Wild Cat

Wild Cat Quick Reference

  1. Can be unpredictable; impulsive 
  2. Switch from withdrawn to confrontational 
  3. Prefer to spend time with select people or alone 
  4. Pessimisticleaning 
  5. More focused on your own fundamental needs than the needs of others 
  6. Can be intimidating or come on too strong 
  7. React poorly to sudden, significant changes 
  8. Need lots of space to explore 
  9. Can fear making mistakes or react without considering the consequences 
  10. Only like to be touched on your own terms 
  11. Thrill seeker 
  12. Think outside the box; not a rule follower 
  13. Can be an activist; interested in social change 

Making Your Wild Cat Purr: 

  1. Pick Your Moment. Because Wild Cats can be moody, learn when to make your move vs. when to leave them alone. If they’re freaking out, give them space. 
  2. Be Expressive. Wild Cats use body language to communicate. Try giving them a look, a wink, or a smile to build a non-verbal bond. 
  3. Be Calm. When a Wild Cat gets stressed, they can get angry and say mean things impulsively. Stay levelheaded and shrug off attacks with a cool, calm tone and voice. 
  4. Passive Affection. Wild Cats will come to you for affection. Be patient and leave the door open for them to come to you. 
  5. Create Routines. Sudden changes make Wild Cats nervous; they don’t handle them well. Find a routine that works then give them fair warning when you need to do something new. 
  6. Be Patient. Wild Cats gradually warm up to new people and places. Take time to explain where you are going and what to expect before you get there. 
  7. No Surprises. Communication is key. Provide an agenda in advance and give them time to process and build confidence. 
  8. Avoid Direct Pressure. When correcting, address the group instead of singling out a Wild Cat in front of others. If more explanation is needed, talk in private. 
  9. Be Supportive. Wild Cats need help fulfilling their fundamental needs. Set them up for success by doing things for them that require social interaction and keep them focused on work they can do independently. 
  10. Don’t Push Them. Don’t be disappointed when they decline your offer or change their mind. Keep experiences positive, and be flexible and forgiving when their plan changes.