What Kind of Person Are You? The Four Rubin Tendencies

Back by popular demand–the four Rubin Tendencies (I keep changing the name of this framework. Any suggestions or comments welcome. Do you like the Rubin Character Index Better?) It’s very important to know ourselves, but self-knowledge is challenging.  I’m like a Muggle Sorting Hat! I sort everyone…

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Do You Like Dividing the World Up Into Categories?

I love taxonomies, categories, ways of dividing people into groups. If you’re the same way, take these quizzes to find out what categories describe you: 1. Are you an under-buyer or an over-buyer? I’m an under-buyer. 2. Are you an abstainer or a moderator? I’m an abstainer,…

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Quiz: Are You a Finisher or an Opener?

I love dividing people into categories… Under-buyers and over-buyers. Eeyores and Tiggers. Abstainers and Moderators. Upholders, Questioners, Rebels, and Obligers. A thoughtful reader and fellow lover of taxonomies, Dianne Volek, suggested a  new system of categories. Let’s call the two types of people “Finishers and Openers.” Do…

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What Gives an Object “Life”?

In The Phenomenon of Life, vol. 1: The Nature of Order, Christopher Alexander asks, “Can we find any recurrent geometrical structural features whose presence in things correlates with their degree of life?” He identifies fifteen features that appear again and again in things which have “life”–whether that…

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