interest in leading or following others.

Popular Careers for the INTP
• Software Developer
• Internet Architect
• Systems Analyst
• Network Administrator
• Computer Programmer
• Database Administrator
• Computer Software or Hardware Engineer
• Environmental Engineer
• Civil Engineer
• Aerospace Engineer
• Biomedical Engineer
• Chemist
• Microbiologist
• Geologist
• Physicist
• Historian
• Environmental Scientist
• Mathematician
• Economist
• Surgeon
• Neurologist
• Pathologist
• Psychiatrist
• Attorney
• Legal Executive
• Securities Analyst
• Investment Banker
• Financial Analyst
• Organizational Psychologist
• Political Scientist
• Animator
• Graphic Designer
• Writer
• Technical Writer
• News Analyst
• Editor
• Producer or Director
• Architect
• College Professor

ESTP – THE DOER (Dynamo)
Promoter Executor – Artisan, In-charge

Snapshot: Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial, crisis management, selling and promoting, adaptable, takes risks.

Typical careers: Marketing, skilled trades, sales, small business manager, law enforcement.
Smart, energetic and very perceptive people, who truly enjoy living on the edge.

Excitement seeking. Active. Pragmatic. Direct. Easygoing. Observant. Concrete. Realistic. Adaptable. Efficient. Analytical. Troubleshooter. Spontaneous. Adventurous. Experimental.

Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.

Friendly, adaptable, action-oriented. “Doers” who are focused on immediate results. Living in the here-and-now, they’re risk-takers who live fast-paced lifestyles. Impatient with long explanations. Extremely loyal to their peers, but not usually respectful of laws and rules if they get in the way of getting things done. Great people skills.

Popular careers for the ESTP include:

• General Contractor
• Building Inspector
• Surveyor
• Mechanic
• Forester
• Carpenter
• Land Developer
• Landscape Architect
• Farmer or Rancher
• Exercise Physiologist
• Biologist
• Chiropractor
• Fitness Instructor
• Respiratory Therapist
• Radiology Technician
• Real Estate Broker
• Sales Engineer
• Stockbroker
• Sales Manager
• Property Manager
• Insurance Agent
• Hotel Manager
• Factory Supervisor
• Cost Estimator
• Chief Financial Officer
• Chief Information Officer
• Budget Analyst
• Financial Planner
• Vocational Teacher
• Television Reporter
• Military Officer
• Police Officer
• Firefighter
• Athletic Trainer
• Airline Pilot
• Flight Engineer
• Civil Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Air Traffic Controller
• Paramedic
• Flight Attendant
• Restaurant Owner
• Chef
• Bartender
• Photographer

ESFP – THE PERFORMER
Motivator Presenter – Artisan, Get-Things-Going

Snapshot: Outgoing, friendly and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.

Keywords: Adaptable, enthusiastic, high energy, motivate others, negotiation, consensus building, problem solving.

Typical careers: Service fields, health care, teaching, coaching, child care, skilled trades, designer.

Spontaneous, energetic and enthusiastic entertainers – life is never boring around them.

Energetic. Sociable. Practical. Friendly. Caring. Expressive. Open. Enthusiastic. Excitement seeking. Spontaneous. Resourceful. Adaptable. Observant. Hands-on. Generous. Fun-loving.

Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.

People-oriented and fun-loving, they make things more fun for others by their enjoyment. Living for the moment, they love new experiences. They dislike theory and impersonal analysis. Interested in serving others. Likely to be the center of attention in social situations. Well-developed common sense and practical ability.

Popular careers for the ESFP include:

• Elementary Teacher
• Recreation Worker
• Social Worker
• Special Education Teacher
• Nurse
• Physical Therapist
• Massage Therapist
• Occupational Therapist
• Veterinary Assistant
• Fitness Trainer
• Dental Hygienist
• Pediatrician
• Physician Assistant
• Dietitian
• Child Care Provider
• Cosmetologist
• Retail Manager
• Buyer
• Public Relations Manager
• Event Coordinator
• Corporate Trainer
• Real Estate Agent
• Insurance Agent
• Retail Salesperson
• Merchandise Planner
• Landscape Manager
• Restaurant Host
• Receptionist
• Flight Attendant
• Farmer or Rancher
• Fashion Designer
• Interior Designer
• Jeweler
• Landscape Architect
• Chef
• Florist
• Gardener
• Musician
• Artist
• Costumer
• Photographer
• Police Officer
• Firefighter
• Residential Counselor

ENFP – THE INSPIRER (Champion)
Discoverer Advocate – Idealist, Get-Things-Going

Snapshot: Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.

Keywords: Ideas and possibilities, enthusiasm, high energy, people skills, adaptable, creative.

Typical careers: Counseling, psychologist, teacher, religion, artist, PR, musician, composer.

Enthusiastic, creative and sociable free spirits, who can always find a reason to smile.

Enthusiastic. Imaginative. Energetic. Creative. Warm. Future-oriented. Individualistic. Insightful. Caring. Optimistic. Possibility focused. Open. Novelty seeking. Spontaneous. Playful.

Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.

Enthusiastic, idealistic, and creative. Able to do almost anything that interests them. Great people skills. Need to live life in accordance with their inner values. Excited by new ideas, but bored with details. Open-minded and flexible, with a broad range of interests and abilities.

Popular careers for the ENFP include:

• Actor
• Musician
• Dancer
• Artist
• Photographer
• Craft Artist
• Producer or Director
• Landscape Architect
• Reporter
• Art Director
• Magazine Editor
• Fashion Designer
• Interior Designer
• Costumer
• Graphic Designer
• Clinical Psychologist
• Counselor
• Career Coach
• Psychiatric Social Worker
• Speech Pathologist
• Physical Therapist
• Chiropractor
• Occupational Therapist
• Nutritionist
• Public Health Educator
• Preschool Teacher
• Special Education Teacher
• School Counselor
• Minister
• Social Scientist
• Public Relations Specialist
• HR Manager or Recruiter
• Ad Account Executive
• Corporate Trainer
• Event Coordinator
• Fitness Trainer
• Massage Therapist
• Child Care Provider
• Cosmetologist
• Recreation Worker
• Retail Manager
• Buyer
• Restaurant Host
• Receptionist
• Forester

ENTP – THE VISIONARY
Explorer Inventor – Rational, Get-Things-Going

Snapshot: Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.

Keywords: Creative, problem solving at systems level, analytical, technical, entrepreneurial.

Typical careers: Science, management, technology, arts, marketing, computer professional, psychiatrist.

Smart and curious thinkers who cannot resist an intellectual challenge.

Energetic. Inventive. Enthusiastic. Abstract. Logical. Theoretical. Analytical. Complex. Ingenious. Verbal. Novelty seeking. Change oriented. Global. Independent. Adaptable.

Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.

Creative, resourceful, and intellectually quick. Good at a broad range of things. Enjoy debating issues, and may be into “one-up-manship”. They get very excited about new ideas and projects, but may neglect the more routine aspects of life. Generally outspoken and assertive. They enjoy people and are stimulating company. Excellent ability to understand concepts and apply logic to find solutions.

Popular careers for the ENTP include:

• Executive
• Entrepreneur
• HR Recruiter
• Management Consultant
• Marketing Manager
• Sales Manager
• Corporate Trainer
• Property Manager
• Venture Capitalist
• Ad Account Executive
• Creative Director
• Financial Planner
• Stockbroker
• Real Estate Agent
• Cost Estimator
• Public Relations Specialist
• Reporter
• Copywriter
• Art Director
• Producer or Director
• Journalist
• Market Researcher
• Internet Architect
• Photographer
• Actor
• School Psychologist
• Organizational Psychologist
• Chiropractor
• Political Scientist
• Attorney
• Architect
• Industrial Designer
• Urban Planner
• Industrial Engineer
• Environmental Scientist
• Drafter
• Aerospace Engineer
• Geologist
• Detective
• Criminalist
• Public Administrator
• Politician
• Social Scientist
• Health Care Administrator
• Education Director

Fictional ENTPs:

“The Joker” from Batman series
“Jack Sparrow” from Pirates of the Caribbean
“Tyler Durden” from Fight Club
“Clyde Shelton” from Law Abiding Citizen

ESTJ – THE GUARDIAN (Supervisor)
Implementer Supervisor – Guardian, In-Charge

Snapshot: Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize project and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.

Keywords: Organize people and tasks, analytical, problem solving at functional level, developing and running processes and procedures, decisive.

Typical careers: Management and administration, law enforcement, small business manager, technical teaching, purchasing, production.

Excellent administrators, unsurpassed at managing things or people.

Active organizer. Logical. Assertive. Fact minded. Decisive. Practical. Results oriented. Analytical. Systematic. Concrete. Critical. Responsible. Take charge. Common sense.

Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.

Practical, traditional, and organized. Likely to be athletic. Not interested in theory or abstraction unless they see the practical application. Have clear visions of the way things should be. Loyal and hard-working. Like to be in charge. Exceptionally capable in organizing and running activities. “Good citizens” who value security and peaceful living.

Popular careers for the ESTJ include:

• Sales Engineer
• Stockbroker
• Insurance Agent
• Sales Manager
• Purchasing Agent
• Real Estate Agent
• Hotel Manager
• Credit Analyst
• Budget Analyst
• Insurance Adjuster
• Financial Counselor
• Project Manager
• Management Consultant
• Office Manager
• Public Administrator
• Chief Financial Officer
• Chief Information Officer
• Military Officer
• Police Officer
• Airline Pilot
• Vocational Teacher
• Farmer or Rancher
• Chef
• Attorney
• Paralegal
• Judge
• Auditor
• School Principal
• Property Manager
• Restaurant Owner
• Pharmacist
• Dentist
• Physician
• Athletic Trainer
• Civil Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Industrial Engineer
• Flight Engineer
• Database Administrator
• Real Estate Appraiser
• Cost Estimator
• Building Inspector
• Factory Supervisor
• General Contractor
• Funeral Director

Fictional ESTJs:

“Boromir” from The Lord of the Rings

ESFJ – THE CAREGIVER (Provider)
Facilitator Caretaker, Guardian, Get-Things-Going

Snapshot: Warmhearted, conscientious and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.

Keywords: Develop effective procedures, decisiveness, maintain and preserve what works, people skills, consensus builder.

Typical careers: Education, healthcare, personal services business as a small company or as a function in a larger organization.

Extraordinarily caring, social and popular people, always eager to help.

Actively sociable. Warm. Harmonizer. Caring. Enthusiastic. Empathic. People-oriented. Practical. Responsible. Concrete. Orderly. Conscientious. Cooperative. Appreciative. Loyal.

Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.

Warm-hearted, popular, and conscientious. Tend to put the needs of others over their own needs. Feel strong sense of responsibility and duty. Value traditions and security. Interested in serving others. Need positive reinforcement to feel good about themselves. Well-developed sense of space and function.

Popular Careers for the ESFJ

• Elementary Teacher
• Special Education Teacher
• Child Care Provider
• School Administrator
• Counselor
• Social Worker
• Health Care Administrator
• Police Officer
• Paralegal
• Court Reporter
• Real Estate Appraiser
• Technical Writer
• Cosmetologist
• Hotel Manager
• Caterer
• Family Physician
• Dentist
• Medical Assistant
• Optometrist
• Speech Pathologist
• Nurse
• Surgeon
• Physical Therapist
• Fitness Trainer
• Dental Hygienist
• Radiation Therapist
• Respiratory Therapist
• Pediatrician
• Physician Assistant
• Dietitian
• Minister
• Buyer
• Public Relations Manager
• HR Manager
• Corporate Trainer
• Event Coordinator
• Funeral Director
• Real Estate Agent
• Insurance Agent
• Merchandise Planner
• Advertising Sales Agent
• Office Manager
• Fundraiser
• Receptionist
• Customer Service Rep

Fictional ESFJ’s:
“Dean Winchester” from Supernatural
“Monica” from Friends

ENFJ – THE GIVER (Teacher)
Envisioner Mentor – Idealist, In-Charge

Snapshot: Warm, empathetic, responsive and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone and want to help others fulfill their potential. 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.

Keywords: Organized, develops human resources, consensus builder, people skills, high- energy, enthusiastic.

Typical careers: Religion, counselor, physician, designer, executive and leadership coaches.
Charismatic and inspiring leaders, able to mesmerize their listeners.

Actively sociable. Enthusiastic. Harmonizer. Expressive. Warm. Idealistic. Empathic. Possibility-oriented. Insightful. Cooperative. Imaginative. Conscientious. Appreciative. Tactful.

Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. 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.

Popular and sensitive, with outstanding people skills. Externally focused, with real concern for how others think and feel. Usually dislike being alone. They see everything from the human angle, and dislike impersonal analysis. Very effective at managing people issues, and leading group discussions. Interested in serving others, and probably place the needs of others over their own needs.

Popular careers for the ENFJ include:

• Journalist
• Interpreter
• Editor
• Minister
• Elementary Teacher
• Special Education Teacher
• Writer
• Interior Designer
• Fashion Designer
• Craft Artist
• Graphic Designer
• Photographer
• College Professor
• School Administrator
• Vocational Teacher
• Event Coordinator
• Public Relations Manager
• HR Manager or Recruiter
• Corporate Trainer
• Public Relations Specialist
• Ad Account Executive
• Marketing Manager
• Copywriter
• Sales Manager
• Political Scientist
• Politician
• Social Scientist
• Urban Planner
• Librarian
• Library Assistant
• Social Worker
• Physical Therapist
• Speech Pathologist
• Nutritionist
• Clinical Psychologist
• Counselor
• Social Service Director
• Public Health Educator
• Occupational Therapist
• Chiropractor
• Optometrist
• Veterinary Assistant
• Health Care Administrator
• Organizational Psychologist
• Child Care Manager

Fictional ENFJ’s:

“Daenerys” from Game of Thrones

ENTJ – THE EXECUTIVE (Commander)
Strategist Mobilizer – Rational, In-Charge

Snapshot: Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.

Keywords: Organization, problem solving at systems level, decisive, analytical, long-range vision.

Typical careers: Executive, management, leadership, consultant, HR, computer professional, physician, marketing.

Bold, imaginative, and strong-willed leaders, always finding a way – or making one.

Driving organizer. Planner. Vision focused. Decisive. Initiating. Conceptual. Strategic. Systematic. Assertive. Critical. Logical. Organized. Pursues improvement and achievement.

Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.

Assertive and outspoken – they are driven to lead. Excellent ability to understand difficult organizational problems and create solid solutions. Intelligent and well-informed, they usually excel at public speaking. They value knowledge and competence, and usually have little patience with inefficiency or disorganization.

Popular careers for the ENTJ include:
• Executive
• Sales Manager
• Corporate Trainer
• Project Manager
• Sales Engineer
• Marketing Manager
• HR Manager
• Management Consultant
• Advertising Manager
• Market Researcher
• Budget Analyst
• Financial Manager
• Real Estate Manager
• Financial Planner
• Stockbroker
• Urban Planner
• Public Administrator
• Architect
• Attorney
• Economist
• Judge
• Controller
• Compliance Officer
• Office Manager
• Investment Banker
• Psychologist
• Medical Scientist
• Anesthesiologist
• Surgeon
• Health Care Administrator
• Civil Engineer
• Environmental Engineer
• Database Administrator
• Systems Analyst
• Biomedical Engineer
• Chemical Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Materials Scientist
• Geologist
• Science Teacher
• Political Scientist
• Political Consultant
• Police Supervisor
• Airline Pilot
• Construction Manager

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Guess vs Horton Court Date

Guess v:s HortonI’m a visual person, so I’m posting photos.

In September 2014, Jordan Guess was sitting in the back seat of a car at a stop light, when Elgin Denard Horton slammed into his car so hard he shoved it clear across the intersection – and that was after slamming on his breaks and leaving 200 feet of skid marks!

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Elgin Denard Horton was finally arrested several months later, after all of the evidence was collected.  He was charged with 8 counts:

Vehicular Homicide
Reckless Aggravated Assault
Driving On A Revoked License
Violation Of The Registration Law
Financial Responsibility
Leaving Scene Of An Accident
Speeding
Driving Under The Influence

Elgin Denard Horton has a rap sheet a mile long that includes MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS of EACH of the following charges:

Theft
Robbery
Assault
Criminal Trespass
Aggravated Trespass
Possession of Crack Cocaine
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Public Intoxication
Evading Arrest
Speeding
Driving on a Revoked License
Open Container
Escape from Jail or Workhouse
Assault on Police
Disorderly Conduct
Violation Financial Responsibility
Driving Left of Center Lane
Failure to Appear
Vandalism
Burglary
Domestic Assault
Car Theft

The next court date for Jordan Guess vs Elgin Denard Horton is on June 11, 2015 at 9am.  He will appear in front of Judge Poole. The hearing will be located at 600 Market Street – Downtown Chattanooga on the 3rd floor in (Division 3) court room.

According to Tennessee Law Vehicular Homicide is a Class B felony and (without a criminal record and no other charges), a conviction carries not less than 8 years or more than 30 years as a sentence.

If they tack on the other charges Elgin Denard Horton has, and factor in his criminal record, I’m guessing that he gets the maximum sentence and probably even more.

I’ll be in court to find out!

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Jordan Guess v/s Elgin Horton

Back in October 2014, I wrote a post entitled ‘Death By Drunk Driver’, detailing how my 20-year-old friend Jordan Guess was killed by a drunk driver named Elgin Horton.  I was gung ho about getting him prosecuted – of course everyone was. But, I was asked by a family member to back off so that the police could make a solid case against him.  They didn’t want any loop holes for him to slip through.  So, I reined in my horses and waited.

It was an excruciating wait for justice to collect all of the lab results and put all of the charges they could together.  They ended up with 8 counts which you can read below on the court docket from 5/7/15.

The docket shows Elgin Horton in the ‘Workhouse’.  I called CCA – the ‘Corrections Corporation of America’, which is an incarceration facility in Chattanooga TN.  They told me that he was still an inmate there but that they couldn’t give me any information. I assume that he hasn’t had his trial or been sentenced yet or he’d be in prison.  I’m going to find out.   Tomorrow, I’ll make some calls and update everyone in case someone else wants to watch this guy get his hopefully, ‘just deserts’ in court.

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I also Googled Elgin Horton’s police arrest record and was astounded at the length of it.  Why was this guy out of jail in the first place?  People like him should have permanent residence in a locked institution and not be driving around town drunk and drugged up so they kill people who’s lives are worth something.

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I’ll post any updates I get on his trial and conviction.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Race – Made It Halfway!

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I’d like to thank the people who have donated so far:

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Today, I have hit the half-way mark on my stage play ‘To Die Or Not To Die’ – 45 of 90 pages complete and I still have a ton of ideas for the second 45 pages!

This is the first time that I haven’t outlined my work to death.  Usually, I spend so much time outlining, that I end up with a kick-ass outline of a great story, but then I never write the story because I have burned out on it.

Then, I had a play produced.  A play that just rolled straight out of my head without an outline, and without being edited!  All I had was a general idea of a story.  I just threw the characters into the scene and let them ‘have at it’ according to their views of life.  By doing that, I have gained confidence in my ability to just let the story unfold naturally. Afterwards, I not only have a concrete 1st draft of a play to work with, but I have plenty of time to go back and structure my work.

I find that for me, this method both keeps my work fresh using stream of consciousness, and it keeps me from burning out on a story before I have it written.

I have also set a minimal writing goal for myself – 3 pages of script (stage play or screenplay) per day.  It doesn’t seem like much, but it gives me an entire 1st draft of a script in 30 days.  That adds up to 12 First Drafts a year, and 120 First Drafts in 10 years.  That’s huge!

I’m looking forward to winning the writing race this month at Camp NaNoWriMo.  And of course, to all of the goodies I will be able to get for half price or less because I’m a winner.

This is what I call a Win-Win situation.  Broadway and Winner’s Goodies, here I come…

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