DOPE 4 Bird Personality Test: Dove, Owl, Peacock, Eagle

Want a quick way to get a better understanding of your personality? This “DOPE Bird Personality Test” (the dove, owl, peacock, eagle test – a personality test and not a drug-test) is a very useful tool for gaining some quick insight into your inner workings.


However you use it, the key is to find the positive points of this self-discovery exercise. It’s like having a good friend help you experience your life from the outside. It’s hard to notice that pimple on your nose without someone mentioning something (or a mirror). This test is the mirror.

Know that you are the unique you and you’re loved for that. Use the results of this test as a starting point for your next “self-improvement” step. It is not a judgment and is not a psychological evaluation.


What are the 4 Bird Personality Type Traits?

And here’s the second-to-last moment you’ve been waiting for – quick and simple definitions of what the four bird personality types actually are. Here goes:


The peaceful dove. The dove is people-orientated, loyal, friendly, hard-working and a great team player but tends to avoid change, confrontation, risk-taking and assertiveness.


The showy peacock. The peacock loves talking, being the center of attention, has passion/ enthusiasm and is happy/ optimistic. Peacocks can be accused of talking too much, and aren’t good with detail or time-control.


The wise owl. The owl is logical, mathematically minded, methodical and sometimes seen as a perfectionist. The owl can be slow to make decisions and inflexible if rules and logic says otherwise. Owls are not big risk takers but love detail.


The bold eagle. Eagles are dominant, stimulated by challenge, decisive and direct. Eagles can be blunt/ stubborn, can lose sight of the big-picture and can be insensitive to other people’s needs. Eagles are natural achievers.

Are you already getting a pretty good feel for what bird type you are? How about those around you? That’s another great thing about the test – it helps you start to notice things about people. Until you know what to look for, you might never see it.


Research and History of the Bird Personality Test

The RichardStep DOPE Test is based off of the original four personality types test theorized by Dr. Gary Couture. He didn’t pick the catchy name for the test, and with the confusion with illegal substances, I can understand that.

Really looking to be bored to death by the details? Here’s how I designed this test:

analyzed 17,103 test results from the online only version of the DOPE test here on
adapted research from the B.E.S.T. test (Bold Expressive Sympathetic Technical)
adapted research from Dr. William Marston’s DiSC test (Dominant, Influencer, Steady, Compliant)
included study and research from personality psychology textbooks
included insights from some of the best in personal development books and research

Ready to find out More About the Test?

The DOPE bird personality test is one of those “don’t have to have a psychologist,” fun, and useful tools that I’ve permanently added to my personal development toolbox.

Click here to learn more about the DOPE Bird Personality Test.




  1. Liz Barnett (@WomanlyWomanLB) says

    Same thing happened to me. Cancer tried to take me out but God gave me another chance. ;) Thanks for posting this! We once used it in graduate school for a project and I was looking for it again!

  2. Paul Thompson says

    Great article! It’s so true with the (family)working people around me!
    How do I find out more info on how I can effectively deal with these people!:)

    • says

      Howdy Paul,

      Great question. If the issue at hand is primarily negativity, then I don’t have the information here. Leo over at Zenhabits is a genius at this stuff so check out this article:

      Otherwise, I would point you to the DOPE test/results kit linked at the end of the article or the ‘Blog’ section linked in the menu bar up top as it lists the over 340 (as of today) articles here that could help you in your journey.

      Thanks for commenting and have a good day Paul!

    • says

      Hello and yes I do. Try a couple of these on for size:

      1. Find or create a “case study” on a topic related to your industry. Split the group up into balanced teams and “1 bird type only” teams. If you have enough people, try to do 2 mixed teams and 1 team full of each bird type only (so 6 teams total; 2 mixed, 1 all owl, 1 all dove, 1 all eagle, and 1 all peacock). Get them all to answer 5-7 questions about the case study in 10-15 minutes. See who finishes first, see who has the “best” answers, and see who worked the best together. (as an example, a customer said he tried this and the owl group only had 1 question done at the end while a mixed-bird group was completely done and had well-rounded answers)
      2. Do the same kind of team break-apart as above, but use common “seminar ice-breaker activities” (google that term and there are some good ideas). I’ve done this before and it was interesting to see what kind of results, ideas, and teamwork each bird type had.
      3. This works well for smaller groups where teams are not a viable option: find some brain-teaser or open-ended problem solving situations. Let your birds work individually to come up with 2-3 solutions they think would work best. After about 10 minutes, share ideas and see if the team as a whole can come up with a combined mega-solution. Pay special attention to the interactions and be sure to jump in if any eagles are trying to shoot dove ideas down too quickly. :)
  3. Ong Zhen Yuan says

    Hi Richard,

    Notice that under ‘Eagle’ you mentioned that they are people who might lost sight of big picture.

    But aren’t leaders goal driven and always strive to achieve it? Than how will they lost sight of the big picture when they are fulfilling the goals of that particular project?

    • says

      Good point and yes it’s true. Think of when a government leader has his or her own goals that are not aligned with the country or world’s best interest. Sure, their immediate and specific goals will get achieved and lead effectively, but is it the best choice in light of the overall goal of global care and betterment of humanity? Maybe not.

      An Eagle is prone to attach to goals (without continual re-evaluation) and achieve that goal just for the sake of completion. Both drive and pride can get in the way. Though do take note that the descriptions for the personality types are the general case and do not adequately describe 100% of all people at all times, as there is no finite term to adequately describe the infinite personalities that exist in human nature.

  4. Nismy Rafiudeen says

    Hi Richard

    I was introduced DOBE technique as a Team building tool by one of my colleague, then I found my self attracted by this and started to explore more on this and found “Your good-self” in the net. It’s a great work by your good self and by BIG thanks for your remarkable contribution on this subject.

    I experimented this technique among my friends and family, well appreciated by all. I have a BIG question and I expect your kind attention.

    Do you think, these personality types are in-built “Human Nature”, which could not be permanently transformed from one to another?

    The best example I find is, “A Rubber material”, which you could pull to change it’s form, but once you release, it will go back to it’s original form with no / slight change depend on the force you applied.

    Because, when I discussed this subject with my friends, I was stormed by this question and I find my self convenience to feel that, the personality Types are attached with Human birth.

    Appreciate your feedback to continue further….

    • says

      Hello Nismy and thank you for the question. In short, personality preferences (or ‘types’) are just that… preferences. All can change, all most likely will depending on environments, circumstances, mental states, phases in life, et cetera. Any one person can be a varying combination of several generalized ‘types.’ It’s best to use the personality information you find out for yourself as more of a guide than a rule. I’m not saying this should discount any of your own personal observances, but if ever you find personality information hindering your actions, then it might be time to reevaluate that information’s application in your life.

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