Personality Psychology - Sojourner Truth Essay

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ANALYSIS OF THE PERSONALITY OF
SOJOURNER TRUTH, ACTIVIST,
BASED ON NEO-ANALYTIC ASPECTS
By Ung Hai Hoon

Sojourner Truth (c.1797 – 26 November 1883)
Sojourner Truth dedicated her life to fighting slavery, and advocating equal rights for women. She first began speaking in 1827, giving personal testimony of the evils and cruelty of slavery; and later as a staunch supporter of suffrage, also advocated for equal rights for women. At the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, she delivered her speech “Ain’t I a Woman” which is now revered among classic text of feminism. She lived her life in the water-shed years of American abolition of slavery and became a leader and recognized as an icon for equality of rights and freedom.
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She was not motivated by personal gain.

iii. Fictionlism / People’s behaviour and personality is shaped by their subjective perceptions.
Adlerian approach maintains that that people are motivated by their subjective perceptions of what is true, and not by what is true. Their subjective perceptions of reality (i.e. fictions) influence them as if were reality. According to Feist & Feist (2006), fictions, regardless true or false, are powerful influence on people’s life.

An example of a fiction is the belief in an omnipotent God that guides and helps shape many people’s lives and actions. This is clearly demonstrated in Truth’s life.

Sojourner Truth’s parents taught her to believe in God, and that “God is always with her and she is never alone” (McKissack & McKissack, 1992, p.22). Throughout her life, she held this belief in an omnipotent God, and it was her source of solace (especially during her enslavement), and later – guide her in decision-making and actions. Truth believed that God was her true master. After eighteen years as a free woman, a chance encounter became the tipping point of her self-realisation. A woman asked for her name and upon that very moment Truth realized that all her life she had her slave-masters’ names and thereby declared, “The only master I have now is God and His name is

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