Intellectual Explorers

Intellectual Explorers are playful, enthusiastic, and open-minded. They think short-term about what might or might not happen, anticipating and improvising to solve and fix new problems. They strive for success and improvement, making good coaches, offering feedback, tips, and suggestions to anyone who is interested. They are objective, impersonal, and result-oriented, and find strong pleasure and satisfaction in overcoming challenges, successfully undertaking a project or learning a new skill. They are rebellious and anti-establishment, and seek independent beliefs. They are cooperative and helpful, actively refocusing their efforts in order to respond to and adapt to changes in a project.

They are daring, brave, and reflexive, acting quickly when things go wrong. They instinctively follow their fears and their curiosity, listening and adapting to what is within their realm of possibilities. They spread energy and enthusiasm to the people in the group, inspiring people to brain-storm and to take a guess. They test boundaries and options to find out which job, project, or decision might be the most effective. They study their score and performance, as well as how others are doing, and they come up with ideas for how people can deal with problems on their way.

They calculate, measure, and question things around them, finding immediate ways to obtain rewards and success. They cut corners and take a gamble, testing how much they can get away with. They are easy-going, and live by standards on how to live. They seek awareness, knowledge, and new information, wherever they can find it, energized by the chance to learn something new. They enjoy the theoretical, the abstract, and speculating on what is possible.

Behavioral variations for Intellectual Explorers

Intellectual Explorers 

You show explorative intelligence when you 1. Find new ways to improve your behavior 2. React with your gut to things that seem interesting or complex, and 3. Learn about different methods and tools, and how they can be used, and you gain a heightened attention and higher motivation when you engage in this state.

Empathic Fighters 

You show empathic fighting spirit when you 1. Enforce moral values and existential beliefs when people seem to waver. 2. Create or join causes or groups to express your existential goals, or 3. Actively support causes you care about when they are questioned by others, and you gain a heightened attention but a lower motivation when you engage in this state.

Practical Teachers 

You rely on the practical teacher subtype when you 1. Predict how well someone will do at a task. 2. Come up with strategies for how to get people to work for the system, or 3. Question laws and rules that others take for granted, and you gain a heightened motivation, but a lower attention span when you engage in this state.

Social Leaders

You show social leadership when you 1. Guide people on how to behave 2. Think about how things could be made to be more beautiful and 3. Evaluate past decisions and experiences based on how they felt to you, but you gain a considerably low attention span and low motivation when in this state.


Intellectual types have the highest need for challenge and complexity. It's important they express their needs for puzzles, improvement, and new projects, in order to maintain their health and motivation.


As an Explorer, it’s important for your emotional health & your focus to:

- Try to keep an open mind, and to find new viewpoints.
- Try to make changes and revisions when you feel called to.
- Try to go with your instincts rather than a specific plan.

If unable to do so successfully, you risk experiencing lack of motivation or stress. You also risk making unnecessary mistakes.
When Explorers engage in mindsets similar to those of the Fighters, they gain a heightened focus but a lack of motivation. When Explorers instead engage in the mindset of the Teachers, they gain a heightened motivation, but a lack of focus. If Explorers are forced to rely on the mindset of the Leaders, they lose both motivation and focus.


In relationships, healthy intellectuals value stimulating learning experiences. Intellectuals tend to engage in various projects, working to develop or improve themselves or the people around them. They often discuss success, improvement, and they spend a lot of time exploring new ideas for projects and learning opportunities with others. More negatively, unhealthy intellectual types can suffer from inferiority issues, feeling incompetent or weak compared to others. They can feel like the people around them are boring and understimulating. It’s important for intellectual types to deal with their anxiety, and the best way to do so is to challenge yourself in a healthy way. Learn things at your own pace. Explore what you’re curious about. Watch yourself improve and learn about how good you can be if you just try!

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 relationship for an Intellectual Explorer is with an Intellectual Leader.