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Personal

I have always loved the water. I swam competitively until University, but there I decided waterpolo was more fun. But if the weather is good, I'd rather be diving.

I am a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and I have 11 specialty ratings:




Reading

I'm currently reading:


  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by TE Lawrence 'Lawrence of Arabia'
  • The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
  • The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry
  • You can find a selection of books that I have read and intend to read below. Click to expand the lists!

    + Books I have read

    • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
    • The Silent World by J Cousteau
    • This is going to hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kaye
    • Shadowplay: Behind the Lines and Under Fire, by Tim Marshall
    • Beyond Order, by Jordan Peterson
    • The World Atlas of Coffee, by James Hoffman
    • Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics, by Tim Marshall
    • Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics, by Richard Thaler
    • A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
    • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John Le Carre
    • A Cheesemonger's History of The British Isles by Ned Palmer
    • Stories of the law and how it's broken by The Secret Barrister
    • Climbs and Punishment by Douglas Murray
    • The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, by Bill Bryson
    • The Gulag Archipelago, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
    • 21 lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Harrari
    • Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson
    • Flashboys, by Michael Lewis
    • Social Engineering, by Chris Hadagny
    • How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
    • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Harari
    • A Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    • Homo Deus, by Yuval Harari
    • Why Things Break, by Jonathan Taplin
    • Freakonomics, by Dubner and Levitt
    • Superfreakonomics, Ibid
    • A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
    • The Bookseller of Kabul, by ├ůsne Seierstad
    • The Alchemist, by Paolo Coehlo
    • The Fifth Mountain, by Paolo Coehlo
    • The Machine, by EM Forster
    • Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, by Williams and Bizup
    • How to get a PhD, by Estelle Philipps
    • Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
    • It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong
    • Rough ride, by Paul Kimmage
    • Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941-44 by Anna Reid
    • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
    • Seventy Two Virgins, by Boris Johnson
    • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Housseini
    • Introduction to Type, by Isabel Briggs-Myers
    • A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel
    • Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
    • The Pilgrimage, by Paulo Coehlo
    • Veronica Decides to Die, by Paulo Coehlo
    • The World According to Clarkson, by Jeremy Clarkson
    • Total Recall, by Arnold Schwarzenneger
    • Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong

    + Books I intend to read

    • Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope and Tom Wright
    • The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World by Tim Marshall
    • The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Felix Lowe
    • Escape From the Ivory Tower, by Nancy Baron
    • How to Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo
    • How Bad Are Bananas, \ by Mike Berners-Lee
    • Algorithms to Live by, by Brian Christian
    • Unshakable: Your Guide to Financial Freedom, by Tony Robbins
    • Data and Goliath, by Bruce Schneier
    • Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
    • Irrational Exuberance, by Robert Shiller
    • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
    • The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman
    • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, by Harlan Ellison
    • Crimes Against Logic by Jamie Whyte
    • A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
    • Climbing Mount Improbable, by Richard Dawkins
    • Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
    • By his bootstraps, by Robert Heinline
    • Black Box Thinking, by Matthew Syed
    • Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinline
    • A Perfect Day for Bananafish, by J.D Salinger
    • Moneyball,
      and Liars poker,
      and The fifth risk, all by Michael Lewis



    Personality

    In 1921, the famous Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl G. Jung published Psychological Types.In the book he categorized people into primary types of psychological function.

    Isabel Briggs Myers developed this theory into a written survey, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, in 1962. It has since become the one of the most widely used tools for understanding differences in personality, and is taken more than two million times each year (officially).

    The instrument sorts a personality into one of sixteen types, based on adapted Jungian dichotomies. You can take a (free / unofficial) version of the test here and I urge you to do so: you will learn something about yourself you didn't know yesterday, and it might just help you at home or at work.

    The result will report your preference for each of the four pairs, and maybe a number which would indicate the strength of your preference:

    n.b. The dichotomies have specific meanings within their context i.e. it is not true that someone who has a judging type is judgmental, so care needs to be taken in considering an MBTI type, more information can be found here. or in the book Introduction to Type.

    My personality:

    INTP (Although I have only a slight preference for introversion).

    (Ti | NE | S | FE)

    They are "independent problem-solvers who excel at providing a detached, concise analysis of an idea or situation".
    "Their incisive evaluations and summaries can assist a group in getting to the core of complex problems."

    - you can find more in depth descriptions on 16 Personalities, Personality Junkies or Wikipedia.

    Summary of characteristics

    Only 3% on the population are INTP: they are

    Famous INTPs include Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Rene Descartes, Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal!

    Areas for growth

    If an INTP is not supported or appreciated they might