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The 7 Most Common Personality Types

Muhammad Rafiq is a freelance writer, blogger, and translator with a master's degree in English literature from the University of Malakand.

The 7 Most Common Personality Types

The 7 Most Common Personality Types

You have probably heard about personality types, but did you know that there are 7 different types? Each type has its own characteristics and traits which make them who they are. By understanding these different types, you can learn to recognize them in yourself and others, as well as how they interact with each other. This can be very helpful in many ways, such as when you want to improve relationships with those around you or even getting ahead at work. It also helps in everyday life when trying to figure out how to deal with certain people. Let’s take a look at each of these 7 main personality types and see what they are all about:

  1. The Investigative Detective
  2. The Inspirational Healer
  3. The Protector
  4. The Virtuoso
  5. The Conscientious Caregiver
  6. The Logistician
  7. The Giver

1. The Investigative Detective

The investigative detective is a type of personality that prefers to focus on the present and what is right in front of them. They live in the moment, preferring to see things as they are.

Investigative detective enjoy having the freedom to explore their interests, while having the space to themselves when they need it. They are good at adapting to their surroundings and tend to be flexible in their approach to most situations. Investigative detective do not like being held back by rules or expectations, especially if they interfere with their ability to do what they think is best.

Investigative detective have an analytical mind and are good at breaking down things into smaller pieces that are more easily understandable. They enjoy exploring how things work and why things happen the way they do, which makes them great problem solvers. Investigative detective can sometimes get caught up in details, so it is important for them to keep an eye on the bigger picture as well.

Investigative detectives have a unique set of skills that make them a valuable part of any team or project. They have an eye for detail and can quickly spot things that others might miss.

Investigative detectives enjoy solving problems and finding new ways to get things done faster, cheaper or better than before.

This type of person is well suited for technical roles and typically excels in roles where they can use their analytical skills and logical thinking to solve complex problems.

Their main weaknesses are:

  • tendency to be irritable and impatient with people, especially if they're making mistakes;
  • sometimes too preoccupied with their work to give others the attention they deserve;
  • tendency to ignore social rules when they seem unnecessary;
  • difficulty relating to people who don't share their intellectual interests;
  • easily turned off by small talk or chit-chat;
  • preference for dealing with facts rather than feelings;
  • tendency to look down on people who don't know as much as them.*
Personality Types: Investigative Detective

Personality Types: Investigative Detective

2. The Inspirational Healer

Inspirational healers, who make up only about 1 percent of the population, are spiritual motivators. They are uplifting and enthusiastic, and they help those around them find inner peace. Inspirational healers have a natural gift for giving others a deep sense of contentment.

Inspirational healers have a very positive outlook on life. They see the best in everyone and everything, and they are always looking for the good in any situation.

Inspirational healers love to help others feel good about themselves and their lives. They are kind and supportive, and they have an uncanny ability to listen deeply to other people's problems without being judgmental or critical. Inspirational healers provide encouragement and motivation to those who need it most.

The strength of inspirational healers is in their ability to inspire others through the power of words. They are excellent communicators, who can speak with authority about anything that interest them. Inspirational healers possess a unique charisma that draws people to them and makes them feel comfortable talking about anything under the sun.

Inspirational healers have a strong sense of purpose in life. They have a strong desire to make a positive impact on the people around them, and they will do whatever it takes to accomplish this goal. Inspirational healers are never afraid to speak their minds, even if it means telling someone something that they may not want to hear.

The main weakness of inspirational healers is that they can sometimes be too nice for their own good. They tend to go out of their way to help others at the expense of their own needs, which can lead them into some potentially dangerous situations. In addition, inspirational healers tend to be overly trusting with people who don't deserve it.

3. The Protector

The protector is a type of person who is always ready to assist and help others. Not only do they need to protect themselves and what they have, but they also feel the need to protect others. They like to watch over other people and ensure that they are safe.

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Protector personality types are more than willing to put themselves in the line if fire in order to try and make sure that their loved ones do not get hurt. They do anything within their power in order to keep those around them safe and help them when possible.

This type of person loves being able to help those around them, no matter what it takes or what that may mean for them. They are always looking for ways that they can be of assistance, which makes them great leaders as well as role models. The protector is a type of individual who is not only strong and powerful, but also very caring and loving.

Some careers best suited for the protector include chef, artist, lawyer, fitness trainer, psychologist, or police officer. This type of person is ideal for careers such as these because they allow you to take care of those around you.

Protector's main weaknesses are his or her tendency to be overprotective, defensive, and controlling of those around him or her. While these instincts may stem from good intentions, they can lead to undesirable outcomes such as resentment from others who feel oppressed by the Protector's behavior.

Personality Types: The Protector

Personality Types: The Protector

4. The Virtuoso

The virtuoso is a type of personality that is marked by a high level of creativity, independence, self-motivation, and the ability to lead. Along with the artisan and the intellectual, the virtuoso is one of three personality types that are loosely defined as having traits associated with intelligence.

Virtuosos are generally motivated by a desire for personal achievement and recognition, which can lead them to be competitive in some settings. They may also be motivated by curiosity and a desire to expand their own knowledge base.

Virtuosos are generally very independent people who prefer to work on their own rather than in groups. Their preference for independence can make them somewhat difficult to manage because they often prefer to be left alone and given the freedom to do their work without interference. Virtuosos are not typically very focused on structure or organization but instead prefer to focus on solving problems that interest them.

Virtuosos have high levels of creativity and can often find creative solutions or approaches to solving problems that others may not have thought about. They are also generally open-minded, tolerant of different opinions and ideas, and good at understanding things from other points of view.

The main weaknesses of virtuoso personality type are

  • Not being able to stay focused on a specific task for long
  • Not being able to work well with others
  • Being impulsive and reckless
  • Being stubborn, self-centered, and difficult to get along with
  • Can be reckless and have a short attention span
  • Don't like to be restrained by rules or deadlines
  • Get bored easily and may seem irresponsible

5. The Conscientious Caregiver

The conscientious caregiver is a type of personality that emphasizes the importance of being organized, responsible, and dependable. These individuals are very detail-oriented, so they tend to be very thorough when completing tasks. They also seek to be in control of their lives, which means that they don't like sudden changes or unexpected situations. In fact, they often plan out what they are going to do and how they are going to do it ahead of time.

Conscientious caregivers have a strong sense of duty and strive to be trustworthy. They take their commitments seriously, so they put pressure on themselves to fulfill all of their obligations. These individuals also place a great deal of importance on planning for the future and taking the necessary steps towards reaching their goals.

Although conscientious caregivers can be quite disciplined in certain areas, this type of personality doesn't want too much structure and control in their lives. They would prefer to work in an environment that gives them plenty of freedom and allows them to express themselves creatively. Conscientious caregivers are also very passionate about the things that interest them, but the downside is that they may become stressed out easily if they don't feel as though they have enough time to complete all of their tasks or pursue these interests.

Conscientious caregivers are needed for a range of caregiving roles:

Providing emotional support: This can take the form of active listening and providing emotional comfort through direct care. For example, this could include helping someone talk through their grief or providing emotional support while they're going through treatment.

Helping with planning: Caregivers can take on some of the responsibility for coordinating care plans and managing day-to-day activities. This could include keeping track of appointments, organizing transportation, or scheduling services like home health aides.

Making decisions: Some caregivers are called upon to make decisions on behalf of the person who needs help. While some families might have the need for a formal legal guardian or durable power of attorney, most caregivers will find themselves in a less formal decision-making role. In general, it's best practice when possible to allow the person receiving care to make their own decisions where practical and safe.

Conscientious caregivers' main weaknesses are:

  • Their income often depends on how many children they care for, which can make them more willing to accept children who aren't a good match with them or their other charges.
  • They may not have any other adult caregivers in the home during work hours, limiting access to back-up care (but this is not always the case).
  • They may not have a formal training plan for their staff or additional staff in case of illness, vacation or
  • They may lack a formal training plan or written policies about safety, nutrition and other issues.

6. The Logistician

The logistician is a type of personality that's fairly rare, making up only about five percent of the population. They value logic and reason above all else, and are always looking for ways to improve systems and processes with creative solutions.

Logistician personalities much prefer to be alone and avoid socializing, but they can be found in close relationships with their friends and family.

Logisticians are rational, analytical thinkers who tend to excel in careers that require careful thinking, organization and attention to detail. There are many different types of jobs that this personality type would thrive in, as long as they're given the time to themselves they need.

Logisticians are more likely to be generalists than specialists — they like to explore lots of different subjects instead of focusing on just one. They tend to be creative problem solvers who enjoy making connections between seemingly unrelated ideas or concepts. Their innate curiosity makes them excellent learners with diverse interests.

Logisticians are known for being quiet and reserved in social situations. They often prefer spending time alone rather than engaging others socially because it's easier for them to think clearly when there aren't distractions around them. Logisticians usually have very few close friends because they don't feel the need to interact with people.

Logisticians don't like small talk, but they do appreciate discussing topics that interest them. They tend to be more intelligent than most people, so they enjoy talking about abstract concepts that other people may find boring or confusing.

Logisticians are excellent communicators and can seem quite charming when they're interested in a subject.

Logisticians often prefer working independently because it gives them a chance to focus on their work without worrying about what others are doing. If a group project is required, Logisticians typically take charge and do most of the work themselves -- either because no one else wants to do it or because they assume no one else can do it as well as they can.

Logisticians' main weaknesses are:

  • Overthinking everything
  • Being overly judgmental and critical of themselves and others
  • Getting stuck in details and missing the bigger picture
  • Stressing perfectionism
  • Lacking an enthusiasm for new experiences and challenges
  • Being too self-sufficient
  • Being too stubborn and inflexible
  • Being too cynical and critical of others
  • Being overly skeptical and distrustful of others

7. The Giver

The giver is a type of personality that the world needs more of. They are selfless, generous, and loving people that are always putting others before themselves. When you’re around them, you’ll never be left wanting for anything.

Givers are some of the most compassionate people you’ll ever meet. They understand what it means to be a good person, and they never hesitate to lend a helping hand when they see someone in need. It’s their deepest desire to make the world a better place, one person at a time.

If you look up how to be a better person in the dictionary, chances are you’ll find a picture of a giver. I don’t see how anyone could say anything negative about them.

Givers are very giving people, but they do expect something in return — love. The only thing they crave is being loved as much as they love other people. They want to know that what they do is appreciated and felt by the world around them.

When it comes down to it, we could all learn a thing or two from givers and their ways of living life with love and compassion for others.

Do you consider yourself to be a giver? There are some traits that make them stand out from the rest of the crowd, find out what those are:

1. Givers are easy to spot in a crowd — they're the ones volunteering at the soup kitchen, organizing fundraisers, and giving rides to friends in need. They're generous with their time and resources, often putting their own needs on hold to accommodate others.

2. Givers have high emotional intelligence (EI). High EI is one indicator that someone will be a giver. People with high EI are more likely to pick up on emotional cues, which then motivates them to extend themselves for others and help where it's needed most.

3. Givers prioritize other people's needs over their own. Many times, when someone is generous with his or her time or resources, it's because they want to help those in need — not because they expect something in return. Givers don't feel entitled to recognition and appreciation. They just want to help.

The main weaknesses of a giver are:

  • Perfectionism, being overly critical of self and others, focusing on details rather than the big picture, avoiding change and risk
  • Being overly sensitive to criticism, isolation from others, overworking to avoid feelings of emptiness or lack of purpose
  • Perfectionism is the main weakness for the giver personality type. This perfectionism can lead them to be overly critical of themselves and others.
  • Givers tend to focus on details rather than the big picture. They can also become isolated because they focus so much on their inner world that they forget about their external environment.
  • Givers tend to avoid change and risk because it makes them uncomfortable. While this might seem like a positive thing in some instances, it can also cause them to pass up opportunities that would be beneficial for them in the long run.
  • A giver’s sensitivity to criticism can make them overly defensive and cause them to have difficulty accepting constructive criticism that may help them improve themselves or a situation.
  • The need for praise and recognition can lead givers to work too hard at times when they should be resting. The constant pressure they put on themselves can also cause them burn out or depression if they don’t take time for themselves.

Further Reading:

  1. The Seven Chakra Personality Types: Discover the Energetic Forces That Shape Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your Place in the World
  2. Discovering Your Personality Type: The Essential Introduction to the Enneagram
  3. Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Muhammad Rafiq

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