Stuff Russians Like

Let’s face it: Russians are weird. In Russia, they’ve been known to circle around plastic 2-liter beer bottles, in the squatting position, in desolate public parks at 10:00 AM. In the United States, they flock to Costco to buy tracksuits and puffy Kirkland jackets. And a visit to any Russian-American household will reveal a set of unique tastes. Let’s walk through a list of all of the weird things that Russians like. Continue reading

Med School Sees the Psychic

During our medical school orientation, a guest speaker came from the Business School, as a part of an Inter-School Collaborative Effort, to administer and explain the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator. I left the auditorium with nothing but a feeling of regret at time wasted. I had always been skeptical of the Meyers Briggs personality test. But now, I fully understand that the MBTI, without even the slightest glimmer of doubt, is worthless.

The MBTI test tells the test-taker where she stands on each of four spectra: from introversion to extroversion; from sensing to intuition; from thinking to feeling; and from judging to perceiving. After finishing the test, each test-taker has a type. One might be an INTJ, or an introverted intuition-using thinking judger; another might be an ESFP, or an extroverted sensing feeling perceiver.

Why didn’t the test just ask me which type I was, right off the bat? Are you an introvert, or an extrovert? the test could have asked. This would have saved me 90 minutes. Instead, the test asked 90 questions that were supposed to elucidate for me which type I am. But the questions were no more effective in elucidating my type than they would have been had they simply asked me my type. Make sense?

Take the thinking/feeling dichotomy, for example. Here are a few example questions.

6. Do you more often let

_ your heart rule your head, or

_ your head rule your heart?

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