A core personality type

Explorers are people whose life purpose is self-discovery and cognition of the world.

They have an insatiable curiosity. What is over the horizon? What’s inside this bird?

Explorers do not seek a trophy or a specific benefit but the excitement that overwhelms them when they enter the Unknown.

If you need to send someone to Mars, you can’t go wrong by choosing an Explorer. A Hunter needs an explanation of why they need to go, what exactly is required of them, and what they will get for their efforts. A Giver would refuse, as they have a family and are responsible for their elderly parents. But an Explorer would immediately agree and offer to stop by the Moon too, as they have never been there before.

Primary Functions and Fears

The Explorer’s main tasks are to study the world around them and expand the boundaries of what is possible.

In ancient times, the people of this personality type tasted the unknown jellyfish found on the beach and negotiated with enemies. To some extent, Explorers were the tribe’s “expendable material.” But high risk never stopped them, as their curiosity always prevailed over fear.

As a result, their achievements allowed the whole tribe to eat better, raise more children, and conquer new territories.

Now, people of this personality type experiment on themselves and those they can engage in their research. Suppose you see an athlete testing his endurance in the Arctic, or a manager who endlessly reforms her department, or a scientist who spends nights at work in the company of laboratory rats. It is safe to say that they are Explorers.

The worst thing for the people of this personality type is boredom. This is why Explorers are the drivers of civilization and, in the worst case, the most heartless villains. Nothing personal here: they’re just wondering what would happen if they broke this or that taboo.

Favorite Stories

Explorers are huge fans of discoveries, adventures, and inventions. They like to challenge themselves and look beyond the known borders of the world.

Regarding books, films, and games, they are interested in historical novels, science fiction, fantasy with unusual concepts, and mysteries with twisted plots.

Explorers also love nonfiction that changes the way people think about the world. For example, Givers and Hunters are unlikely to be interested in a book about how cod fishing has affected the European economy if it is not directly related to them. But an Explorer will gladly plunge into cod fishing because they are simply curious to learn something new. Later, they will take great pleasure sharing their newly acquired knowledge: “If not for salted cod, the Vikings would never have conquered so many lands.”

Explorers’ Interests

Explorers love to be surprised and amused. The easiest way to catch their attention is to hint that they don’t know some essential details about familiar things or events.

While Explorers’ interests are highly diverse, they generally consist of the following:

  • Reason and the inner world of a human
  • The human body and its capabilities
  • Science, medicine, nature, and space
  • Society, social structures, and social psychology
  • Travels, culture, and cooking as a way to try something new
  • Religion, history, and art
  • Technology and invention
  • Mysterious events, esotericism, the search for extraterrestrial civilizations, otherworldly phenomena
  • Unexpected comparisons and patterns
  • Explanations of how things work
  • Games that involve upgrading characters and unlocking new levels and abilities
  • Curious facts


The prime motivation of Explorers is to live an exciting life. It’s a bonus if others appreciate their discoveries.

Explorers like to be the first, but not for the sake of prizes or the desire to defeat their rivals. They are looking for the exciting feeling of “I’m a trailblazer. No one has ever been here before” or “No one has thought of this idea yet.”

Explorers’ dreams:

1) Discovery or achievement. Example: Indiana Jones, who had finally gotten his hands on the Holy Grail.

2) Recognition. Example: Receiving the Nobel Prize.

3) Exciting experiences. Example: A trip to Africa to observe giraffes.

In many cases, Explorers do research just out of curiosity or to gain new experiences.


People of this personality type don’t place much value on money. Of course, it’s nice to be rich, but only if it doesn’t prevent them from adventures and discoveries.

Fame and recognition are entirely different matters; even if Explorers can’t share their findings with others, they are still pleased when someone considers them valuable.


It could be tricky to live next to Explorers. They either mind their own business and notice nothing else, or direct their indefatigable curiosity toward others.

You might remember the main troublemakers in your class as a child—those who constantly tested the teacher’s patience. Most likely, those kids were bored Explorers. They just wanted to see what would happen if they brought a stuffed hedgehog on a leash to school or played a recording of Mongolian throat singing during class.

Explorers successfully cooperate with those who share their passion for their chosen field, whether that’s science, diplomacy, spirituality, or jungle exploration.

Their friendships are usually built around a specific subject. Many Explorers feel bored in the presence of people who “are not interested in anything” or whose favorite topic is not what fascinates them. If the interests of two Explorers are too dissimilar, there will be no connection. A quantum field theory enthusiast might not find a Baroque embroidery fan cool or interesting enough.

If an Explorer has a grain of pedagogical skills, they’ll become a child’s best friend. Kids won’t get bored with a person of this personality type as his or her head is always full of new ideas. However, if an Explorer is not interested in children, they will only be annoyed by children’s presence since the little rascals distract them from much more exciting endeavors.

As for personal relationships, Explorers are attracted to two types of people: those who can surprise them and those who can be their associates. The first case offers an adventure in itself. In the second case, it is nice to have someone cover your back while exploring the world.

Overall, an Explorer prefers to be alone rather than enter into uninteresting relationships.


As for sex, the Explorer’s behavior depends on their level of interest in the topic. If sex is not their cup of tea, it would be no sense to wait for great exploits from them. But if you find yourself in bed with an Explorer who’s ready to dive into the world of sensual pleasures, the most remarkable discoveries are promised.

Problem Zones

If the Explorer doesn’t have the opportunity to investigate a chosen field, they fall into melancholy. Often, they come up with their own imaginary universe and start exploring its depths. This is how all kinds of cults, crazy theories, and ideologies are born.

Many Explorers are so carried away by their job that they reject the related fields of knowledge, including those necessary to them. For example, thousands of authors and inventors don’t want to hear about marketing, sales, and PR because it’s “too boring.” The idea that they must shift their focus from what they enjoy and immerse themselves in something alien provokes stern rejection.

Explorers often confuse egocentrism with devotion to science or art. They believe their occupations are so important that people around them must adjust to their needs. They forget that they serve their own interests in the first place.

If the Explorer is a Champion or Tester, they are prone to risk their life and health. Riding a motorbike at breakneck speed? Dive to a deep depth of water without special equipment? No problem at all! So what if their family could lose the breadwinner? So what if their spouse has to push them around in a wheelchair? Explorers don’t trouble themselves with such trifles because they think much more broadly.

Mixed Types

Many people are a blend of personality types; usually, though, one is dominant. You can learn more about other core personality types by clicking the links below.

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The Explorer personality type has different subtypes depending on your driving force:

  • Trailblazer
  • Researcher
  • Experimenter
  • Pathfinder

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