Keepers

A core personality type

Keepers are people whose life purpose is to make this world a better place.

They are responsible for the security and stability of society and focused not on personal well-being but on bringing the most significant benefit to their “tribe,” whether that is a country, community, company, or something else.

Keepers fix the mistakes, upgrade everything that can be upgraded, and create systems that minimize risks. They are cautious, attentive, and seek to understand the root of things.

Keepers fight for just causes and try to eradicate vices. Hunters engage in such activities for personal gain or self-defense, while Keepers strive to preserve order or improve the situation for the public good as they see it. For example, some of them fight against abortions, while others defend women’s reproductive rights with no less enthusiasm.

Primary Functions and Fears

In ancient times, people of this type kept a fire at their tribe’s cave entrance and stayed awake at night listening for suspicious noises. Anything that sounded threatening grabbed their attention, whether it was an attack from the outside or a conflict among their own people.

Keepers are anxious perfectionists. They like order, react strongly to injustice, and rise up if somebody doesn’t follow the rules.

Many Keepers are introverts who need peace to think things through properly. This doesn’t mean they shy away from society; there are plenty of public figures among Keepers. It’s just essential for them to stand a little aloof from the general bustle to observe everything from a safe distance and draw conclusions.

Keepers are programmed to “set the alarm in case of danger” and never tire of doing so. Therefore, they have a significant impact on public opinion. People of other personality types wouldn’t bother themselves too much about potential threats, but Keepers won’t rest until they have it their way.

They hate uncertainty and unpredictability and are ready to do anything to bring the system into balance. They search for explanations, keep a close eye on what scares them, and create complicated defense systems inside their heads.

This personality type is not prone to risky adventures. If there is a bit of Explorer in them, they become armchair researchers. An excellent example of a Keeper and Explorer is a political scientist studying totalitarian regimes from the safety of their university campus.

The worst nightmare for a Keeper is to be a helpless victim, especially if they could have prevented the catastrophe. It’s not just a blow to their pride but a failure to fulfill their life’s purpose.

Favorite Stories

Keepers love books and movies about retribution, order defeating chaos, and restoration of justice.

Hunters would likely enjoy a story about a humble main character who develops their abilities and becomes a great hero. But Keepers prefer a plot about a resourceful character who successfully fixes something that has gone wrong.

Mysteries and riddles instantly spark their attention, but their motivation to crack the code is not the excitement of knowledge but rather the desire to piece together a puzzle.

Keepers’ Interests

Keepers are good at anything that requires clarity of thinking, logic, thorough analysis, and structure. It doesn’t have to be hard science. Keepers can see patterns in any branch of knowledge, from botany to philosophy.

Usually, people of this personality type live stressful lives. This is why they enjoy things that allow them to relax or reduce their stress, such as music and the arts. They are also big fans of humor and satire.

Many Keepers have such sensitive souls that they can’t cope with emotions that are too much for them. Plenty of Keepers avoid reading the news or anything that causes stress, even if this is to their detriment.

A Keeper might be interested in the following:

  • Economics, politics, finance, law, and social sciences
  • Intelligence and military affairs (not in terms of victories, but rather security and strengthening one’s position)
  • Secrets and weaknesses of individuals, states, or organizations
  • Self-improvement, psychology, efficiency, and time management
  • The history and nature of things, people, and events, if it helps Keepers to understand what’s going on around them
  • Control over the situation (even imaginary)
  • Justice, retribution, and ways to protect themselves from danger
  • Video games that allow studying danger from a distance: shooters, strategies, world-building, driving cars, etc.
  • Checklists, cheat codes, hacks, and tricks

Motivations

Keepers are happy when the wrong or dangerous becomes proper and harmless, especially when they helped bring this result about.

Examples are when a teacher helps his students to choose the right path; an engineer designs a reliable car; a diplomat prevents an international conflict; or a bookkeeper finds a mistake that could cost her clients a lot of money.

If you need to motivate a Keeper, provide them with the following:

  • Stability and confidence in the future
  • An opportunity to restore order in their chosen area
  • Unlimited gratitude for their efforts
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Money is important for Keepers, but not as a trophy or the opportunity to buy themselves the proof of success. People of this personality type are much more interested in such questions as these: “What will happen to me in old age?” or “Will I be able to pay my mortgage on time?”

The ideal state for a Keeper is when they feel their back is covered. If they and their relatives are safe, they can continue bringing the world into perfect condition.

Role Models

An ideal role model for Keepers is a person who defends a just cause no matter what. They hate the idea of sacrificing themselves but admire those who are capable of heroic feats for the sake of a higher purpose.

They also really like people who can clearly explain how the world works.

In short, Keepers admire other Keepers who fulfill their life’s purpose and overcome their natural limitations and weaknesses.

Communication

While trying to protect themselves, Keepers often get involved in conflicts, usually indirectly, as they prefer to tease the enemy from a safe distance. They enter open confrontation only if it seems like it would never come back to them. Alas, they often overestimate their abilities.

Many Keepers intuitively know how to trigger other people’s pain points and are capable of sophisticated guile and multistep revenge plots.

Keepers tend to cut ties and slam doors and often remember offenses for years. But if they accept you into their clan and believe in your loyalty, they will protect you to their last breath.

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Believing in their rightness is very important for them. But what is right and what is wrong depends on their cultural background.

For example, if a Keeper belongs to a society where a successful man should have a mistress, he won’t regard his extramarital affairs as a betrayal of his wife.

Another Keeper, however, who adheres to Puritan ethics, would become indignant at the very thought of infidelity.

Loyalty to ideals and intolerance of betrayal are the foundation of a Keeper’s everyday life. Keepers dislike compromise and don’t tolerate others being wimpish or sloppy.

Finding good friends is difficult for them; but if they succeed in this, they value their friendship highly.

They’d rather have no friends than suffer for someone else’s mistakes or levity. For them, being friends means accepting a person into their clan and becoming responsible for them.

Keepers enjoy instructing children in what is good and right. Many of them fuss over their babies, trying to ensure their safety and proper nutrition; usually, though, they aren’t interested in playing with little kids. Having heart-to-heart conversations with teenagers is a different matter, but this could work only if a Keeper parent has authority in their child’s eyes.

As for personal relationships, Keepers value trust and reliability most highly. They struggle to deal with infidelities and breakups and never forgive the guilty party.

Keepers are prone to sophisticated revenge. Unlike Hunters, who are driven by a desire to win, a Keeper’s main objective is the triumph of justice as they see it. If revenge is inappropriate or impossible, a Keeper might try to play a noble so that the traitor realizes what a fool they’ve been and what great opportunities they’ve missed. Most often, this happens unconsciously.

When it comes to sex, most Keepers are conservative and may even fear non-standard games or experiments. What if they harm their health? What if it’s something perverted? This is culturally dependent, though, as social norms differ in different places.

Problem Zones

If Keepers fail in self-realization, they succumb to paranoia and become quite unbearable.

Keepers are prone to think someone might infringe upon their rights or take advantage of their weaknesses. In old age, many of them suffer delusions of persecution or damage. This is the kind of person who has five locks on one door and pesters relatives with advice on protecting them from scammers and other villains.

Very often, Keepers see vices in others but rarely notice their own shortcomings.

Conspiracy theories are a favorite subject for many Keepers. They waste a lot of time and energy trying to confirm their frightening thoughts. As a result, they fall even further away from carrying out their true life’s missions.

Mixed Type

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

  • Ruler
  • Adviser
  • Guardian
  • Idealist

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