Sunday, 19 January 2020

Micah Purvis - Diagnostic Report (IEI)

After a diagnostic interview, an analysis of Micah’s answers suggests the 8 IM Elements may best be assigned to the functions of Model A in the following order, making his best fit type the ‘Intuitive Ethical Integrator’ or ‘IEI’.

Leading Function - Telos (T1)
To Micah, “faith is something that everyone has, so it’s just a matter of what you’re gonna decide to have faith in”. With this view, Micah approaches the fields of film and literature with a near “spiritual” reverence. It is with this reverence that Micah requires a story to be “allowed… to speak through metaphor and imagery”, believing that to do otherwise and overly “preach” the message would not be having faith that it will be interpreted correctly. Micah sees the close identification with literature, and his eventual contribution to it, as his life’s calling. In addition to this pseudo-religious approach to a singular aim, Micah shows a natural affinity for analysing the meanings of themes, this being his chief area of confidence. This affinity for themes also manifests in how his interests draw his attention.  For instance, his enjoyment of the horror genre is less about feeling afraid and more about grappling with the “metaphysical idea of fear in a symbolic way made into reality”. Furthermore, he is clear that in his own writing, he is not so much focused on character, or the plot, but more on the underlying themes these superficial elements represent, with not all of his love poems being “actually love poems”, but representing something deeper. In these ways, we can see that Telos manifests as a prime, all-encompassing motivator for Micah and a place of natural confidence. One could say that Micah ‘lives and breathes’ thematic imagery and is a devotee to creating and furthering these themes in literature. For this reason, the best place for Telos is straightforwardly the Leading function. 

Creative Function - Emotions (E2)
Micah does not see himself as purely an analyst of themes, but also a “storyteller”, and throughout his interview, the desire to shore up the deeper meanings of events was interspersed with an emotive quality that could engage a reader. Micah remarks that in his own writing, there is often a “tragic” quality and he has written multiple poems that would be quite moving. In discussing his own interest in literature, above all other interests, Micah speaks of “passion” it instils in him that he does not feel for other fields, and how that feeling of enthusiasm is crucial for him to give the time to learn something, saying that “once you get [his] heart there, [his] mind is already almost there.” Although a teacher himself, Micah criticises schooling for taking the “exciting” elements out of fiction, such that pupils lose interest in what ought to be emotionally compelling. Furthermore, in mathematics, his least favourite subject, Micah recalls a begrudging respect he felt towards his maths teacher, who eagerly showed his own passion for the subject, which to Micah, may as well be “humanity” itself. With this desire for passion comes an expectation on others to show their emotions openly, with Micah becoming suspicious of his friendships with those who do not communicate a positive reaction to him. At the same time, Micah is able to adapt and shape his tone to the needs of his audience, being able to “work in jokes”  to his speeches to make them less boring and, despite naturally being highly critical of written poetry, being tactful and focusing on the positives when marking another person’s work, assuming the quality of the work did not reflect on his own ability. From this information, we can see that Emotions plays a strong and valued, but flexible and subordinate role to Telos, giving his sense of underlying, thematic meaning, a dramatic and emotional edge. This best fits the Creative function.

Role Function - Senses (S3)
Talking to Micah, he appears to possess a stable, calm demeanour, without the restlessness often seen with a type low in Senses. On a few occasions, Micah mentions how he can be lazy, disposed to “chilling and stuff”. He also shows a middling level of ability in day to day maintenance, and upon being asked about the tidiness of his room, said that “people are worse than me, but I’m not the best”. At college, he was capable at keeping his clothes “off the ground”, but never took much pride in this and never saw himself as a “very tidy person in general”. Furthermore, we can see that Micah, despite feeling lazy, finds the idea of a workaholic to be “very attractive”, which suggests that he is not comfortable with his lack of activity and would prefer a more unhealthy level of activity. Overall, this suggests that Senses is one of Micah’s weaker functions, but not the weakest, while also not being valued, more something Micah does to middling ability without appreciation. This is a good fit for the Role function.

Vulnerable Function - Pragmatism (P4)
In general, Micah says that he has “never really been exceptional… at anything” and does not feel confident in his ability to do things well. Despite this, and not wanting to be “viewed as dumb”, Micah has not evidenced much drive to increase his capabilities. During his college degree, Micah worried about his finances, realising that after graduating he would “have no idea [how] to make money”. Nonetheless, he continued with his chosen degree of English because he enjoyed it. Additionally, when trying to learn things, Micah soon realised that it was a pointless activity unless he was passionate about the thing he wished to learn. In these ways, we see that Micah’s priorities in decision-making are counter to what is practical or about self-improvement, with him much preferring to do what fires his passion, even if the stakes are high. Micah’s difficulty with efficient implementation extends to how he articulates himself, with Micah having a faltering, wordy way of communicating, with many uses of “like” to stall his delivery of sentences and the inappropriate use of qualifications like “almost” or “maybe”, such that the strength of his language, when taken literally, does not match what he actually meant. At times, Micah would pause and say “I’m not sure if I know how to explain”, acknowledging the trouble he has with putting his thoughts into words. In general, Micah avoided the use of objective fact when speaking, preferring to begin controversial sentences with “To me, it is…” and ground the truth of the statement in personal opinion, seemingly an area in which he feels more authority to speak from. What we can see from this is that Micah struggles to accumulate and work with factual information he is not passionate about and has a more universal trouble assessing how to do things well and whether he has done a good job, making it a very weak area. At the same time, he deprioritises attempts to overcome this difficulty, showing he does not value it. This range of qualities best fits the Vulnerable function.

Suggestive Function - Force (F5)
Micah expresses an interest and attraction to the wilful and dynamic, even workaholic “hero” of the stories he analyses. However, when asked about his ‘own story’, Micah said that he is “usually no[t]” the hero, reserving this for “people [he] admire[s]”. Additionally, he was quick to identify the physical activity of sports as one of the areas he is least confident in, and has recently felt “annoy[ed]” at his own lack of assertiveness while teaching at school, feeling unable to “get [the] respect” from his pupils to cause them to be quiet, something which he has seen other teachers achieve “automatically”. As well as lacking assertiveness and the dynamism to see himself as a ‘hero’, Micah shows a general difficulty moving from his thoughts to activity, sometimes due to laziness, or especially when having feelings of emotional distress, and “if [he doesn’t] have someone forcing [him] to do something… it’s really hard for [him] to do” something productive. What we can see from this is a pronounced lack of confidence and ability in Force, with Micah very much seeing himself as support for more engaging individuals. At the same time, it appears that Micah values this area, seeing things in terms of who is more ‘heroic’ and appreciating the forceful willpower that others can provide for him. For these reasons, Force best fits the Suggestive function for Micah.

Mobilising Function – Laws (L6)
Although struggling with the practicality of learning factual information and applying it well, Micah shows more confidence in his ability to “analyse themes” and seems to readily enjoy picking apart the underlying meaning from surface material in literature and film. Although struggling to articulate himself efficiently, Micah shows a refined sense of the distinctions between the ideas he is analysing and has formulated a clear sense of “how [he] see[s] the world” and reality. Analysis of literature is also something he takes seriously, with Micah being “harsh or critical” of the poetry he and others construct. Indeed, despite not feeling very intelligent, intelligence is a quality his friends readily identify in him, and although he will avoid games and puzzles that may make him look “dumb” in front of others, Micah will feel confident with certain other logical games like chess. What can be garnered from this is that Laws is another area of middling natural ability for Micah, but something which he has taken seriously and is able to use competently in his chosen field. This is a good fit for the Mobilising function.

Ignoring Function - Ideas (I7)
It is clear that Micah’s chief interest is in writing literature, and when asked what he would do if this were not an option, he would still like to be in a career that is in close proximity to this field, showing a passionate but singular devotion. While only able to learn that which fires up his passion, it is also clear that Micah maintains a focused, even narrow scope on what creates that passion, and does not seem to collect a broad range of different interests. Nevertheless, Micah does showcase an ability and confidence in analysing ambiguity and breadth of shifting perspectives, particularly when applied to literature, with him enjoying how perception of a story can shift depending on the viewpoint of each character in a story. What this suggests is that Ideas is a limited, even suppressed area for Micah, but which can be used powerfully in service of his Leading function. The Ignoring function best fits this description.

Demonstrative Function – Relations (R8)
A regularly occurring theme for Micah is his focus on close attachments to certain individuals, and this can be seen in his work, with him being “quite fond of… using couples” and love poems, but normally as “metaphors” for deeper themes. This can also be seen in who he identifies as heroes, being the individual people in his life that he “admire[s]”. When feeling inadequate, it is notable that Micah focuses more on his personal relationships and experiences strong feelings in this area. He may begin to “question” his friendship with someone if the other person reacts apathetically to him, causing him further anxiety. This can be quite intense for Micah, with him temporarily abandoning poetry due to the pain of a particular relationship, where he eventually wrote a poem for them. What we can see from this is a consistent, dominant theme for Micah that runs alongside his Leading and Creative functions. The strong focus in this area indicates that it is a strong function. However, it does not appear to be valued, but rather something Micah returns to when feeling inadequate. Furthermore, when given the choice between focusing on personal character for its own sake and broader themes, Micah will choose the latter. For these reasons, we can see Relations as being very strong and prevalent for Micah, but unvalued and not used for its own sake, while seen more when he is lower in confidence. This best fits the Demonstrative function.

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Alex Jones (SEE): Personality Type Analysis

Alexander Emric Jones (born 11 February 1974) is the owner of the Infowars platform and host of The Alex Jones Show which reports current events and provides news commentary with a conspiratorial bent. Alex states that he was introduced to the "New World Order" conspiracy as a youth, hearing adult relatives and friends of the family mentioning it and related topics, though he claims he initially dismissed much of what he heard at the time. He began his own forays into the subject after reading the book None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen, and subsequently began consuming large amounts of history books and literature pertaining to global conspiracies.

Now widely known for his own promulgation of conspiracy theories, and a bombastic, over-the-top style of presentation, Jones began his broadcast career in Austin, TX during the mid 1990s. Alex’s first show was a live, call-in format public-access cable program on topics that were relatively tame compared to what he began covering in later years. In fact, during a 2014 interview he stated:

“My first five years on air, I was like a Ron Paul, let’s-audit-the-fed, let’s-lower-taxes, mainline, Libertarian-Republican, and then my listeners educated me. And then I’d laugh at ’em—there’s no black helicopters; fluoride isn’t bad for you; my dad’s a dentist; GMO’s good for ya—that’s a bunch of leftists that don’t wanna feed the world—until I got educated. And the last fifteen years has been just over the top.”

Since then, he's gained notoriety via his publicly stated views on all manner of controversial subjects like the Oklahoma City bombing, the 911 attacks, and his famously memed rant about atrazine runoff “turning the frogs gay". He's also published multiple books and numerous documentaries on the NWO, false flag operations, & other conspiracy topics.

Alex Jones spent most of his early years growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, and later played football as a lineman at Anderson High School in Austin, where he graduated in 1993. Jones has often described himself as being a “hellion” during his teenage years, constantly getting into violent brawls -- typically against larger and/or more numerous opponents -- and engaging in promiscuous behavior with older females. Unsurprisingly, this often resulted in him getting his “a** beat” (though he proudly states that he'd managed to hospitalize his attackers on multiple occasions), and numerous unwanted pregnancies that he pressured the mothers to terminate (something that he says he now regrets). For a period of time after high school, Jones got heavily into weight lifting & bodybuilding. 

His pugnacious tendencies are still apparent in his physically overbearing, in-your-face manner when publicly confronting opponents -- a prime example of which can be seen in Jones’s gun debate with Piers Morgan. Even the title of his news organization “Infowars” illustrates his combative mindset, which only heightened as his operation came under intensifying legal and financial attack following the 2016 presidential race when he began his outspoken support for Donald Trump (SLE). In his own words, he describes his operation as “the tip of the spear” in a global information war, and implores his viewers/listeners to actively participate in “the animating contest of liberty”. Given Alex's overwhelmingly prominent emphasis on Force, it's readily apparent that he not only values it, but it's his base element (F1).

Another of Alex’s noteworthy traits is his consistently informal manner, interacting with and relating to others in direct, personal terms -- often greeting show guests as “brother”, explicitly relying on “gut” feelings when making judgments, criticizing public opponents based on perceived character deficiencies, or identifying with members of his crew as friends rather than mere professional colleagues (R). For instance, when David Knight (one of the news anchors on the Infowars platform) suffered a heart attack, Alex kept his viewers up-to-date on Knight's condition and how his family was faring -- being as how he often visited their home. Despite David Knight's segment being very popular with Infowars viewers, and his eagerness to return to work soon after leaving hospital, Jones stated that he threatened to fire Knight if he didn't take the time off recommended by his doctor. Jones recounted a prior experience he had of losing a close relative who insisted on resuming an active work life shortly after suffering a heart attack, and expressed fear of losing Knight in the same way.

Another example of Alex Jones's forceful usage of R can be seen in his recent public feud with Joe Rogan (SEE). Jones’s multi-decade friendship with Joe became strained after Rogan began publicly distancing himself from Alex's stances on certain subjects, and chose not to re-invite him onto the JRE podcast following pressure from major platforms to disassociate with Jones. Jones took Rogan's repeating of “Soros talking points” and failure to speak in his defense while he was subject to mass deplatforming as a personal -- rather than ideological -- betrayal. In response, Alex decried Joe Rogan as a “coward”, “backstabber”, and “sellout” in 'call out' videos attacking his character. After making some initial attempts to mend relations between himself and Rogan in the early months of their conflict, it seemed Jones then decided to cut his losses in typical Gamma fashion, disassociating himself from someone who he perceived as being untrustworthy. Since then, it appears the two have finally managed to mend fences, with Rogan re-inviting Alex onto his podcast. Over the years, Jones has repeatedly shown a propensity to go on vengeful, personal tirades against those whom he feels have betrayed, or otherwise slighted him in some way.

While it's been suggested by some that Alex Jones's meme status tirades are purely insincere affectations, there's a good deal of evidence to the contrary. Those who know AJ personally -- including his ex-wife -- attest to the fact that he has a tendency to be just as intense in his day-to-day interactions. Jones has stated on numerous occasions that when he goes off the rails, he's simply disinhibiting himself and acting out what he actually feels; based on the consistency of his manner over the years, both on and off air, it seems he's speaking truthfully on this. Based on the accounts of those close to him and his behavior when off the set of his show, it would appear that AJ is consumed with the subject matter he talks about on air -- even in his personal life. By every indication, he sincerely believes what he's been putting forward on his platform.

Despite his strong emotional expressivity, Jones is unapologetically uncouth, undisciplined, and intellectually unrefined in how he articulates himself -- nor does it appear that he particularly cares to change this. His harsh, confrontational style of communication can clearly be seen in the way he confronted politicians like Marco Rubio, and other prominent public figures, during Congressional hearings. At one point, while amongst other members of the press, AJ chased Silicon Valley CEO Sundar Pichai down the halls of Congress and into the hearing, shouting “Google is Evil” all the while. He became so disruptive that a police officer eventually threatened him with arrest if he didn't control himself. Alex's general lack of social decorum, and apparent indifference to such things, shows that E is unvalued for him. This, along with the other bombastic rants he's known for, further indicates a very strong -- likely demonstrative -- usage of E in the service of expressing R attitudes.

Jones voraciously consumes news media on a daily basis like an alcoholic taking drink, but shows little-to-no interest in integrating all that data into a coherent, theoretical framework. This lack of logical structure, combined with his aforementioned unrefined, over-the-top style of communication is very off-putting to many, and makes it easier for those who dislike his dire reporting to dismiss him as raving kook -- even when he has solid data to substantiate his claims. While Alex is best known for his conspiracy show, the Infowars operation is funded primarily through his sales of nutraceutical products and survival paraphernalia -- an enterprise that he runs with the same reckless gusto that he exhibits in his news program & on-the-ground reporting. Among the business tactics he uses is selling popular items at loss-leader prices to severely undercut competitors and aggressively take market shares (though Alex often shoots himself in the foot by getting so caught up in the day's news topics that he often forgets to plug his own products). What's more, Jones has a habit of over-sharing mundane -- sometimes very personal -- factual details, even when it's not particularly appropriate or paints himself/others in an unflattering light. Given the way he enthusiastically approaches fact data -- in his voracious consumption, impromptu business uses, and somewhat messy expression of it -- along with his conspicuously weak & unvalued L, it would be reasonable to conclude that Alex Jones is a P6. Naturally, this entails a "vulnerable" L4.

In addition to his insatiable interest in researching current events, Jones is also obsessed with historical knowledge, frequently going on unprompted rants about the species’ ancestral struggle to survive into present day and the future prospects of humanity. He particularly prides himself on predicting contemporary geopolitical developments in his reporting of documentation years before. Jones has even gone so far as to make “Tomorrow's news today” an official Infowars tagline. He's also shown a great interest in having trends forecasters like Gerald Celente on his show as recurring guests. Despite this, throughout his life Alex has often made impulsive, short-sighted decisions that've gotten him into unnecessary trouble. Taking this into account, it appears that Jones probably has T as his “suggestive” function, given that he values it so highly yet shows great difficulty applying it in aspects of his day-to-day life.

While I can't think of any public examples demonstrating the functional strength/weakness of S for Alex Jones (aside from his apparent taste for rich foods contributing to his precipitous weight gains in the past) it's clearly not a value to him, since he's so consumed with his work that even when he takes a rare vacation, he still calls into his show to host segments in absentia. So, with an overwhelmingly prominent F1, visible creative uses of R even in professional settings, hyperbolic levels of often disruptive E8 demonstrations, a near contemptuous disregard for an obviously weak L, enthusiastic yet haphazard uses of a likely “mobilizingP, an oft neglected -- likely “ignoring” -- S, and a high personal demand for T information sources all point to Alexander Emric Jones being an SEE.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Tony Robbins (SEE): Personality Type Analysis

Tony Robbins, born Anthony Robbins, is an American Philanthropist, Businessman, Motivational Speaker, and Life Coach, that claims that he has never lost anyone during his entire professional career.

Tony, in his own words, had a fairly abusive home-life and was quickly on his own at 17 years old. Although he left on his own accord, he still provided for his family working as a handyman until he began his professional career under the tutelage of Personal Development Guru, Jim Rohn. Rohn taught him about happiness and success further propelling Tony’s desire to help others do the same.

The most obvious and present theme in Tony’s life from then to now is about breaking personal barriers with a strong emphasis on “pushing through obstacles.” Not only is this his prime message, but it’s also how he naturally displays himself on stage, in his seminars, and even during intermissions. It is as if this theme is ever present in his life. The following quotes further exhibit this attitude toward the world:

  • “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” 
  • “If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”
  • “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
  • “Knowing is not enough! You must take action!”

By these few examples it is very clear that Tony values getting things done through determined physical action - even over one’s own knowledge. It is important to note that most of his methods assume that this amount of willpower is inside of everyone - almost as if he isn’t aware that not everyone can muster this type of energy into whatever it is they want to do. Tony’s singular action focused attitude strongly suggests that Tony best fits in an F valuing World-Rejecting quadra over a S, World Accepting quadra. With these examples, it would be safe to assume that he’s an F-Ego type in the World-Rejecting Quadras (SEE, SLE, LSI, ESI).

Unlike his natural ability to take massive action, he spends a lot of time teaching others how to find their vision and direction - which he positions as central to finding “fulfilment” in life. However, he demonstrates a lack of flexibility to instruct others on specifically how to do this as it pertains to their situation, preferring to teach others to do this in the same manner he did, which was surrounding himself with people who provided him with this meaning behind such determined action. This possibly indicates Super-Id for this particular piece of information. He stated that the best place to get your vision or purpose is from your role-model, as if one cannot produce this on their own and must rely on others to acquire such purpose or vision. This inflexible, lackluster curriculum of “just hand it off” supports possible experiential information metabolism (1D) of T. All of this suggests T being in the Super-Id Block, and 1-Dimensional, therefore T5.

When given a strong vision you can create change, but according to Tony, change is short lived without strong, meaningful relationships. He has spent an incredible amount of time navigating the connection between couples and helping them ignite the same early-relationship passion in their later years. He rests most of his advanced content around the bonds between oneself and other people and he stresses the importance of nourishing such bonds. This strongly supports that he values R. Furthermore, the following quote may reveal more about Tony’s type:

“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.”

Tony stresses that the ability to keep working on your relationships and yourself is a means to gaining personal power. He strongly believes that all the answers to life lie within one’s own strength. In other words, getting better at being you makes everything else come together. This points in the direction of beliefs that are about the power of the individual. Such beliefs most strongly represent Gamma-Quadra values versus a more collective rallying, world-changing Beta-Quadra set of values. 

He is easily able to read the emotional states of others and affect them long enough to get them to listen to him. He uses vast amounts of high-energy emotions on a wide spectrum to infuse a crowd with excitement, passion, and enthusiasm -- and seems to never fail at doing this. This may indicate high dimensionality for E. However, he shows no real need to teach people how to generate excitement, nor does he place any stress or importance on influencing any collective assembly at all. For him, it is best depicted as something he is good at and takes for granted. He easily brushes his strength in this area aside and places emphasis on developing a sense of personal power - and becoming the “Giant Within". In fact, he has admitted that he goes into client sessions as a “Trojan Horse", allowing them think he’s going to give them what they want, but he instead gives them “what they need to grow". That supports his value of R+F over E. That being said, his ability to control the mood of a crowd effortlessly, appears to be 4-Dimensional, subdued E (E8). 

Knowledge is not enough for him, he clearly wants to see evidence that you actually know what you’re talking about through empirical proof (P). Simply to know is not enough! Knowledge is not beyond it’s application; this indicates subdued L, as he isn’t keen on using these ideas to navigate and crush opposition, but simply to disregard them until they’ve proven proper utility and real-world application. This attitude toward theoretical knowledge would also explain that his method for coaching, which is a mixed combination of “practical things” he’s learned over the years. In his book Mastering the Money Game he sought the advice from not just one Billionaire, but many! He used multiple sources of information attempting to get at the underlying idea of what actually works in the financial world. They taught him how to acquire financial success in the stock market and how to prevent personal financial downturns when the market changes. Interestingly enough, instead of spending an incredible amount of time tweaking this advice and/or formulating a system of his own, he simply defers his authority to these experts with some spin of his own. This further suggests P being in the Super-Id block, but valued. More importantly, although using the advice of people he sees as experts, he attempts at mastering this “by his own will” by projecting his own independent authority on it. In other words, he simply doesn’t hand it off like he does with T information, but would rather take a shot at it himself. This suggests P6.

As a life coach, he is still not able to get nationally recognized with his current coaching model. It is not because of his lack of performance or results, but his natural resistance of any standardized coaching model, as every case is situational. His alternative to these international coaching standards is called “Strategic Intervention” which is not based on anything directly, but rather years of combining techniques to see what has worked in real life. Strategic Intervention is a model that is based on keen observation and flexible adapting rather than a strict structure, allowing the coach to be much more supple in his approach. Especially when compared to more rigid personal coaching models. He has said that his system delivers more results for less effort, indicating a preference for results-oriented efficiency (P). However, he had challenges putting this in a packaged system that was easy to sell without the help of Cloe Madanes, who had experience in developing therapy models. His consistent rebuking of “rigid” models and challenges packing his system suggests L4. 

He has admitted that he does not go into coaching sessions with a series of canned techniques, but he delivers specifically what that case requires. When dealing with an uncertainty, he will begin to explore possible hidden motivations behind behaviors. Once these hidden motivations are identified, his exploration ends and his practical, face the problem head-on approach begins. This is standard behavior of what you’d expect with someone who has Extraverted Irrationality in the Leading and Role functions, more specifically the off/on relationships that is demonstrated with F and I. Tony shows the ability to read body language and the emotions with the metabolism of I and E elements. However, once he’s assessed the situation, he quickly resumes control of the coaching session. This outlines his rather short, quick usage of I, then returning to F.  All of this supports I3.

Lastly, his recent Netflix Documentary labeled “I Am Not Your Guru” is a way for him to free himself of hierarchy, even his own status above others. This theme of independence saturates Tony’s entire disposition. In other words, he is simply empowering others to lead their own lives, not having some “leader” that people can follow. 

Concluding with F1, R2, I3, L4, T5, P6, and E8, a strong preference of Gamma quadra values, and his F+R approach of teaching others how to be free, living through action and devoted relationships, I strongly support his TIM being nothing other than SEE

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