Monday, February 8, 2010

Book -"European Stereotypes" by Tony Connelly

Quotations from the book:

"The book is a highly-informed, though conversational discourse on how we view different cultures and how these views were formed." - Tony Connelly

"Stereotypes,Lippman suggested, are pictures in our heads that allow us to manage this new environment - 'the great blooming, buzzing confusion of the outer world' - and simplify it. The problem is that it encourages swift judgment of those with whom we share the world,leading to conflict and tension. 'For the most part we do not first see,and define; we define and then see.'" (p.7)

"According to Marco Cinnerella, of the University of London, stereotypes can lie dormant,springing to the surface when people - even thosewho fancy themselves as tolerant and well traveled - are mentally stretched by stress, tiredness or doing too many things atthe same time. How many time we have blurted out "Bloody french!" when under stress, even thought we think of our selves as rather fond of the French?
Stereotyping may not just be something we learn from the media or Carry On films. In 1983, a study showed that the brain stores information in discrete mental structure called nodes. Each node corresponds to a single concept - a name, place, a personality trait. The nodes are interlinked,and these links map out meaningful associations between the concepts. The linkages in turn biuld a mental image (e.g. French = arrogant). The stronger the link,the stronger the mental image. ....
How quickly do we categorise people? According to Don Operario and Susan T. Fiske in the Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology, perceivers categorise people immediately - within milliseconds of the first encounter. "(p. 8)

"The rise in literacy and the boom in political cartooning and pamphleteer(
pamphlet-booklet) elevated stereotyping to a serious artform. National caricatures could be easily shaped and solidified by a single powerful cartoon image (for the Irish, it was often-times an ape)." (p.13)

"And what about the Irish today?
It has become a cliche to say that we have punched above our weight in EU affairs. Our ability to mix business and humour to a disarming degree, our small-nation status and the fact that we've objectives. We love farmers, .....We're generally perceived as likeable, articulate negotiators."(p.15)

"What of Irish stereotypes beyond Brussels? The sharp end has been in oir relationship with Britain. Concocting the image of the wild, uncivilized Irishman. ... John Bull embodied the virtues of the rational,hardworking, individualistic, law-abiding Englishman, while Paddy was his polar opposite, unruly, drunken, brawling, superstitious and lazy"(p.16)

"....We were(are) redheads, Ireland was green, we had poets and playwrights, we were Catholic, ate potatoes, fought the English.... We drank Guinness, got drunk, had the Dubliners, u2, Sinead O'Connor. We were generally sociable, especially when drink was involved."(p.17)

"Is there still room in the 21st century for stereotypes?... globalization have begun to erode local cliches. Urban teenagers largely look the same across the planet:same clothes and gadgets, music and films, facebook and myspace "(p.22)

Project Schedule & Criteria

Project Timeline

Phase 1
  • 1 Feb 10 - Identify and describe cultural influences that have contributed to the development of Irish Stereotype(+).
  • 8 Feb 10 - Identify and describe cultural influences that have contributed to the development of Irish Stereotype(+).
  • 15 Feb 10 - Identify and describe cultural influences that have contributed to the development of Irish Stereotype(+).
  • 22 Feb 10 - Write a summary report describing Irish Stereotype.
Phase 2

  • 1 Mar 10 - Research for suitable interactive prototype to be built.
  • 8 Mar 10 - Research for suitable interactive prototype to be built.
  • 15 Mar 10 - Model paper prototype.
  • 22 Mar 10 - Build paper prototype.
  • 29 Mar 10 - Build paper prototype.

Project Criteria

KPI(Key performance indicators): Compare non-nationals and international view of Irish to ethnic view.

Project goal: Collect data from non-nationals and internationals.

Project success criteria:

  • Produce a statement establishing a contemporary view of the Irish.
  • Build an interactive multimedia art installation for public spaces that will portray
    international view of Irish.
  • Keep a digital diary of the process of the project.
  • Write a project report on future directions; review the process of the project.
  • Complete project by 1 July 2010.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Personality test

Jung Typology Test™

My Personality test by Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs

Extraverted 11%
Sensing 50%
Feeling 50%
Perceiving 33%

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

You are:
  • slightly expressed extravert
  • moderately expressed sensing personality
  • moderately expressed feeling personality
  • moderately expressed perceiving personality
Test 2
Color Career Consular

Best Occupational Category

You're a CREATOR


Nonconforming, Impulsive, Expressive, Romantic, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Emotional

These original types place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. They enjoy working independently, being creative, using their imagination, and constantly learning something new. Fields of interest are art, drama, music, and writing or places where they can express, assemble, or implement creative ideas.

Suggested careers are Advertising Executive, Architect, Web Designer, Creative Director, Public Relations, Fine or Commercial Artist, Interior Decorator, Lawyer, Librarian, Musician, Reporter, Art Teacher, Broadcaster, Technical Writer, English Teacher, Architect, Photographer, Medical Illustrator, Corporate Trainer, Author, Editor, Landscape Architect, Exhibit Builder, and Package Designer.

Consider workplaces where you can create and improve beauty and aesthetic qualities. Unstructured, flexible organizations that allow self-expression work best with your free-spirited nature.

Suggested Creator workplaces are advertising, public relations, and interior decorating firms; artistic studios, theaters and concert halls; institutions that teach crafts, universities, music, and dance schools. Other workplaces to consider are art institutes, museums, libraries, and galleries.

2nd Best Occupational Category



Self-Control, Practical, Self-Contained, Orderly, Systematic, Precise, and Accurate

These conservative appearing, plotting-types enjoy organizing, data systems, accounting, detail, and accuracy. They often enjoy mathematics and data management activities such as accounting and investment management. Persistence and patience allows them to do detailed paperwork, operate office machines, write business reports, and make charts and graphs.

  • Section I: You and Your Team
    This personality overview section highlights your natural workplace talents—the tasks you pursue with passion. You'll learn how your natural strengths complement those of your coworkers and how, joining forces, you can resolve on-the-job dilemmas.
  • Section II: Your Key To Success
    Here you discover your capacity for dispelling disruption and maximizing profitability. Use this proven, beyond-self-perception advice to create a more positive career path free of detours.
  • Section III: Managing Strengths and Weaknesses
    Your evaluation's highest and lowest scores result in this section's recommendations for staying on-track in your career and reversing wrong turns. In focusing on your talents and missteps, you'll re-stoke your energy and enthusiasm for managing costly mistakes.
  • Section IV: Leadership Power Moves
    This final section identifies your "street sense," those power moves that turn obstacles into insignificant details. Here suggestions based on your color-ranked evaluations will guide you towards making the most of an interview or harnessing your fast-paced workday.