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Which personality type are you? New study reveals 4 core groupings

You may be familiar with Myers-Briggs’ 16 different personality types, but new research published this week in the journal Nature Human Behavior shows there are four distinct personality clusters most individuals around the globe adhere to best.

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Psychologists and engineers at Northwestern University in Illinois sought to “develop an alternative approach to the identification of personality types” from the existing methods, many of which have led to inconclusive results. 

Their research included 1.5 million participants around the globe who answered 44 to 300-question surveys over a span of several decades.

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Using participant responses and computer-generated algorithms, the researchers grouped together buckets of people with matching Big Five OCEAN traits: extroversion, neuroticism, openness, conscientiousness and agreeableness — traits first endorsed and then widely accepted by the scientific community in the 1990s.

Here’s how the scientists defined each trait:
  • Neuroticism: The tendency to frequently experience negative emotions such as anger, worry and sadness, as well as being interpersonally sensitive. 
  • Extraversion: The tendency to be talkative, sociable and enjoy others; the tendency to have a dominant style.
  • Openness: The tendency to appreciate new art, ideas, values, feelings and behaviors.
  • Agreeableness: The tendency to agree and go along with others, rather than assert one's own opinions and choices.
  • Conscientiousness: The tendency to be careful, on time for appointments, to follow rules and to be hard working.

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At first, the researchers noticed 16 personality clusters overall, but after additional constraints, they narrowed them down to four: average, reserved, role model and self-centered.

The results suggested an individual’s personality type could also shift as they aged. For example, older people tend to lose the neuroticism and gain conscientiousness and agreeableness.

Things to know about each personality type


  • High scores in neuroticism and extraversion
  • Low scores on openness
  • Most common personality type


  • Have some of the least socially desirable traits
  • Typically score low when it comes to openness and neuroticism
  • Only cluster with little dependence on age and gender
  • Typically extroverted, but agreeable

Role model

  • Tend to be among the most stable
  • Good leaders, dependable and open to new ideas
  • Have high scores in all traits but neuroticism 
  • Strongly overrepresented group: Age 40 and older
  • Slightly underrepresented group: Age 21 and younger


  • Have some of the least socially desirable traits
  • Typically score low when it comes to openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness
  • Score high in extraversion
  • Strongly overrepresented group: Young males
  • Underrepresented: Women age 15 and up

You can take this online quiz to contribute to the research.

Don’t feel like you fit into one single cluster? No big deal. All the researchers are suggesting is “you can group more people in these four clusters than you’d expect by chance,” study co-author William Revelle wrote in a university article.

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Study limitations

While the data is robust, researchers note their samples are not representative of the population. The research also doesn’t conclusively answer the minimum number of items needed to reliably assess personality types.

Still, the data, researchers said, showed there are certainly higher densities of certain personality types.

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“People have tried to classify personality types since Hippocrates’s time, but previous scientific literature has found that to be nonsense,” Revelle said. “The data came back, and they kept coming up with the same four clusters at higher densities than you'd expect by chance, and you can show by replication that this is statistically unlikely. The methodology is the main part of the paper's contribution to science.”

Researchers hope their findings can benefit mental health professionals, hiring managers or even folks looking for a partner in life.

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Nordstrom's taped-up, $530 'distressed' shoes sell out

Update 11:11 a.m. EDT Sept. 23:  They looked like trash, but they sold like gold.Nordstrom's "Golden Goose Superstar Taped Sneaker" has sold out, according to the department store's website. The shoes sold for $530 online and were manufactured to look worn out and scuffed with duct tape across the wearer's toes.

Original report: If you're looking to buy a pair of trashed sneakers with duct tape across the toe, Seattle-based Nordstrom has you covered. 

For $530, Nordstrom is selling the Superstar Taped Sneaker made by Golden Goose. 

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"Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole," a description for the shoe reads

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Not “distressed” enough for you? Nordstrom shoppers also can buy the Maison Margiela Fusion Sneaker for $1,645.

"With style pieced together from an array of options, this eye-catching Italian sneaker offers an edgy twist on a classic look,” the description reads.

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Customers with questions are asked to chat with Nordstrom representatives here or call 1-877-543-7463.

Click here for more information on shipping and returns. 

Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater

Hurricanes can leave behind tons of damage, including flooding. But did you know that treading through the wrong kind of water can cause illnesses or even death?

Floodwaters and standing water are often contaminated, posing several risks, such as infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries.

Here are six sicknesses you should beware of in the aftermath:

Diarrheal diseases

Drinking or eating anything that has come in contact with floodwaters can lead to cryptosporidiosis, E. coli or giardiasis. While cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis are brought on by parasites, E. coli is caused by bacteria.

Symptoms from each include diarrhea, gas, nausea and vomiting. Cryptosporidiosis, however, can even be fatal for those with weakened immune systems, such as AIDS or cancer. 

Wound infections

Open wounds and rashes that are exposed to floodwater can cause tetanus or Vibrio vulnificus. Tetanus is a bacterial infection, and it can enter the body through breaks in the skin like a cut.

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Vibrio vulnificus, another bacteria, can be contracted the same way. Many people become infected by consuming undercooked shellfish or exposing an injury to brackish or salt water.

Other illnesses 

People affected by flooded areas can also get trench foot. It occurs when your feet are wet for long periods of time. It can cause pain, swelling and numbness.

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You should also be aware of chemical hazards from materials that may have spilled into the water. And be cautious of electrical hazards, since there are puddles that may be electrified due to fallen power lines.

Curious about other diseases you can catch? Take a look at the full list at CDC’s official website

Home Town's Erin Napier Is Seeking Your Parenting Advice ASAP

Ben and Erin Napier are kicking off their Make Something Good Today book tour on October 1st, and while all the travel and logistics have been ironed out, there's one thing that hasn't: How are they going to keep their daughter Helen entertained on an airplane?

On September 19th, Erin Napier took to instagram to invite fans to chime in with advice for flying with a baby. "The world’s most busy-body baby is leaving on a jet plane in a few weeks for the book tour and I need your advice. How do you keep a 9 month old (who doesn’t like to be held and can crawl lightning fast and wants to walk but can’t quite yet so she pulls up and bounces and falls down) occupied on a flight?" she wrote, captioning a photo of sweet baby Helen. "She’s never looked at a phone or an iPad and I’m taking it as a personal challenge at this point to see how long we can last without them. So hit me, internet. How do we keep this baby happy if she doesn’t nap? GO!"

View this post on Instagram The world’s most busy-body baby is leaving on a jet plane in a few weeks for the book tour and I need your advice. How do you keep a 9 month old (who doesn’t like to be held and can crawl lightning fast and wants to walk but can’t quite yet so she pulls up and bounces and falls down) occupied on a flight? She’s never looked at a phone or an iPad and I’m taking it as a personal challenge at this point to see how long we can last without them. So hit me, internet. How do we keep this baby happy if she doesn’t nap? GO! A post shared by Erin Napier (@erinapier) on Sep 19, 2018 at 5:28pm PDT

So far, little Helen has accompanied the new parents on Waffle House outings and on the set while filming Home Town, but flying together will be a first for the family. Fans eagerly chimed in with advice ranging from, "My son is almost 2 and we still don’t keep him busy with screens either. Fill an old wallet with cards and things she can pull out of it. Bring a magnetic board and magnets. Homemade playdoh that’s okay if she gets in her mouth," from @chels.kelley to "Target dollar section has great little toys to introduce to her on a plane. If you can find those gummy toys to stick to the windows and the back of the seats (after you Clorox wipe them of course ;-)) kept my girl entertained," from @hughes_that_girl.

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Our two cents, Erin? Remind yourself of these seven reasons Southern babies have it best, and prepare to hum plenty of lullabies.

Men in Black spin-off set photos show off Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson

Here come the new Men in Black. Just to clarify, technically it’s one man in black, one woman in black. It’s Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, the stars of the upcoming spin-off film who revealed themselves in character through new set photos on the celebs’ social media.

Anyone keeping tabs with the paparazzi have likely already seen shots of this duo filming on location in London, but here are some approved selfies from the production.

Hemsworth and Thompson already have on-screen chemistry from their days in the Revengers (i.e. playing Thor and Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok). With Men in Black, the pair are under the helm of filmmaker F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious), who directs the spin-off from a script by Iron Man’s Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.

It seems safe to say they’re having a good time.

View this post on Instagram ?? #MIB @chrishemsworth A post shared by Tessa Thompson (@tessamaethompson) on Sep 20, 2018 at 2:11pm PDT Yeah, so I’m gonna need Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to be the leads of every movie going forward. Thanks in advance.— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) September 20, 2018

This Men in Black will pick up after the events of the first films, which saw Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones leading the franchise as Agents J and K, respectively. Liam Neeson will also appear in the spin-off as the head of the London bureau of MIB.

Men in Black is scheduled for theaters on June 14, 2019.

Alec Baldwin thinks he'll return to Saturday Night Live as Trump 'but not a whole lot'

This isn’t fake news: despite some reservations, it appears Alec Baldwin will return to Saturday Night Live, once again, for season 44 and he’ll be bringing his President Donald Trump impression with him. Though, the Trump “fatigue” isn’t lost on the actor.

Baldwin seemed to confirm the news on Friday’s edition of the Origins with James Andrew Miller podcast. “I have fun doing it, no doubt about that,” he said of his role. “I have fun being around [the SNL team]. I can’t say it’s a lot of fun trying to fabricate this kind of Trump that I thought of, but it is fun being around them. They are all old and dear friends of mine, and I love going there. When the show is good, there is nothing like it. But for me, I think I’m going to do some of it, but not a whole lot, not a whole lot.”

“I also think, and this is critical,” he added, “there is a lot of fatigue here.”

SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels, speaking on the same podcast, also remarked, “I think with Alec, I’ve known him and worked with him for so long that, needless to say, I trust him and the audience connects to him in that role… We don’t much talk about it in the off-season and then I think he was at the US Open last week and somebody asked him if he was doing Trump and he said yeah. And then his agent Matt DelPiano texted me and said, ‘I think he’s doing Trump,’ and I said okay. But he’s somebody you can always count on… I think he’ll be back.”

The real Trump most definitely doesn’t like Baldwin’s impression, having trashed the actor and SNL multiple times since the character debuted ahead of the 2016 election. But even Baldwin called playing the role “agony.”

Sexy Handmaid Tale Halloween costume removed from store

It’s a cliche at this point that anything can and will eventually be turned into a sexy version of itself for a Halloween costume.

But some Handmaid’s Tale fans are saying a costume based on the acclaimed yet sexual assault-filled Hulu drama is too much.

Behold, the Sexy Handmaiden (er, “Brave Red Maiden Costume”):

The item’s description reads: “An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say. However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume.”

One Twitter used it slammed it with “WHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYY” and “nothing like a sexy rape victim for Halloween fun,” while another wrote, “Our society doesn’t take the rape of real women seriously, why should they take the rape of fictional women seriously?”

Not to mention, the thing cost $64.95.

Yet many online defended the costume, either for being, well, kinda funny, or for coyly flipping the script, as the makers of the costume intended: “If you can’t see the irony in the costume…I don’t know what to tell you,” wrote one Twitter user. “Do you need to be reminded that when a woman is sexually assaulted that one of the first questions she’s asked is ‘What were you wearing?’ Back off that trigger, turbo.”

Either way, the site selling the costume, Yandy, has since removed the item, and released this statement:

“Yandy always has stood, and will continue to stand, at the forefront of encouraging our customers to ‘Own Your Sexy’. We support our customers being comfortable in their skin, regardless of who they are or what they choose to wear. Our corporate ideology is rooted in female empowerment, and gender empowerment overall. Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our ‘Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume’ is being seen as a symbol of women’s oppression, rather than an expression of women’s empowerment. This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level. Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image. Given the sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories we’ve received, we are removing the costume from our site.”

Orlando Melbourne International Airport reopens after security breach; man arrested

Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport has reopened after an early morning security breach Thursday morning, and a 22-year-old college student is now in police custody, authorities said.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 1:25 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Airport officials said the suspect was a 22-year-old part-time college student from Trinidad and Tobago who had a pilot’s license. Authorities had earlier said the suspect was 26.

The man parked his car outside the terminal and left it running, police said. He then ran through the grass and jumped the barbed-wired fence to gain access, officials said.

"This is a first for me. I fly out of here two to three times a year. This is an odd incident," traveler Lenny Rife said.

An airport employee saw the man enter the Airbus 321, and called airport police, who then called the Melbourne Police Department, MIA representative Lori Booker said.

The man was confronted by two airport maintenance workers inside the cockpit, but he managed to get away. The man was later tackled by the workers and held on the ground near the maintenance hangar until police arrived, officials said.

Florida Institute of Technology released this statement: “Florida Institute of Technology has monitored this morning’s incident at Orlando Melbourne International Airport. The university has confirmed that the suspect from Trinidad & Tobago is a part-time Florida Tech student studying aviation management who had completed some flight training in the past. It would be inappropriate for the university to release the suspect’s name, and law enforcement is continuing its investigation. University officials will collaborate with authorities to further review this matter. No additional information is available at this time.”

Update 7:59 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: Airport officials said a college student with a pilot’s license breached airport security and boarded a full-size passenger jet that was undergoing maintenance.

The student jumped the fence to gain access, officials said. An airport employee saw the man enter the Airbus 321, and called airport police, MIA representative Lori Booker said.

Airport police apprehended the man and called Melbourne police.

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"Melbourne Police Department responded within two minutes, " Booker said.

The student's car, which was parked outside the terminal, was towed after a robotic device searched it, Booker said. 

The FBI and the Terrorist Task Force also assisted in the investigation. 

The man, whose name has not been released, was born in Trinidad and entered the U.S. through Canada, Booker said. 

Booker also said the man had a Florida driver's license.

Update 7:08 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: The airport has reopened, Melbourne police tweeted just before 7 a.m. EDT Thursday. Travelers should check with their air carriers to see whether their flight was delayed, police said.

Original report: Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport is closed due to police activity, officials said Thursday morning.

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All flights have been suspended, officials said.

Police are asking people to avoid the area.

The airport will be closed until further notice, police said.

Melbourne officials said that a college student with a pilot’s license breached airport security and boarded a full-size passenger jet that was undergoing maintenance.

The student jumped the fence to gain access, officials said.

The student was apprehended by airport police.

The airport is being secured, and the student’s car that is parked outside the terminal is being investigated. 

The student’s name has not been released.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger says there will be a 'slowdown' in Star Wars movies

Han Solo’s immortal line “She’s fast enough for you, old man,” has now become: “Okay, maybe a little too fast.”

After the underperformance of Solo: A Star Wars Story last spring, which hit theaters just a few months after The Last Jedi, the CEO and chairman of The Walt Disney Co. says the media giant may have rushed Lucasfilm too much to create new films.

In a new interview with Matthew Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter, Bob Iger acknowledged they may have burned out fans with too much Star Wars.

Belloni brought up the issue of whether Disney and Lucasfilm should “pump the brakes and not put out a Star Wars movie each year.”

Iger responded by taking responsibility for pushing for so many new films after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. ” I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast,” Iger said. “You can expect some slowdown.”

He added “that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make films … But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing.”

The next Star Wars movie in the works is The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams’ is busy making Episode IX, which is currently shooting in the U.K. with plans to be in theaters in December 2019.

Iger said he and the Lucasfilm leadership are “just at the point where we’re going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s.”

Among the projects being developed were an Obi-Wan Kenobi film, a Boba Fett and the galactic bounty hunters movie, and sagas overseen by The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson and another by the Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Timing and details of those projects hasn’t been confirmed, and its still possible some may not actually happen, especially after the struggles of Solo led to a reevaluation of standalone films.

There’s also a Star Wars live-action series being shot for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which is a definite go, overseen by The Jungle Book and Iron Man filmmaker Jon Favreau. And Lucasfilm animation guru Dave Filoni is releasing the anime-inspired Star Wars: Resistance series on The Disney Channel on Oct. 7.

Nicki Minaj Tapped as Face of Cyber-Bullying Campaign Following Rumble with Cardi B

Despite her now-infamous fight with Cardi B at a New York Fashion Week party, Nicki Minaj has maintained a strong presence at various shows and events during the Fashion Month circuit But her latest style partnership has some divided.

The rapper was tapped by Italian label Diesel to front the brand’s new anti-bullying campaign — and fans were quick to point out the irony.

Minaj joins Gucci Mane, Bella Thorne,Tommy Dorfman and Yoo Ah-in as a brand ambassador for Diesel’s Fall/Winter 2018 “Hate Couture” collection, which features pieces emblazoned with hateful comments each of these stars have received on social media. (At the Milan event on Wednesday, Minaj wore a Diesel jacket from the line that read, “The Bad Guy.”)

As part of the limited edition collection’s fight against cyber-bullying, a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Only The Brave Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports anti-bullying programs.

However, Twitter quickly started calling out Diesel for including Minaj in the project knowing her history of vicious feuds with celebs like Cardi, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey and more. One person tweeted, “@NICKIMINAJ as an anti-bullying beacon??? Bringing issues to light HOW?? By showing ppl what NOT to do? Lmao this a whole joke.”

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“lmao! really @DIESEL? “nicki minaj” is one of the biggest bullies in the entertainment industry & has took part in tons of “cyber-bullying!” smh! ya’ll say she is receiving “hate?” actually it’s a backlash due to her actions! I call it “karma!” lol! smh! this is beyond pathetic!” another person wrote.

Diesel addressed social media’s reaction in a tweet saying, “We’re here to support anyone who’s getting hated on, and Nicki is one of them.”

lmao! really @DIESEL? "nicki minaj" is one of the biggest bullies in the entertainment industry & has took part in tons of "cyber-bullying!" smh! ya'll say she is receiving "hate?" actually it's a backlash due to her actions! I call it "karma!" lol! smh! this is beyond pathetic!— KillerBee! (@qkillerbeeb) September 20, 2018

But Minaj isn’t letting the backlash stop her from enjoying the rest of Fashion Month. Earlier on Thursday, the rapper dressed in head-to-toe Fendi-printed clothing (including a matching cropped puffer jacket, leggings and handbag) for Karl Lagerfeld‘s Spring/Summer 2019 show where supermodels Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber and Bella Hadid put the newest designs on display.

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Cardi’s kept a lower profile since the physical altercation with Minaj, just making her first public appearance backstage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where her husband Offset was due to perform with his hip-hop collective, Migos.

Minaj and Cardi’s massive fight went down at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 7.

“It all happened 20 seconds after Kelly Rowland left Nicki Minaj — she was in between them,” a party guest told PEOPLE, adding that Rowland, “said hi to both of them first” before leaving to go upstairs. (A rep for Rowland had no comment.) While the insider said it initially looked like Cardi and Minaj “might hug it out,” suddenly “it all went down.”

“Cardi walked towards Nicki and all of a sudden Cardi started screaming something about her child. She was yelling, ‘Bitch you feisty. Bitch don’t talk s— about my child’ at Nicki,” the source continued.

After the fight, Cardi was escorted out of the building by security and photographed walking barefoot with her dress torn and a large lump on her forehead. Though it remains unclear how she sustained the injury, an insider maintained that Minaj was not responsible for the knot.

“Nicki Minaj definitely did not hit Cardi. I didn’t see who hit her,” the source explained. “It was a big mob at one point. It could have been anybody. Definitely not Nicki Minaj.”

Shortly after leaving the bash, Cardi addressed the incident on Instagram in a scathing post, but did not mention Minaj by name.

“I’ve let a lot of s—! I let you sneak diss me, I let you lie on me, I let you attempt to stop my bags, f— up the way I eat! You’ve [threatened] other artists in the industry, told them if they work with me you’ll stop f—ing with them!!!” she penned.

“But when you mention my child, you choose to like comments about me as a mother, make comments about my abilities to take care of my daughter is when all bets are f—— off!!” Cardi said in reference to her 9-week-old daughter Kulture Kiari with husband Offset.

Three days after the incident, Minaj broke her silence about the altercation. “The other night I was part of something so mortifying and so humiliating to go through in front of a bunch upper echelon… people who have their life together,” she said during an episode of her Queen radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1.

Minaj added, “I was in a Gaultier gown — off the motherf—ing runway — and I could not believe how humiliated we all felt.”

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