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The thing I like best about the Enneagram is it’s unparalleled depth of motion and fluidity into the human psyche. I think that people hear ‘personality test’ and they instantly think, “You’re trying to box me in. I can’t be labelled.” And trust me, as the resident enigma, I feel you, and am here to tell you, the Enneagram does anything but. It goes as deep, and gets as complicated as you’re willing to take it. When all is said and done every person has a main type, which stays the same throughout your life and determines both of your wings (yes, you have two—so you can fly!), your stress type and your integration type, as well as your stacked instinctual variants, for a grand total of five types per person actively at work in the hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, etc. In addition to this there are nine levels of health to disintegration within each type, which are described in depth, and when you move within these levels in your main type, you move to the same level in all of your periphery types. This accounts for an insane amount of human diversity. With that said, I have never met a person who didn’t fit perfectly into their type, even if it took a little digging and truth seeking to figure out where exactly they were situated within their type at the moment.
Facebook is considering paying publishers for their content, so they can offer news on a separate, dedicated tab on Facebook. Given their history of exploiting news publishers' content at the expense of those publishers, there is good reason to be suspicious of this plan. However, before rejecting it out of hand, let's see what that might cost if Facebook actually wanted to do this without bankrupting publishers.
While Facebook isn't changing anything about its flagship social network, it's new efforts to increase user privacy are focused on integration and encryption of it's Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger services, says the L.A. Times Editorial Board, which hopes the step will inspire other internet companies to take steps to reduce data-mining of customers.