Sunday, August 31, 2014

Evidence of Brain Overgrowth in the First Year of Life in Autism

"Courchesne et al. present data linking autism to an unusual pattern of brain growth shortly after birth. Infants who later develop autism have a slightly reduced head circumference at birth, compared to normal infants, but undergo a rapid spurt in growth during the first two years of life. This growth spurt is so strong that by the age of 3-4, when behavioral signs of autism are just beginning to show, autistic children's brains are larger than normal.

"The authors conclude that the causes of autism must therefore lie in factors that lead first to reduced head circumference in birth and the subsequent the rapid spurt in brain growth, rather than factors that are not experienced until behavioral signs of autism are evident, such as exposure to mercury in vaccines.

"(...) The abnormally high rates of brain growth they observed were seen in only 6% of nonautistic cases but in 59% of autistic cases.

"One variation on their interpretation would be that the high rates of brain growth from birth to 2 years of age are necessary antecedants of autism, but that an additional trigger is essential to inducing the actual expression of autism. Thus children that did not undergo the brain growth spurt would not be vulnerable to exposure to the trigger, whereas those that had would develop autism, once exposed to the trigger. Hence a possible role for exposures during childhood cannot be ruled out on the basis of these observations.

"(...) Several contaminants that affect the pace and pattern of brain development in animals, or interfere with mechanisms controlling brain development, have become increasingly widespread in humans over the past two decades, over the same period that autism has become more common:

· Perchlorate disrupts the action of thyroid in directing brain development. This contaminant is now in the drinking water of over 20 million people in the US.

· Polybrominated flame retardants have been found to alter the brain growth spurt in mice; PBDE levels have increased exponential in Americans over the past 20 years.

· Bisphenol A activates genes involved in regulating brain growth. Exposure to bisphenol A has become ubiquitous as a result of its use to make polycarbonate plastic.

"With these clear results from Courchesne et al. showing that brain growth patterns in the womb and postnatally differ in autistic children, work on possible contributions by contaminants interfering with brain development is now warranted." Continue reading: Evidence of Brain Overgrowth in the First Year of Life in Autism - Courchesne, E, R Carper and N akshoomoff. 2003. JAMA 290: 337-344.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Associative Socionics Quadras

This is fascinating stuff; the Associative Socionics method of grouping the Quadras might differ from ones I've seen elsewhere, but this is the system that makes the most sense to me. I definitely see how each of the four types within each quadra relates to one another. I have recently confirmed Olga Tangemann's assessment of my type as an LII INTj Logical Introverted Intratim, which to her is also an MBTI INTJ since the types are models that don't change. See for yourself how the Quadras work according to SAS: TPE – quadras by OLGA · 22.06.2014 Quadra profiles from the perspective of associative socionics:

I am a Superego type, and that is reflected in the music I write, as well as in the music and art I prefer.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank You, ISTJ--Love, just another self-important Intuitive prima donna

I'm finally starting to see the light, that Sensors, maybe especially so the ISTJ, are tactful, salt of the earth-type people, and that Intuitives are, especially seen through the eyes of such refined people in the realm of service to others and being able to pick up the details of what's really going on with people in the moment, nothing but spoiled, self-important prima donnas. That's probably why S and N so often clash personality-wise. Intuitives, I would think, are more strategic than tactical because without the same sense of obligation to show tact, another way of saying being dutiful to others, can instead view the world through haughty opera glasses, distancing themselves from human relations and directing time and energy towards the abstract world of ideas, seeing objectively through the world of pure theories, to ruthlessly test and implement them, at times regardless of or oblivious to the true individual impact that such strategic thinking can initiate and cause to manifest. I would think Intuitives are wary of Sensors if they intuit the long-term consequence of Sensors having to deal with such people on a regular basis, hence the tendency for Intuitives to self-segregate and doorslam. Of course it can work the other way, too, where the Sensor decides to devote their time and energy to people more like themselves. Here's a great read about ISTJs: ISTJ? Endless Possibilities! - Because I Can

Sunday, August 10, 2014

8 Vanity Looks for the Powder Room

8 Vanity Looks for the Powder Room - by Joanna, August 9, 2014 Timeless Wrought Iron

Which side of your brain is more dominant?

Which side of your brain is more dominant? - The 30-Second Brain Test

Today, the dancer in the test started out rotating counterclockwise but quickly turned clockwise. The same dancer had turned counterclockwise and stayed that way the last time I took it. I still came out left-brained.

I suppose this kind of test is irrelevant to most people if it has no practical use, but it's my idea of fun.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Ebola patients get drug from tiny US firm

Ebola patients get drug from tiny US firm - Mapp Biopharmaceutical's experimental treatment may have helped 2 Americans infected with the virus. By MSN Money Partner

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The 8 Colors of Fitness

I think this MBTI interpretation is awesome! The corresponding colors are well thought out.

Blues (ISTJ, ISFJ) are loyal, traditional, dependable, and straightforward. They are committed and conscientious; in other words, true blue.

Golds (ESTJ, ESFJ) are traditional and conservative, trusting authority and proven methods. The conventional color of achievement and recognition, once the standard for our currency, Gold is the obvious choice to represent them.

Reds (ESTP, ESFP) are quick responders with high energy. They’re where the action is. Red is the color that wakes us up, tells us when to stop, and directs us to what to look at.

Greens (ISTP, ISFP) are nature lovers who seek to quietly merge with the outdoors. What color but Green could better describe them?

Silvers (ENTP, ENFP) are energized by new ideas and possibilities, ready to reset their sights to embrace novel concepts and opportunities. Silver is the color of mercury—shiny, fluid, and changeable.

Saffrons (INTP, INFP) are strivers after clarity and seekers of truth. They’re represented by Saffron, an out-of-the-ordinary burnt orange hue that commands attention but in a warm and comfortable way, without glitz or extravagance.

Whites (INTJ, INFJ) are visionaries, with a connection to the unconscious that yields an endless stream of ideas and abstractions. A blank canvas exemplifies this type, pure white and receptive to the imagery of their creative mind.

Purples (ENTJ, ENFJ) are quick of step, outgoing and self-assured. The color Purple matches their regal bearing.


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Friday, August 01, 2014

Fred Kimmel's ROCK BAND 101 @ Kids Rock the Plaza, Long Beach 8/23

Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101
Studio Noir
and Beyond Rock Camp
will be performing at
Arts In The Plaza on the steps of Long Beach City Hall!

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Noon - 4:00 PM

Happy Summertime - See you there!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Socionics Subtype LII INTj-Ne

Maybe I spoke too soon, as I do so often, jumping to conclusions and fast decisions as intuitive Ni types tend to do, and I'm not a Socionics EII INFj Ethical Intuitive Introvert but a subtype of the LII INTj Logical Intuitive Introvert. I read on Wikipedia tonight that a study revealed there are four common MBTI types for musicians: INFP (most common), INFJ, INTJ and INTP. Of course there must be musicians of every type (I personally know jazz musicians that I thought were NT types like the ones I know, but that were actually SJ), but it seems to indicate to a certain degree the overlap between these four types, at least from the perspective of a musician who's both left-brained (rational) but also creative/intuitive, traits more often associated with the right side of the brain. They say musicians have increased corpus callosum size, helping the two hemispheres of the brain work together. Emotions are everything in music, but playing a musical instrument is a highly logical function as well. It becomes clearer, then, that a type like the INFJ which is both rational and ethical is possible. In Socionics, those four MBTI types correspond roughly to IEI, EII, LII and ILI, all of which I've either typed on Socionics tests or have been typed as being by a socionist. At least my results are consistent between the MBTI and Socionics; hopefully, using both systems will make it easier to pinpoint my type.

So if I'm not an EII INFj, IEI INFp or ILI INTp, the only type left for me is the LII INTj. It fits just about as well as the INFj, but the particular assessment of the Ne subtype is interesting. According to this article, Type and Subtype Descriptions by V. Meged, A. Ovcharov (from where I tested IEI INFp, but anyway...), the INTj-Ne subtype is a RESEARCHER. Some points I agree with are that they appear strong-willed but are restrained, yet excitable during debates, tries to keep up with the times, cares about outer appearance. Subtype aside, the INTJ is a good fit in terms of my need for things and people to make sense. I do not believe rationality is subjective, but objective, as provable and real as the laws of logic. Finally, the INTJ in Myers-Briggs is known to be the type that most often self-types due to their independence. Being the most independent type, I can see how they would set out to learn the system enough to decide for themselves, although I see the value in asking someone for their impressions to get perspective from the outer world. In reality, no one can truly see themselves objectively enough. Still, the fact that I typed myself an INTJ is enough of a clue that I trust my own judgment enough to question the experts, for better or worse--indicative of the confident nature of the INTJ.

Related link: Is Rationality Subjective? - Philosophy Forums

Monday, July 28, 2014

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless

At this point, I'd have to agree; MBTI is strictly for theoretically-based fun. Of course, there's nothing wrong with fun. Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless by Joseph Stromberg, updated on July 15, 2014 Vox

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat "Man from Naples" 1982

"Basquiat's canon revolves around single heroic figures: athletes, prophets, warriors, cops, musicians, kings and the artist himself. In these images the head is often a central focus, topped by crowns, hats, and halos. In this way the intellect is emphasized, lifted up to notice, privileged over the body and the physicality of these figures (i.e. black men) commonly represent in the world." — Kellie Jones, Lost in Translation: Jean-Michel in the (Re)Mix - Basquiat on Wikipedia

Friday, July 25, 2014

Empire at 50

From "The 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s groundbreaking film Empire will be marked by a month-long special exhibition at the very building that is the namesake and sole image of the epic work.

"Throughout July, Empire will be continuously shown in the lobby of New York City’s Empire State Building. The exhibition also features images of Warhol’s art and details of his life and filmmaking." Empire at 50 -

Socionics Subtype EII INFj-Ne

Type and Subtype Descriptions by V. Meged, A. Ovcharov

There are Socionics subtypes, friends! This article really helped me find the type that is closest to how I see myself, and how I believe I'm seen by others. I am an EII Ethical Intuitive Introvert (Dostoevsky) INFj-Ne Teacher, described as "a person of firm convictions - an idealist and a maximalist."

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Related link: PINK MANHATTAN Socionics Subtype LII INTj-Ne - 7/29/14

Intro to Socionics Theory

Critic: Intuitive Logical Introvert (ILI or INTP) - Uploaded by Mind the Minds on You Tube

I don't think this Socionics type is mine, even if one of the tests I took this week told me I could be, but I thought this video illustrated the way Socionics is interpreted well, helping me learn more about the system.

Visit to read about Socionics theory.

Thanks to these sources, I've pretty much narrowed my choice down to type EII INFj, with a possible Ne subtype (more about that in a separate post coming soon.)