Advocate: an exploration of finding self!

What’s in a personality? Like many others, I have wondered this myself. In late 2016, I took a meyers-briggs test, and I found out that I am an Advocate, an INFJ.

advocate. Finding self
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Growing up, I always felt like I was the black sheep among my family and friends. I was always the weird one: the artist with a sensitive soul. When I was typed, it was like a fresh breath of air. It seemed that I was reading an answer to why I was a certain way.

Ever since my discovery, I have been trying to find everything I can on my personality type. Below, you will find a couple of traits I feel explain why I do certain things.

What is the “advocate” personality type?

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ─ William Faulkner

This personality type is rare, making up less than one percent of the population. Advocates have a sense of right and wrong, and they are people who take steps to make their goals real. We make a lasting positive impact upon our world.

Most advocates have a combination of unique traits. These traits seem to contradict themselves. For example, I can be soft-spoken, but I have strong opinions and will tirelessly fight for a cause I believe is just. I hope to impart these beliefs to my daughter as she grows.

Karma: a road that many travel.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ─ Martin Luther King

Karma is a very attractive idea to an INFJ. While I believe love will help the world, I tend to be realistic. Individuals can accrue negative or positive results. It is up to each individual to set their path in life.

It had taken me a long time to come to that realization. Ultimately, I cannot be responsible for anyone’s behavior, yet I can have an effect on how someone’s interactions with me can be. A hello to a cashier could have two different outcomes: the person having a good day or a rotten one. However, it is still up to that person.

INFJs and their intuitive drive

Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason. ─ Ralph Waldo Emerson

An advocate has strong intuitive capabilities. As a result, they will often trust their gut. This means that an INFJ get feelings about things and intuitive understand them. For example, an INFJ mother could feel that there is something wrong with their child and later find out that the child was involved in an accident.

Much like people-watching, my intuition has helped me shape my characters. I seem to know how a person would react in any given situation. Whether this is because I am an INFJ or my classes in psychology and sociology remains to be seen.

Are you curious what your personality type is? Take the test at 16 Personalities. Let us know in the comments at the bottom your type.

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Lydia lives in New York with her husband, a dark fantasy novelist, as well as their daughter. They are regular contributors to several charities, including the rescue of exotic cats from abuse.

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