a <strong>Tawny owl</strong>icon

You're a Tawny owl!

Motto: I'll analyse it to understand it

Myers-Briggs personality type: INTP
2 percent of the UK population are Tawny owls.

Tawny owls are symbols of intelligence, determination and wisdom - qualities usually shared with INTPs. They fly silently in the night - INTPs too, are often careful and quiet, speaking only when they have something interesting or useful to say.
Tawny owl strengths

Being natural inventors, Tawny owls love to learn new skills and try out new things. They enjoy tasks that require them to problem solve and use their imagination. Tawny owls pay attention to detail and are great at analysing and approaching things in a logical order.

As children

Tawny owls love learning, especially facts that help them understand how the world works. They enjoy competitive games, are very individualistic and are determined to do things their way.

They may not seek or need lots of physical attention, it doesn't mean they don't have feelings they just really like privacy and don't like being fussed over. Keen to question authority, they enjoy testing theories and ideas, including challenging their parents!

As young people

They're independent, quiet and flexible deep thinkers.

As a boyfriend/girlfriend

They usually share their ideas, passions and beliefs and like trying new things as a couple. They can be very self-critical.

As a boss

Caring, quiet, personal, democratic, value and seek harmony, flexible. Quite rare as leaders (because they are not usually task-focused) and therefore can bring in original perspectives and approaches to their role.

Tips for Tawny owls

Don't get lost inside your thoughts; involve others.

Famous Tawny owls
  • Einstein
    Einstein
  • Tina Fey
    Tina Fey
  • Wallace
    Wallace
Find out more

The Buzz Quiz is based on an approach to personality developed by Carl Jung and popularised by Myers-Briggs around sixty years ago, which recognises that people have preferred ways of behaving using their personality. Some people prefer to be quiet and others prefer to be chatty - both are equally good but different. Knowing your own style of behaving can help you make better decisions in life.

See our interview with Buzz Quiz creator David Hodgson to find out more about personality and careers.

The book The Buzz explains the ideas further and applies these to the lives and choices facing young people.

View other animals