The Adventurer (SP) Personality Types

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, ESTP

The Adventurer is a free-spirit who thrives on living boldly and embracing the moment fully. Adventurers are known for their tactical intelligence, their ability to see opportunities as they arise, and their easy-going nature.  They have an innate understanding of how things work; whether it’s art, fashion, machinery, or the business deal. They are fun-loving and optimistic, and some of the best types to have around in a crisis. They think quickly on their feet and know how to make the best of any moment, no matter how gloomy it may seem to someone else. Adventurers thrive on impulse and excitement, and they love traveling and seeing new sights and experiencing new feelings. They are fascinated by the world as it is, and long to go out and explore all that it has to offer.

Which Personality Types Are the Adventurers?

Adventurers are identified by the SP in their type title. They include ISTPs, ISFPs, ESTPs, and ESFPs. They absorb information through sensation; what they can see, smell, touch, taste, and hear. They are extremely aware of their outer environments and how to adapt to them. The “P” in their type title describes how they live in the outer world. Adventurers are easy-going, laid-back and spontaneous. They like to live without a tight-schedule or strict guidelines; making decisions on the fly and adapting to situations as they arise. Franklin D. Roosevelt (ESTP), Miyamoto Musashi (ISTP), Steven Spielberg (ISFP), and Desmond Tutu (ESFP) are all examples of renowned Adventurers.

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Adventurer Strengths and Positive Core Traits

Adventurers have an intense zest for life and the ability to see opportunities everywhere. They don’t spend time laboring over the past or worrying about the future, but know how to make the most out of right now. They are optimistic and daring, always looking to explore more sights and sounds and tastes and experiences. They are naturally playful and creative, and live with a strong desire to try new things and go boldly on new adventures. Adventurers are impulsive, adaptable, brave, and competitive.

“I wanted to live the life, a different life. I didn’t want to go to the same place every day and see the same people and do the same job. I wanted interesting challenges.”
– Harrison Ford, ISTP

Adventurers embody an intriguing blend of impulsiveness and practicality. They accept the world for what it is, and don’t tend to bother theorizing about the many “what if’s”. They know how to respond quickly in a crisis and solve problems as they occur. Their adaptable and spontaneous intelligence is staggering to many other types who are more focused on the past or future.

“Pick the day. Enjoy it to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come…The past, I think it has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”
– Audrey Hepburn, ISFP

Another hallmark of the Adventurer, is their skill with hands-on activities. They love to be moving, to be working with their hands, and to be using their bodies. ESFPs and ISFPs often excel in the world of performance, artwork, dance, or fashion. ESTPs and ISTPs often excel in the world of machinery, craftsmanship, or weaponry. Of course these abilities can travel between all types, but the Adventurers seem to have an innate desire to explore them fully. Many Adventurers have athletic abilities and talents because of how aware they are of their environment and how to navigate the physical world efficiently.

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”
– Richard Branson, ESFP

Another characteristic of Adventurers is their ability to bravely take risks and explore options other types might be afraid to. They think of life as one exciting journey full of opportunities that shouldn’t be missed. They love to take advantage of the moment, no matter how scary it might be or what may happen as a result. This audacity and free-spirited nature makes them compelling and attractive to many other personality types.

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”
– Winston Churchill, ESTP

The Adventurers differ in their strengths; some have masterful use of Feeling and others of Thinking.  The Feeling Adventurers (SFP types) have a deep set of independent values and emotions that influence everything that they do. They tend to be compassionate, kind-hearted, and gentle. They are not easily influenced to sway their beliefs and morals, but have a strong grasp of what they believe is right and wrong. Their beliefs are internal ones, shaped by their own thoughts and feelings. They are not as likely to be influenced by the crowd or their environment when it comes to their core values. Feeling Adventurers often have a heart for children and animals and those less fortunate. They believe in sticking up for other people and defending those who are bullied or taken advantage of. They often infuse this sense of compassion into their artwork, their performances, or the music they like to listen to.

The Thinking Adventurers (STP types) have a strong awareness of how the world works. They love to expand their knowledge and to collect facts and details about their outer world. They like to take things apart and figure out how they work and how they’re put together. They learn by hands-on experience and are quick to grasp the innate design and purpose of tools and machinery. STPs strive to remain logical and objective in all their decisions, and pride themselves on keeping a steady head no matter what circumstances arise. They are excellent at problem-solving, troubleshooting, and overcoming challenges as they arise.

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