The Explorer Archetype

Primary trait: investigative, secondary trait:

Explorers are naturally inquisitive people with a social side. They spend a lot of time in their minds investigating ideas. They tend to be observant and analytical. Though they are very mind-oriented people, they also enjoy team work when the time is right. Explorers spend time creating insights and new ways of expressing ideas, and love to share their findings with others.

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Things they're good at

Explorers are one of the most common archetypes, representing about 9 to 10% of the population. Explorers are typically intellectual, methodical, and curious while also tending to be supportive, understanding, and patient. This combination tends to make Explorers people who have a strong need to understand the world while helping others. Not only are Explorers able to grasp complicated concepts with relative ease, their social side means they are usually able to articulate their findings with others so that they can understand as well. Not only are they interested in more scientific or scholarly subjects, they are also fascinated with other people. This kind of skill is ideal for roles where an Explorer is able to work with people one on one, like in the health or medicine industry.

Things they can watch out for

The Explorer’s tendency to favor tasks without already-defined solutions or outcomes means that they tend to have a dislike for repetitive activities or tasks that are highly structured. Their propensity for dealing with abstractions and trying to makes sense of them can sometimes mean that they do not feel confident in a front and center role where they are the leader, though they are typically are very good at communicating with others. They typically do not like to collect or organize things, as they feel more equipped to deal with high level or interpersonal problems.