Reconsidering Crusader or Defender

If you feel that the previous page was not a good fit for you, then it’s time to reexamine some of your earlier choices and consider other possibilities.

You previously chose Crusader and Defender. Please review both now and consider whether you’d like to change one or both of those answers.


Crusaders are very “faith” driven. They need “something” to believe in. They recognize that people are (by nature) “imperfect” and “biased” (they tend to prefer the company of people who recognize and admit to their own flaws).

Crusaders are very “faith” focused. They need something to believe in. Crusaders are also very aware of the “imperfect nature of humanity,” and are wary of trusting in “people.” (Crusaders often prefer the company of people who recognize their own flaws.)

Crusaders put their faith in systems (which are impartial). They find and adopt a code, a set of rules that applies to everyone (regardless of extenuating circumstances). Belief in “the system” (and strictly following its rules) keeps everyone (including the Crusader themselves) from “making choices based on personal bias” instead of what is objectively “fair for everyone.”

Crusaders believe in “maintaining the status quo” (change can be very risky). They trust in “the system” (and the processes the system provides). Being part of “this system” gives them confidence. They “observe” until they have enough information to identify which “process” should be applied (as determined by the system), and then they quickly shift into action.

Crusaders strive to “keep emotion out of the equation” (to maintain objectivity). Others may find Crusaders cold and rigid, but Crusaders believe this is necessary. This emphasis on “the code” can make Crusaders predictable, and in some cases they may insist on “the official process” (even when more cost efficient options are available), which can lead to a pyrrhic victory.

A Crusader’s “belief” is not affected by what others believe. Perception and “popular opinion” do not change “what is true.” If others disagree, the Crusader will (most likely) quietly endure, patiently waiting for others to “realize the truth” (rather than actively trying to convince them).

If someone manages to cause a Crusader to doubt or question the system, or if the system “fails them,” the Crusader will (most likely) react with intense emotion, fiercely “defending” and “rationalizing” in an effort to “continue believing.” If they “lose their faith,” the Crusader may be unwilling to believe in anything.


Defenders are direct, honest, calm, and loyal. They work hard to create stability for themselves and those they care about. They place a strong emphasis on moral values and their duty to others. Defenders have a strong memory, and often value the comfort of familiar things and routines. They plan ahead (and may find the absence of a plan stressful). Defenders also have a great respect for traditions, and often look to the past for insight into what they should do. Defenders are practical, focusing on “what is.”

Defenders can struggle with change, struggle to adapt to “new situations and circumstances.” Defenders “need to know what to expect,” which can be frustrating for someone who enjoys improvising or imagining possibilities. Defenders excel at maintenance, upkeep, and logistics. They prefer “concrete details” over abstract theories or “imagined possibilities.

Some Defenders strive to be objective and rational, to keep emotion out of the equation. Other Defenders are natural nurturers, thriving in the routine care of others.

Note: If you choose to change Defender, you will also need to re-click Crusader.

If you feel that both Defender and Crusader are accurate, please click here.