We are lucky that Protectors make up as
much as ten percent the population, because their primary interest is in the safety and security of
those they care about - their family, their circle of friends, their students, their patients, their
boss, their fellow-workers, or their employees. Protectors have an extraordinary sense of loyalty
and responsibility in their makeup, and seem fulfilled in the degree they can shield others from
the dirt and dangers of the world. Speculating and experimenting do not intrigue Protectors, who
prefer to make do with time-honored and time-tested products and procedures rather than change to
new. At work Protectors are seldom happy in situations where the rules are constantly changing,
or where long-established ways of doing things are not respected. For their part, Protectors
value tradition, both in the culture and in their family. Protectors believe deeply in the
stability of social ranking conferred by birth, titles, offices, and credentials. And they
cherish family history and enjoy caring for family property, from houses to heirlooms.
Wanting to be of service to others, Protectors find great satisfaction in assisting the
downtrodden, and can deal with disability and neediness in others better than any other type.
They are not as outgoing and talkative as the Provider Guardians [ESFJs], and their shyness is
often misjudged as stiffness, even coldness, when in truth Protectors are warm-hearted and
sympathetic, giving happily of themselves to those in need.
Their reserve ought really to be seen as an expression of their sincerity and seriousness
of purpose. The most diligent of all the types, Protectors are willing to work long, hard hours
quietly doing all the thankless jobs that others manage to avoid. Protectors are quite happy
working alone; in fact, in positions of authority they may try to do everything themselves rather
than direct others to get the job done. Thoroughness and frugality are also virtues for them.
When Protectors undertake a task, they will complete it if humanly possible. They also know better
than any other type the value of a dollar, and they abhor the squandering or misuse of money. To
save, to put something aside against an unpredictable future, to prepare for emergencies-these are
actions near and dear to the Protector's heart. For all these reasons, Protectors are frequently
overworked, just as they are frequently misunderstood and undervalued. Their contributions, and
also their economies, are often taken for granted, and they rarely get the gratitude they deserve.
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