The Fox – ESTP

Cocky, sly, smooth, and charming, Foxes, like all SPs, have a natural confidence and grace. Externally, they may appear to be quite similar to the Peacock. However, whereas the Peacock will work hard for the attention they so desperately crave, Foxes seem to attain their popularity effortlessly. In fact, everything about a Fox seems effortless, making them the perfect embodiment of “cool”.

The Improviser

Han Solo

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

– Han Solo (“Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”)

What is a Fox’s primary talent? An uncomplicated question with an uncomplicated answer, and yet, if you were to ask a Fox that very same question, the Fox would have trouble singling out one thing and would most likely answer “everything”, or the more humble ones—if those do exist—might just refrain from answering the question. The reason is that a Fox’s primary talent, the ability to improvise, is actually predicated on their belief that they have the capability to do anything at any moment. This confidence is their trump card, their ace in the hole, the play that, when the situation is most dire—it is not a surprise that a majority of quarterbacks are ESTPs—the Fox will undoubtedly pull out at the last moment to achieve victory. Informed by a tremendous amount of experience—what younger Foxes lack in sheer number of experiences, they make up for in variety—Foxes’ visceral instincts are second to none. There are very few scenarios that they have not seen, very few types of people that they have not met, and very few situations that they cannot escape from at a moment’s notice. Foxes are skeptical of abstract theory, as they prefer to place their trust only in things that they themselves have seen or experienced. Because of this, the standard classroom setting holds very little interest for them, as they prefer learning from the “school of life”. However, just as it is for the Peacock, school can be a pleasurable experience for the Fox, and they frequently use it as a training ground to practice the charm and wit they will need to survive in the “real world”. Foxes can become quite popular amongst their classmates, and despite their penchant for mischief and fidgety classroom demeanor, they frequently avoid the wrath of their teachers, who often view them as entertaining scoundrels.

The Dealmaker

Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

– Winston Churchill

The best networker of all the types, Foxes, unlike the relentless yet sometimes graceless Killer Whales, take it upon themselves to meet all types of people, not just those that they view as future assets. This egalitarian openness is communicated subconsciously, and it enables Foxes to be everybody’s best friend, and essentially, the hub of a vast human marketplace. They regularly broker deals, introduce future partners, both business and romantic, and connect buyers, sellers, employers, workers, and everyone in between. During personal interactions, Foxes are the masters of the “perfect line”, their cognizance of an individual’s body language and micro expressions allowing them to identify exactly what that person wants to hear at that specific time. Foxes also excel at making risk/reward determinations, calculating them at a speed that surpasses all other types. With their network of connections and shrewd gambling instincts, it is no small wonder that Foxes frequently find themselves in industries such as politics, investment banking, real estate, and stock trading.

The Madison Ave. Marketer

Madonna

What else is there for me to conquer? Hopefully my ego. How will I know when I’ve succeeded? When I stop caring what anyone thinks.

– Madonna

Just as Foxes are always cognizant of how others appear, they are also forever conscious about how they are being perceived. They realize that their “cool” factor relies heavily on a mixture of confidence and effortlessness, and will prepare heavily behind the scenes to keep up this façade. This can lead to an interesting dynamic in competition, as a Fox, not one to tolerate losing, not only must win, but must make it look easy. Similar to Peacocks, and yet far more disciplined, Foxes will spend hours crafting their physical appearance, whether they’re body sculpting at the gym, or in front of a mirror in a changing room. Unfortunately, their desire to always be perceived in a positive light can lead to a great deal of irritation for the people around them, who may begin to view the Fox as disingenuous. When this occurs, Foxes will double down on the charm, hoping that it will be enough to re-establish their identity as a dashing and debonair lover of Martinis. Regrettably, this only damages their reputation further, causing them to appear ingratiating and borderline sleazy, more like a boxing promoter than a real person.

The Adventurer

EH 7018P Ernest Hemingway on safari, Africa. January, 1934. Photograph in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

To me a heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town; one where I would have my wife and children and be monogamous and love them truly and well and the other where I would have my nine beautiful mistresses on 9 different floors…

– Ernest Hemingway

Foxes love to explore. New things equal new sensations, and to be in an unfamiliar scenario encourages the improvisation that they so obviously cherish as an inescapable part of themselves. Foxes will try everything. It is common when speaking to an older Fox—and perhaps even a not so old Fox—to be regaled with fantastic stories of all the crazy experiences they’ve had: sliding across an Arctic ice sheet, running with the bulls, discovering the New World. Perhaps that’s why Foxes are the most likely type to jump from job to job or, better yet, to have a career that involves moving from project to project. They might want to drive a taxi because they’ll learn all of the great places to eat in any given city, or travel the world as a location scout. Either way, it is this explorative spirit that sets the Fox apart from some of the other outwardly ambitious types like the Stag or Killer Whale. Success for a Fox is not based on social climbing or dominance; it’s based on pleasure. And if you ask any Fox, pleasure is fleeting, and you must chase after it.

2 Comments

  • Marianna Rhodes says:

    I do love to explore anything even if its just through a book. That part is true. Although sly seems to creep in here and I don’t think thats true. I think adaptable would be better.

    • Krack korn says:

      I respect what u said and nice to meet u.

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