The 5 Types
in Human Design
Types and Strategies
The easiest way to begin
benefiting from Human Design concepts is to know
one’s Type and to follow the strategy for that
type. In the Human Design System there are five
personality “Types”, each with a unique strategy
for making decisions. Knowing your Type can help
you develop confidence and trust in your
capacity to make reliable decisions for
The five Types are called the Manifestor, the
Manifesting Generator, the Generator, the
Projector and the Reflector. Each Type has a
different natural role to play when interacting
with others and the world.
The first Type is called the
Manifestor. Approximately 8% of people are
Manifestors. Manifestors can initiate action
without waiting. Manifestors are energy beings
that possess tremendous initiating power but
they have to use their power carefully or risk
angering others. Their purpose in life is to
If a Manifestor decides that to start a
business, for example, all they have to do is
decide on the right timing and then just do it.
All of the other types have to wait before they
can take action.
In spite of the fact that most of us think we
would love to be Manifestors, being a Manifestor
can have its own challenges. Many Manifestors
have had to struggle to learn how to use their
power appropriately and may be conditioned to
hide their power or suppress it. Manifestors
must learn how to channel their energy properly
or they will face tremendous resistance in life.
Properly channeled, Manifestor energy often
gives the other four Types something to respond
Some famous Manifestors include Al Gore, George
W. Bush, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and
Manifesting Generators and Generators
The next two Types are called Manifesting
Generators and Generators. Together these two
Types comprise 67% of the population. These two
Types are the only Types who possess a special
energy center called the Sacral Center. For both
the Manifesting Generator and the Generator, the
most important thing in life is finding the
right work. If a Manifesting Generator or a
Generator is not working in the right job, he
will burn out. When these types find the correct
work for themselves, their Sacral Center
supplies them with a virtually inexhaustible
source of energy.
Manifesting Generators and Generators have to
wait until things come to them before they take
action. Most of us are taught to "just do it".
If we are Manifesting Generators or Generators
we can experience deep frustration if we try to
initiate things. For Manifesting Generators and
Generators, waiting for something to respond to
is crucial for ensuring success in life and
avoiding burn out from committing to the wrong
For example, a Generator who is a workshop
facilitator might desire to teach a particular
workshop. If this woman decides to initiate this
workshop without anything to respond to other
than her own mental urgings, most likely she
will find that the workshop turnout may be low.
But, if instead, this Generator woman waits
until someone suggests that she teach workshop,
she has something to respond to and the outcome
of the workshop will probably be much different.
Of course, waiting can feel very challenging for
these energy types. It does not feel natural for
most people to wait and see what Life brings. If
you are a Manifesting Generator or a Generator,
experiment with waiting, even if it is for just
a few days and see what happens! Your energy
field communicates to the world that you need
something to respond to. When the Manifesting
Generator and the Generator wait, things always
come to them in the right time and the right
Even though these two types are similar in how
they must wait to respond in order to make
decisions, there are some interesting
differences between them. Manifesting Generators
have some of the energy characteristics of
Manifestors. They tend to respond more quickly
to situations than a pure Generator. Manifesting
Generators may also have to "test drive" their
response to situations that come to them in
order to see if they are correct. Because of
this characteristic of trying out responses,
Manifesting Generators can seem as though they
are changing their minds frequently. Pure
Generators act more deliberately when they
respond, and they usually know what is correct
for them to do without having to try it out
Famous Manifesting Generators and Generators
include Madonna, John Lennon, Dalai Lama,
Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Timothy
The fourth personality Type in the Human Design
System is the Projector. Projectors represent
about 24% of the population. Projectors can
become the natural managers and leaders of the
world. Projectors do not carry energy in their
own personal energy field, but instead take in
the energies of others and manage it. Projectors
have to wait to be recognized and invited into
the major events in life, such as love
relationships, career and right place (where
they live). If an invitation feels good for a
Projector and she accepts it, she channels an
enormous amount of energy and power into that
situation. She can then use that energy to
manage others and the world around her.
Projectors, for all their wisdom, can have a
frustrating and debilitating life process if
they try to push themselves and initiate action.
A Projector simply does not have the energy to
“just do it”, and if they try to initiate like a
Manifestor, or work steadily like a Generator,
they will burn themselves out very quickly. The
challenge for the Projector is to trust that the
right invitations will come and to them, and to
wait for those invitations. Sometimes Projectors
wait months or years for the right invitation.
Because they are “non energy” types and they are
not here to work steadily like the Generator
Types, the Projector Types may receive a lot of
judgment from other and be perceived as "lazy"
when. In fact, it is literally unhealthy for
these types to initiate any kind of action or to
work at the wrong kind of jobs on a steady
basis. They usually can't sustain the energy
flow on their own.
Projectors are here to deeply understand others.
Projectors can be powerful resources if they are
recognized and used properly. A Projector can,
simply by watching an energy type, intuitively
know how that other person can maximize their
energy and their potential. This makes them
natural coaches and mentors.
Projectors are here to be recognized and invited
by others. Many Projectors are magnetic,
charismatic recipients of amazing invitations.
Ringo Starr is a Projector. He was literally
“invited” to join The Beatles after one of the
original band members left the band.
Other famous Projectors include Steven
Spielberg, John F. Kennedy, Paul McCartney,
Fidel Castro, Karl Marx and Demi Moore.
Reflectors are the most rare of the types. Less
than 1% of people are Reflectors. The Reflector
is here to "mirror" or reflect the health of the
community around them. A Reflector is extremely
open to all kinds of energy. The Reflector takes
all the energy from the world around him deep
into his own energy system and then reflects it
If you are a Reflector and you are happy, then
where you are at the moment is a happy place. If
you are a sad Reflector then the community, or
the world around you is sad.
Because Reflectors are completely open, they can
become very deeply wise about others and the
world around them. Reflectors take in so much
energy and information that it can take them a
while to make decisions. A Reflector needs to
wait 28 days, the full cycle of a moon, before
they can feel certain about their decisions.
Sometimes, they have to wait out two or more
moon cycles until they know a decision is
correct for them.
Reflectors need to talk about their decisions to
everyone. Because they are always taking in
information and processing it, it can be
difficult for the Reflector to know herself.
Reflectors have to see their decisions reflected
through others in order to know what to do.
Famous Reflectors include Michael Jackson, Uri
Geller and Roslyn Carter.
The Human Design System is a very deep and
complex personality assessment tool. A Human
Design Analyst can sit down and talk to you
about your chart for many hours. At the same
time, there is a beauty and simplicity to Human
Design that makes it instantly useful for anyone
who encounters it. All the depth and the power
that was imprinted on you at the time of your
birth can be lived out gracefully by simply
knowing and living the strategy of your type.
Live true to your type and you will truly live
out your own personal Destiny.
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