Fox Personality (& other animal personality types)

In this blog we will discuss fox personality. It starts with what personality means, the two types of personality- hedgehogs and foxes, and fox, wolf or dog personality. The article then moves on to discuss the 16 animal types according to MBTI. 

Fox Personality

Foxes are seen as those who seek to know a little about a lot of different things. Foxed seem to be driven more by their interests and passions, and less by their mastery of these interests. They seek to advance their breadth of knowledge at a relatively shallow level. The fox is clever, curious and quick. ENTP is the fox personality according to MBTI.

What do you mean by personality?

Personality refers to the relatively permanent and unique characteristics of a person pertaining to the way they think, feel or behave. Personality theorists have often debated between the set of these characteristics being a type or a trait.

Trait theorists suggest that personality is made up of different traits like honest, faithful, loyal, persistent etc. type theorists believe that there are different types of personalities that consist of a set of characteristics, like introverts versus extroverts. 

Personality usually develops by teenage, and then gets set. This is part of the reason why personality disorders can not be diagnosed before age 18. 

While each personality is unique, they are usually adaptive in nature. If this personality gets maladaptive, or dysfunctional, it becomes a personality disorder. 

The fox:

The fox personality is an agile minded personality, and is always active. They are creatures of the night. The female name for this personality is called vixen. They are very ambitious, and do well in the field that they choose for themselves. 

Foxes are fussy eaters and, with an appreciation for the finer things in life, demand quality in entertainment, food, and friends. They are not flamboyant, but are subtle and humble instead. They prefer small things which are neat and organised instead of extravagant. 

Careers and hobbies that could interest a fox personality include, computer programming, law, medicine, chess, gambling, debates, etc. 

Beneath its even-handed exterior is a deeply emotional core that the fox keeps well-guarded. Lovers quickly realize that the fox prefers nurturing to being nurtured, which is really just a fox ploy to avoid intimacy… a fox will never reveal its vulnerabilities unless it finds a mate who it intellectually respects, and emotionally trusts.

Hedgehogs and Foxes- Two Personality Types

The trait differences between the two are based on the quote, “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing”. Thus, foxes know a little about a lot of things, but their knowledge is shallow. 

Hedgehogs are however driven by their knowledge and capabilities. They know about less things but know them in depth and detail. 

Because of being jack of all trades, foxes may end up becoming master of none. They explore too many career paths but do so with unclear goals. Deep focus on one skill can leave hedgehogs vulnerable to environment change, while foxes can cope very well with that due to having diverse knowledge.

Fox, Wolf, or dog?

Canines are very fascinating, and each of them have special qualities that set them apart, while they share a lot of common features as well. This makes them very prone to become comparable to human personalities. 

Dogs are characterised by traits like being perceptive, supportive and optimistic. Wolves are complex, playful, caring, and highly devoted to family. Such individuals are more likely to ‘run in packs’ and value friendships, family and relationships very much. 

Foxes are highly clever, curious and quick. Their curiosity drives them into numerous directions, but they are quick to get bored from it. 

To know which personality type you are based on myers briggs type indicator, ou may take the following quiz

You can also check Rare Personality types.

MBTI and 16 personality types as animals

The MBTI or Myers- Briggs Type Indicator was developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers in the year 1923. It is based on the personality typology given by Carl Jung. 

It was intended for the  normal populations and stresses on the value of naturally occurring individual differences. The underlying assumption behind MBTI is that we all construed our world differently and our preferences actually vary depending upon our interests, values, motivations and needs. 

It is widely popular in the business sector, with high applicability in matching personality types with job profiles. 

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However, it is often criticised for lack of psychometric properties. It is based on Jung’s theory of dichotomous cognitive functions, which suggests that there are the following two dichotomies within us: 

  • The “rational” (judging) functions: thinking and feeling
  • The “irrational” (perceiving) functions: sensation and intuition

Jung believed that for every person, each of the functions is expressed primarily in either an introverted or extraverted form.

Myers- Briggs modified this to include the following four dichotomies:

  • Introversion v/s extraversion (I/E)
  • Intuition v/s sensing (N/S)
  • Feeling v/s thinking  (F/T)
  • Perceiving v/s judging (P/J)

Thus various combinations of these 8 elements forms 16 personality types according to MBTI, which are associated with animal names and their personality traits. 

  • ENFJ

This personality type is characterised by a dog. Its traits are being perceptive, supportive, and optimistic. 

  • ENFP

This type of personality is known as the dolphin. It is characterised by traits like enthusiastic, creativity and engaging nature. 

  • INFP

This personality type is the Narwhal, which is considered as imaginative, idealist, and compassionate. 

  • INFJ

This personality type is known as the sea horse, which is defined by characteristics like mysterious, intuitive, and nurturing. 

  • ENTJ

This personality type is known as that of a bear, which is defined by such traits like powerful, direct and outgoing. 

  • ENTP

This is the fox personality. It is characterised by clever, quick and curious. 

  • INTJ

This is known as the octopus personality. It is considered to be intellectual, perceptive and strategic. Among figures belonging to this personality type is Elon Musk.

  • INTP

This is characterised as the owl. It is characterised by personality traits such as original, aloof and philosophical. 

  • ESFJ

This is known as the whale personality. It contains traits like being cooperative, devoted and conscientious. 

  • ESTJ

This type of personality is the Meerkat personality. It is represented by traits like confident, organised and social. 

  • ISFJ

This is known as the elephant personality. It is considered to be loyal, reliable and principled. 

  • ISTJ

This is the ant personality, and is characterised by the personality traits such as dependable, meticulous and productive. 

  • ESFP

This is known as the Otter personality, and it is defined by the characteristics such as charming, energetic and fun-loving. 

  • ESTP

This is called the ambitious personality. It is characterised by personality traits like energetic, playful, and adaptive. 

  • ISFP

This is known as the panda personality, and these are characterised by traits such as spontaneous, gentle as well as present. 

  • ISTP

This personality type is known as the honey bee type, and it is defined by traits such as masterful, responsive, constructive in nature. 

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Conclusion

In this blog we looked at the fox personality. In this article we started by looking at what personality is, looking at the fox personality, the distinction between hedgehogs and foxes, different canine personalities, and in the end the 16 MBTI personality as animal types. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Fox Personality

What does the fox represent?

According to native american symbolism, a fox is the representation of slyness, scrunity and keenness. 

Can foxes be friendly?

Foxes are known to be curious as well as friendly. They usually play among themselves, and are friendly with other canines as well as humans. 

Are foxes shy?

Foxes are known to be active when humans are not, and are typically shy and retreat near animals. 

Do foxes laugh?

Foxes are apparently able to laugh. This is believed to be an effect of being domesticated by humans for over six decades.

Will a fox attack you?

Foxes are not usually dangerous to humans, but if they feel threatened they may end up attacking other animals or humans as well. It is however extremely rare to see them attacking humans. 

Are foxes intelligent?

Foxes are seen as really smart, curious and clever creatures. This is why people use phrases like ‘wily like a fox’ or ‘sly as a fox’. 

References

The fox personality (n.d.) The Animal in you. https://animalinyou.com/animals/fox/

Hedgehogs and foxes: two personality types (n.d.) Foresight University. http://www.foresightguide.com/hedgehogs-and-foxes-two-personality-types

Leon K., (n.d.) Are you a fox, wolf or dog based on your Myers- briggs Personality? How stuff works. https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/are-you-a-fox-wolf-dog-based-your-myersbriggs-personality

Owens M (2019) The 16 personality types as animals. Truity Personality and careers blog. https://www.truity.com/infographic/16-personality-types-animals#

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