Hunters

A core personality type

Hunters are people whose life purpose is to win and achieve impressive results. This personality type is most commonly found among men, but women can also be Huntresses, though this is less common.

Today's Hunters are the descendants of ancient hunters and warriors, those who provided their tribes with sustenance and defense from neighboring threats.

Primary Functions and Fears

Hunters primarily aim to "bring home the bacon," defend their valued possessions and people from hostile forces, and elevate their social status within their significant circles.

They enjoy competition, weapons, and battles, and there’s nothing better for them than winning a trophy, be it a mountain sheep, a good cabbage harvest, or earnings for the past quarter.

Their greatest fear is feeling worthless and helpless.

Hunters’ Interests

The topics that attract Hunters’ attention are business, military affairs, authority, achievements, politics, and competition.

Most Hunters are passionate about team sports because they simulate battle or a collective hunt.

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Favorite Stories

Hunters’ favorite genres are action-adventure books and movies, including sci-fi and historical fiction. They also enjoy stories about superheroes, secret agents, the Mafia, pirates, and all things about teamwork and winning big.

Thrillers and mysteries could work too, but only if the stakes are high, such as the fate of a galaxy, a huge sum of money, or freedom from captivity. Good fight scenes are always a plus.

The perfect storyline for a Hunter goes like this: an ordinary person discovers their superpowers, gains the respect of their peers, defeats the villain, and wins the ultimate prize. Classic examples include The Matrix and the Avatar movies.

The World of Hunters

Hunters are most attracted to:

  • A job that allows them to prove themselves
  • Competitions they are capable of winning
  • Fame, if it boosts their social status
  • Joining a team of respected partners and association with reputable people
  • Coherent teamwork in all forms, from military offensives to treehouse construction
  • Visiting prestigious places
  • Exclusive memberships
  • Possessing luxury items like houses and cars
  • Video games that resemble hunting (shooters, hack-and-slash, etc.). If it’s a multiplayer game, even better.
  • Ingenious ways to make a profit or avoid danger
  • All sorts of battles, from street fights to presidential elections
  • Sex but in specific contexts. Hunters are usually interested in simple pleasure, impressing their partner, or having sex with a “prestigious” person. In the latter case, they see it as a prize they’ve won.
  • Sentimental topics, as long as they aren’t too sappy. Nostalgia, sweet childhood memories, cute animals, short poems, evocative ballads, images of beautiful women, etc. The older a Hunter gets, the more these topics fascinate them.

Motivations

Money, titles, prizes, career growth, and celebrating success are very important to Hunters.

Their personal growth can go in three possible directions:

  • Deepening knowledge and skills. A Hunter becomes an Expert
  • Gaining credibility. A Hunter receives new titles, positions, awards, and meaningful experiences
  • Obtaining abilities and resources. A Hunter accumulates social connections, money, etc.

A Hunter needs external approval to feel like an accomplished person. They work to achieve prestige, respect, and the admiration of others, which is why it is essential for them that their families see them as breadwinners and protectors.

They also value the opinion of their brothers-in-arms (colleagues or friends).

The most desired outcome for a Hunter is saving the day and celebrating the victory with cheering crowds. A moment of triumph for Hunters looks like a V-J Day kiss in Times Square or NASA employees rejoicing at a successful launch.

Role Models

Hunters are fascinated by strong, courageous people who they see as ideal representatives of their personality type. This is why politicians who demonstrate a Hunter’s qualities often win elections, despite being largely ill-equipped as effective public sector managers. Subconsciously, Hunters do not prefer ideal bureaucrats who can avoid conflicts and manage budgets wisely, but rather those who exhibit the qualities of a military chieftain or the leader of a hunting party.

Huntresses often look down on their own sex and prefer male company. At the same time, women of other personality types are very important for Hunters of both sexes because they are their prime audience. Hunters work hard for their recognition, admiration, and gratitude. They need someone to bring their trophies to and to share their success with.

Some Hunters see beautiful women as trophies and status symbols. The same happens when a female gold digger gets herself a sugar daddy. He is her prize. There is no intention to genuinely bond or start a healthy familial relationship. The Hunter’s goal is to impress others and boost their status in the social hierarchy.

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Communication

Most Hunters like to work as a team—even more so if their collective efforts lead to winning trophies and prestige.

They are drawn to be part of a closed community, such as elite units, a royal guard, a champions’ league, a biker gang, or a specialized startup team.

Hunters respect hierarchies and constantly compare themselves to their peers. Sometimes, the comparisons are done in a peaceful way, such as by showing off their knowledge and skills; other times, they are expressed through jokes and pranks; and other times still, such as in gangs and prisons, the comparisons are sinister and violent.

If a Hunter claims to be a “lone wolf,” they have almost certainly experienced devaluation, the lack of recognition of personal achievements, or the loss of their “pack” in the past. Children of immigrants and military personnel often find themselves in this situation as they move from place to place.

Most Hunters need time alone to rest and recharge before returning to their family or team.

To allow them to recover and prepare for new exploits, most people who belong to this personality type need to separate their family life, work, and leisure time.

It is rejuvenating for Hunters to do activities with other Hunters. Some people find hobbies or play sports, while others join virtual fraternities through video game and social networks.

Hunters unite around a common goal or area of knowledge and do what they do best: hunt, procure, and fight.

Constant loneliness takes a toll on Hunters; if they must endure it, they build a psychological defense system to protect themselves. This can lead to misogyny, snobbery, or misanthropy. A classic example is a lonely, cranky retired colonel who doesn’t let anyone get close to him, but eagerly lectures others on how to live.

It is difficult for Hunters to be caring parents for young kids. However, if they are mindful and self-aware, they can figure it out, especially if there is someone by their side who appreciates their parenting efforts.

The same goes for personal relationships. Hunters don’t care much about courtship but will nonetheless court their loved ones to earn their admiration and approval.

Problem Zones

Hunters can’t stand humiliation, especially in public. They are fine losing a game if they believe it was a fair fight, but they can’t bear the thought of being treated as a loser. That is why divorcing a Hunter may be seen as a declaration of war: “If I can’t have you, then no one can.”

If a Hunter doesn’t receive admiration and appreciation at home, they will try to escape the situation. This could mean staying late at work, spending all their free time with friends, or playing video games.

The most difficult cases are Hunters who’ve experienced humiliation as children and can’t find anyone who treats them with respect as adults. In those situations, they might turn their family life into a battlefield, using threats and manipulation to scrap together some semblance of respect. Naturally, this only creates a downward spiral of abuse.

Hunters are highly territorial. If someone who doesn’t look like them enters their profession or field of expertise, they instinctively try to protect their turf. This is why sexism and chauvinism are common phenomena in the military, IT fields, law firms, etc.

As always, awareness is key. If a Hunter understands that they would receive more praise and social kudos reining in their instinctive impulses, everything would be fine.

The worst-case scenario for Hunters is being unable to fulfill their life’s purpose. They may find themselves in hollow situations where there are no goals to achieve or trophies to win. The problem will grow if their family members berate them and demand they pull themselves together. In this case, violence is the most common outcome—either against others or themselves.

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 Hunter personality type has different subtypes depending on your driving force:

  • Commander
  • Strategist
  • Warrior
  • Player

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