Google “compatibility test”, and you’ll find millions of them that match you up by star sign, birth date, blood type, and even first name. Dr. Helen Fisher’s Personality Test uses science — specifically, brain chemistry — to help you find love.
How does it work? You answer 56 questions to identify the chemicals or hormones that affect your personality the most. When you’re done, the results show your two dominant personality types and which two you’re most compatible with.
Helen Fisher’s 4 Personality Types
Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and author of several books about love, divides everyone into four types:
- Builders, ruled by serotonin (the “happy chemical”), are calm, dependable, social, and traditional.
- Explorers, ruled by dopamine (the “pleasure chemical”), are enthusiastic, adventurous, energetic, and optimistic.
- Directors, ruled by testosterone, are decisive, competitive, logical, and tough-minded.
- Negotiators, ruled by estrogen, are intuitive, flexible, sensitive, and empathetic.
The last two types skew male and female respectively, but there are plenty of female Directors and male Negotiators. (I bet my dad is a Negotiator.) Also, everyone is a mix of all four types. Your test results tell you how high you score in each type.
Dr. Fisher designed this test for real people, so it was hard to take it for a fictional couple. ? For example, one question asks how you feel when an author veers off topic in their book to say something meaningful. Does Nex even like to read? Aisha does, but she never talks about it in Winx Club!
Still, I tried my best. I imagined Aisha and Nex reading the questions to help me get inside their heads. Also, I took the test multiple times for both of them.
Here were their results:
- Aisha’s primary type is Explorer, and her secondary type is Negotiator.
- Nex’s primary type is Explorer, and his secondary type is Director.
Now, here’s the big question: are they compatible?
Helen Fisher’s Personality Test Results: Are Aisha and Nex Compatible?
Let’s start with their shared primary type: Explorer. According to Dr. Fisher’s research, Explorers pair best with other Explorers. Bingo! We have a match!
Aisha scored higher in Explorer than Nex did. That makes sense because of her backstory. Explorers are often rebellious and impulsive. They crave freedom (which she didn’t have as a kid), and they don’t like to follow traditions.
According to Dr. Fisher, an Explorer wants a “playmate” to travel and go on adventures with. That’s why Explorers fall in love with each other. In an article about Helen Fisher’s Personality Test, one writer said Explorers “need someone who is on the same level of energy and spontaneity”.
Hmmmm…that sounds familiar. Oh, yeah! Power of Charmix brought that up in her video about Aisha and Roy:
I think Aisha would want and need someone with a little more energy [than Roy]…
Sounds like Dr. Fisher would agree.
Aisha and Nex’s Secondary Types: Negotiator and Director
Dr. Fisher’s research found that Negotiators and Directors pair best with each other, even though they’re opposites. She thinks they make up for each other’s weaknesses. While Negotiators follow their hearts, Directors focus on logic and facts. Directors want partners who are flexible and understand their emotional needs. Negotiators crave deep, intimate connections, but they also need partners who see the big picture and don’t get hung up on feelings.
Are you surprised by Aisha’s secondary type? Negotiators are stereotypically feminine. Aisha’s not a girly girl, so shouldn’t she be a Director? Not really.
It’s like I said in my post about how she acted during the Sirenix arc. The Winx fandom sees her as a “rough-and-tumble girl” (as one blogger called her), but she’s more sensitive than they realize. She’s perceptive to people’s feelings — that blogger said so, too — and she’s a great listener. Remember how Musa and Flora asked her for help with their family and relationship problems in Winx season two?
Aisha is also the most motherly Winx. Have you noticed how well she cares for baby creatures? That’s been part of her character since her debut. Her bonded Pixie is a baby, for crying out loud!
By the way, Aisha’s third type is Director. There’s her “rough-and-tumble” side: competitive, direct, and tough-minded.
Nex The Builder?
Here’s another surprise. When I took the test for Nex, Director and Builder almost tied for secondary type. In fact, one of those times, Builder beat Director. So he’s borderline Explorer/Builder.
Remember my “Who is Nex?” post where I said his “friendly extrovert” side conflicts with his ego? These results may prove it. Builders are the most sociable of the four types, but Directors are the least sociable.
How do you balance these traits? That’s the challenge for his character.
As the name suggests, Helen Fisher’s Personality Test matches people by personality type only. Compatibility is more complex than one or two categories. Some people even call compatibility a myth, since millions of conventionally mismatched couples live happily together.
Psychologically, Aisha and Nex aren’t a perfect match. The biggest roadblock is their social statuses; Aisha is a princess, and Nex is a commoner. They’re also from different planets. It’s not a simple relationship, but it’s not impossible, either.
Also, consider the partners themselves. Aisha grew up sheltered, so I think she needs someone who’s different from her — someone who provides new experiences and a new point of view. Another royal or member of the upper-class can’t help her expand her horizons.
Think about the first person who changed Aisha’s life: Anne, her childhood friend. She was a commoner like Nex. By teaching Aisha how to dance, she showed the princess of Andros how to express herself.
I think Aisha could learn a lot from Nex, too. He’s enough like her that they mesh together well, but different enough to help her live a freer, more fulfilling life. If you ask me, that’s all the compatibility they need.
What are your personality types? Click here to take Helen Fisher’s Personality Test, and share your results in the comments!