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Personality Profile - BOLT Test

Updated on August 8, 2012

What is Your Animal Personality

BOLT stands for BULL, OWL, LAMB and TIGER. Everyone has a personality type of one of the four animals or combination of two. Find out if you are a bull, owl, lamb or tiger by taking the quiz below.

Charles J. Clarke, III

Mr. Clarke was the creator of the BOLT TM personality profiling of people for the purposes of increased work productivity (increased sales), improving customer service skills, and building better relationships (work and personal). Mr. Clarke found that there are four basic types of personalities and by knowing and learning about each type they would have an advantage ih their ability to increase their sales as well as having a better opportunity to be able to cope with relationships that are difficult or just in our everyday encounters with our friends and loved ones.

BOLT stands for, bull, owl, lamb and tiger. Mr. Clarke, after decades of scientific studies and research found that every person you will ever come in contact with is one of these animal types. I know it sounds utterly ridiculous, but once you study the animal types of personalities and take the test; the results may surprise you. Most of us are far more effective in all relationships when we have a good understanding of a person's psychological makeup. This has been proven over and over again by those who have increased their sales, received outstanding customer service awards and excelled in overall work productivity. The ability to understand the basic personality types goes a long way in understanding peoples needs and what motivates them.

About 12 years ago the company I worked for decided to bring Mr. Clarke in for a full day seminar along with testing. I will admit that at first I was very skeptical and looked at it as just another useless sales tool which would supposedly make us all super sales people. Surprisingly, by the end of the seminar my opinion changed. I with over 50 of my co-workers found this information to be valid and it made perfect sense. I was also very surprised by how much fun we all had that day as the seminar was presented. I thought I would share some of the information which you may find useful or simply entertaining. However, you may come to the same conclusion that I did and that is I found the information helpful in many ways as far as now having the ability to quickly size up a customer's personality and adapt my sales and customer service skills to suit that individual. By using this new found skill, I did, in fact, find my job performance improved. Most studies have shown that it does help improve communication and people skills. Any improvement in communication skills will be helpful in all areas of like, therefore it was very useful information.



Personality Traits

  • Quickly Gets to the Bottom Line
  • Seeks to Control
  • Blunt
  • No Frills Just Facts
  • Hard to Convince
  • Likes Only the Facts



Pesonality Traits

  • Analytical
  • Studies Everything
  • Detail Oriented
  • Deep Thinker
  • Methodical
  • Researcher
  • Relates Best to Logical Order
  • Takes Time to Make Decision
  • More Introspective





Personality Traits

  • Avoids Conflict
  • More Easily Agreeable
  • Seeks to Please
  • Hard Time Making Decisions
  • Even Tempered
  • Soft Spoken
  • Can be Introvert or Extrovert
  • Hard to Read Feelings

Personality Traits

  • Fun Loving
  • Very Expressive
  • Wears Feelings on Outside
  • Impulsive
  • Excitable
  • Quick Decision Maker
  • Strong
  • Self Confident
  • Extrovert

Highly Effective People

Further studies went on to prove that the four animal types are extremely consistent in their behaviors and decision making processes. The accuracy rate in predictions with reference to the personality traits proved to be about 90%. That statistic can't be by chance rather it shows there is a real basis to the applied logic. The simple fact is that people are different and those that recognize the specific differences with regards to the four animal type traits, the easier they can predict what makes them tick. Most highly effective people are not so by chance. Highly effective people will go the extra steps to learn the best methods from others who use proven techniques.

What is Your Animal Personality

Now it's time to have some fun! There are four sections of traits below. You are to place a number next to each trait determined as follows:

4= is the most like you

3= is moderately like you

2= is moderately not like you

1= is least like you

When you select an answer it is based on how YOU see yourself; not as you think others see you. It would be fun, though, to have someone close to you take the assesment test for you as they see you and compare the differences.

Mathmatical ____
Analytical ____
Prefer Security to Prestigue ____
Methodical ____
Judgemental ____
Does Not Like Over Excitement ____
Detailed ____
Realist ____
Checking Balance to the Penny ____
System Oriented ____
Non-Risk Taker ____
Always on Time ____
Slow Paced ____
Perfectionist ____
Clothes Always Hung Up Neatly ____
Exacting ____
Conscientious ____
Think Over Major Decisions ____
Enjoys Own Company ____
Total Neatnik ____

TOTAL _____ add up all the numbers selected in the above section One

Amiable ____
Passive ____
On Time Due to Fear of Others Opinions ____
Unhurried ____
Sensitive ____
Indecisive ____
Kind ____
Cooperative ____
Avoids Conflict ____
Warm ____
Patient ____
Slow to Make Decision ____
Mild ____
Steady ____
Frequently Changes Mind ____
Dependable ____
Non-Judgemental ____
Likes Others' Opinions ____

TOTAL _____ add up all the numbers selected in the above section Two

Hard Driven ____
Commanding ____
Bottom Line is Important ____
Fearless ____
Cynical ____
Likes People to Get to the Point ____
Brazen ____
Courageous ____
Likes Prestigue & Status More Than Security ____
Authoritative ____
Bold ____
Fast Decision Maker ____
Competitive ____
Decisive ____
Prefers Others to Do For Them ____
Venturesome ____
Organizer ____
Loves Challenges ____
Risk Taker ____
Organized Messy Person (looks messy but they know where everything is) ____

TOTAL _____ add up all the numbers selected in the above section Three

Expressive ____
Overflowing ____
Very Socially Oriented ____
Talkative ____
Promoter ____
High Risk Taker ____
Dreamer ____
Hospitable ____
Social Relationships Priority ____
Trustng ____
Eager ____
Recognition Very Important ____
Fun Loving ____
Optimistic ____
Throws Clothes to Wind When Removed ____
Enthusiastic ____
Often Late ____
Not Into Any Details ____
Very Very Messy ____

TOTAL _____ add up all the numbers selected in the above section Four

So What Animal Type Are You?

  • Now add up all the points from the four sections
  • Write an "O" by the first section total
  • Write an "L" by the second section total
  • Write a "B" by the third section total
  • Write a "T" by the fourth section total

The section in which you scored the highest points is your primary personality type.

The section in which you scored the second highest points is your secondary personality type.

Most of us are combinations of types, however, the highest points in any given section is your dominent personality type.

Summary of Dealing With Each Animal Type

This could be a topic for another article but I will touch on the basics of each of the four personality types:

Bull - They prefer directness and getting right to the point. Do not go off on tangents or you will lose them. Be confident in your dealings with them and make sure you know what you are talking about as they can be a bit impatient. Don't try to tell them they are wrong; they need to be shown the facts to make their own determinations. Don't use frills and fluff when dealing with a "bull".

Tiger - They are playful so relevant chit chat is fine before launching into the core of a discussion. Tigers won't let give you many clues to what they are really thinking do it takes some work to pry that out. Tigers are also fast and direct once they make up their minds. Tigers are a little more flexible and playful compared to a bull, however, when pushed the "tiger" will hold it's own.

Lamb - They are generally more soft spoken and move at a much slower pace. They are good listeners but they do have a hard time in making a decision. Patience is a virtue when dealing with a lamb. They can be outgoing or introverted but are generally kind and amenable. Lambs don't feel comfortable with too much or forceful directness. Use your words and actions wisely and at a slower pace to make them feel the most comfortable. You must gently nudge a lamb. The "lamb" will flee if frightened.

Owl - They are generally introverted and serious in nature. Everything must be analyzied and all questions fully answered for an owl to feel most comfortable. Too much excitement is unsettling to an owl they like stability and routine or else they are out of their comfort zone. You can't rush an owl to make a decision and it is best to present the facts clearly and concisely and let an owl make up it's own mind. The "owl" is very sharp and very reliable. You only get one chance with an owl so don't mess it up.


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      Lacey Taplin 4 years ago from Highlands Ranch, CO

      Very interesting hub. I had not heard of this test before. My former employer used PeopleMap, which I didn't think was entirely accurate. According to BOLT, I'm an owl and I absolutely agree with the traits associated with the owl.

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      Katheryn 5 years ago from United States


      Thank you so much for the vote up. I remember when we spent the day learning about it we all had a great time, it was a lot of fun. I think that it is a more simplistic look at the personality types in comparison to Meyer and others, but it does seem to fit basic traits. Thanks for reading!

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      Sonny Hodgin 5 years ago from Indiana

      I've never heard of the BOLT analysis before. I like it, though. It seems to have a good scientific basis, and it includes animals (always a plus).

      As an aside, you really laid this hub out well.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and awesome.

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      Katheryn 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks Maren. Believe it or not; one job I applied for many years ago made you take the MB test as part of the job application process!

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Nice hub! I like the Meyers-Briggs tool, also.

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      Katheryn 5 years ago from United States

      Billy....I am also the owl with a bit of bull. That's some combo. Explains why I'm so messed up. LOL By the Way..I read your hub. I was working on mine and I thought; oh no, Billy's gonna think I'm using his ideas (customer service) As always loved your hub..but I have to shop at's all I can afford since the bank took me to the cleaners!

      Eric - wow..I'm glad I was on trial for death knowing that my end would come by picking the wrong colors off the chart..LOL Seriously, this stuff has a lot of credibility. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      100% on the money. Back in the 80's we used a similar schematic with colors for picking juries in death penalty cases. I had some guilty mo fo clients but the system never failed. Our job was to pit one against the other so they could never agree. Of course you have to go with the flow and your gut ulitmately but these concepts are muy bueno.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was fun! I've taken this before and the answer was the same both times....I am an owl. Luckily I think owls are cool so I can live with that.

      Thanks for the interesting hub; very informative and well-written.