Adventurers are open-minded individualists who use their imaginations to create things or find better ways to do them. While these personalities like people and make an effort to get along, they sometimes take risks and go off the beaten path. This can prove upsetting to individuals who are more attached to tradition or convention, and can become a recurring pattern through their lives.
Adventurers are true experimenters. They are open to new experiences, and much less so to those who try to make them fall in line. If they feel someone is criticizing them unfairly or harshly, these good-natured but sensitive individuals can become tempestuous. When people with this personality type are angry, it can be dramatic. Most of the time though, Adventurers are so busy finding their own way (or have built up a defense against criticism) that they barely notice what others are saying about them.
Adventurers may come across as confident, but there are often underlying problems with their self-esteem. Since schools usually expect students to conform and to follow directions, Adventurers do not always do well in the classroom as children. They may even become marked as troublemakers before they learn to harness their spontaneity and enthusiasm. Consequently, a sense of failure may linger in the background as Adventurers mature into adulthood.
Often people with this personality type find an interest or talent that resonates with them later in adolescence or young adulthood – Adventurers then begin to “grow into their own skin”. When Adventurers find a trade or skill they like, they work tirelessly to master it. Once they’ve done so, they continue to tinker with their serious plaything, trying to make it even better, or to put their own particular spin on it. These personalities strive to perfect anything they get their hands on – so much so that they need to be cautious not to become overwhelmed by perfectionistic goals. When perfectionism becomes obsession, it can lead to burn-out, chronic procrastination and recurring disappointment.
Their drive to master their crafts may often be a means of compensating for the sense of inadequacy that childhood and school might have unfairly given them. While it’s unlikely Adventurers will deal with their self-esteem in an outward or public way, their sense of well-being and motivation can sometimes be influenced by a nagging sense that they don’t measure up, especially earlier on in life.
But typical of Explorers, those types who share the ROI traits, Adventurers are always finding new ways to address, change or portray the world around them. This makes them perfect for the arts, the design world or finding solutions to practical problems as counselors, social workers or even in business. People with this personality type are spontaneous, flexible and think on their feet, and are great to have around when something goes wrong. They are attuned to their environment and are always searching for effective and interesting ways to respond to it.
When the workday is over, Adventurers can be surprisingly gregarious. In fact, their friends and acquaintances often mistake them for Extraverts because of the energy they put out in their social lives. However, true to their Introverted nature, people with this personality type need time to be alone to recharge. Adventurers’ perfectionism makes them susceptible to stress, and they need to make a special effort to enjoy that Introversion. Getting away from others for a bit is quite therapeutic for these personalities.
As parents and spouses, Adventurers are fun and interesting people. However, there are times for rules and standards too, and Adventurers’ occasional disregard for them can be trying for their spouses. “Somebody has to be the adult” may be something an Adventurer’s spouse pulls out during an argument. But Adventurers are who they are, and playfulness marks these personalities’ parenting style more than discipline, alongside warmth, protectiveness and love.