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A psychology expert on TikTok shared a test that determines where you are in life and what you’re yearning for.

The clip went viral, receiving over 3.4 million views.

A woman named Sonya, who goes by @selfhelpsonya on TikTok, posted a series of videos in which she helps viewers realize their innermost desires and fears.

“I literally just took this test and it’s so creepy how accurate it is,” she began.

The test comprises of 12 questions.

“Imagine that you’re in a forest and there is a winding road filled with trees.”

The first question: Are the trees organized in a pattern or are they chaotically spread out all over the place?

The second question: Is it nighttime or daytime?

The third question is two parts: Is the path wide or is it narrow? And is it visited frequently or hardly traveled on?

“Now you keep walking on the path and you suddenly see a key lying on the ground.”

The fourth question: Is the key big or small, and what does it unlock?

The fifth question: Do you pick it up or do you leave it there?

“Now imagine, you continue walking on this path and suddenly, you see a bear.”

The sixth question: Is the bear menacing or friendly, and does it scare you?

The seventh question: How big is the bear?

“So now the bear vanishes back into the woods and you continue walking on the path and you see an urn.”

The eighth question: Describe the urn and what it is made out of.

The ninth question: As you approach the urn, what is inside of it?

“So, then you leave the urn and you continue walking on the road until you approach a house.”

The tenth question: What kind of house is it and is it big or is it small?

“Then, from the outside of the house you hear a man inside of the house screaming to let him out and he sounds crazy.”

The eleventh question: Do you open the door for this man?

“Now, you’re still standing in front of the house, and everything just turns white. There’s nothing around you and you keep walking and nothing is changing.

“You scream and nobody can hear you. No matter what you do, everything’s the same.”

The twelfth question: So what do you do? Do you give up and just stay in the same place? Or do you continue exploring hoping to find an exit?

After listing all of the questions, she revealed the results.

“Question one: If the trees are organized and logical, so are you. You crave a lot of structure in your life.

“On the other hand, if the trees are spread out all over the place, these things are less important to you and you might be somebody who is more concerned about the essence of things rather than how they are presented.”

The second question is a reflection of how you perceive your childhood: Sunlight means you view your childhood fondly, and darkness means you don’t have the best memories of that time.

“Question number three: the path is the path you are currently following. A very wide and clear path indicates that you feel very comfortable and certain about what you’re doing and where you’re going.

“On the other hand, a very narrow or less traveled path might indicate that there is a lot of hesitation in what you’re doing and uncertainty about the future.”

For the fourth question, the key’s age indicates how old a current dream of yours is: The older the key, the longer you’ve held onto that dream.

And the size of the key indicates how badly you want that dream to happen: The bigger the key, the greater the desire.

For the fifth question, if you chose to leave the key behind, you’re likely a little threatened by your dream and don’t want it to completely change your life.

If you chose to pick up the key, your desire for that dream is a lot greater than your fear of it.

“Question number six: The more menacing the bear, the more you are worried about life’s problems.

“If the bear is just casually walking through the forest, you might view your life’s current problems as simply that — they’re just life’s problems and there will be a solution to them.”

For the seventh question, the size of the bear represents how big or small you view these problems.

“Question number eight: The urn represents your connection to your ancestors. If the urn is really big, then it could represent that you feel your connection to your parents or the previous generation is really strong. And if it’s small, vice versa.

“An urn made of really ancient materials might mean that you feel totally disconnected.”

For the ninth question, what’s in the urn represents what you have in connection to your ancestors.

Ashes might mean your connection is diminishing, and water or living things mean there is still a lot to gain from those relationships.

“Question number ten: A bigger and fancier house may represent your bigger dreams of wealth and prosperity, while on the other hand, a smaller house might represent that you’re somebody who’s generally content with what life gives you.”

For the 11th question, what you do about the crazy man in the house represents how much you trust other people.

If you open the door for him, you’re probably more trusting and likely put people first even if that poses a threat to yourself.

If you don’t open the door, you’re more careful about who you trust.

“And last but not least, question number twelve: If you chose not to try and look for an exit, this could mean that you’re somebody who is ok without change and you just accept what life is and think it’s inevitable.

“If you kept trying to look for an exit, that can be representative of the fact that you are somebody who continually likes to evolve and grow and seek new challenges.”

This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced here with permission.

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Super PACs target AOC-backed ‘defund the police’ NY candidates




Two political action committees bankrolled by New York business interests are waging a hard-hitting $1 million counteroffensive to defeat “defund the police” state Assembly candidates running in Tuesday’s Democratic primary races.

The related Super PACs — Common Sense New Yorkers and Voters of New York — have sent out mailers attacking the lefty candidates as soft on crime and are engaging in an 11th-hour “get out the vote” effort through robocalls, text messaging and other canvassing, said Jeff Leb, the treasurer of both groups.

“We are specifically running independent campaigns against socialist candidates who have declared publicly and privately that they want to defund the police,” said Leb.

“We have done multiple polls that confirm that across NYC and NYS regardless of the neighborhood or the district, public safety is the number one issue of concern to Democratic voters,” he added.

The candidates targeted by the groups are backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens), the left-wing Working Families Party and the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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The Super PACs are targeting candidates who support defunding the police.
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Leb said his groups will conduct a similar campaign to bolster pro-safety candidates in state Senate primaries in August.

At least three mailers have targeted insurgent Jonathan Soto — a former AOC staffer endorsed by the socialist congresswoman and the WFP — who is running against veteran Assembly incumbent Michael Benedetto in The Bronx.

“Don’t vote for Jonathan Soto. He’s Too Extreme for the Bronx,” said one mailer, which described the “defund” challenger as a “dangerous, reckless, socialist.”

One mailer targets former AOC staffer Jonathan Soto who the PAC describes as “too extreme.”
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The PACs have also run attack ads against insurgent Jessica Altagracia Woolford, who is running against veteran Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz in the northwest Bronx Assembly District 81 covering Riverdale, Kingsbridge Heights, Norwood and Woodlawn; and Samy Nemir Olivares, who is seeking to topple incumbent Erik Dilan in Brooklyn’s District 54, covering Bushwick and Cypress Hills.

Benedetto, who is not connected to the independent groups, on Sunday welcomed their campaign.

“They accurately point out that my opponent wants to defund the police. I’m not for that all. I happen to be in the same political camp as Joe Biden,” said Benedetto, who received a donation from the New York State Troopers PAC.

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The groups claim that public safety is the number one issue for New York voters.
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“They realize [Soto] is a radical who is out of step with the mainstream. We don’t want that.”

Soto on Sunday sought to turn the tables, saying Benedetto is backed by “Trump Republicans” who are sending attack mailers “distracting voters from what’s actually being defunded, our schools!”

Mayor Eric Adams has endorsed the more moderate Benedetto, and donated to his campaign in the ongoing proxy war with Ocasio-Cortez over the direction of New York’s Democratic Party.

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The groups are also targeting Jessica Altagracia Woolford who is running for state Assembly in the Bronx.
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The Adams-affiliated Striving for a Better New York gave Benedetto $4,700 work in mid-June, state BOE records show.

The AOC-backed Courage to Change PAC, meanwhile, donated $4,700 to Soto and cut four-figure checks to seven other lefty candidates in recent weeks, including challengers running against incumbents Dilan, Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster) and Nikki Lucas (D-Brooklyn) in the state Assembly, records show.

Dilan’s father is former longtime state Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Dilan, who lost a 2018 primary to the DSA-backed Julia Salazar.

The younger Dilan received a $4,700 check of his own from A.J.W. Properties Management and $2,000 from a PAC associated with state realtors, in addition to at least $13,000 more in donations from other labor and trade groups in recent weeks.

As for the two pro-law and order Super PACs, campaign finance records show Voters of New York received four donations from real estate and financial interest in recent weeks totaling $250,000.

Silverstein Properties gave $50,000 while Thomas Tuft, a former chairman of the Global Capital Markets Group at Goldman Sachs chipped in $25,000. Anel Holding Group and Broadwest Group 3 LLC contributed $100,000 and $75,000 respectively, according to campaign finance filings.

More than $100,000 in these donations went to just two entities – Live Media Productions LLC of lower Manhattan and Albany Marketing Solutions just blocks from the state Capitol, according to campaign records.

Both companies also received dozens of payments totaling a similar amount from Common Sense New York in recent days, records show.

Donors to this group include a litany of limited liability companies representing real estate and financial interests. The family-owned United American Land gave $100,000. Venture capitalist Lisa Blau gave $50,000, according to records.

The insurance industry and other trade groups have dumped $6,000 on Cahill, who chairs the Assembly Insurance Committee, as he battles back a challenge from the DSA and WFP-backed Sarahan Shrestha.

Shrestha also got $4,700 from the AOC-backed PAC on June 24, records state. 

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Duke assistant sees NBA starter in Knicks’ pick Trevor Keels




The Knicks traded out of the first round on draft night, but they may have landed a player with the upside of a first-round pick. At least, that’s what Chris Carrawell believes the Knicks have in Trevor Keels.

The one-and-done guard had an up-and-down season with the Blue Devils, averaging 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds, but the former five-star recruit was still projected by some to find his way into the first round. That didn’t happen, and the Knicks ended up selecting him with the No. 42 overall pick in the draft.

“I think he’s a starter [in the NBA],” Carrawell, the Duke assistant coach, told The Post in a phone interview on Sunday. “It’s harder when you’re a second-round pick, but he’s only 18. If he stays with it, and gets an opportunity and improves, I compare him to Marcus Smart.

“In a year [if he stayed in school] he would’ve been a potential lottery pick and guaranteed first-round pick for sure. Potential is there. … I think the Knicks got a steal.”

The Knicks selected Duke product Trevor Keels in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Carrawell singled out two needed areas of improvement for the 6-foot-5 Keels to develop into a solid NBA player. One of the youngest players in the draft, the Clinton, Md. native has to improve his perimeter jump shot — Keels shot just 31.2 percent from beyond the arc for Duke this past season — and he has to get into better shape. Keels registered 13.5 percent body fat at the draft combine, the fourth highest of the 76 players there.

“These guys come in, they’re 17, 18 years old, in college for the first time. No matter how much we talk to them about nutrition, things you gotta eat, they’re still college kids,” Carrawell said. “They’re going to still stay up late, they’re going to play video games, they’re going to hang out with their classmates, their teammates. He has the body type that you have to watch what you eat, make sure you’re putting in the work, which he does. But he’s still young. I didn’t pay attention to those things when I was 22. In time, once he learns, he can do it.”

Off the bat, Keels’ best asset is his competitive fire and on-court desire. He was one of Duke’s most intense players and, according to Carrawell, has an extremely high basketball IQ. That manifests itself at both ends of the floor.

Perhaps most important for Keels and the Knicks, Carrawell thinks he’s a Tom Thibodeau type of player, due to his aggressive nature and his desire on the defensive end. Thibodeau, of course, is notorious for relying on veterans, so Keels will have to prove himself to carve out a role for himself. The fastest way for that to happen is on the defensive end.

Trevor Keels working out at the NBA Draft combine.

Carrawell’s take was similar to what an NBA scout told The Post on draft night, that Keels has to improve his body and his jumper, but the toughness and edge he plays with will appeal to Thibodeau.

“I’m going into a foxhole, I want him on my side,” Carrawell said. “’Thibs is going to fall in love with Trevor, because he’s a competitor, he’s a winner.

“He competes, man. Trevor really has the potential to be a really good defender once he learns the NBA game. He can really guard the ball. When he’s locked in, he does a good job of putting pressure on the ball, and he’s not bad off the ball as well.”

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Environmentalists hate the working class




As the United States faces skyrocketing oil, gas and electricity prices, the obvious solution is to drill for more oil and gas and build more generating plants. Naturally, that’s off the table because the people who are being hurt most aren’t the ones who set the agenda.

High prices hurt everyone to a degree, but they’re hardest on the working classes. Most Americans drive to work, and even in most places with mass transit there are far more jobs within a 30-minute drive than there are within a 30-minute bus or train ride. Cars also make it easier to take kids to school, shop for groceries in a wider variety of places and stay in touch with family and friends.

With gas prices having more than doubled since January 2021, the cost of doing all these things has also more than doubled. For a family that’s stretched tight already, twice as much money for gas means less money for other things, like food, clothing or education. (And it doesn’t help that prices for those things are also skyrocketing.)

Nonetheless, environmentalists seem happy with these changes. And before he started backpedaling after seeing the polls, President Joe Biden praised high gas prices as part of an “incredible transition” to electric cars and other “green” technologies. (Now, of course, seeing how the political winds blow, he’s calling for a gas-tax “holiday” to take the pressure off voters, at least until after the coming midterms. In the meantime, if you’re too poor to afford gasoline, the administration’s advice is to buy an expensive electric car.)

Gas prices have more than doubled since January 2021.
Gas prices have more than doubled since January 2021.

The reason the environmental faction favors high energy prices is that it wants to force people to switch to renewables. That such a switch leaves most people worse off leaves the environmentalists unmoved. That’s because they’ve always been an elitist movement with no concern for the working class or minorities.

California environmental lawyer Jennifer Hernandez calls the results of that state’s policies “Green Jim Crow.” High energy costs and strict building regulations keep poor people concentrated in poor neighborhoods, while protecting wealthy white enclaves like Marin County. And strict environmental rules crush or keep out industrial jobs that have traditionally provided a leg up for the working class. She observes: “What the soaring environmental rhetoric of the state’s affluent, largely White technocratic leadership disguises is a kludge of climate policies that will only, under the best of circumstances, partially decarbonize the state’s economy while deepening the state’s shameful legacy of racial injustice.”

But that’s been the history of environmental activism from the beginning: rich white people doing well at the expense of the lower classes. In a 1977 Harper’s article, William Tucker explored the history of what’s regarded as the first big environmental movement in America: the opposition to Con Edison’s Storm King pumped-storage project. The project was designed to save energy costs and make it easier for Con Ed to handle summertime peak demand. It would also have provided a lot of jobs in a depressed area.

The catch is, it would have spoiled the views from rich people’s estates in the nearby mountains. As Tucker reports at length, those affluent landowners constructed an entire edifice of opposition to Storm King, for the most selfish of reasons. He quotes a local mayor, who was told by one of the landowners, “We’ve got it nice and peaceful up here, why do you want to spoil it?” The mayor reported, “I bit my tongue and didn’t say anything, but what I wanted to say was ‘What about all the little people down there in the village who need this plant? Did you ever think about them?’” No.

Hiring big law firms and elite PR firms, along with enlisting celebrities like Pete Seeger, who wrote a song about the mountain, the landowners managed to turn a selfish desire not to have to look at electric power lines that would benefit millions into a quasi-religious crusade on behalf of Nature. The plant was stopped, property values were protected and only the little people suffered.

Today, as gas and energy prices soar while the well-off warn us about climate change via private jet, nothing’s different. No one is thinking about the little people. Why should they? Who’s going to make them? 

Glenn Harlan Reynolds is a professor of law at the University of Tennessee and founder of the blog.

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