About This Site

Hello, and welcome to Knowing Your Mind.

This blog was established to help direct you to areas of the mind that will be useful for you in any area of your life. Everything starts in the mind, so I feel that this is the single most important area to help develop. You will actually be doing the developing. I will be a “guide-by-the-side,” pointing to the many and varied aspects of knowing your mind. Also, there won’t be a lot of high-minded talk about techniques or formulas or statistics (I hate statistics). There will be talk of humans, though — the human activities that we all go through.

If you come here with the question of “What is my purpose in life?” I have a bit of bad news for you.  No one can tell you what the purpose of your life is, although many may have tried, before. There is also another question to be asked: “Do I find the purpose in my life, or do I create the purpose in my life?” The answer to that question will be left up to you, as well. One hint I might be able to drop here occurred in the conversation between the Skin Horse and the Velveteen Rabbit, when the Velveteen Rabbit asked, “What is real?” The Skin Horse’s reply might be given to you at this time, “‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to the people who don’t understand.’” (Margery Williams, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” 1922, Doubleday & Company Inc., Garden City and New York)

There are untold variables that affect a person’s mind, so that is another goal of this site… to bring to mind some of these variables that you may not have thought of (or even known), before.  This could be anything from falling in love (obsessiveness), to the foods we eat (that caffeine rush) (I like using parenthetical statements), to how exercise affects our mind.

My name is Tim Beeker. I have a bachelor’s degree in business communication, a master’s degree in psychology, and another one in adult education. I’m not putting all of these up here to brag, but I want to show you how my own mind began to kick into overdrive, with learning and education. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share with people. Hence, this blog.  There are many things that I believe people need to hear, in order to reduce some of the problems that we are facing in our modern world.

Anxiety and depression are two of the greatest issues that we face, today. How we are lead to deal with them is often an even greater problem. Prescriptions are doled out at the drop of a hat, without the slightest suggestion that a person modify his or her way of dealing with cognition and the environment in which they find themselves in. Quite often, just a simple change in how we view things can make all the difference in the world for us.

If there is something you would like to hear about, or there is something you may have an objection to, please, don’t hesitate to write to me. Just fill out the information below, and send it on its way. Regardless if it’s a positive or negative thought, I’ll be thankful for the chance to get back with you on it.


Tim, doing what he loves… talking!


Just a couple more things about me, in case you’re into these sorts of things:

I am a strong believer in the MBTI, which shows my indicated tendencies to be an INTP (Watch out folks! He’s a fairly dangerous man!). Just as an aside, the MBTI shows TENDENCIES, and not hard/fast indicators of behavior.


Enneagram Test Results

Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||| 38%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||| 54%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||| 22%
Type 4 Individualism |||||||||| 38%
Type 5 Intellectualism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Type 6 Security Focus |||||| 22%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||| 18%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||| 46%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||||| 50%

My main type is 5
My variant is self preservation.

Motivation: To make the unknown known
Potential problem: Being overly analytical, losing touch with instincts/feelings
Historic antecedent: The Scientific Method
Historic example: Aristotle
Film example: John Nash (A Beautiful Mind)
Characteristics: likes gadgets, analytical, problem solver, knowledgeable, philosophical, observant, curious, synthesizer, perceptive, enjoys games of strategy, prescient, questioner, inventive, introspective, relies more on mind than others, more influenced by self than others, brainstormer, nerdy, looks for hidden patterns, seeks meaning, rationalist, bibliophile, likes science fiction, more humanitarian, more likely to be a megalomaniac, more likely to pursue higher academia, computer/technology savvy, off beat sense of humor, more likely to shop online, more solitary, more artistic than average, values education, more experimental, hangs out mostly with other intellectuals, attracted to the counter culture, likes to get lost in thoughtHealthy Type 5: The Innovator
discovers/develops new technologies or systems of thought which are useful to others
Average Type 5: The Intellectual
enjoys philosophical discussion/debate, endlessly curious, loves to learn, thoughtful
Unhealthy Type 5: The Nihilist
struggles with the meaninglessness of existence, detached, hermetic, cold, devoid of feelings

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In order to have the most accurate results for these sorts of tests, please, see a professional administrator of these tests. Each test has strengths and weaknesses and should be understood.

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