The seven Chakra Personality Types can be divided into three large groups that each share a similar perception of the world. Grouping the Chakra Types this way leads to a refined understanding of their common traits, their individual nuances, and subtle differences.
What is a Chakra Personality Type?
The concept of the Chakra Personality Types stems from the observation that each human being has one Chakra that is most expressed and active. This dominant Chakra deeply influences how we perceive life, experience ourselves and express in the outer world since each Chakra brings with it a unique perspective on life, a unique worldview, a unique sense of fulfillment and a unique set of values.
Put simply, your Chakra Personality Type is the way you first meet with the world at any given moment. What is the first center that responds in you to anything you encounter? Is it the mental part, your inquiring mind? Is it the senses and your physical feelings? Or perhaps it is your emotional center?
The Three Groups of Chakra Personality Types
Your Chakra Personality Type determines how you relate to the world. And while each of the Chakra Personality types relates to the world in a unique way, they can still be divided into three major groups, as the Chakra Types within these groups share a lot of common ground in terms of their perception and experience of the world.
- The material-earthly Chakra Types
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Chakra
Meet with the world through the senses and perceivable objects
- The emotional-communicative Chakra Types
4th and 5th Chakra
Encounter the world through emotions and fantasies
- The mental-spiritual Chakra Types
6th and 7th Chakra
Meet the world as an idea and translate any experience into an abstract principle.
First group: The material-earthly types
In terms of group-orientation, the first, second and third types all fall into the category of material-earthly Chakra Types. This so-called “lowest” group corresponds with the lower part of the human form: legs, the base of the spine, genitals, and belly.
This group initially meets with the world through the senses and perceivable objects. It is the one most dedicated to working with the materials of the sensory world. However, while they are all deeply engaged in the world of matter, each approaches it from an extraordinarily different angle.
First Chakra Type: The Builders
The first Chakra type, the “Builders”, is the one that starts our journey into the seven human personalities. This is not only out of plain numerical reasons. Just like the foundational Chakra which they embody in human form, they constitute the solid base of the world population as the ones who are “in charge” of the material and earthly plane. Their impressive number – four out of every ten people – reflects well their fundamental role in human society.
Not only the first type begins the entire chain of human personalities, it also opens the first group within this system. Its major interaction with the world takes place through the instinctive center. First Chakra types perceive the world as a space to build in. To them, the material world and all substances in it are here to be organized, arranged and reshaped to form a harmonious and life-supporting surrounding. Far more serious than the second type and far less ambitious than the third type, they are the most “earthly” of their group; the ones closest to the ground, which also means, for good or worse, closest to the laws of matter.
Second Chakra Type: The Artists
Immediately after the first chakra type, the second chakra personality type, the “Artists”, appears. Finding the most colorful of all types smilingly sandwiched by the very serious first and third types is almost like a cosmic joke. A more just cosmic order would at least place the third type after the first since both share some essential reason. Both take the world very seriously, while the second type is intensely playful and experimental.
The major interaction of the second Chakra type with the world takes place through the feeling or sensual center. Second Chakra types perceive the world as a play of energies, colors, tastes, and shapes. The earth seems to them like a gigantic amusement park with many attractions to experiment with.
Third Chakra Type: The Achievers
The third and last type of the material-earthly group is the third Chakra type, the “Achievers”. While the leap we needed to take from the “Builders” to the “Artists” was quite impressive, also shifting from the juicy and life-loving character of the second type to the warrior-like personality of the third demands some form of mental acrobatics. It is not that we cannot locate any similarity at all between the two: both are exploding with excited energy, only the first without direction while the latter is fully and eternally directed.
Still, it would make more sense if the “Achievers” came immediately after the “Builders” since, in some respects, the third type is a highly motivated and energetic first type. If we insist on making sense of this structure, we could think of the “Achievers” as an interesting hybrid of the first and third personalities; a surprising mix of unsatiated craving and a careful planning.
The major interaction of the third Chakra type with the world takes place through the willing center. Third Chakra type perceives the world as a space of competition: a ground where species, people, and ideas, meet to compete with each other. The “Achievers” are interested in making use of the planet’s energy resources for gaining power and achieving goals. Whereas the first type build from the earth’s materials and the second create out of them, the third Chakra type builds on them skyscrapers to reach the highest ends imaginable.
Second group: The emotional-communicative types
Moving to the subtler world of the “emotional-communicative types” does not mean that it is a “better” world. It only means a subtler type of interaction with the world. This “medium” and smaller group, which consists of the fourth and fifth types, first encounters the world through emotions and fantasies. Both types’ central passion in life is the act of communication, striving to connect and bridge the inner and the outer worlds. Physically speaking, the emotional-communicative group corresponds with the chest, heart, lungs, and the throat.
This smaller group, which consists of the fourth and fifth types, is all about communication, yet the fact that these two belong to the same group doesn’t make them too similar. In fact, they are as different as the first and the second are different from each other.
Fourth Chakra Type: The Caretakers
To shift to the fourth personality type, the “Caretakers”, is not only a great leap from the third type but also from the very spirit of the “material-earthly types”. The major interaction of the fourth Chakra type with the world takes place through the emotional center.
The fourth Chakra type perceives the world as a space of emotional exchange. It is as if the whole world came into being just for sharing; just for the flow of giving and receiving. The fourth type is interested in communication because of its emotional potential. In this sense, they don’t care so much about how much they influence, but rather whether they manage to reach intimacy with the other.
Fifth Chakra Type: The Speakers
The second type within the emotional-communicative group, the “Speakers”, first interact with the world through the communicating center. The fifth Chakra Type perceives the world as a space of opportunities for expression. In this space, there are many different unique voices, all struggle to be heard, recognized and accepted, and sometimes even to suppress each other.
Whereas the fourth finds communication fulfilling only when it becomes an opportunity for emotional intimacy, the fifth experience fulfillment when they get the chance to influence. Meetings with others are opportunities to voice themselves, in the hope to make their listeners change their mind or to touch their heart. It is less the actual meeting that is cherished and much more its effect; its degree of influence and the success of the idea or vision transmission. Another way to say it is that while the “caretakers” like communication, what the “speakers” really wish for is a full expression.
Third group: The mental-spiritual types
The third, “highest” group makes its communication with the world the most abstract. This group, which includes the sixth and seventh types, does not really directly experience the world; it meets it more as an “idea” and translates any experience into an abstract principle. Both types’ interests and attractions are far less earthly and tangible. Physically speaking, the mental-spiritual group corresponds with the area of the head and brain.
Sixth Chakra Type: The Thinkers
With the sixth chakra, we leave behind the group of the emotional-communicative types and shift to the third and last group of the mental-spiritual types. The fifth type was already far more passionate about “visions” than about actual people and their feelings. Yet the sixth personality type, the “Thinkers”, introduces us to a whole new level of self-reflection, as it is simply in love with thoughts and ideas.
“Thinkers” first interact with the world through the thinking or mental center. The sixth Chakra Type perceives the world as a mystery or a riddle that calls for a thorough investigation.
Last, at the top edge of the human pyramid, is the seventh personality type, the “Yogis”. This is true not only because the seventh Chakra is the culmination of the Chakra system: the seventh personality are the rarest type on earth, and also the farthest from any familiar human activity. Visiting their sphere is, both literally and metaphorically, like reaching the roof of the world.
Up there, the very definition and experience of a “personality” are far vaguer. One could already breathe the air of another world both close and distant from ours. Nonetheless, this one percent of world population has left a tremendous mark on human culture, deeply influencing all six other types.
Seventh Chakra Type: The Yogis
The seventh personality is the second within the mental-spiritual group, which makes its communication with the world the most abstract. “Yogis” first interact with the world through the spiritual center. The seventh Chakra Type perceives the world as a veil which needs to be removed in order to reveal the one true invisible and subjective world of spirit.
Already with the sixth type, we visited an idea-based perception of the world, yet this still included a keen inquiry into life and the cosmos which, in light of the seventh’ spiritual center, seems almost earthly and grounded. The difference between the two can be most easily understood as the difference between thinking and spirituality: both are linked to refined cognition and introverted activity, but the first is intellectual while the second is purely meditative.