Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test designed to assist a person in identifying some significant personal preferences. I have heard about it from Myra (Thanks girl).

I decided to give it a try TWICE. Here are the results:

Your personality type is INFP.

Introverted (I) 57% Extraverted (E) 43%
Intuitive (N) 77% Sensing (S) 23%
Feeling (F) 80% Thinking (T) 20%
Perceiving (P) 73% Judging (J) 27%

And the Second time:

Your personality type is ENFP.

Extraverted (E) 50% Introverted (I) 50%
Intuitive (N) 64% Sensing (S) 36%
Feeling (F) 65% Thinking (T) 35%
Perceiving (P) 68% Judging (J) 32%

I don’t know why, but it happens that I made different choices while going through the same questions !! Weird hein? But I am a Gemini 🙂 I am allowed to change my mind 😉 … Anyway, according to this, I am either a healer or a champion ! Hahaha !

I Love Games

I don’t like it when some people talk about games as the ultimate waste of time. And here I mean card games, board game, starting from KonKan, Domino americani, monolopy, risk, tawla 3ada, ma7boussa, chinese checkers,,, you name it. I love these games. When I was young I used to play it with my family,,, I remember spending hours playing KonKan, tawla and domino with my grandfather and cousins, and I enjoyed it. Aslan it taught me many things,

  • domino amricani for examples made me love mathematics, for me multiplications were just a game,

  • Monopoly gave me an idea about doing business, and made me realize that this is not my field of interest

  • Tawla / Backgammon  (My favorite is 3ada, but I also play ma7boussa and I have just started learning wa7ed we talatin),  Risk and Stratego also taught me about strategy and risk taking… I don’t know why but I was never a chess fan.

  • Chinese checkers taught me how to plan ahead, and how to be flexible because others may discover your plan and ruin it, and I loved playing with “el belii”

  • Battle ship, we used to play it on a board and at other times with just using a pen and paper!

Even Nefertari used to play board games, we should be proud of our Egyptian heritage 🙂

Books on my wish list: Man’s Search for Meaning

As per Sugar suggestion, I put Man’s Search for Meaning  in my list. I have heard about this book before, but when I read that it talks about the author’s experience in a concentration camp, I was very reluctant to search for it. But now after reading a review, it seems to be ok.

Viktor Frankl’s 1946 book Man’s Search for Meaning chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding a reason to live. According to Frankl, the book intends to answer the question “How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner?” Part One constitutes Frankl’s analysis of his experiences in the concentration camps, while Part Two introduces his theory of logotherapy.

And here is a quote: “It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.”

But what is this logotherapy? It is a type of Existential Analysis that focuses on a “will to meaning” as opposed to the Nietzschian doctrine of “will to power” or Freud’s “will to pleasure, it’s main 7 principles are:

  • Exercise the freedom to choose your attitude (a freedom that can never be taken away)
  • Realize your will to meaning
  • Detect the meaning of life’s moments
  • Don’t work against yourself
  • Look at yourself from a distance
  • Shift your focus of attention
  • Extend beyond yourself
  • Mmmm, seems very interesting…

    Strawberry Fields Forever

    Yaaaah, it has been quite a while since I last wrote about a song’s lyrics, I have been digging in the books, that I almost forgot to mention what I am recently playing. Ok, these days I listen to some weird songs, masalan, ماتفتكروش يا بنات إن الجواز راحة by Hani Shenouda’s group, موال شفيقة و متولي by el haj Hefny, Cake’s Perhaps, Something stupid by Frank Sinatra and his daughter… But that’s not the point, the thing is I keep humming a totally different song, one that I didn’t hear for a long long time, it is the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever”. I love it soooo much. 😀 I heard that it is categorized under the genre psychedelic rock (music inspired by mind-altering experiences brought on by drugs), but it is so lovely. I also heard that Lennon in this song was just nostalgic about his boyhood home in Woolton. 

    “Near that home was Strawberry Fields, a house near a boys’ reformatory where I used to go to garden parties as a kid with my friends Nigel and Pete. We would go there and hang out and sell lemonade bottles for a penny. We always had fun at Strawberry Fields. So that’s where I got the name. But I used it as an image. Strawberry Fields forever.”

    Anyway, here are the lyrics:

    Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.
    Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
    Strawberry Fields forever.

    Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
    It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out.
    It doesn’t matter much to me.

    Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.
    Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
    Strawberry Fields forever.

    No one I think is in my tree, I mean it must be high or low.
    That is you can’t you know tune in but it’s all right.
    That is I think it’s not too bad.

    Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.
    Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
    Strawberry Fields forever.

    Always know sometimes think it’s me, but you know I know when it’s a dream.
    I think a “No” will mean a “Yes,” but it’s all wrong.
    That is I think I disagree.

    Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.
    Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
    Strawberry Fields forever.
    Strawberry Fields forever.
    Strawberry Fields forever. 

    Now, begad begad begad, what do u understand from this song????

    Books on my wish list: Samarkand

    I have heard about the tale of the friendship between Omar El Khaiam, Nizam El Mulk and El Sabbah (Castle of the assassins قلعة السفاحين) from the series of Fantasia by Dr. Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq. It really caught my attention, and then I heard from a friend that Amin Maalouf addressed this legend in one of his books, and as I fell in love with Maalouf’s “The Crusades through Arab Eyes“, I was eager to find that book too.

    Here is an Amazon’s review: The first half of the book introduces three world-historical Persians: Omar himself, a brilliant poet, mathematician, and astronomer; the vizier Nizam al-Mulk, a philosophical despot whose political theories anticipate Machiavelli; and the fanatical cult leader Hassan, who commands an invincible army of assassins from the mountain fortress of Alamut. In the second half, a wealthy collector miraculously recovers the lost manuscript and books passage home on the Titanic in celebration.

    Here are some quotes:

    “Travelers are in too great a rush these days, in a rush to arrive – whatever it takes. But you do not arrive only at your destination. At every step of the journey you arrive somewhere and with every step you can discover a hidden facet of our planet. All you have to do is look, wish, believe and love.”.

    Books on my wish list: Tuesdays With Morrie

    I have heard so much about this book, I really am curious about it. Is it that good? From a first glance it seems interesting, but I hope it is not like those preaching books…

    In the book, Mitch Albom is a successful sports writer and college graduate. One day Albom sees his college professor Morrie Schwartz on “Nightline” in a television interview with Ted Koppel, and learns of his terminal illness. In his student days at university, Albom had regarded Morrie as a friend and mentor, but had lost touch with him since his graduation. Realising that he has not long to live, Albom decides to fulfill his unkept promises to keep in touch with Morrie and travels from Detroit to Morrie’s town in West Newton, MA, every Tuesday till the day Morrie dies. In each of his meetings, Albom summed up his inspiring conversations with Morrie as simple lessons in life.

    “When you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

    “As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed as ignorant as you were at twenty-two, you’d always be twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”


    Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
    The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
    To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. Chinese Proverb
    It is not enough to aim; you must hit. Italian Proverb
    A smiling face is half the meal.  Latvian Proverb
    Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. Scandinavian Proverb

    Every now and then a person needs some wise words ….

    The Secret Key to Egyptian Astrology

    Remember the Denderah calendar? It is this special Egyptian calendar that has amazing colourful drawings of Astrology, it even has illustration of nowadays’ zodiacs (leo, cancer, pisces,,,). Tomorrow isa there will be a lecture at Serafis about it!!! 😀 (unfortuanetly I wasn’t able to attend part 1 due to a cold, so I hope I can make it to part 2, ya rab)…

    In the past, Astrology was the science investigating the soul of the Universe, a concept resulting from perceiving the Universe as a living being.
    > What is enclosed in the enigmatic message of the stars?
    > How did the Ancient Egyptians view it?
    > Why is modern astrology wrong?
    > What do the Keys of the Denderah Zodiac reveal to us?

    This session is the first of two presentations on Ancient Egyptian Astrology
    given by Dr. Juan Martin, MD, writer

    Part 1 – Monday 22nd January, 7:30 PM : Introduction to Astrology
    Part 2 – Monday 29th January, 7:30 PM : Egyptian Astrology

    Books on my wish list: The Pursuit of HappYness

    I saw this episode on Oprah when she hosted Will Smith to talk about his latest movie The Pursuit of Happyness , I was interested to see this one because Smith is bringing his own son to be his son in the movie, and the little kid is just so cute.

    What’s interesting is that Oprah hosted Chris Gardner himself, I liked the man’s presence and would really love to read his book. There are few people who have this charismatic presence, the type when you’d love staying for hours just conversing with him, Gardener was one of those people.

    I went through his website, and some phrases really attracted my attention:

    “Bettye Jean -his mother- convinced him that in spite of where he came from, he could attain whatever goals he set for himself by saying, “If you want to, one day you could make a million dollars.” Gardner believed this to be fact, and knew he would have to find a career he could be passionate about, and one that would allow him to “be world-class at something.”

    Sometimes I really need this type of real-life inspirational stories that really drives me to go for the extra mile. Do you think I would find it in the Book Fair? mmm nah I don’t think so,