Types of Men

Happy Thorsday, little friday and thankful thursday.   Over on the girls’ blog, we’re celebrating – better late than never – National Pet Week, which is all about the ways pets make our worlds better places.

Earlier this week, I had a great training through the Junior League.  One of our members is a behavior analyst, and we received a full report through their program, which has its roots in the Types of Men by Eduard Spranger, a 20th century German philosopher and psychologist.

The six types, also used in the assessment I received are:

Theoretical: A passion to discover, systemize and analyze; a search for knowledge.

Utilitarian: A passion to gain a return on all investments involving time, money and resources.

Aesthetic: A passion to experience impressions of the world and achieve form and harmony in life; self-actualization.

Social: A passion to invest myself, my time, and my resources into helping others achieve their potential.

Individualistic: A passion to achieve position and to use that position to affect and influence others.

Traditional: A passion to seek out and pursue the highest meaning in life, in the divine or the ideal, and achieve a system for living.

Can you guess which two were my guiding (primary) attitudes?  Which are your own?


Despite my own inner philosopher’s glee – and need to delve into this deeper – I thought in honor of Thorsday, it would be fun to try to peg the furgirls.

Sissy is without a doubt, Individualistic.  The dog is a ridiculously strong, benevolent alpha, and she took all of about six tenths of a second before she had the normally alpha Knight wrapped around the finest undercoat hair on her body, bending to the DIVA’s will.  Unlike humans, the DIVA only uses her power for good – except when she’s counter cruising in search of an extra snack..


Gretchen Greer is a tougher case.  I think Aesthetic is her dominant motivator.  The Knight and I both have tempers and are prone to snapping, eye rolling, rude noises, etc.  Or rather… roughly six years ago, we were all that and then some.  Enter one tiny, sensitive little terrier who just wanted everyone around her to be calm and happy, and we’re reformed, all to keep Gg from having a panic attack.   She’s something special too, and we’re lucky to have both of these dogs in the house, in our hearts.

I don’t know if we’re giving them nearly as much as they give us.  Dogs are unconditional love personified.

9 comments on “Types of Men

  1. Katherine says:

    I’m a middle of the road Traditional with a side serving of Aesthetic. Macy does not like raised voices either and will snap her eyes at anyone who does not mind their manners. If they don’t straighten up after that she will climb up and stick her nose right in the offending face and glare. We try to keep life at home peaceful and low key to keep the fur-babies happy. Yes, they do give more than they get, and deserve to be treated with love and peace!

  2. nancytimber says:

    Definitely Traditional for me as well as a bit Theoretical.

  3. Kathy says:

    I’d have to say I’m theoretical for sure. My pup is aesthetic because she’s just out to enjoy life wherever she goes.

    Interesting. I went to engineering school so my philosophic knowledge is lacking.

  4. Sue says:

    I’m a combo of theoretical and aesthetic. There’s no hermit listed which is what I really am. My dogs are mostly individualistic. Power and influence appeals to them.

    Monty couldn’t tolerate raised voices or any sign of violence. A slammed door or something thrown on a table would cause him to tremble and whine and cringe. He saw too much violence too early in life. He also would get upset if anyone hugged in his presence. he’d try to get between them. I miss that sweet boy so much.

  5. Marjie says:

    Utilitarian/Theoretical with a strong dose of hermit. Ditto for my dearly beloved. I don’t see the shame in being self-centered, although it seems to be frowned upon in society these days. It’s the selfish, self-centered people throughout history who have created those things which most greatly changed life on the whole.

    I love those pictures of your girls! Happy Thorsday!

  6. AlisonH says:

    Aesthetic/social. Make it beautiful, make’em happy.

    What a tribute to a sweet, sensitive little dog. Pets do make us better people, most definitely.

  7. Barbara says:

    I must be theoretical as I am an organizer extraordinaire. Funny, because when I take all the oddball “tests” we see online and in Facebook,. they all say artistic. I’m not at all artistic. Weird.
    Love the photos of the girls.

  8. Too much for me to absorb this morning…lol. I have no idea nor do I see anything that remotely resembles Mr. Bettis and his owner 😉
    Nice pics of the girls 😀

  9. kathy b says:

    Im very surprised to hear you are prone to Snapping..Really Chan? I would not have ever guessed that one. I’m so boring and Traditional.
    Huck needed a very quiet environment too or he’d run over worried
    and put his head on my lap……
    he taught me to speak more quietly when I’m upset.

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