The Protector (Self-defensive instinct)

Sexual Instinct

Social Instinct

Self-preservation Instinct

The Protector is hard-working and realistic. Decisive and productive, protectors show strong decisiveness and determination and can hold their own ground when necessary.


The Savior, The Protector, The Damsel-In-Distress


The Protector








Safe / Insecure


Intellectual (Blue)


Perceptive, Decisive (Doer)

The Protector (Self-defensive Instinct)

The blue mindset makes a protector realistic and stubborn. They have strong beliefs and can work hard and long for what they think is right. They are typically critical and realistic, and want evidence and proof that they are doing the right thing. When tested or challenged, they can push forward and hold their own, standing up for themselves and their beliefs.

This diligence and endurance is a very admirable quality. It is also shown in how they protect other people and what they care about. Protectors are directive types, and that means they like to be productive, to keep things moving forward smoothly. When interruptions and problems occur, they will jump to fix and to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible. They have a high degree of calm to them. They are careful and meticulous and safe to be around. 

They keep their emotions and thoughts under control and pride themselves on being accountable. The goal of this type is to protect themselves and other people. The self-defensive instinct manifests itself by making us focused on survival and health. Self-defensive instinct types look at what could go wrong and try to make sure they have a plan for every outcome. They can appear guarded at times, and take time before they open up and get comfortable around other people. 

The Guarded temperament

Protectors can initially appear guarded and closed. They seem negative to new ideas and focus first on issues and problems with a new opportunity. When considering opportunities, experiences, and theories, the protectors think about risks and work to intercept problems first. This can make them appear closed – but it can also make them invaluable in change processes. Protectors can help us know when something bad is about to happen and can help us deal with the issue. 

Often, the protector can seem narrow minded. We find them to be stuck in their ways and too bound by protocol. Protectors formulate protocols and rules for themselves to help manage situations. They think critically about a situation. They use rules to navigate it. The self-defensive instinct makes us more reliable and accountable. We are known to get our job done and we will rarely go through chaos. We are unlikely to find ourselves in a bad situation or harms way. We will not take on risks we can’t handle, and that gives us a high accountability. Having a guarded mindset means keeping a realistic and pragmatic head. 


The Stability mindset

The protectors are known to be very stable individuals. They believe in neat order. They think things through carefully and weigh risks. They believe in informed decision making and struggle with making decisions blindly. Their ideal is to consider as much information as possible, to be informed, and to think things through. Stability is a key principle to the protector, to hold your own. To do what you can. 

To take care of what you are responsible for. The protector values stability in the sense that they want to be known to be accountable. They will not disappoint you, and they will not let you down. The protector believes in being a pillar to rest behind. The protector also wants this for their environment. Their ideal is that their environment will remain relatively stable. That things will remain in some kind of order and that people will stick to protocols. The protector fears chaos and risks and the chance of bringing danger to the table. 

Ideally, the self-defensive instinct makes us want to consider dangers and to respond to threats. But it can also make us want to hide from them. The self-defensive instinct can stifle growth when it avoids any experience or new possibility that could bring something positive. So protector types learn over time to accept risk and to try to bridge dangerous situations. To avoid is not a solution, as the dangers will only remain. The goal instead is to find ways to surpass the risks and to overcome them. So the protector is actually excellent at this, making sometimes seemingly impossible situations become manageable.