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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Maxim Gorky (LSI): Personality Type Analysis

Alexei Maximovich Peshkov, primarily known by the pseudonym 'Maxim Gorky', was a Russian and Soviet writer famous for his founding of the socialist realism literary method and political activism during the time of the Russian Empire. Maxim Gorky was known for his active participation in the Marxist social-democratic movement and his public opposition towards the Tsarist regime. His most famous literary works have strongly impacted Russian culture and have remarkably contributed very passionate insights within the field of short stories, poetry and memoirs that described the lives of people in the lowest strata and on the margins of society. He associated with fellow great writers of the time, like Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov and greatly admired their works and contributions the the literary community at the time.

In his pursuit of socialist realism, Maxim Gorky regularly emphasized the principles and rules that needed to be formed in order to implement the ideological vision of Soviet Russia. Maxim wrote about political machinations in accordance to fixed categories and explicitly favored specific perspectives over other political viewpoints in how the world should be structured. His work had a strong connection towards the correctness of ideological clarity and conceptualized a rule-based framework that had application in law, justice and social order. Maxim found that his observations about socialism were absolute truths and he confidently expressed his views with certainty and absolution that he put forward into the social community around him. Interestingly enough, he expressed his intellectual and political perspectives apathetically without much conviction and these concepts were very static and rigid, without pertaining to any sort of ambiguity. Additionally, Maxim was highly focused on the functionality of realistic systems, he knew exactly what information could be integrated into his ideology and what information held no relevance or meaning to that particular ideology. The following advocates solid evidence for an individual with strong and valued L1.


Maxim Gorky portrayed the bitterness of oppressed individuals through his writing and exploited the people of Russia. Reoccurring themes within his work demonstrated a proud defiance against the perceived "organized" and "respectable" society. Maxim deconstructed these illusions of dysfunctional government systems in order to elaborate on the rules and guidelines to build one anew that was in favor of the collective, instead of the aristocratic. Maxim Gorky fearlessly criticized and confronted the Tsarist regime and committed himself so strongly to his socialist ideologies that it eventually led him to be arrested many times along with forcing other revolutionaries to act just as proactive and restless as he was. Consequently, he was still very committed to his revolutionary ideologies and acted assertively towards pointing out the flaws in political systems and dismantling the arguments of the opposing party. Maxim's desire to impact and influence the world with highly complex ideological systems with sheer conviction supports the idea of Beta values with very disciplined and intimidating F2.


Maxim Gorky strongly favored environments of free expression where every individual is given a voice and a chance to express their deepest personal concerns. Despite his advocation of these communities - to which others responded quite positively to - Maxim was generally seen as very quiet and reserved in the public eye. Maxim's stern lifestyle was quite noticeable as he became very absorbed into his work and sometimes neglected the need to develop friendships and forming connections with others. However, he was much more internally passionate and connected much more deeply with the few individuals that shared the same ideologies and adopted the same set of principles. On the subject of Maxim's work, he often found strong elements of humanity and individual dignity in even the most brutalized and demoralized of individuals. His sympathy for the underdog made him known as a powerful spokesman for the illiterate masses, their current sufferings and dreams of a better life. Although his clear valuing of E is apparent, he lacked the natural and persuasiveness to motivate others, becoming more intensively focused on logical strictness. This social consciousness and motivation to unify people without the ability or the means to do so makes a solid case for E5.


In later years, Maxim lived in isolation on Capri island not only to separate himself from the public, but also set time aside to cultivate the meaningful "God-Building" concept that was designed to replace organized religion. This deeply internal philosophy sought to recapture the power of myth for the social-democratic revolution and to create a religious atheism that placed collective humanity where God was imbued with passion, wonderment, moral certainty. Along with Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky was very interested and passionate about the discovery of a higher sense of purpose and a singular vision of the world. It's very clear between the contrast between the two individuals that Leo Tolstoy wrote about the justice of independence and one's individual self-determination, while Maxim Gorky wrote about elaborating on principled worldviews and drawing conscious attention towards a long-term vision in how the world should be. He became a follower of these writers who sought to cultivate their passions into writing, even in absence of a political agenda or cause. In addition, he also had an irreversible belief that he knew exactly what was going to happen in his life and oriented himself towards the vision of what the future might look like. Maxim sternly carried out his actions through this outlook on by limiting himself to a singular path in life, while ignoring meaningless obligations with his family and venturing on his own in search of anagogical clarity through esoteric messages that reflected an idealistic society free of aristocratic rule. Maxim regularly emphasized on the concrete implementation of idealistic societies that favored the collective, yet was unable to adequately communicate the esoteric and involve himself into humanitarian studies suggests bold and weak T6.


Thus far what has been mentioned about Maxim Gorky clearly points towards L1, F2, E5, and T6. In conclusion, I believe Maxim Gorky is a classic representative of the LSI type of information metabolism.


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