I think social dynamics is fascinating. The different ways people’s minds work, how personalities interact with other personalities, why certain people seem to click with each other. At camp, we took this cool personality test, which groups personality types into four different animals. Even after camp, I’ve found myself instantly grouping new people I meet into these categories. Sometimes if I can’t figure it out, I actually make them take the test.
How To Take The Test
1) Circle every word/phrase you think describes you. Yes, some words are on there twice. Just circle it again if it applies to you. Also, only circle the word if it truly describes you, not if it’s how you want to be.
2) Add up each column and multiply by 2. Record it at the bottom.
3) Label the columns at the top starting at the left: Retriever, Beaver, Lion, Otter
4) Your highest scoring animal is your primary personality type, and your second highest score is your secondary personality type. If you’re even across the board, you officially have no personality.
Retriever- The Retriever, or Golden Retriever if you couldn’t figure that out, usually has a lot of friends. Why? Because they usually put others first, are very loyal, and don’t really get into confrontation. They are opposed to change. They’re motto is “let’s keep things the way they are.” Retrievers usually like smaller circles and have deeper relationships, but want to be liked by everyone. They’re very caring people.
Strengths: Calm, listen well, dependable
Weaknesses: Indecisive, indifferent, can be pushover
Beaver - Beavers are big on rules, which I am not. They’re super organized and think there is right way and a wrong way to do everything. They tend to be hard workers and very productive. Beavers pay attention to the details and are very accurate and precise.
Strengths: Organized, hard worker, structured, high standards
Weaknesses: Unrealistic expectations, try to be too perfect
Lion- Lions love to be in charge and in positions of authority. They are confident and know what they want, as they are goal-driven. Lions love a challenge and can be ultra competitive, which can be bad if someone gets in their way. Lions can potentially be too domineering or bossy.
Strengths: Leader, decisive, goal-oriented, get things done
Weaknesses: Argumentative, can get over-competitive, too bold at times
Otter- All my Otters stand up! Otters are very social and they love meeting new people. Otters usually have a lot of friends and are hurt when people do not like them. They enjoy being popular and influencing others. Otters love to goof-off and have been known to have messy rooms. (true for this guy).
Strengths: Open, social, people person, optimistic
Weaknesses: Discipline, finishing the job, following through, organization
The higher your score, the more you coincide with that personality. 40 is the highest score. So if you were a 38 Beaver, your room is probably spotless and you are most likely telling people to stop breaking rules all the time.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a big Otter (38). My secondary is Lion (24). My Retriever is 14…and my Beaver is 6. I’m proud to say I’m an Otter because I love meeting new people, and I get energized by the social scene. I like that Lion is my secondary because I can be assertive when I need to, and it helps to have a Lion in your back pocket when people try to push you around. I tend to not really get along with Beavers so well because they try to put me in a box. It’s pretty cool to see the effects of this because every time I got along with someone really well at camp, they were an Otter. Retrievers are always really easy to get along with as well.
But ya, experiment with this. Try to guess different people’s personality animal when you meet them. Have your family and friends take it. My family’s a really interesting mix: My dad is a Lion/Beaver, my mom is an Otter/Retriever, and my brother is a Beaver/Retriever, which is weird because we get along pretty well. I guess his secondary Retriever offsets his Beaver.
If you want to know my Jungian personality type, it’s ENFP.
You can take that test here.