Harry Potter readers 'can be split into four types'

Posted on 2008.10.22 at 12:46
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By Stephen Adams, Arts Correspondent

Harry Potter readers can be split into four distinct types, according to a marketing expert.

Each type conforms closely with one of the four houses found in Harry's school Hogwarts, Professor Stephen Brown of Ulster University said.

His research found 'Hufflepuff' readers take the tales at a slow, steady and systematic pace and enjoy re-reading the books over and over.

'Gryffindor' readers are eager and energetic and will devour the latest Potter book in one sitting, but quickly move on to new things.

'Ravenclaws' are subversive and take the stories with a pinch of salt, while 'Slytherin' readers are not fussed about the books.

They prefer the films but pretend to have read the books when it suits them.

Prof Brown said: "What we noticed was that the different types of readers were incredibly close to the characteristics of the four houses in the books. It was surprising but it made sense.

"Only the Hufflepuffs are totally loyal to Harry, the Gryffindors are already moving on to other things, the Slytherins never really liked him anyway and the Ravenclaws are too busy writing their own fan fiction or posting spoof videos on YouTube."

I am so proudly a Hufflepuff!!!

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Posted on 2008.09.14 at 19:50
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Scroll down to the "Jung Typology Test"...this was my result....

Your Type is :ISFJ
Introverted 56%
Sensing 25%
Feeling 38%
Judging 78%

ISFJs are characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their "need to be needed." In extreme cases, this need is so strong that standard give-and-take relationships are deeply unsatisfying to them; however, most ISFJs find more than enough with which to occupy themselves within the framework of a normal life. (Since ISFJs, like all SJs, are very much bound by the prevailing social conventions, their form of "service" is likely to exclude any elements of moral or political controversy; they specialize in the local, the personal, and the practical.)

ISFJs are often unappreciated, at work, home, and play. Ironically, because they prove over and over that they can be relied on for their loyalty and unstinting, high-quality work, those around them often take them for granted--even take advantage of them. Admittedly, the problem is sometimes aggravated by the ISFJs themselves; for instance, they are notoriously bad at delegating ("If you want it done right, do it yourself"). And although they're hurt by being treated like doormats, they are often unwilling to toot their own horns about their accomplishments because they feel that although they deserve more credit than they're getting, it's somehow wrong to want any sort of reward for doing work (which is supposed to be a virtue in itself). (And as low-profile Is, their actions don't call attention to themselves as with charismatic Es.) Because of all of this, ISFJs are often overworked, and as a result may suffer from psychosomatic illnesses.

In the workplace, ISFJs are methodical and accurate workers, often with very good memories and unexpected analytic abilities; they are also good with people in small-group or one-on-one situations because of their patient and genuinely sympathetic approach to dealing with others. ISFJs make pleasant and reliable co-workers and exemplary employees, but tend to be harried and uncomfortable in supervisory roles. They are capable of forming strong loyalties, but these are personal rather than institutional loyalties; if someone they've bonded with in this way leaves the company, the ISFJ will leave with them, if given the option. Traditional careers for an ISFJ include: teaching, social work, most religious work, nursing, medicine (general practice only), clerical and and secretarial work of any kind, and some kinds of administrative careers.

While their work ethic is high on the ISFJ priority list, their families are the centers of their lives. ISFJs are extremely warm and demonstrative within the family circle--and often possessive of their loved ones, as well. When these include Es who want to socialize with the rest of the world, or self-contained ITs, the ISFJ must learn to adjust to these behaviors and not interpret them as rejection. Being SJs, they place a strong emphasis on conventional behavior (although, unlike STJs, they are usually as concerned with being "nice" as with strict propriety); if any of their nearest and dearest depart from the straight-and-narrow, it causes the ISFJ major embarrassment: the closer the relationship and the more public the act, the more intense the embarrassment (a fact which many of their teenage children take gleeful advantage of). Over time, however, ISFJs usually mellow, and learn to regard the culprits as harmless eccentrics :-). Needless to say, ISFJs take infinite trouble over meals, gifts, celebrations, etc., for their loved ones--although strong Js may tend to focus more on what the recipient should want rather than what they do want.

Like most Is, ISFJs have a few, close friends. They are extremely loyal to these, and are ready to provide emotional and practical support at a moment's notice. (However, like most Fs they hate confrontation; if you get into a fight, don't expect them to jump in after you. You can count on them, however, run and get the nearest authority figure.) Unlike with EPs, the older the friendship is, the more an ISFJ will value it. One ISFJ trait that is easily misunderstood by those who haven't known them long is that they are often unable to either hide or articulate any distress they may be feeling. For instance, an ISFJ child may be reproved for "sulking," the actual cause of which is a combination of physical illness plus misguided "good manners." An adult ISFJ may drive a (later ashamed) friend or SO into a fit of temper over the ISFJ's unexplained moodiness, only afterwards to explain about a death in the family they "didn't want to burden anyone with." Those close to ISFJs should learn to watch for the warning signs in these situations and take the initiative themselves to uncover the problem.

Functional Analysis
by Joe Butt
Introverted Sensing

As for ISTJs, the dominant Si is oriented toward the world of forms, essences, generics. Again, "for both of the IS_J types, the sense of propriety comes from the clear definition of these internal forms. ... A 'proper' chair has four legs," etc. (Jung saw IS as something of an oxymoron: sensing, which is a perceiving function, focused inward and thus away from that which is perceived (the "object"). In this light, he described this sensing as something removed from reality, full of archetypes/mythical figures/hobgoblins; sensing of one's own set of forms.)
Extraverted Feeling

A kind of "regression toward the mean" provided by the Fe auxiliary function serves to socialize the expression of these forms. I suppose it's the auxiliary nature of this Feeling, coupled with the balancing effect of {detachment from the internal idiosyncratic view of free-floating data perceptions} that makes ISFJs tentative, conservative, and reticent to boldly state the rights and wrongs in the relational world. (Loosely translated, ISFJs like to keep their perceptions to themselves, and aren't sure enough that what they "see" as Introverted Sensors has any relevance to the outside world. Thus the perception, based on unworldly data, may not be true. The obedient Extraverted Feeling function must therefore refrain from strong statements expressing these opinions.)
Introverted Thinking

Introverted Thinking is turned inward and is largely invisible. It is only with great difficulty, if at all, that the ISFJ could willingly commit anyone to their doom. Perhaps this explains why ISFJs are loyal to the end; there is no sense of purely objective (i.e., impersonal) judgment of anyone but themselves (and that only by their own standards). Here is this type's Achilles heel that makes many of them so vulnerable to the scoundrels and ne'er-do-wells who often use and abuse them.
Extroverted intuition

ISFJs are easily undone by Extroverted intuition, their inferior function. Believing in the fantastic, and disbelieving the technologically extant, are errors that my guide the gullible (or unfounded skeptical) ISFJ off a precipice of mis-conclusion. (One of our co-workers' mothers adamantly refused to believe that Dave Letterman's mom was actually at the Olympics in Norway talking with the athletes and handing out hams! She suspected technological trickery.)

This childlike Ne is, however, the likely source (coupled with fun-loving Extroverted Feeling) of the practical joking, punning and (usually harmless) impishness of some ISFJs.

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Good food, Good Friends

Posted on 2008.06.20 at 23:31
Current Mood: goodgood
After not making it to the DMV yesterday KC took it upon himself to get up this morning and head over there, letting me sleep in. He apparently had a grand old time ( for his silliness), I had a lovely time sleeping late.

Pants (obviously a nickname) came over and we went to a new favorite spot of ours on 3rd ave, The Chip Shop. It's British food, more or less. They fry everything. They were on the Food Network, on Unwrapped I think. They have fried pizza...yea. And fried candy bars. uh-huh/ A heart attack waiting to happen. But yummy.

I had a wild mushroom mac & cheese (amazing), KC had Bangers and Mash (the gravy was awesome) and Pants had Chicken Curry. I had never had curry before. Strange right? The sauce was so good, not spicy at all. We even asked the waitress what was in it and all we got in return was "A regular curry sauce". Oh well. I now need to learn to make the perfect curry sauce. We had some woodchuck cider with our meal and it was fun times. Pants picked up the bill because he is NOT cheap. Poor guy.

In other's about 2 months until the vacation. I can't wait. I can start organizing myself now, seeing what I need. I hate to do things last minute, I need things done way before hand to feel like I can enjoy the traveling. Luckily this time when I am down there we will have access to cars the whole time so god forbid I forget something (unlikely) I can go off site to get it. I am not looking fwd to the heat at all but what can you do, it's cheaper to go then.

I am currently listening to the Twilight Audio Book. Think I ma obsessed much? it's been nice laying down late in the evening and listening and playing some games on my DS. I am enjoying the book all over again. And what the hell is up with Harry Potter fans hating these books? How stupid is that!?

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The boredom brought me back....

Posted on 2008.06.18 at 23:58
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: Podcasts on my ipod
I decided to revamp this here journal in hopes of writing more. I seem to write a lot in my head and never get it out...I'm hoping to do that more often. I would esp. like to dump my brain in the mornings when I wake up.

As you may be able to tell I am obsessing over the Twilight series of books by Stephenie Meyer. I have read them all in the last week or so and I am in love. Her story telling is just intense and I can not wait for the 4th book and for the movie in December! I can't believe I waited this long to read them!

Things are what they are, not much has changed in the last while. August is our big vacation for the year. KC is going to Miami for 3 days and I am going to Disney for 8 days. I am leaving a few days before him and we are all meeting up in Orlando at Ricky's parent's time share for a few days! Get all that? At least i understand it.

It's hot and nasty lately. I love my a/c! I have been cooking up a storm tho, making up some good new stuff if I do say so myself.

Monday is my 32nd birthday. Big deal. We have dinner plans with a few friends. I hate making plans on my birthday for fear of the plans falling through. But supposedly we are a party of 12 for dinner. KC is getting off work early and we are spending the day out. I am also gonna get a nice hair cut and get all spiffed up. Why not right?

So thats that. hopefully there will be more normal entries in the future.

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More books....weeeeee!

Posted on 2007.09.26 at 17:47
Current Mood: crankycranky
Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
Chore Whore by Heather H Howard
Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite (re-read)
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Light Before Day by Christopher Rice
Firestarter by Stephen King (i'll be starting it tonight before bed)

So the month is almost over and i read 5 books and started another, not too bad. I'm just curious to see how much I really do read.

Things are ok as of late. My back is killing me! It feels some days like I pulled it out, some like I have a softball sized knot in it and some days like staying in bed would be better. It's been seriously bad. On the scale of 1-10 lately it's been a constant 8 1/2 to my general 4 or 5. Not good. Compensating for the pain on my right side I now have left side pains. I went to disability, we spent many hours there, now I wait. Please let it come thru, i need to be getting something for the fact that I hurt this bad at this young of an age. And please let KC get a new job with insurance so I can go back to therapy because even if I didn't know it then, I need it now.

The pain has been making everything suck. I don't want to just sit around but it's hard not too because everything I do hurts. Cooking dinner for 15 minutes hurts and I need to sit down. much less taking care of house cleaning. I'm starting to gets nutso again, not sleeping and being generally in a shit mood. I can barely even sit in this chair after a few minutes. URGH. At least most of my favorite shows are back on this week! And some new good shows too! Now I can properly rot my brain and forget all about books lol.

Back to the couch and some DVR.

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Posted on 2007.09.24 at 14:14
Current Mood: soresore
Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
Chore Whore by Heather H Howard
Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite (re-read)
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Light Before Day by Christopher Rice (currently reading)

***Chances are this list will be short for the rest of the month and for a while because TV shows I actually like are back on. Sad huh? I will always read I just may not read as much. I only own maybe 2 books I haven't yet read so finding new stuff is also a factor.

Back to the couch, my back is killin me.

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Books Update...

Posted on 2007.09.17 at 23:25
Current Mood: boredbored
Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
Chore Whore by Heather H Howard
Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite (re-read)
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (currently reading)

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Posted on 2007.09.04 at 20:55
Current Mood: Meh!
So I am going to attempt to keep track of the books I'm reading each month. Admittedly I have been slower than usual as last month I only read:
Harry Potter 7 (for the 2nd time)
Wicked & Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire

See the trend? LOL. I still have one more of his books to read. I get easily hooked on an author and grab up anything they write when I like them. Hence the reading of the entire 15 books of the Anita Blake books. In about 2 months I might add. anyways the list so far is....

Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire (Started in August but finished this month)
Chore Whore by Heather H Howard(currently reading)

Don't laugh at the name I needed something frilly to read i change gears easily. LOL. that and the library by the house never has anything I really wanna read so i settle so i have something to read at night. I'm about to start re-reading some other books too, just to have something to read.

This tells me I need to get out more. LOL.

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A good day.

Posted on 2007.08.25 at 00:59
Current Mood: sillysilly
Current Music: "Bet on It" HSM 2
Much fun was had today! It was actually a really good day. KC and I got to sleep without interruption, for a change, till noon! Yea we slept till noon, and what?!? We went to bed at like 4am, so it’d really not that bad. KC was actually off and probably will have Friday’s off from now on, which rocks so we can actually make plans! They are unorganized about the schedule for him since he started school again but they will have to deal. So we decided to go out for lunch. We went to a nifty little German restaurant called Snitzel Haus. It’s a place we pass often and keep saying we should go in. We made a lot of jokes about not going to the restaurant in Germany in Epcot this time so we needed to try this place out. It was YUMMY! We had potato-leek soup with warm bread and I had bratwurst and KC had knackwurst. They both came with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. It was the best sauerkraut I have ever had! KC had a tasty German beer too. The whole thing was about $30 bucks, can’t beat that! It’s all I really ate today too, it was that filling. Then we wandered back to the house checking out various 99 cents stores and buying random items. We got some Dunkin Donuts frozen goodness and came home. Then Luis and Diana came over. We chilled out and ate lots of junk food. Watched Hot Fuzz and had a generally awesome time.

Tomorrow KC works 3-close so it’s just me and the Bale-ster but it’s all good! I can catch up on watching High School Musical 2 for the umpteenth time! LOL. I have watched it about 3 times so far. Sad I know, but I just darn love it!

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Today, not the best day.

Posted on 2007.08.20 at 17:22
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
I am having “one of those” days! It started off well. We went to bed around 2:30am which is unheard of early for us, esp. since KC has been working evenings. We slept till noon! It felt great to crash out and get some rest! We woke up to nice cool breeze coming in our otherwise heater of a house. We had a nice lunch together before he went off to work at 3pm. Then I realized he left me all the lunch dishes to do. So I was surfing ebay (I’m an addict for sure) and KC calls me and tells me he needs me to bring him something at work. OK work is 5 minutes from here but I’m in my jimmies, on the pc trying to relax. FINE! Now if you know me at all you probably haven’t seen me with no makeup-ever! I’m not high maintenance by any means but a little make up is always on my face when I’m out of the house, even to the grocery store. SO I leave off the makeup by hiding under a hat, with all my hair shoved up in a bun. I haven’t met too many of his work peoples yet so going in all bummy wasn’t what I wanted to do. I found some clothes and searched for whatever he needed and brought it to him. Then on my way out he follows me down the escalator and says he has to check in the stuff with security. In the end I ended up bringing the hard drive and most of the cds I brought home with me. I understand they can’t make bootleg cds there because of copyrights BUT HELLO! I brought these from home to help your store get into the pc someone pass worded! Whatever! It was annoying! And for my troubles I got me some yummy star bucks. It was all good until I got home and realized it was only ¾ full of my white raspberry mocha. Curse the universe! I drank it anyways and wasn’t going back again. Everything was mellowing when I was trying to clean up all the crap left around the house for me and I spilled the rest of my other coffee all over the glass table and the rug and floor. So that was fun to clean up. I did the dishes and straightened up and am going to hop in a much needed shower soon. I just needed a little venting.

On the planning side we are all buying our plane tickets this weekend! Yay Disney!

KC starts his last class tomorrow night so it’s gonna be a lonely 6 weeks again for me. Making and eating dinner alone again. At least when he does work in the day time he can come home for lunch! Still I like having him around more, even if he has been staying late at work a lot!

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