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Jolie Tunnell is an author, freelance writer and blogger with a background in administration and education. Raising a Variety Pack of kids with her husband, she serves up hard-won wisdom with humor, compassion and insight. Jolie is an ISTJ and lives in San Diego, California where she writes historical mysteries. Visit her at jolietunnell.com

13 Ways to Reset your Energy Levels this Spring

It’s time to wake up from your long winter’s nap! If you’ve been getting your dopamine from a screen and your vitamin D from a tablet, don’t panic.

Spring can be a gentle season of reawakening.

The natural cycle of winter into spring brings a shift in our minds and our bodies, but we aren’t always aware of it when we’ve been so busy distracting ourselves with holidays, New Year’s resolutions and a job that never fluctuates with the seasons. 

Should Your Child Take a Personality Test?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on January 26, 2023

Dear Parents – it will be okay. I know that all you want to do is do it right. Or maybe all you want to do is survive, to live long enough to usher your child into adulthood without completely losing your mind.

This whole family thing would be so much easier if we could understand why our child absolutely implodes if we have pineapple on our pizza. Why does he refuse to wear shoes? Why did she just declare she was dropping out of high school and joining the circus? Why won’t my kid share his day with me on the way home from soccer practice?

20 Signs You Have a Sensing Personality Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on January 12, 2023

Sensing or Intuition? Which one rings true for your personality? What is your default when taking in and processing new information or experiences? What style of learner are you? Do others detect a pattern in the way you comprehend what’s going on around you?

Do they nod knowingly and point out that “you’ve always been this way”?

Why it's Important to be in a Job that Changes you for the Better

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on January 06, 2023

You spend a huge amount of time and energy on your job. Finding one, learning one, keeping one, commuting to one.

So you shouldn’t settle for just any job, right?

At the very least, a job will teach you about yourself if you are paying attention. At its best, a job can boost you on your path to personal and professional growth, teaching you lessons that will last a lifetime – a stepping stone to your best life.

Five Insider Tips To Help ISTJs Deal With Conflict

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on November 24, 2022

All things being equal, ISTJ personalities would rather avoid conflict. We prefer jobs where we fly solo. We use calendars and communication for clarity. We follow the rules and eschew anything that could generate a surprise of any kind.                  

We don’t do variables; we do decisions. We actively plan to not have conflicts. So it’s disconcerting when a conflict lands in our path anyway, despite our best efforts to avoid it. 

Is Perfection Destroying Your Happiness?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 09, 2022

“Nobody’s perfect.” Osgood Fielding III from Some Like It Hot

“Practice makes perfect.” Benjamin Franklin

“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.” Wilt Chamberlain

Ah, the elusive concept of perfect. We’d all love to meet the perfect person for us. Live in a perfect world. Golf a perfect game.

What’s Santa’s Personality Type?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on October 06, 2022

Santa Claus is coming to town! If you were to hide behind the door and surprise this jolly old man into staying for a chat, what would you expect? Who is the man behind the myth?

Is he the mall Santa Claus? A rascal in it for the politics, publicity and a fast buck?

Is he the office Santa? Extraverted, the center of every party and into everyone’s business?

How to Talk to an Introvert So They Will Actually Listen to You

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on September 23, 2022

Is there an Introvert in your life? And do you need them to stick around and listen to you?

Introverts can be quite specific about how they approach people and conversation. If you’re an Introvert yourself, you already know this and your fellow Introverts hear you loud and clear.

But you Extraverts out there? Your natural communication style may not mesh so well with an Introvert’s style, and you’ll need to make some adjustments if you want your Introvert to tune in, engage, and stick around for the conversation. 

Here’s How Your DISC Personality Type Predicts Your Leadership Style

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on September 23, 2022

If you’re in charge when things hit the fan, how will you behave? 

And is there anything you can do to be better prepared for it?

Whether you’re in a leadership role yourself or your task is to nurture up-and-coming leaders, being able to answer these questions truthfully goes a long way toward ensuring your company’s success. And one of the best personality type assessments for leadership self-awareness is DISC – a quick and accurate measure of likely workplace performance.  


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