I’ve always found personality—and what makes each of us tick—incredibly fascinating. In fact, one of my favorite parts of psychotherapy is seeing how personality relates to the decisions people make in life. Risk-takers often thrive on jumping into new ventures, without much thought to logistics, while planners tend to think through practicalities and know instinctively how to get from point A to Z. We all possess different passions and preferences that impel us to choose one option over another. That’s what makes life interesting.
At Woofound, when we set out to develop a personality assessment that picks up on the nuances of individuality—and doesn’t just pigeonhole people—we turned to the widely used Myers Briggs. Yet given the job crisis at hand, the high number of unemployed college graduates, and the growing complexity of the 21st-century job market, we knew we needed more than a personality test. We needed a tool to foster smarter decisions about college and careers—using core personality as a guidepost.
So our teams of psychologists and psychotherapists pored through countless studies on personality and 21st-century careers, and garnered what we’ve learned from several decades of clinical experience, to come up with seven core personality types for Woofound’s assessment. I’ll walk you through each of them. And as you read them, see if you can figure out which fit you best.
7 Core Personality Types
Action takers enjoy hands-on work and do well with specific tasks and concrete goals. They tend to be more physical by nature—and take jobs with some degree of physicality. Though they can interact with others, they prefer working alone on the task at hand. Both surgeons and carpenters exemplify action takers.Planner
Planners pay attention to details and follow rules. They tend toward perfectionism and are, at times, compulsive about doing a job right. Though not typically leaders, planners make excellent colleagues because they’re hard working, conscientious, and ever-diligent about deadlines. Accountants and copywriters are often planners.Visionary
Visionaries often work in the private sector and represent the movers and shakers of the world. They’re natural-born leaders and entrepreneurs, and usually extraverted, energetic, and daring. While a team of visionaries never falls short of ideas, they gloss over details—and need support from others to get the job done. They make good politicians, business executives, and startup founders.Mentor
Mentors thrive in the “helping” fields, holding jobs where they can make a difference. They typically work in the nonprofit or public sector, and gravitate to professions like social work, teaching, and coaching. Mentors exhibit compassion in everything they do and enjoy working for a cause. They’re incredibly loyal—and true team players.Inventor
Inventors are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers who need opportunities for creative expression. They can work both independently and with others—and tend to feel passionate about what they do. Inventors make good artists (musicians, creative writers, actors, graphic designers) and media production specialists.Analyzer
Analyzers enjoy asking questions and searching for solutions. More science-oriented than most, they think deeply and critically—and look for clues to support or discredit an idea or uncover a new solution. Analysts make strong statisticians, scientists, and lawyers.Naturalist
More than a weekend hiker or gardener, naturalists are drawn to the natural world and often devote their career to preserving and protecting the earth. With a preference for working outdoors, naturalists make good organic farmers, master gardeners, marine biologists, and environmental scientists.
Keep in mind that no one fits only one category—everyone is a composite. That’s why Woofound names the top two categories and provides a breakdown of all others in a pie chart. In my case, my dominant personality types are mentor/analyst—quite fitting for my job as a psychoanalyst!
Also keep in mind that our career recommendations take into consideration the whole pie, not just the two largest slices. For instance, Dan Sines and Josh Spears, Woofound’s founders, are both visionaries/inventors. Yet because their individual responses vary, their career recommendations are totally different. Not surprisingly, they play very different roles here at Woofound.
As we continue to receive positive feedback from students and professionals—and the higher ed and government agencies we work with—I’m proud we created a tool that picks up on individual nuances and helps people make better decisions in life.
If you haven’t already taken our demo, I encourage you to do so. And remember: even though our core personality stays consistent, we evolve throughout life. That’s why it’s important to self-reflect not just at critical junctures but across the lifespan.
I’ll leave you with wise words from Jane Austen: “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” Our goal at Woofound is to help people “attend to it”—and lead better, more fulfilling lives.