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Just completed a new personality test! Here is a copy of my results:
ADVOCATE PERSONALITY (INFJ, -A/-T)
The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world.
As members of the Diplomat Role group, Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
Advocates tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.
Help Me Help You
Advocates indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – Advocates will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to Advocates, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Advocates find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extraverted types, but they would all do well to remember that Advocates need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. Advocates take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days.
Live to Fight Another Day
Really though, it is most important for Advocates to remember to take care of themselves. The passion of their convictions is perfectly capable of carrying them past their breaking point and if their zeal gets out of hand, they can find themselves exhausted, unhealthy and stressed. This becomes especially apparent when Advocates find themselves up against conflict and criticism – their sensitivity forces them to do everything they can to evade these seemingly personal attacks, but when the circumstances are unavoidable, they can fight back in highly irrational, unhelpful ways.
To Advocates, the world is a place full of inequity – but it doesn’t have to be. No other personality type is better suited to create a movement to right a wrong, no matter how big or small. Advocates just need to remember that while they’re busy taking care of the world, they need to take care of themselves, too.
ADVOCATE PERSONALITY – CONCLUSION
Few personality types are as sensitive and mysterious as Advocates. Your imagination and empathy make you someone who not only cherishes their integrity and deeply held principles but, unlike many other idealistic types, is also capable of turning those ideals into plans, and executing them.
Yet, as an Advocate, you are likely to be easily tripped up in areas where idealism and determination are more of a liability than an asset. Whether it is navigating interpersonal conflicts, confronting unpleasant facts, pursuing self-realization, or finding a career path that aligns well with your intricate inner core, you may face numerous challenges that at times can even make you question who you really are.
Happy New Year from me to you! As I begin 2018, I do so with gratitude for your support. It is you, my incredible allies, family and friends that fuel my mission, and help me promote solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span. I know that my accomplishments would not have been possible without you.
Here's just some of what you have helped me do in the last six months:
I hope that you and your family have a happy and healthy 2018.
Peace and blessings,
Crystal D. Gordon, MSW
Frederick Douglass was originally born as Frederick Bailey in Maryland during 1818. He was born of a slave mother and an anonymous, white father. At the age of 10, Douglass was sent from the plantation to work as a servant in Baltimore.
He was afforded the opportunity to learn to read while in the city; however, he was subject to ongoing exploitation as a slave, which defined his life.
With the help of a free, black woman, namely Anna Murray who later became his wife, Douglass escaped slavery during 1838 and traveled to New York and then Massachusetts.
After delivering a powerful speech in 1841 at the Nantucket Anti-Slavery Convention, he began a long acquaintanceship with the abolitionist white journalist, William Lloyd Garrison. As a result of this networking, Douglas delivered speeches for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society for approximately four years.
Douglass published his autobiography in 1845. Afterward, he became concerned that widespread reading of his narrative may cause people to focus on him as a fugitive slave.
Therefore, he distanced himself from America by traveling to England and, in 1846, friends raised money to purchase his freedom legally.
In 1847, Douglass returned to the United States. This marked a break from Garrison and his distinctive abolitionist strategies; particularly, his belief that northern states should secede from the union and his rejection of the Constitution.
Douglass later settled in Rochester, New York and founded the North Star newspaper. That publication served until 1860 as a forum for Douglass and other melanated, activists speeches. He delivered a vigilant abolitionism perspective, through initially arguing against John Brown's assault on the Harpers Ferry arsenal.
Douglass also campaigned with Sojourner Truth, during the Civil War, for the inclusion of melanated soldiers in the Union Ranks.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln ultimately acquiesced. Douglass and Truth then actively recruited for the two Massachusetts melanated regiments.
Following the war, President Ulysses Grant appointed Douglass as the U.S. marshall for the District of Columbia. Later, under President Chester Alan Arthur, Douglas assumed the responsibility of the minister to Haiti.
He later aligned himself with the growing women's rights movement. Early feminists were inspired by various reform movements and abolitionism; they regularly acquainted sexism with the oppressive elements of slavery.
However, Douglass took much flack by women suffragist for his support of the 15th amendment because it specifically granted voting rights to black men only, which continued to disenfranchise women.
Douglass delivered numerous speeches of the his life course and is well known for his autobiography but he also wrote other notable pieces such as:
The following speech is entitled, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?". It demonstrates his powerful use of language and thematic focus. Douglass delivered this speech on July 5, 1852 in Rochester, New York (i.e., the day after independence day). It underscores national hypocrisy, in terms of America's ability to celebrate its own independence whilst sanctioning the institution of slavery:
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in New York during 1797; her original name was Isabella Baumfree.
By adolescence, she had already been sold three times. Her second master raped her, then she was given to an older slave in marriage. Truth bore five children from that marriage, most of whom were sold to other slave owners.
In 1827, she was emancipated by state law and obtained domestic work given she could not read nor right.
Truth soon joined a religious group in New York City; however, she later became involved in a scandal that implicated her in the murder of a fellow member. After suing for libel, she was exonerated and left the order.
The self-proclaimed vision and voice recipient found a new name and undertook a mission of vagabond preaching for God and human rights. She explained,
"I went to the Lord and I asked him to give me a new name. And the Lord gave me Sojourner because I was to travel up an' down the land showin' the people their sins and being a sign unto them… And the Lord gave me Truth, because I was to declare the truth to the people."
Truth was a passionate speaker who pursued her mission throughout New England and New York. She lectured against slavery and for women's rights.
Truth supported herself via sales of her autobiography, which she had dictated to a white friend; she also sustained herself with the generous financial assistance of other friends.
In Ohio, during 1851, she spoke at the Women's Rights Convention where she delivered her now famous, Ain't I a Woman, speech.
During 1863, Truth was given a position by the National Freedmen's Relief Association to be counselor to the Freedpersons of Arlington, Virginia.
This commitment to freed slaves inspired her request to Congress that they help provide public land in a western state for melanated people to initiate new, independent lives.
She continued to advocate for this cause until she fell ill in 1875. She settled in Battle Creek, Michigan during her final years and died in 1883.
Gil Scott-Heron's literary creativity and academic background are not known worldwide; he is primarily recognized as a performer and musician.
Scott-Heron was born in Chicago and raised in Tennessee. He began writing fiction as an adolescent. He later studied at Lincoln University, wrote novels and by the time of commencement for his M.A. in 1972, Scott-Heron already published three books.
His first book of poetry was published in 1970. It was entitled Small Talk on 125th and Lennox.
He followed this book with two novels: The Vulture (1970), which illustrates a melanated revolutionary group attempting to rebuild a community and The Nigger Factory (1972), which portrayed students struggling to create change within their small black college.
During the early 1970s, Scott-Heron applied his talents for storytelling and poetry to music by collaborating with jazz musician, Brian Jackson.
His influential blend of musicality and oral tradition meshed well; it fused together the spoken word and vocals with jazz, latin rhythms and blues.
From a stylistic perspective, potent cultural, political and social statements permeate Scott-Heron's narrative poetry. He often spoke rhythmically and his impassioned vocal phrasing was played over jazz riffs or melodic blues.
Hiss approach reflected the natural progression of jazz, in terms of musical content and form; meanwhile, his awesome command of the language and information foretold the emergence of melodic rap tunes.
Toward the end of the 1980s, Scott-Heron released 16 albums and continued to perform at both pop and jazz music venues.
The video below is one of the earliest and best-known pieces from Scott-Heron, which was written in 1971. In it, he parodies the inane aspects of commercial television; his sarcasm punctuates his pertinent appeal for melanated activism and fresh leadership.
The unparalleled career of Michael Jackson took off in 1970 with the Jackson 5's debut album. Adorable, preteen Jackson and his lead vocals carried him and his family from Gary, Indiana to four consecutive number-one hits with Motown records.
He naturally progressed toward a solo career between 1972 and 1975. Jackson soon reached superstardom upon teaming up with powerhouse, producer-composer Quincy Jones.
Jones mentored Jackson, which helped him release the album, Off the Wall in 1979. That album featured four top-10 hit songs, including:
Jones and Jackson collaborated again in 1983 on the album, Thriller. This famous album also included seven top-10 hits like:
Jackson's status was solidified as the top pop-crossover artist after the 1987 release of his album entitled, Bad. This album included several more hit songs, such as:
During 1991, Jackson signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Sony records. In 1992, he reached commercial success with his album titled, Dangerous, which includes additional hit songs like:
Over the course of his career, Jackson performed awe-inspiring duets with numerous artists, such as Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. Also, he served as a producer for various artists and wrote many successful songs, most notable is the following:
In 1994, Jackson's name was tarnished by accusations of child molestation. After these accusations were dropped when a financial settlement was reached and Jackson soon shifted public attention back toward his music.
Ultimately, he maintained his musical stature despite the residue of his personal scandal, eccentric behavior, financial troubles, and untimely death.
Jackson's impassioned vocals in the song, "Man In The Mirror," truly provides depth and sincerity to Siedah Garrett's lyrics. Specifically, these lyrics are a call to action meant to raise social awareness and create change, while expressing the need for individual responsibility and personal involvement.
Here's a great quote from the King of Pop:
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