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Tawny Owl

Owls are symbols of intelligence, determination and wisdom - qualities usually shared with INTPs. They fly silently in the night, and INTPs, too, are often careful and quiet, speaking only when they have something interesting or useful to say. If you hear an owl hoot at night, it is likely to be a tawny owl, and, when you hear an INTP speak; it is usually worth listening to. Tawny owls are Britain's most common bird of prey, but INTPs are quite rare and therefore easy to misunderstand.

  • Enjoy learning new skills.
  • Enjoy solving problems using their imagination.
  • Like analysing and putting things in logical order.
  • Can be careful with details.
Famous Tawny Owls
  • Einstein
  • Tina Fey
    Tina Fey
  • Wallace
As Children
  • Enjoy learning, especially facts that help them understand how the world works.
  • Very individualistic and determined to do things their way!
  • Often enjoy competitive games and toys.
  • May not seek or need lots of physical attention (it doesn't mean they don't love you).
  • Will question authority and don't like being fussed over.
  • Imaginative problem solvers, enjoy testing theories and ideas (including challenging their parent!)
  • Enjoy privacy and may take things apart to see how they're made
As Young People

They're independent, quiet and flexible deep thinkers.

As a Partner

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

At Work

Natural inventors.

Over-represented in computing/IT, Web design, research, engineering, science, manufacturing, surveying, electronics, photography.

Reduce Stress

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

Preferred Roles

Inventor, architect, creator, engineer.

Leadership Style

Caring, quiet, personal, democratic, value/seek harmony, flexible. Quite rare as leaders (because they are usually people rather than task focused) and therefore can bring in original perspectives and approaches to their role.

Like to find out more?

Read more about Myers-Briggs type indicators on Wikipedia. For further information on personality and career choice, see Paul Teiger's 'Do What You Are'. Advice on understanding and improving relationships see Paul Teiger's 'Just My Type'. General books covering all of these topics include David Keirsey's 'Please Understand Me II' , Otto Kroeger's 'Type Talk' and David Hodgson's 'The Buzz'.

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