Unemployment in Australia: Part I – Stupid Pills

Economy

Australian recruiters say their clients are being highly selective about the criteria applicants must meet, including requirements for industry and product experience. Does this approach make sense or is it indicative of someone taking Stupid Pills?

Psychology adds value to business

Psychology

Few people today would argue that psychology has no place at all in the ‘real world’ of business, but many of us are less aware of how ubiquitous its potential influence really is. A recruiter, for example, may well list “great communication skills” as a prerequisite in a job ad …Read more

Voldemort the Psychopath – Part 4

Voldemort the Psychopath – Part 4
Harry Potter

This article concludes the analysis of Voldemort (J.K. Rowling’s fictional arch-villain and Chief Death Eater) as a psychopath. Part 1 of this series of articles introduced the argument, and Parts 2 and 3 examined what we know of Voldemort against the first 10 criteria outlined in Dr Robert D Hare’s …Read more

Voldemort the Psychopath – Part 3

Voldemort the Psychopath – Part 3
Harry Potter

In the first part of this series of articles, it was suggested that Lord Voldemort, the arch-villain J.K. Rowling created for the world of Harry Potter, would be a psychopath, as measured using Dr Robert D Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist – Revised (PCL-R). Part 2 provided an in-depth analysis of Items …Read more

Voldemort the Psychopath – Part 2

Voldemort the Psychopath – Part 2
Harry Potter

In the first part of this series of articles, it was proposed that Lord Voldemort, the arch-villain J.K. Rowling created for the world of Harry Potter, would emerge as a psychopath, if diagnosed using Dr Robert D Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist – Revised (PCL-R). How the psychopathy checklist works The PCL-R …Read more

Voldemort the Psychopath – Part 1

Voldemort the Psychopath – Part 1
Harry Potter

The arch-villain of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Lord Voldemort – a.k.a. Tom Marvolo Riddle – is a tricky character to type using the Enneagram. Riddle Junior is so psychologically unhealthy that he apparently displays the worst behaviours of at least two types – Three and Eight – and to …Read more

Harry Potter’s Enneagram Type

Harry Potter’s Enneagram Type
Harry Potter

The next Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is about to be released.  That’s set me to pondering, again, what Enneagram types each of the characters are. If you’ve read the last page I added to this website [Enneagram Type One – Perfectionist] then you’ll …Read more

The disease of ‘Perfection’

Psychology

I’m behind the eight-ball on this one … weeks behind … but if you haven’t already read this incredible post on the Single Dad Laughing blog, I recommend you do so. http://www.danoah.com/2010/09/disease-called-perfection.html#idc-cover My husband found this article and forwarded it to me, wondering how similar Australian society is to US …Read more

Freelancing – a newbie’s tale

Proofreading and editing

Several weeks ago, I started this blog and started seeking freelance work through this website as a writer, editor and proofreader. Not surprisingly, since I’m an unknown entity and didn’t go all out with marketing from the outset, the blog didn’t immediately attract those who would pay for my stellar …Read more

Amusing Quotes for each Enneagram Type

Amusing Quotes for each Enneagram Type
Personality systems

I found these more-or-less-amusing quotes while browsing around a number of “famous quote” websites, and thought it might be fun to Enneatype them. Note that I’ve categorised the quotes by relevance to the concerns of an Enneagram point, not according to the type of the author (which I don’t know), …Read more

Funny translations and proofreading errors

Funny translations and proofreading errors
Proofreading and editing

Translation, proofreading and editing are usually mighty serious and frequently important tasks … but sometimes life can be considerably more entertaining without them. If you haven’t seen www.engrish.com, check it out!  I frequently do when I’m in need of a good belly laugh. In the English-speaking world of business, mistakes …Read more

Brands, intelligence theories and self-perception

Miscellaneous

Today I stumbled across an interesting article “Science shows how brands rub off on self perception”.  I tweeted it, actually, because I was bemused by an unexpected comment by the author that some of the results could be considered ironic… … [P]eople who were most affected by the study seemed …Read more

Dutch websites and expat culture-shock

Dutch websites and expat culture-shock
Amsterdam

Yesterday, my passport was graced with a new stamp by IND (Immigratie en Naturalisatie Dienst), the organisation for entry into the Netherlands, showing that my application for residency has been lodged and is in process <performs a little victory dance>. So! I’m able to work here now, which is thoroughly …Read more

Respecting personality systems – tools, not boxes

Personality systems

When I talk to people about my interest in personality systems for the first time, they will almost invariably say something like – “Oh, so you’re one of those people who want to put everyone in a box?” And almost invariably, I’ll struggle not to morph into the Cheshire cat. …Read more

How personality hooked me

How personality hooked me
Miscellaneous

I’ve always been a curious critter, but of all the strains of hafta-gotta-know I’ve been infected with, curiosity about what makes individual humans tick is easily the most virulent. It all started 13 years ago, as a result of my first attempt at writing a novel.  The experiment was aborted …Read more

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