The Empathic Explorers
Empathic Explorers are playful, open-minded, and brave. Driven by an immense, never ending curiosity, and quick speed, they understand complex messages quickly. EXs are always scanning-for-changes and refocusing in order to meet new problems. They are existentialistic, often questioning ‘why?’ we are here, and what our purpose is. They create and participate in stories cooperatively, acting out their beliefs and values. Spending little time in reflection, they are built to take risks and to see where the story leads, and they can usually find a way out of a tricky situation.
As Empathetic types, they can act as story-tellers, becoming ethically influential, and inspiring change and novelty. Empathic Explorers give others energy, and express energy and stimulation outwardly, often causing them to have stage-presence and to be easily seen by others. They seek good experiences, wildness, the natural, and the pleasant. They are intelligent, quick to solve problems and to implement changes when necessary. They make guesses and study their environment and how it can be used and improved. They imagine and think ahead short-term, instinctively knowing what to respond or how to move in response to a situation. They are constantly learning new things, taking in new information, and going against their fears.
Interested in people, they naturally pursue those who they can’t explain, and those who move to their own beat. EXs ignore their fears, but are always a little nervous. They tend to be rebellious and often anti-establishment, driven to point a new way. They are socially adaptive and driven to learn of other’s needs, values, and motives. They speculate and brainstorm reasons for other people’s actions. They show interest in others behavior and their reasons.
The primary emotions for an Empathic Explorer are fear, curiosity, shame and appreciation. It is key that you identify positive ways to respond to these emotions if you seek growth.
Empathic Explorers natural response to fear and curiosity is to trust – and follow these instincts naturally, wherever they may lead them. Giving Empathic Explorers the freedom to adventure, travel, and to meet new people is a key way of getting an Empathic Explorer to deal with their fears head on. You need to inspire them to take risks, to expose themselves to what they are afraid of, to teach them how ingenious and resourceful they can be – nobody is able to come up with a solution to a new problem as quickly as these types are. Healthy Empathic Explorers trust their fear and curiosity fully, they explore whims, creative spurs, and they run if they know they should run.
When experiencing shame, an Empathic Explorers first response is to brainstorm reasons. Why? Was it something I said? Should I have done something differently? They analyze, they experiment, they test different approaches, in the hopes of figuring out and learning more about what they appreciate, and what they dislike about themselves and others, and this process is highly important for Empathic Explorers, in order to build an identity and a relationship to themselves and others. They need to purge the things they don’t relate to – and to immerse themselves with the things they do like, and it is crucial that others do not judge or control them while they develop their taste and needs.
In relationships, healthy empaths value authenticity and honest expressions, striving to live up to their values and existential beliefs. Empaths tend to engage in various causes, working towards something which inspires them. They often daydream about travel, meeting new people, or going on some kind of adventure. Empaths often discuss values and existential issues with others, discussing how to live life. More negatively, unhealthy empaths can sometimes lie to or manipulate their partners, or they suspect their partners are lying or being inauthentic towards them. It’s important for empaths to go against their inner fears and to do things they dream about, as well as to engage in recreative activities or existential causes frequently, or their health in this area will drop.
Explorers keep our eyes open for changes and new possibilities. They inspire us to make changes. They test out different choices, helping us understand the consequences and possibilities of various decisions. But they sometimes disregard plans and agreements with others, sometimes trying too hard to avoid responsibility. It’s important for Explorers to have free, open relationships, which allow them to try new things.
The ideal pairing for an Empathic Explorer is with an Empathic Leader.