Description: Nothing escapes the notice of the men and women who have Vigilant personality style. These individuals posses an exceptional awareness of their environment. Call them Survivors. Their sensory antennae, continuously scanning the people and situations around them, alert them immediately to what is awry, out of place, dissonant, or dangerous, especially in their dealings with other people. Vigilant types have a special kind of hearing. They are immediately aware of the mixed messages, the hidden motivations, the evasions, and the subtlest distortions of the truth that elude or delude less gifted observers. With such a focus, Vigilant individuals naturally assume the roles of social critic, watchdog, ombudsman, and crusader in their private or our public domain, ready to spring upon the improprieties -- especially the abuses of power -- that poison human affairs.
Autonomy. Vigilant-style individuals possess a resilient independence. They keep their own counsel, they require no outside reassurance or advice, they make decisions easily, and they can take care of themselves.
Caution. They are careful in their dealings with others, preferring to size up a person before entering into a relationship.
Perceptiveness. They are good listeners, with an ear for subtlety, tone, and multiple levels of communication.
Self-defense. Individuals with Vigilant style are feisty and do not hesitate to stand up for themselves, especially when they are under attack.
Alertness to criticism. They take criticism very seriously, without becoming intimidated.
Fidelity. They place a high premium on fidelity and loyalty. They work hard to earn it, and they never take it for granted.