Not long ago, I began reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, a book by renowned psychologist and professor Dr. Carol Dweck. Through numerous anecdotes and real-life accounts, she discusses two different mindsets: the fixed mindset, in which people tend to see things in black and white; and the growth mindset, which is more flexible. Dr. Dweck also puts emphasis on how people with the growth mindset have repeatedly challenged the preconceived notions of the fixed mindset, and oftentimes come out on top because of their effort and willingness to learn and grow - people with the fixed mindset, however, are often undone by their own rigidity and pride, having always believed that "effort makes you weak/stupid".
I got started on the boo…Read more >
As I'm sure you all know, the fandom can be pretty divided about which characters they like best as opposed to others - who has the best/nicest personality, who's the most relatable, who has the strongest character arc, etc. Lately, I've been wondering if the show's canonical order has a big role to play in those preferences. For example, when I first got into FiM, Season 4 was almost over, and I started sampling a few clips/episodes at a time to get the feel for things. Finally, I decided to start watching the show in its entirety on Netflix - albeit out of order. Does that mean I could have developed different character preferences had I observed them from right from the pilot and onward?
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Twilight has always been regarded as the "smart one" of the Mane 6; but given the events of more recent episodes, is it possible she's not quite as intelligent as her friends? A video I once watched on YouTube assessed each of the Mane 6's intelligence, and listed them from most to least - now, having been through seven seasons as well as a full-length movie, we have more material to rank them by. Below are my personal rankings.
1. Rarity: acute attention to detail, highly empathic, and exceptionally shrewd.
2. Applejack: usually wise, pratical, and levelheaded, but sometimes hindered by her stubbornnness and temper.
3. Fluttershy: mildly naive, but also insightful, down-to-earth, and (as of Season 6 at least) witty.
4. Twilight: extremely boo…Read more >
I've been wondering lately whether Applejack's character development is in decline. As we all know, she's always been depicted as a bit rough around the edges, but ultimately a wise, mature, compassionate friend/family member, and usually the voice of reason among the Mane 6. However, given some of her latest starring roles, I can't help but wonder if she's losing her touch - that her usual flaws are being overemphasized, and feel more suited to how she started out when the series began.
Three specific examples stick out to me, the least glaring being Applejack's reaction to Apple Bloom bringing home pear jam in "The Perfect Pear" - it was a bit over the top, but understandable seeing as how she was only concerned about Granny's feelings. T…Read more >
As I'm sure a lot of you know, plenty of other people out there on the Web hate us bronies - I was actually told to kill myself just for making a pony-related comment under a YouTube video. I for one have no time for that kind of negativity in my life, which is why I'm asking: how exactly do you deal with haters?Read more >