Why IQ tests of the past lacked smarts.

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The following is a guest post by Mary Pranzatelli about the matter of how the standard IQ tests those of us of a certain age had to endure as children only tested for one aspect of intelligence, when there are actually 6. This was damaging because kids who scored low on the standard (Iowa) IQ test in those days were often assumed to be “slow” (and sometimes put in special ed classes) when they may have actually been very bright–in aspects those tests didn’t measure. This is what happens when an IQ test for children is developed through the limited and damaging lens of cerebral narcissism.

Fortunately things are improving today. Psychologists are recognizing there are at least 6 different types of intelligence.

Mr. Smarty Pants and the Dumb IQ Test
Guest Post by Mary Pranzatelli

Does anyone remember those placement tests we took way back in the day? Those lengthy evaluations timed to measure our intellectual level in the 60s and 70s. They called them the Iowa tests. They were used to evaluate, place and devalue students in categories to tell them who they were and what they could be.

Did you ever wonder who created these nerve racking, sweat inducing tests that gave you nausea in the pit in your stomach? His name was Everett Franklin Lindquist. He was a Professor from Iowa, who created these standardized tests known as the ACT He started administering them in 1959.

I don’t know about you, but when I was a little girl I wanted to play on the swing outside and when I was a teenager I wanted to hang out with my friends, be creative and write poetry and stuff. I found these standardized tests completely boring, disturbing and even insulting. I’d start reading the first few questions and I my mind would become completely overwhelmed. I thought, “Oh..No…No…No! Its none of your business!” How dare them hand me a paper, pencil and a multiple choice test that will evaluate me and place my entire life into a category. Some placement analogy that was based on a multiple choice test made up by this Smarty Pants; A Professor from Iowa. A cerebral Narcissist that thought he was more superior then everyone else because he had a high IQ.

I’m sure I’m not the only student who became frustrated with all those little machine ready printed dots that intimidated us as they stared us in the face. A hundred or more multiple choice questions that would determine one’s future in attempt to brainwash us to believe we were either stupid or smart based on Professor Lindquist’s analogy of who we are. I use to think the man who made up the Iowa test was really a brilliant man. I thought he was a real genuine Smarty pants. I was brainwashed. I believed smarty pants was smarter then me. And this asshole had us all by the seat of our pants because he was in control of our academic direction, future and career path. This cerebral Narcissist screwed up a whole lot of people.

A portrait of ACT CoFounder E.F. Lindquist.

A portrait of ACT CoFounder E.F. Lindquist.

They ran those answers through the Iowa test machine and let us know what our IQ scores were. The measurements that actually brainwashed most of us and our thinking. He squashed our abilities to explore ourselves and enjoy our dreams our wants and what we loved to do. Mr. Smarty Pants never had the insight to know us better then we knew ourselves. No standardized machine driven test has the ability to determine who we are.

So who are we? Aren’t we all humans. And humans are love, and feelings. We have 7 major components. We think, feel (emotions, love, pain and empathy). We taste, smell, touch, see and we have instincts. So what would a Modern Hierarchy of intelligence look like? A realistic Hierarchy.

*The Modern Hierarchy of thinking

1. Remembering

2. Understanding,

3. Applying

4. Analyzing

5. Evaluating

6. Creating

IQ only measures number 1, which is the lowest order of thinking.

Unfortunately, Smarty Pants and the rest of all the know it all’s have difficulty moving on. Many of these, I am so smart assholes, never move on because they believe that they are superior and they are stuck on number 1. In many ways it is societies fault for telling them that they are so smart.

Creating, which is number 6 is the highest form of thinking. That includes music and art. So don’t let anybody tell you that you are not smart when your heart and mind is advanced in all the categories.

A final note to the late Mr. Smarty Pants who developed the Iowa test….

I’m sorry your thinking was so overwhelming, and that you lacked the ability to feel for all the children you hurt. I’m also sorry for all the children who ended up suffering from hardships and low self esteem due to your silly standardized test.

Professor Everett Franklin Lindquist, May Your Soul Rest in Peace…

88 thoughts on “Why IQ tests of the past lacked smarts.

    • You are right about that, Gale. That’s why my kids went to an alternative charter school during middle school (unfortunately there was no alternative high school but my son did attend an adjunct part of the high school that specialized in technology).

      I think it’s also a reason why some parents homeschool their kids. Some do it for religious reasons, but I have a friend who homeschooled her daughter because she felt the regular schools wouldn’t develop her creative mind as well as if she taught her herself, exposed her to unusual experiences and adventures, etc. Of course it takes money to be able to do that — not to mention patience and the ability to teach. My friend used to work as a school teacher, so homeschooling her daughter was right up her alley. I couldn’t have done it. I didn’t have the patience, time, money, or motivation.

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      • Unfortunately schools are just a machine that gives test to the median student body. The bright kids and the ones that learn slower are cheated by the system. No wonder our education system lags behind even though we keep pumping money into it.

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        • I like to think I had something to do with it. He prefers me as a parent and always has, even though his father attempted to get him to turn against me too. I guess he was kind of a momma’s boy when he was younger but now has a active life of his own with his own friends and I live 700 miles away (that might change soon!) anyway. Thank you for saying that. He has a lot of talents.

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  1. We (of a certain age) remember these tests with extreme anxiety. They not only hurt people they misjudged as ‘not smart enough,’ but also those like me, placed in accelerated classes. Most were indeed, mind-blowing and exciting classes, but they also set you up for failure. We ‘smarties’ had to do 3 times the work yet we were graded by the same system that gave home economics and typing majors straight A’s for simple skills. Our GPA’s came from extremely hard, college-level courses, but no one cared when they looked at GPA’s. We also got screwed. It is great that ‘experts’ (?) now recognize that there are at least 6 different areas of intelligence, but the higher levels are difficult to assess in this number-obsessed culture.

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    • Wow… so apparently I was fortunate to grow up in a small town that did not have these accelerated programs. I have gotten a taste of what you are talking about, in the form of being told that I am capable of much more than I am doing, so why am I so “lazy?” It’s not lazy, it’s PTSD.

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      • PTSD can make you feel like you’re lazy, AND retarded. Seriously. I’ve been there, and was convinced I was no longer intelligent and had lost all my artistic and writing ability. I was wrong of course, but when you have PTSD you are like a zombie. I couldn’t even feel any emotions. It was terrible. I feel like I’m over the PTSD and am starting to feel again, andbe able to write and create again–and now I even have a goal too, something I never had before.
        PTSD is a devastating disorder, but fortunately it can be fairly easily treated (at least compared to long standing ingrained problems like personality disorders).

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        • I wrote the lyrics to a song. The song is about a woman who is a Post Vietnam Veteran who became homeless in the streets of LA. I can’t imagine what she must of felt like. I use to message her back and forth, because she is on my Facebook. She told me stories where she got violent because of the PTSD and all the abuse she faced from being a homeless woman. Its really sad. I thought I lost contact. But yesterday I noticed she is still my Facebook friend.

          I feel empathy for those women who have PTSD for serving in our military and war. Vietnam must of been horrible for Debra.

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    • That’s a whole lot of pressure for a young woman going through adolescence. After reading your comment I reflected about a young woman who lived in my county. She was studying to be an attorney at Fordham University in New York. The pressure and expectations were too high for her. She became very depressed and she committed suicide. She parked her car near a local train station and rode the train into the city. She ended up jumping off the Brooklyn bridge. She took her own life.

      Its very sad. She isn’t the only young woman or man that took that path. Many children and young adults committed suicide. Many teens took drugs and went down the wrong path because of smarty pants pressure or they were simple brainwashed to believe that they were not so smart and inadequate. So they took the wrong path because they struggled with low self-esteem.

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  2. You’ve made some excellent points here, Mary.

    IQ labeling of children is very damaging. Those who score high on the tests have the tendency to become cerebral narcissists. Snotty, condescending, know-it-all. Those who score low on these tests can feel beaten by life before they’ve begun. Hopeless, useless, with zero self-esteem… what a horrible thing to do to a child.

    Knowing that my IQ score was high did help to mitigate some of the extreme pain of being given a “crazy label” at the age of 14. So now, more than four decades later, when some little hate-mongering pig wants to bash me by hurling the “you’re certifiably insane” label, I can respond with: “maybe so, but I’m a genius, Bozo.”

    Other than that, my IQ never did anything for me. I can do the dumbest things! Einstein would regularly lose his way going home. What’s so “smart” about that?!

    To me, the true measure of intelligence is COMPASSION. I have a teenage grandson who is severely cognitively impaired, due to a rare genetic deletion…. so rare, he was only the 57th person in the world found to have it. Yet that young man is Pure Love. Which makes him smarter than most of us, in my opinion.

    I am a living example of how a lack of self-esteem can cripple and ruin one’s life. In my case, my self-esteem was destroyed by repeated, horrific child abuse, coupled with the stigma of being labeled “mentally ill” at a young age — a mental illness that turned out to be complex PTSD, which was caused by all the abuse I had suffered.

    And I am still being abused by the stigma of my long-ago “crazy label” — abused by Doug the rumblestrip Q pig and his hateful followers — simply because I agree with Lucky Otter that bashing all narcissists all the time is not the best way to go.

    ***Q and his ilk hate narcIssists for being abusive and lacking in empathy. So what do they do to those of us who believe that hating narcIssists is un-Christian? They verbally abuse us and show us no mercy.***

    Where is the intelligence in that?

    What a wonderful world this would be if we all strove to be geniuses in compassion! Mary P, going by your comments to me on other posts, you are a compassionate genius. Your kind and caring words have helped me through a painful time. Thank you so much!

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    • It wasn’t until recently that I realized how damaging the labeling of these placement tests that assessed our IQs were. These machine scored digital tests did damage many children and children were taught that their value was within the 1 part of their brain. Isn’t it wonderful to acknowledge how wonderful and unique each and every one of us are. We learn that its not that simplistic. That we have many parts to ourselfs and happiness is all about nurturing and enjoying that uniqueness that we all our, individually.

      It is the standards we have accepted by people like Professor Lindquist that have kept us from loving ourselves and enjoying life.

      Men like Professor Lindquist enjoy controlling society with his own magical thinking, Narcissistic thinking, with just a few standardized timed tests that dominated and branded the lives of every child in our country as being dumb or smart.

      Its not so black and white. Apparently, this professor and his colleagues had digital plugs in their heads that lacked human emotion. Lol

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      • I believe each person’s value is built-in by the hand of our creator. We are each a priceless, one of a kind treasure, a God-original.

        When I was in Beverly Hills with my daughter last May, we saw a black and yellow car parked on Rodeo Drive. People were taking pictures of that car, even people going by on a tour bus. I took a picture too, so I could look it up online later. As it turned out, that rather ugly looking car was one of the most expensive automobiles in the world, with a price tag in the millions of dollars. Why was it so valuable? Mainly because of the maker’s name — Bugatti.

        Even a dusty, dirty old Stradivarius violin with broken strings in a moldy old case is almost priceless, by virtue of who made it. Our value is an inherent quality. We don’t have to do anything special, or get a high score on a test, to be worthy of love, dignity, compassion, kindness, and respect. Yes, even us “crazy” people are worth all of that!

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    • I agree with you and Mary those IQ tests can be very damaging. I always scored high on them, but I didn’t become a cerebral narcissist, thank goodness. I think I could have though.

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  3. As a previous educator, I can say with certainty that IQ is relatively unimportant. Once a person is in the average range on any given test, their abilities and their work ethic matter just as much. I prefer Gardner’s theories, personally.
    I must say, I never knew this much about Lindquist. Interesting point of view.
    My husband and I test well, and 3/4 of our kids test well, but I’m still anti-testing in terms of how it’s done these days. I don’t like it tied to financial and emotional stress of teachers, which then transfers to students. I feel it should be independent, like the placement tests colleges require. I do not think it should take near a month to administer one test.
    There are movements toward opting out of tests and I’d love for one to start here. I’ve no interest in starting one, myself.
    I remember the Iowa tests. How benevolent they seem now, compared to the current standardized tests.
    Great, informative post.

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    • I do agress with you about Howard Gardner. He has great theories. I think the biggest problem with placement tests is that, a child might not be in a focused state during the testing. As I stated, I was literally rebellious when I put a number #2 standard pencil in my hand. I was overwhelmed with the idea that I was being timed. I lacked interest. I was a late bloomer. I was a creative child who loved art, music and poetry. I loved Shakespeare in the 3ird grade. Which is a bit strange for a 3ird grader.

      My vivid memory was Ms. Burke Taylor. She used to stand up on one of the desks and about out the lines in Romeo and Juliet. She was an actress with jet black hair and big brown eyes. She was a strong minded will full feminist. She was mysterious and kind of scary. So I became intriqued with what Iearned from her. She nurtured my creativity and a standardized test was boring to me.

      Today I am a artist. A feminist with the national org for women. I have blk hair…long like Ms. Taylor. A band. And I write songs about women’s issues.

      So you can see how a teacher can impact the mind of a little girl, like Ms. Burke Taylor did.

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      • Sometimes all it takes is one awesome teacher to bring out the best in a kid. On the other side of the coin, one awful teacher can ruin a kid’s love of learning for life.

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        • Ms. Burke Taylor traumatized me in the 3ird grade. I loved theatre so much I wanted to try out for the school play she directed. When I got up in front of the class I frooze when I looked at all the other children in the class and I forgot my lines. So she was first empathetic and she told me to take my time and try again, but I became even more tramitized and she yelled at me the 2nd time in front of everyone. She screamed, “Sit down, your acting like a big baby!” I didn’t overcome stage fright until, Dr. Fishco (who later became the Dean of Middlesex County College), filmed us in a Salesmanship class. Dr. Fishco was my favorite Professor.

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  4. This made me remember trig in college. I had good grades in math until I started trig and this teacher barely spoke and blazed about 30 problems over the chalk board with little to no verbal explaination. All my teachers till then used far less examples and verbally explained formulas over and over till they were assimilated by the students. I dropped this class after two days. I didn’t understand a thing he was doing. My next instructor was much better. I realize now, that particular teacher was annoyed with our ignorance and his style was almost like he was bragging and putting his wizardry on display. Look, if you’re hired as a professior in a college level class, everyone knows that you know the material. Swaggering around and looking down your nose at students you bearly want to even communicate won’t get very far. Intellectual narc, indeed.

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    • Sometimes we end up with a Professor that is horrible. Some of them fail at keeping you awake in class. My economics teacher was horrible. You would think I’d exceed in economics because I enjoy politics and I actually do love listening to economist Paul Krugman. I have the box set called, “the conscience of a liberal.”

      Anyway,…my economics teacher was one of the most boring people you can imagine. I took a summer class in Middlesex County College on NJ, and I remember there were a few students from Rutgers and a few from Princeton University. (Lol,..that’s what the Princeton student’s do for summer kicks. They take a County College Economic class).

      I remember telling the other guys in the class how confusing this professor was, and how I feared taking an advanced course at Rutgers University. The guys said, “Oh No,…we never had a professor more difficult than this guy. Not even in Princeton.” I should have done exactly what you did. I should have dropped this class, because I had a very high grade point average and I usually made the deans list. I past this course, but that did drop my GPA to a lower score. I could have taken the class again. But that requires time and money.

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      • You know, I couldn’t help but think of the boring economics teacher with his flat affect in “Ferris Buellers Day Off” when you were describing your economics professor. Is there even a such thing as an exciting economics teacher/professor? 😉

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        • Lol….Paul Krugman is tough to listen to. But his audio book is so filled with facts about movement conservatism and the facts about politics…its really worth listening to. You have to playbit over and over. I put it on when I’m driving in my car.

          I think if I learned econonomics inside and out, I’d wake the students up in the classroom. But I’m never going to major in it. I think economics could be extremely interesting. The problem is that the Professors are all a bunch of Cerebral Narcissists. A bunch of smarty pants. Have you ever been at an advocacy thing with the smarty pants advocates? Oh my…

          They talk a lot about some subject,..like on how to help the situation of sustainable food in timbucktoooo. Which is fine. I’d be more than happy to help the situation. But the smarter than everyone else advocates speak. Then there is always a few poets that read there poetry on the subject. I always dig that, because I like poetry and creativity. Then a few guest speakers talk. Then maybe a hippy guru like musician sings a song about the crisis and we all sign a petition that will go to the liberal senators that are already liberal on the issue.

          It took me a long time to realize this, but it finally dawned on me that I kept seeing the same people at these raising awareness events. And the same people reiterating the same kind of stuff they read in a book. So one day I raised my hand and said, “hey,…why don’t we all go on a field trip and hand out some bagged lunches to hunger and homeless people that are suffering in our local community?”

          I finally realized these advocacy causes and events were filled with cerebral narcissists and that we weren’t making much progress on the issue at all.

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    • God, I was so terrible at math. I sure didn’t inherit the math genes in the family (my father used to teach algebra and trig at the Naval Academy). Funnily enough, I loved college statistics and was great at it. I even tutored other students who were having trouble. But statistics is less abstract than other forms of advanced math and uses a different part of the brain to process the equations or something, idk.

      My daughter loves math and always got A’s in it. I guess the math gene skips generations in my family, lol.

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      • I can solve math problems,… But it takes me too long and drives me crazy doing it. I have a mind for algebra.

        I failed the basic math college placement part of the entry test, bit I passed the part in Algebra. The college Professors said they were baffled about my score, because there was no logic behind it.

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          • I did too. But I was able to pass up on taking remedial algebra. But they advised that I’d take it, because they thought it was strange and a coincidence that I was good in Algebra and not basic math.

            I’d probably fail it if I had to take it right now. If you don’t keep using your math skills,..you lose your math skills. Its easy to forget math.

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  5. Mary, it looks like this article you wrote is getting a lot of shares on Facebook and LinkedIn! It’s gaining traction, you should be proud. It’s a great article, thank you for writing it.

    Oh, and I have to mention that Professor Lindquist has those scary malignant narcissist dead eyes. He’s frightening to look at.

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  6. .Back in third grade (first year we had Iowa tests) i was marking on the wrong catergory and had to quickly copy to the right answer set. Then erase the wrong and then continue. Needless to say, with the clock ticking…My overall score was below average. Years later, a scientist had recalled a similar experience. Wished i could remember the man’s name / book he had published – probably one dealing with evolution. Some years back, evolution was my favorite subject. Nowadays i completely believe in creation having happened in six Yeah, the Scriptures are an all or nothing deal. twenty-four hour days. But i digress…happens 😉 Anyway, love your blog Lucky

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    • Sue, nice to see you here and glad you’re still reading. 🙂 I liked your blog too, what happened to it? I appreciate your defense of me, thank you. 🙂

      Well…I believe in divinely inspired evolution and reject the “young world” belief system (this is the official Catholic view now and also the mainstream Protestant churches, but I would believe in it anyway because to me it makes sense–it takes God into account without rejecting science). We are still fallen, even though Adam and Eve are regarded as allegorical. I won’t explain that here because it would take too long, but we still need Jesus Christ’s salvation.
      Some evolutionists who think everything happened randomly think what I believe is a form of creationism. I don’t accept the biblical view myself but I know a lot of people do.

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  7. I used to score low on the tests when I was a kid. I always scored in the mildly retarded range and then low average range and my mom worked with a student who was also labeled as being retarded because he scored low too. But she could tell he didn’t have it because of the way he thought and processed things and she could tell he was bright so she taught him to read and by the end of the school year he was reading at the 3rd grade? reading level and everyone was shocked including his parents. He never learned to read due to moving too much so he always scored low on IQ tests. I scored low due to a profound language delay (not autism related).

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    • Heh. This clown Everett Lindquist’s test only tested for ONE aspect of intelligence, when there are actually 6. Current IQ tests are better, but are still very limited. Some people just don’t test well. Some people are also learning-disabled, which is not the same as being retarded or slow. So they’re not going to score very high either. IQ is such an overrated thing anyway. It means jack shit if you have no self esteem, which is a far better indicator of how well one will do in life than a high score on a multiple-question test.
      BTW, you sound very intelligent to me and your language skills sound fine.

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      • If you read my blog, you might see it’s disorganized. IDK, other blogs seem better than mine and I don’t have the patience to figure out how to add links to it and other pages at the top and to add more tags and categories and to have more features on my blog. Perhaps I gotta pay to have more features and I am a cheap person.

        My mom got me tested in other areas when I was ten to prove I was smarter than the test said and I did score higher so the psychologist who tested me wrote the over IQ score was not accurate due to my other scores and she would say I may be average to above average intelligence. This was back in the 90’s when I was tested. It’ a shame how doctors let an IQ score define someone and believe that score than looking at the person.

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        • I just clicked on your blog and am following it now. It doesn’t look disorganized to me. I’ll read some of it and let you know what I think. Thanks for following me btw! 🙂

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          • Well now I am nervous because it’s not a regular blog, it’s a kinky blog but I also sometimes blog about other things like my issues or being a mom, or video games or other off topic stuff. I will never have a blog that is about one thing, just imagine how many blogs I would have and how many of them wouldn’t have a lot of entries. I also see you don’t always blog about narcissism.

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            • I am pretty accepting of kinky views, even if I don’t always understand them. Hey, I write about furries a lot. They’re not half as kinky and sick as people think, but it’s a strange hobby that I think is fascinating (my son is one).

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            • I guess I have to look more at your blog then because I haven’t seen any furry posts. I have heard of them but never saw anything sexual about it and that is also classified as a fetish. They are pretty common in the AB/DL community and lot of people in them also seem to be on the autism spectrum but statistics have showed it’s only the 5%. That is more than in the outer world with 7,000,000,000 people compared to a smaller community. I hear we are the 1%.

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            • The furry fandom grew out of the science fiction convention (Trekkie) community back in the 80s. A lot of Millennials in particular are furries because they grew up with Disney animated films as surrogate parents. From what I’ve been told and have read, there is a fetish element for some furries, but not for all or even most. Mostly it’s a hobby and no different than people who obsess about Star Wars memorabilia. A lot of furries have a talent in one of the arts, and many of them are performers like my son (he dances) and feel more comfortable with social interactions while dressed in costume.
              You can check my furry articles by doing a search, clicking on the word “furries” in the tag cloud, or scanning through the categories for it.
              My most popular article about furries was this one I wrote about my son:
              https://luckyottershaven.com/2014/09/20/my-son-is-furry-got-a-problem-with-that/
              It got a lot of hits from people in the furry community.

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            • Probably. I’ve heard that most of the animators at Disney are furries and even stick in subtle jokes that go over the heads of the kids who watch their movies.

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            • Speaking of kinky stuff..and fetish stuff. I thought that movie 50 shades of Grey sucked. It was written on a blackberry. I thought the character Christian Grey was a scrawny rich spoiled brat. I did not find his Narcissism sexy at all. I think his character was not realistic and I dont know why so many women thought this movie was hot?

              I’ll check out your kinky blog. I’m sure it blows away the writer of 50 shades of Grey.

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      • There are situations that can slow you down. There were dysfunctional teachers year ago when Lindquist’s tests were administered. In first grade I was the best reader in the class. I started out very focused. But then my reading skill slowed down and so did my focus. My first grade teacher would pull my hair and nudge me. She was mentally and physically abusive to children. They got rid of her. She only lasted a year. I remember that half the children loved her at the end of the year. I remember the sad children saying they would not miss her and that they were happy the 1st grade was over.

        I think trauma or abuse can slow you down, because you lose focus. Liquists idea of intellect definitely lacked #2 understanding in a very big way.

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        • Also hardly ever watch TV. I don’t like it. I love to read, and write.

          So often it has very little to do with aptitude. There are circumstances that temparily slow you down. But they aren’t who you really are.

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        • You might want to read what I wrote about my third grade teacher, Mrs. Morse. A malignant narcissist teacher who hurt kids if I ever saw one. I was her primary target.
          https://luckyottershaven.com/2014/09/14/my-story-of-psychopathic-abuse-part-one-childhood-and-adolescence/
          The article is long, so here is the excerpt about her. I need to write an article about her sometime.

          As such a sensitive child, I was bullied in school. I didn’t know how to joke back, how to roll with the punches, how to appear invulnerable like the other kids. I always felt different. It was always difficult for me to make friends, though I usually managed to make one or two. Third grade was the worst, as I not only was targeted by a group of bullies who used to follow me home from school and fed on my reaction (I always cried) but was targeted by my psychopathic teacher as well. Mrs. Morse scared the daylights out of me. She was an overweight woman in her 50s whose upper arm always shook like Jello when she wrote on the board. She regularly liked to call me up to the front of the class to answer a question (and she ALWAYS called on me because I was always daydreaming) and when I couldn’t answer the question (which was often the case as I went into freeze mode at these times and couldn’t think straight) she’d demand why I couldn’t until I cried. At this point she’d call out the crying to the entire class, and all of them would have a good laugh at my expense as I stood there wanting to sink through the floor in shame.

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          • I’m going to read your article about Mrs. Morse. We had a few bad teachers in our school. Mr. Klez was a real wackjob. He use to go into Narcissistic rages when he caught someone chewing gum. He’d throw a desk and smash it against the wall. He would yell and scream at students on the top of his lungs and turn bright red in the face while he’d do that and he’d humilate people. He was a very large overweight man. But one day, when my little sister was in her late 20s she was out at some social gathering and she saw Mr. Klez there. So in front of all his friends at the social gathering my sister walked up to him and started screaming at him. She screamed, “Do you remember me? You yelled at me and embarrassed me when I was a little girl. How does it feel when I yell at you in front of your colleagues,..you big bully.” And so,..my sister said that Mr. Klez’s face turned best red and he scrivled up and walked away. I can visualize it. My little sister is skilled verbal attacks. And she personally delivered Karma to Mr. Klez.

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            • Sounds like he got what he deserved! Some teachers are so bad I don’t know how they ever became qualified to teach. I think some of them go into it because they hate children and want to break them.

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