When you assess how spontaneous someone is
it is useful to assist in picking the other person's pattern. This becomes easier the better you know someone. It can support your previous assessment.


You will most likely need assistance.

This might tell you what.

But it will not tell you how.

Here are all sixteen patterns.

Impulsive, unprompted, proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus, intuitive, spontaneously derived from or prompted by a natural tendency, instinctive, natural.

Conducted and composed by Modern Maven Elizabeth Hunter™ - Last Update 23 November, 2023


1. Can it be the Director - ESTJ?

The Director is the Border Collie

This cat is the living embodiment of order, stability and logistical management. Armed with their dominant Extraverted Thinking function, they are the commanders of their lives, orchestrating every minor detail, ensuring everything runs like a well-oiled machine.
Deep within all the scheduling, planning and order is a spark of spontaneity, courtesy of their tertiary function, Extraverted Intuition. Like a well-hidden secret door in a library, it opens up a world of possibilities and novel experiences. When they tap into this, they are not just executors of plans but explorers of the new and untried. They might swap their business suit for a wetsuit to try out surfing or trade their spreadsheets for a cookbook to try their hand at an exotic new recipe. They might even venture off the beaten path to explore the unexplored.
However, these side quests are just that – exciting diversions from their primary mission. In the end, they are creatures of habit who find solace in their tried-and-true lifestyle. After all their adventures, they will happily return to their plan, schedule and to-do list. Their escapades provide them with stories to share and experiences to cherish, but their love for structure and routine is what truly defines them. They prove that one can have an adventurous spirit and still enjoy the comfort of their meticulously planned life. Thus, they not only have their cake and eat it too, they probably baked it according to a tried and tested recipe and enjoyed it at the precisely scheduled time that was scheduled by them.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 12/16.

The Captain of everything.


2. Can it be the Developer - ENTJ?

The Developer is the German Shepherd

This cat is driven by their dominant function, Extraverted Thinking, which is is all about efficiency, logic and getting things done. They can be found plotting world domination over their morning coffee or, at least, planning the next high-stakes business venture. Their idea of spontaneity is trying out a new strategy that would optimize productivity by 4.56%. For them, a fun Saturday night might involve a rousing debate on economic theory or devising a new leadership matrix.
Yet despite their ‘Judging’ preference, they are far from being the stick-in-the-mud types. With their tertiary Extraverted Sensing, they can be surprisingly spontaneous, keen on seizing the moment when the opportunity arises. They might not be the first to start an impromptu dance-off at the office party, but they could certainly be the one to turn it into a competitive league with a well-structured points system.
Life can change at the drop of the hat and they know that. They are masters of pivoting, making quick decisions and adapting to new situations. So while they are not the most spontaneous, they pride themselves on being open to new experiences and are always ready to take on a challenge. After all, it is just another opportunity for personal growth and advancement in their minds.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 8/16.

The Bully Boy doer.


3. Can it be the Results - ESTP?

The Results is the Jack Russell Terrier

This cat is the master of thinking on their feet, always ready to make a quick choice and jump into the fray.
They are the ones that you will find scaling mountains on a whim or deciding to learn a new language because, well, why not? They thrive on the adrenaline rush that comes with unpredictability and are not afraid to take absurd risks. Their world is a playground, and they are the kids who never want recess to end.
Highly attuned to their surroundings, they are adept at picking up on opportunities and changes in their environment. They are driven by their Extraverted Sensing function, which means they are all about experiencing the world in real-time, through the five senses. They will immediately notice if there is a tree that needs climbing, a crisis that needs averting or a new flavour of ice cream that needs sampling.
However, their spontaneity does not come without a keen sense of practicality. They will not just jump into anything. They will make sure that it is worth their time, effort and, most importantly, fun. So, if you are looking for a partner in spontaneity, the Results your go-to. They are not just up for an adventure, they usually are the adventure.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 2/16.

The impulsive Daredevil.


4. Can it be the Inspirational - ENTP?

The Inspirational is the Bull Terrier

Category: Extraverted Intuitive.

This cat has a mind minds buzzing like neon signs advertising “new ideas this way”. They are the masters of brainstorming and what-ifs. Just as a painter sees a blank canvas as a realm of limitless potential, they view the world as a playground of intellectual exploration. They are drawn to the new, the unexplored, the unconventional – like moths to a bonfire of novelty.
Their dominant function, Extraverted Intuition, is constantly darting from one idea to another, connecting disparate dots and reveling in the thrill of potential possibilities. They thrive in the world of the abstract and theoretical, where they can play mental chess with ideas, scenarios and concepts. They might not be as quick to leap into action as the Counselor or Results, but they are every bit as spontaneous in their thinking. But they are poor finishers.
However, similar to their Counselor cousins, their spontaneity is somewhat tempered by their inferior function, Introverted Sensing. This can sometimes make them a bit more grounded from their past experiences; a bit more cautious based on what has worked before. Their inferior function can keep them from leaping off the rails too soon by reminding them of important facts and experiences that they could learn from.
But, when their curiosity is piqued, there is no stopping them. They are the ones who will question why things are the way they are and then brainstorm twenty different ways to change them. They will decide to write a novel, build a start-up or invent a new language on a whim and they will likely convince you to join in their scheme with their infectious enthusiasm and sharp wit. So, while they might not be the first ones to suggest bungee jumping off a cliff, they will definitely be the ones developing a new, more thrilling method of bungee jumping. Their spontaneity is as much about mental exploration as it is about physical action.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 4/16.

The rule avoidant and sneaky Trailblazer.


5. Can it be the Persuader - ENFJ?

The Persuader is the Boxer

This cat is charasmatic and full of sometimes toxic positivity. They enter a room and instantly tune into the emotional radio frequencies buzzing around. They know who has had a bad day, who is hiding a secret joy and who is nursing an existential crisis, all before anyone’s uttered a word. They are like emotional CSI agents, equipped with their dominant function, Extraverted Feeling. This enables them to navigate the choppy waters of group dynamics like seasoned sailors.
But do not mistake that “J” at the end of their MBTI code for rigidity. Underneath that fairly organized exterior, they have a spontaneous, adventurous side. They can spot opportunities for fun with the precision of a hawk thanks to their tertiary Extraverted Sensing. They might be comforting a friend one minute and, the next, they are realizing that the perfect way to cheer them up would be to drive out to a mountaintop and watch the sun rise while eating donuts!
Add to that mix their auxiliary Introverted Intuition and you have an individual who can sniff out a road towards enlightenment faster than you can say “personal growth”. They are the ones who will turn a casual conversation about breakfast cereals into a profound dialogue on the importance of face-to-face connection during the digital age. Their Introverted Intuition can help them sniff out opportunities that would bring people closer together, evoke stimulating conversations and provide more depth.
They are the ultimate example of why you should not judge a book by its cover. They might have the Judging preference, but they are exceptionally nimble when it comes to shifting plans. They balance their desire for order with an adventurous spirit, making them more like agile lions ready to pounce on the next exciting opportunity, rather than the rigid, schedule-loving robots that ‘Judging’ types are often portyayed.
They are 'Betty from the Body Corporate' who makes 'executive decisions' and buys trees without approval and then tries to use charisma to dig themselves out of trouble using triangulation, ghosting and blame shifting.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 7/16.

The charasmatic and interfering Mentor.


6. Can it be the Appraiser - ESFJ

The Appraiser is the Great Dane

This cat is known for their warmth, friendliness and unwavering loyalty. They are the glue that keeps the social fabric intact. They are the steadfast friends who remember your birthday without a Facebook reminder, the ones who will lend a listening ear when you need to vent and the ones who are there to cheer you on at every milestone.
In their desire for harmony and order, they tend to appreciate stability and predictability in their day-to-day lives – they like knowing what is going to happen. It is comforting, it is safe. But while they may love a good routine, do not be fooled into thinking that these cats are unable to see the joy in surprise. They are social butterflies, thriving in the company of others and they are often game for a bit of spontaneous fun. They are the ones who will call you for a midnight ice cream run or propose an early morning jog, just for the heck of it.
However, their spontaneity has a unique flavor – it often involves creating meaningful connections with people and having heart-to-heart conversations. You will not see them backpacking across the globe on a whim, but you can bet they will be up for a surprise birthday party for a friend or a last-minute weekend road trip with their closest friends.
Their adventures, as spontaneous as they may seem, always have an underlying layer of security. They have a safe haven to return to; a routine to fall back on. While they might occasionally flutter around in the realm of spontaneity, their feet are still firmly planted on the ground of predictability. It is as if they have mastered the art of having their cake and eating it too or, in this case, enjoying spontaneous adventures while having a structured life to which they can return.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 11/16.

The friendly Defender.


7. Can it be the Promoter - ENFP?

The Promoter is the Golden Retriever

This cat is ever-curious and endlessly enthusiastic about chasing new horizons. Driven by their dominant Extraverted Intuition, they are constantly on the lookout for new possibilities or exciting conceptual connections. They see the world as a giant puzzle and they are eager to see where each piece fits, even if it means rearranging the whole picture. They are all over the place.
They are they in third place while one could argue that they should be first. Despite their adventurous spirit and natural curiosity, they can occasionally become stuck in a rut thanks to their inferior function, Introverted Sensing. This function can sometimes cause them to fall back on what is familiar and comfortable, especially in times of stress. It can make them a bit more cautious and less likely to dive into the unknown compared to their sensor counterparts. And less likely to finish anything.
While their Extraverted Intuition is excellent at spotting and exploring uncharted paths, it does not quite have the same ‘in the moment’ spontaneity as Extraverted Sensing, which our champion Counselor and runner-up Results possess. Their mental focus tends to dart between future possibilities and deviations from the norm, rather than immersing fully in immediate sensory experiences. They flit.
They are a powerful force of spontaneity, all the same. They are the ones suggesting a midnight road trip to see the stars or spontaneously deciding to adopt a new hobby because it offers a fresh perspective or challenge. They might not be the first ones out the door, but they are always ready to explore new adventures, ideas, and paths, with a zest for life that is truly infectious.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 3/16.

The disorganized Visionary and radical Optimist.


8. Can it be the Counselor - ESFP

The Counselor is the Poodle

Romp in at Position One. This cat is action-oriented and are always on the lookout for the next adventure, the next thrill, the next opportunity to dive headfirst into the sea of life. They live in the moment, fully immersed in the present and with their heart (and no thinking) guiding them towards fulfillment. It is as if they have an inbuilt GPS that points to ‘fun’ and ‘opportunity’ and they are always ready to follow the call.
Their actions are guided by a compass made up of their inner feelings and values, which, like a piece of iron to a magnet, are drawn towards the energy of the world around them. They can be inspired by anything and everything happening in their environment. From the contagious laughter of a friend, the vibrant colors of a sunset, to the pulsing rhythm of a street musician – these experiences ignite their inner spark and fuel their rollercoaster ride of life. So, if you want someone for a spontaneous adventure, look no further than your friendly neighborhood Counselor. They could well have already started without you.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 1/16.

The Party Animal.


9. Can it be the Specialist - ISFP

The Specialist is the Saint Bernard

Category: Extraverted Sensing.

This cat is the embodiment of “living in the moment.” With their dominant function, Introverted Feeling, they are guided by their values, following wherever their heart leads them. You may not find them brainstorming hypothetical ideas as the Inspirational might or rearranging the world like the Promoter, but they will be the first to take up a paintbrush or a guitar string to express something deeply meaningful to them.
They believe in the art of spontaneous living, but not without a dash of their personal style. They might not be the ones suggesting a daring midnight run across the city, but they might invite you for an impromptu picnic under the stars or a sudden detour to that quaint, little-known art exhibition in the city. They are spontaneous, but also deeply sensitive and introspective, preferring quieter and more personal adventures that resonate with their inner values. Their spontaneity is more like a soft melody that flows seamlessly rather than a loud drumbeat.
Their Auxiliary Extraverted Sensing certainly adds a bit of ‘in the moment’ zest to their behaviour, enabling them to readily absorb and appreciate the beauty in their immediate surroundings. They can quickly pick up on opportunities for fun and exploration in their environment; whether that means dancing in the rain or taking a last-minute road trip to a nearby town. Their spontaneity is an extension of their identity as they strive to live a life that is guided by their heart; not by a rulebook.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 5/16.

The Arty Farty type.


10. Can it be the Investigator - INFJ?

The Investigator is the Greyhound

This cat has a knack for “charting the course”, foreseeing how things will unfold and mapping out a plan. Their dominant Introverted Intuition function is a powerful force, spotting ripple effects and potential that others may not see.
While they may be seen as ‘predictable’, they do have an adventurous streak. Once they have envisaged the path ahead and aligned it with their heartfelt convictions, they are fairly open to a good adventure. They are akin to explorers who have meticulously studied the map, assessed the potential pitfalls and are now ready to set sail into the unknown with a sense of determination, excitement, preparedness and a dash of caution.
However, springing surprises on them might not be the best idea. They are not fans of being shoved into a new, unexpected situation without warning. This is not because they lack an adventurous spirit, but rather because they need time to reflect, to divine how things will go and to check whether the new situation sings in harmony with their internal orchestra. Saying they you are going into a same sex arrangement will cause you to be doorslammed.
So, while they might not match the spontaneity of an Results, they do have their own brand of adventure; one that is carefully considered, deeply personal and profoundly meaningful. They might not impulsively jump off a cliff into the sea, but give them time to assess the height, the water depth and the safety measures they might just surprise you. They have a dash of adventure in contemplation and that they prefer to look before they leap.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 13/16.

The resentful Mystic.


11. Can it be the Agent - INFP?

The Agent is the Tibetan Terrier This cat is the author of their own story, a story that involves exploring the wistful lanes of possibility and following their heart’s deepest convictions. They are driven by their dominant function, Introverted Feeling, constantly seeking to understand themselves and the world around them through their own unique lens.
Their auxiliary function, Extraverted Intuition, serves as their personal compass guiding them through the myriad maze of ideas and concepts. It invites them to open the doors of their minds to new concepts and experiences, taking them down roads less travelled, and often leading them to captivatingly innovative territories. Their Extraverted Intuition is akin to a playground for their minds where they can swing from one idea to the next, slide into a new perspective and climb the ladder of thought to heights unimaginable to some. They have ideas tht they never finish.
Yet, every rose has its thorns and they are no exception. Some find themselves trapped where they become excessively engrossed in their feelings and past experiences. In these instances, their Introverted Sensing function can have them replaying past events, scrutinizing their feelings associated with those experiences and potentially trapping them in an exhausting emotional rut. They may become overwhelmed by the external world, feeling like a ship lost at sea during a tempest.
However, the key to escape this loop lies in their Extraverted Intuition. By stepping out of their comfort zones, exploring new areas of interest and indulging in spontaneous adventures, they can reignite their creativity and imagination. This sparks life into their dreams and allows them a sense of freedom and joy. By not just living in their dreams, but actively exploring the world of possibilities, they can harness their true potential, creating a world that is as vivid, rich and inspiring as they envision it to be. But you should never employ one.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 9/16.

The Dreamer of La La Land with the far off look in their eyes.


12. Can it be the Achiever - ISTP?

The Achiever is the Bassett Hound

Thus cat has an air of cool indifference and are the embodiment of spontaneity with a side of practicality. They are not as “leap before you look” as the Results; but they still enjoy a life unbound by restrictions, rules and timelines.
They have a unique brand of spontaneity that is driven by their dominant function, Introverted Thinking. This function makes them logical problem solvers, but this does not mean that they are all work and no play. Their version of fun may involve dissecting a car engine or venturing into the wilderness with some survival gear just to see how it goes and what they can learn.
Their auxiliary function, Extraverted Sensing, adds an extra dash of spontaneity to their actions. It draws them into the present moment, tuning them into their immediate surroundings. They are the ones who will spot that off-the-beaten-path trail during a hike and decide to explore it, or notice a new sushi place around the corner and immediately decide to taste test. They are practical explorers, always ready to dive into new experiences, provided they can poke it, prod it and maybe take it apart afterwards.
They can be a bit cautious. Their introverted nature and their tertiary function, Introverted Intuition, can sometimes make them suspicious of anything that does not pass their gut-check. They are not going to be the first to jump off the cliff into the roaring waves below but, give them a parachute, a few minutes to think and maybe the promise of a cold beer afterwards, and they will be geared up and ready to take the plunge.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 6/16.

The practical and bad tempered Vigilante.


13. Can it be the Practitioner - ISFJ?

The Practitioner is the Alaskan Malamute

This cat is known for their quiet warmth, empathy and meticulous nature They are the thread that weaves together the intricate tapestry of routine and predictability. They are the ones who find comfort in the familiar, who revel in consistency and who, when life feels like a tumultuous sea, anchor themselves to the shores of routine. Yes, they are rusted in to the past.
Spontaneity to them is akin to an uninvited guest who shows up at their door and they, being the gracious hosts, can feel somewhat cornered. They may welcome the visitor, but inside, they are rewriting their meticulously planned day including all next week's meals listed on the fridge and that can be a source of stress. With their dominant Introverted Sensing function, they value order and predictability. They prefer knowing what is coming so they can prepare and perform at their best. An unexpected change of plans can feel like a spanner tossed into the gears of a well-oiled machine, causing it to creak and groan under the pressure. They cannot handle change or conflict.
However, they can appreciate a dash of fun and surprise, as long as it does not push them too far beyond their comfort zone. Picture a surprise birthday cake at the end of a well-planned dinner party, or a spontaneous weekend movie night, announced a day in advance. These are the kinds of surprises that they can get behind – ones that have a touch of premeditation, a splash of familiarity, but still allow room for a little unexpected joy. Do not ask them to go to a new restaurant as the car park could be full.
While they prefer their world to be predictable and orderly, they are not averse to the occasional detour, as long as they have some time to reroute. It is a delicate dance between structure and spontaneity and they have mastered the steps, keeping their lives in harmonious balance. Rather than having their cake and eating it too, they prefer knowing the recipe, baking it carefully and then enjoying a surprise frosting on top. But, let's face it they are as dull as dishwater.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 15/16.

The passive-aggressive follower and Protector.


14. Can it be the Objective Thinker - ISTJ?

The Objective Thinker is the Bernese Mountain Dog

This cat is married to a well-structured, meticulously planned day. They are the embodiment of stability, with their love for routines and predictability. They are the ones who relish the comfort of knowing what is around the corner and can handle life’s curved balls much better when they see them coming from a ling distance away.
Spontaneity to can feel like an unexpected gust of wind, upsetting their carefully arranged stack of plans. They are not the biggest fans of surprises, which can often be a source of stress and lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Tey walking past a ferris wheel ind inviting them to have a ride.
But they are not complete stick-in-the-muds. They do appreciate fun and leisure; they just prefer it to come in a neatly wrapped package, announced and planned ahead of time. They might not be the first to join a spontaneous street dance but, give them time to learn the steps, rehearse and mentally prepare... no, they will not do it. They might watch the street dance and throw out a few moves on the sidelines, but they will probably be wondering if they are going to miss their scheduled train.
They might dance with you in the living room to their favorite Frank Sinatra song and sweep you off your feet with their unexpected charm. They just need to be in their comfort zone to let out their spontaneous side. Spontaneity within the safety of their routine and their home base is much more welcome than spontaneity hurled at them in an unfamiliar setting.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 16/16.

The ultra planned Detective.


15. Can it be the Perfectionist - INTP?

The Perfectionist is the Papillon

This cat seems a bit overly-analytical but they can also have an adventurous side as well. When their auxiliary function, Extraverted Intuition, gets the invite to come out and play, an unexpected twist in the plot happens. Suddenly, they appear less like the methodical, calculator-crunching nerds (as they are labelled) and more like adventurous explorers, ready to hop into the wormholes of the universe. They all about trying out new things, adapting to uncharted situations and exploring innovative paths that might just have the potential to uncover groundbreaking insights and unlock limitless possibilities.
But, let us hit the pause button for a moment. Some get caught in an endless loop of their Introverted Thinking and Introverted Sensing functions, turning them into creatures of comfort and routine that could give your average housecat a run for its money. When stuck in this loop, they tend to become less spontaneous and more like grumpy old men — albeit grumpy old men with a Ph.D. in Quantum Physics, a knack for coding and a secret obsession with Sudoku.
But some are typically quite receptive to spontaneity, sprinkled with a heavy dose of their signature analytical logic. They are the ones who will say, “Sure, let’s go skydiving! But first, let me calculate the wind speed and trajectory of our fall.”

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 10/16.

The Prodigy with no practical ability.


16. Can it be the Enhancer - INTJ?

The Enhancer is a Lone Wolf

This cat has an analytical gaze and a cool, calm demeanor. Known for their intellect, strategic thinking and thirst for knowledge, these individuals, powered by their dominant Introverted Intuition function, are the masterminds behind meticulously crafted strategies and elaborate plans.
But the word ‘strategist’ does not mean all work and no play. In their unique way they know how to roll up their sleeves and engage in a bit of fun. However, their fun often comes cloaked in a layer of logic; a veil of strategic thinking. They are like chess players in a world of dodgem cars; they enjoy the thrill, but they also love to foresee the moves, calculate the risks and plan their course of action to win. They will have worked out how they will win a week before attendint the venue.
While they may not be the first to jump into something spontaneously, they do have a robust appreciation for challenges and adventures. But, classically, they prefer to plan these escapades intricately, visualizing the outcomes, identifying potential hurdles and strategizing their moves well in advance.
Do not be mistaken, they can be just as adventurous as their counterparts; it is just that their adventures often come with a roadmap, a contingency plan and a huge share of calculated risks. They may not impulsively join you on a random skydiving session but, give them time to investigate the logistics, the safety measures and the physics behind the parachute, they might just be game. Might. Bit not if you have been classified as an idiot.

E. Hunter™'s Ranker™: 14/16.

The Strategist and Mastermind.