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You're a Barn owl!

Motto: I'll work it out myself

Myers-Briggs personality type: INTJ
1 percent of the UK population are Barn owls.

Barn owls are symbols of intelligence, determination and wisdom; qualities usually shared with the INTJ. A Barn owl hunts quietly over grassland looking for small animals. INTJs can seem to be flying high, thinking big ideas quietly, while paying attention to the small details to solve problems and develop plans.
Barn owl strengths

Patient and methodical, Barn owls are great with complicated situations and working on things for a long time. They are natural planners and imaginative problems solvers that are often good at being careful with facts. They are keen to research and gain knowledge on subjects in detail, often becoming an expert in the things that they learn.

As children

Intense and serious, Barn owls are trying to make sense of their world and usually value routine and structure. They prefer interests that require precision and skill rather than team games and hobbies and enjoy the opportunity to create new ideas and opportunities. Barn owls like to learn by being shown and corrected privately.

As young people

At their best, they're clever, creative visionaries with the determination to achieve their goals, which means they may be considered distant, private and argumentative.

As a boyfriend/girlfriend

They're usually quite independent but can appear tougher than they really are. They often like to share their passions, ideas and beliefs.

As a boss

Visionary, direct and organised. Detailed planners. Strategic and challenging. Like to stretch themselves and their team members. Tend to like and offer independence to their team members but will expect success in return.

Tips for Barn owls

Forgive yourself for not always reaching your own high standards.

Famous Barn owls
  • Mark Zuckerberg
    Mark Zuckerberg
  • George Lucas
    George Lucas
  • Jane Austen
    Jane Austen
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.

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