The Soul Type Quiz
KEY:
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Not at all like me.
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Only a little like me.
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Kind of like me.
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A lot like me.
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Exactly like me.
1. I find it hard to back down during an argument. I have to win! 1   2   3   4   5
2. I have a tendency to fight others’ battles for them. 1   2   3   4   5
3. I have the ability to see the potential in people and situations. 1   2   3   4   5
4. I tend to choose intellect over intuition. 1   2   3   4   5
5. I like to help others out wherever I can. 1   2   3   4   5
 
6. I’ll go to great lengths to get my point across effectively. 1   2   3   4   5
7. I’m comfortable being the center of attention. 1   2   3   4   5
8. I’m always the one people look to when there’s a crisis. 1   2   3   4   5
9. I feel a deep need to elevate the lives of others. 1   2   3   4   5
10. Once I get my teeth into something, it’s hard to let go. 1   2   3   4   5
 
11. I feel like I have an abundance of empathy. 1   2   3   4   5
12. I always see the good in people first. 1   2   3   4   5
13. Others may see me as analytical and lacking in emotions. 1   2   3   4   5
14. I find it hard to say no to requests for help. 1   2   3   4   5
15. I have a tendency to lecture people. 1   2   3   4   5
 
16. It’s important for me to receive praise when I’ve done a good job. 1   2   3   4   5
17. Other people consider me a voice of authority. 1   2   3   4   5
18. I like to encourage others to develop as human beings. 1   2   3   4   5
19. I prefer to be active rather than sit at a desk.
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20. I have the tendency to put others’ needs ahead of my own. 1   2   3   4   5
 
21. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s routine. 1   2   3   4   5
22. I’ve always enjoyed the comfort of books. 1   2   3   4   5
23. I pride myself on my ability to work hard without the need for praise. 1   2   3   4   5
24. I’ve always felt drawn to teaching. 1   2   3   4   5
25. I’ve always been good at expressing myself verbally. 1   2   3   4   5
 
26. I’ve often been told I’m highly charismatic. 1   2   3   4   5
27. I’ve always had the awareness that there’s a world beyond this one. 1   2   3   4   5
28. I consider myself to be task-oriented. 1   2   3   4   5
29. I’ve always felt drawn to working with small children or old people. 1   2   3   4   5
30. I’ve often been told I’m overly sensitive. 1   2   3   4   5
 
31. I make decisions logically, weighing the pros and cons. 1   2   3   4   5
32. I consider myself to be practical and down to earth. 1   2   3   4   5
33. I’ve been known to suffer from talker’s remorse. 1   2   3   4   5
34. I can sometimes be a bit of an attention seeker. 1   2   3   4   5
35. I’ve always had an abundance of common sense. 1   2   3   4   5
 
36. My spiritual beliefs are a way to make sense of my life. 1   2   3   4   5
37. I love team sports like football and baseball. 1   2   3   4   5
38. I consider myself a highly caring and nurturing person. 1   2   3   4   5
39. Creativity is an essential part of my life. 1   2   3   4   5
40. It helps me to process information if I make plenty of notes. 1   2   3   4   5
 
41. I consider myself a follower, not a leader. 1   2   3   4   5
42. I’ve been known to use big words to impress others. 1   2   3   4   5
43. I’m a passionate and emotional person who likes things to be fun. 1   2   3   4   5
44. I consider myself a leader not a follower. 1   2   3   4   5
45. I feel drawn to meditation and other spiritual pursuits. 1   2   3   4   5
   


Scoring: Click the “Calculate” button below to see your score.

Hunter 
Caregiver 
Creator 
Thinker 
Helper 
Educator 
Performer
Leader 
Spiritualist 


Caregiver


The quintessential characteristic of a Caregiver type is the desire to take care of others. For this reason, Caregivers may be drawn to the long-term care of children or the elderly. Though some Caregivers find their need to nurture satisfied by raising a family, many others seek out work in such venues as schools, hospitals, and animal shelters. The long-term care of those with Alzheimer’s, autism, and mental illness often becomes the responsibility of Caregivers.

If you recognize yourself as a Caregiver, you may already have noticed the tendency to put others’ needs ahead of your own. This trait makes it essential that you go out of your way to take care of yourself as well as those around you. Remember that you’re no use to others if you’re not healthy or fit enough to help them.

You are loyal to the extreme, and you guard those who are entrusted to your care with your life. Fighting another person’s battles can be important if that individual is unable to stand up for themselves, though you should be cautious not to disempower those in your care by not allowing them to do things for themselves.

Your empathy allows you to understand nonverbal emotional signals. This ability will tell you when someone needs your help, and how best to assist them. It is common for Caregiver types to intuitively know what someone needs at any given time.

You can learn more about your soul type and how it influences your soul’s age, mission, talents, and challenges in Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended.

Creator


As the name suggests, Creators are drawn to creativity of all sorts.  This includes conventional artistic pursuits such as photography or painting, and activities including dance, gardening, cooking, and playing music. Great artists like Michelangelo and van Gogh were Creator types, as are filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and entertainers from Barbra Streisand to Julia Child. 

Without a creative outlet, Creators can become miserable, which is why, if this is your type, you will be drawn to express yourself creatively in anything you do. You have the ability to be original, and will use your imagination to find new or better ways to convey your ideas.

The sensitivity that is a mark of the Creator can be hard to manage in this harsh modern world. It does, however, give you an advantage when it comes to accessing the intuitive part of yourself. For this reason, many people who make their living as psychics are Creator types. The Creator trait of idealism allows you to see the good in others and the potential in people and situations. Focusing on the big picture will come naturally, though paying attention to details may not.

You can learn more about your soul type and how it influences your soul’s age, mission, talents, and challenges in Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended.

Educator


Educators are drawn to teaching. If this is your soul type, you’ll have a gift for persuasion that can be used in a conventional setting, such as a classroom, or in a less traditional venue like the boardroom or an online discussion forum. Getting your point across is something that comes naturally to you.

Since education is your purpose, if you do end up in a classroom, you’ll have no problem with repetition—going over the same point until it sinks in, or teaching the same subject year after year. Whether it’s in a classroom or in a less formal setting, you may show remarkable patience when it comes to explaining your point. It is important for you to know you’re being understood. You may have a tendency to be long-winded or to adopt an air of superiority at times.

Most Educators have a desire to demonstrate what they know to others. There’s little point in having knowledge without having students to pass it on to, which is why you will generally be comfortable in front of a class or other groups of people, knowing you have much to offer. Family members make great students and may become a captive audience at times.

Much of what you know may come from reading and study, but you may also have natural insight into a subject, often accumulated over many lifetimes. Educators are comfortable in academic pursuits and enjoy acquiring knowledge, particularly through books.

You can learn more about your soul type and how it influences your soul’s age, mission, talents, and challenges in Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended.

Helper


You can find Helper types at the scene of an accident, behind the counter in a shop, or doing laborious work—such as garbage collection—jobs that others feel are beneath them. From fruit pickers in California to hospital staff in Boston, Helpers are everywhere.

Helper types have plenty of common sense, and a pragmatic approach to problems that ensures things get done. With their no-nonsense, roll-your-sleeves-up-and-get-the-job-done approach to life, Helpers keep the modern world rolling. Without them, our cities would grind to a halt, and the infrastructure of our societies would crumble.

If you’re a Helper type, it’s important to find something or someone you can devote yourself to. For that reason, dedication to a career, partner, family, or friends will come easily to you. You might even throw yourself behind a cause, like getting someone elected, or ensuring that a ballot measure gets passed.

As a Helper, you are unlikely to seek out a leadership role, since you’re probably happiest diligently working behind the scenes. Many Helpers will spend long years in the same job, proud to have never missed a day of work. On the downside, your soul’s desire to be of service can get you into trouble since it can be hard to say no, and you may become overwhelmed by all the tasks you take on.

When it comes to expressing emotions, you rarely allow yourself to get too carried away. Being stable and grounded means keeping a strong attachment to the Physical Plane and not being distracted by flights of fancy. Your purpose is not to change the world, but to keep it turning smoothly.

You can learn more about your soul type and how it influences your soul’s age, mission, talents, and challenges in Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended.

Hunter


As a Hunter, you have both feet firmly planted on the ground. You are goal-oriented and will see a task through to completion, working in an orderly manner. You have a strong practical streak and may sometimes forget to take time to stop and smell the flowers. A Hunter type might drive through an ugly industrial area rather than taking a picturesque country road, just to shave a couple of minutes off the journey. Your pragmatic nature might result in your home being more functional than decorative.

Thousands of years ago, the survival of the tribe would have depended on your ability to stay focused on your mission to track down and catch your prey. This trait remains in Hunter types and is what makes them excellent providers for their families. 

Your logical approach to life sometimes makes it hard to access your emotional and intuitive self. Like some Hunter types, you may be suspicious of those who base their decisions on gut feelings or something other than plain facts.

Your loyalty to your family, friends, or co-workers is strong, as is your ability to organize others. You may be drawn to team sports or group activities, though you can work alone equally well. Solitary Hunters occupy offices throughout the corporate world, while small groups of them can be found scaling mountains or otherwise seeking adventure and the chance to prove themselves. If you want to see Hunters in a larger group, simply take a look at a football team or a platoon of soldiers.

You can learn more about your soul type and how it influences your soul’s age, mission, talents, and challenges in Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended.

Leader


It would be hard to imagine you being anything but the leader in any group. In fact, taking any kind of subservient role may feel demeaning to you. As a Leader type, you have a natural air of authority, and a charisma that makes you stand out in a crowd. (Think how out of place Elvis might have appeared if he’d stood in the background playing saxophone instead of being the front man.)

You bring to this life an innate wisdom, which is why people will look to you for advice. You may sometimes make decisions on your own without thinking to involve others, and once you’ve made up your mind, you may be reluctant to change it. This may work in an emergency, but in other circumstances it can give the impression that you are arrogant or condescending.

It can be hard to find good role models, given the scarcity of Leader types, but you can always refer to history to see how individuals such as Alexander the Great and John F. Kennedy used their leadership skills. Not every Leader becomes a president, of course, and many end up in humbler circumstances. You can always recognize Leaders by their inner confidence and occasionally by their coterie of followers or assistants.

You can learn more about your soul type and how it influences your soul’s age, mission, talents, and challenges in Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended.

Performer


Performers are outgoing, charming people with a strong sense of fun. Because of their desire to communicate, they tend to be more talkative than many other soul types. If you are a Performer type, you’ll tend to be good with words and perhaps even show a dramatic flair when it comes to expressing yourself. You will generally feel comfortable being the focus of attention and may dress or behave in a way that attracts attention to you.

Your passionate nature and tendency to express strong emotions may make you appear a little volatile to more down-to-earth types. A caricature of this type would be an entertainer like Jim Carrey or Joan Rivers—both of whom share the Performer’s love of hamming it up.

More than any other type, the Performer needs the approval of others. You need to be told when you’ve done a good job. Speaking of jobs, you may find it unbearable to spend eight hours a day in a solitary cubicle—your need to connect with others is too strong. You may go out of the way to make your job fun or to entertain those around you just to keep things amusing.

You can learn more about your soul type and how it influences your soul’s age, mission, talents, and challenges in Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended.

Spiritualist


What unites Spiritualists is a deeply held belief in a world beyond this one. You will have a desire to express your spirituality in some way, and may be drawn to religion or other spiritual practices. Many Spiritualists are highly intuitive, which is why you may have had psychic experiences in the past and why you will tend to use your sixth sense when it comes to decisionmaking.

You have a great deal of compassion, and may feel a strong need to create a better world, or to help people make the best of their lives. Charities and nonprofits are places where you and other Spiritualists can express your soul’s desire to help others. Whatever work you choose, you must feel you have a higher purpose. It is not enough for a Spiritualist type to simply pick up a check at the end of the week. There has to be a feeling that someone has benefited from your efforts. That’s why many doctors and healers are Spiritualists.

Whether you know it or not, you frequently inspire others through your behavior. By expressing Spiritualist values such as compassion, fairness, honesty and altruism, you encourage others to live by these values—especially younger Spiritualists who will wish to emulate you.

You can learn more about your soul type and how it influences your soul’s age, mission, talents, and challenges in Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended.

Thinker


Most Thinker types are cerebral, skeptical individuals, who often discount their emotions or intuition in favor of rational analysis. This intellectual approach to life can cause some Thinkers to appear restrained and unemotional to those around them. When hurt, they have to analyze or rationalize what happened before allowing themselves to feel their emotions. Once the emotions kick in, however, Thinkers can feel things as deeply as any other soul type.

A love of books is one of the most common markers for this soul type. In fact, librarians are almost always Thinker types, as are most scientists, writers, and college professors. That doesn’t mean that every Thinker ends up in a library or university. They can find their place anywhere in the world, though they can always be recognized by their analytical approach to life.

If you’re a Thinker, academic learning should come naturally to you, as should writing. You might find it useful to carry a notebook with you to help analyze your thoughts as they come. You will enjoy good one-on-one conversation, as this allows you to process your thoughts through discussion and analysis. Your life will be a constant search for knowledge and understanding.

You can learn more about your soul type and how it influences your soul’s age, mission, talents, and challenges in Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended.