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You're a Tawny owl!

Motto: I'll analyse it to understand it.

Two 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 solving problems and using their imagination. Tawny owls pay attention to detail and are great at analysing and approaching things in a logical order.

Tawny owls:
  • Love learning, especially facts that help them understand how the world works
  • Enjoy competitive games - very individualistic and determined to do things their way
  • May not seek lots of physical attention - they do have feelings but don’t like being fussed over. Like privacy
  • Often question authority and challenge their parents. Enjoy testing theories and ideas
  • Independent, quiet and flexible deep-thinkers
  • Can be very self-critical
  • Usually share their ideas, passions and beliefs
As a leader

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.

Tawny owls at work and school

Tawny owls enjoy making ideas happen.

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Find out more about the Buzz Quiz

The Buzz Quiz was developed by Education and Employers' partner David Hodgson to help young people make more informed course and career decisions, boost self-awareness, and better understand others.

Find out more about personality and careers in our interview with Buzz Quiz creator David Hodgson.

Explore these ideas in more detail and see how they apply to young people's lives and choices with David's book The Buzz.

Personality-type theory has roots in the work of Carl Jung, the founder of analytic psychology. It was later developed by Isabel Briggs Myers, as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©, and David Keirsey's Temperament Sorter. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and MBTI are registered trademarks.

The theory has been researched and applied across many areas including conflict resolution, team-building, leadership, career choices and communication.

Our animal type describes our preferred behaviour. We can all learn to adapt and change our behaviour to suit the circumstances and challenges we face.