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You're a Tawny owl!

Motto: I'll analyse it to understand it.

2 percent of the UK population are Tawny owls.
Tawny owls are symbols of intelligence, determination and wisdom. They fly silently in the night, and 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
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Tina Fey
Tina Fey
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Personality-type theory has roots in the work of Carl Jung. It was further developed as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and MBTI are registered trademarks. It has been researched and applied across many areas including conflict resolution, business (team building and leadership), course/careers choice and communication. The breadth and depth of this work make personality type a very useful approach for young people and their advisers.

The Buzz quiz was developed by icould partner David Hodgson to help teenagers make more informed course and career decisions, boost self-awareness and help us better understand each other.

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.

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