The Researcher Archetype (259Sx)

The Researcher Archetype

The researcher is always looking for answers. They never stop thinking and their mind is always buzzing. The idealism of this type makes them focused on how the world could be at its best. There is a romantic belief in answers and truth and the belief that the world will be better if the truth is out. The researcher archetype wants to be open to any eventuality and to ask questions and work together with other people to find answers. The Researcher does not want to force their insight on anyone. They are not trying to reshape the world according to their ideas, they are merely trying to understand how it could work at its best, letting other people do what they wish with the answers they find.

Core values: Awareness, Benevolence, Idealism, Romance

Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of Sherlock Holmes is a good example of the romantic dreamer type.

The Researcher Personality Type

The best way to describe this type is by revealing its unique and romantic search for answers and insight. Life is full of mysteries and secrets and the Researcher wants to gain these answers and use them to explain how the world works. There is an altruistic motive here, a desire to help other people with the truth. There is a hunger to learn and to keep learning and the Sage nature of this type makes them keep puzzling on the same questions for a long time.

Their romantic nature can make them appear obsessive and intense in their pursuit for insight. There is a struggle against boredom and pessimism here. While other people may make things more simple or dismiss an idea or a thought. The researcher simply cannot stop thinking about if it could be true or not. There is an innocence to this type in that they can be easily duped or tricked by other people, as other people may have darker and hidden intentions, but the researcher tends to always see the best in people. This connects to their desire to help others. They see the best in people. They want to help people in their aspirations, and often find themselves putting a lot of energy into other peoples projects and needs.

In part, this is of course because they may be intellectually fascinated by other people’s problems and struggles. There needs to be a mystery to the struggles of others, a puzzle only you can solve. But when we get to know this type deeper, we recognize there is more than an intellectual thirst. There is also a desire to solve the puzzles and struggles of other people. Not your own puzzles, not academic dilemmas, but problems of others.