Extremely helpful a few years ago during tapings of “Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire?,” The Database would top the phone-a-friend list. Anything from car maintenance, to Presidential history, to the latest celebrity divorce, this person is a Captain of IMDb on steriods. If they had a slogan, it would be this: “The Database: They Know Much About Much.” Having the ability to retain large quantities of information in a way that’s easily accessible is a rare asset. Much like athletes with some talent can be coached and trained to be better athletes, people can learn skills to make them better at memorization, therefore becoming a better “Database.” But just like the best athletes are born that way, Databases were born with a nack for knowledge. Take this girl I know… she’s in her early thirties and seems to know about everything that crosses her path. Either because it’s crossed her path before or she’s learned from other peoples paths that were crossed. She is very good at her job because of this. People of all ages come to her because they’re confident she’ll know the answer to whatever inquiry they have. To earn this reputation can be invaluable in a career, that’s for sure. Socially, The Database’s ability to retain information could come in handy (ie. phone-a-friend), but plays a relatively low factor in the ability to make friends and/or keep them. It’s possible for The Database to take on qualities of other personality types (listed below), however, sharing traits of The Dark Horse or The Satellite could spell disaster and/or doom.
Where you’ll see this person in American society? On Jeopardy. Not on Wheel of Fortune (where you’ll find the Indiana Jones’ and The Party’s).
Here is a list of personalities. The next time you’re hanging out with your friends, sit back and observe. I bet there are a few of these in your group!