Owls are the serious types. Life requires you to be cautious and on-guard, for owls. Everything needs to be safe and in order. Structures and systems are their religion. Decisions must be thought through very carefully. Knowledge, information and facts rule for owls. This provides a level of psychological safety.
Style: Cool, withdrawn, conservative
Face: Poker face, little expression
Voice: Quiet and monotoned
Body Language: Very little
Clothes: Ultra-conservative, usually brown, fawn, or autumn colours
Life View: ‘What can go wrong, will go wrong.’
Attitude: “What’s the catch?” Aloof and “offish,” they always seem to give the impression that they would rather be doing something else than be talking to you.
Sayings: “Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread.”
Car: A good safe, reliable car, usually brown, or white. They love the Volvo.
Do be sensitive to their need for solitude
Do give them plenty of time to make decisions
Do appreciate they would rather stay home than go out
Do communicate in a slower structured way
Do be fussy about details
Do take an intellectual approach
Do accept the fact that tasks come before people
Don’t try and push them into quick decisions
Don’t suggest anything that may appear (to them) risky
Don’t expect them to be comfortable in an unpredictable environment.
Don’t expect any displays of emotion
Don’t expect them to know what you want - be specific
Don’t expect them to be optimistic - they will always give you several excellent reasons why something won’t work or can’t be done
Don’t expect them to be big partygoers or socialisers.
Shy yet cool, owls never push the limits (at least without forethought). Critical thinkers and sometimes withdrawn, owls are quietly uncooperative. They go within, first. If someone is causing an owl stress, they’ll avoid them. Expect to be told, “do what you want to do, but leave me out of it.”
Owls think before they do. Always.
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