Which Winnie the Pooh Character Are You?

by Joe Plemon on March 9, 2011

Which Pooh character are you?

One reason the Winnie Pooh characters created by A. A. Milne have lasted for decades is the uniqueness of their personalities.  Most of us know real life life Tiggers, Eeyores and Poohs.  In fact, most of us can see some of these three in our own lives. I don’t claim to know exactly how these three would manage their money, but this post is a fun exercise in speculation.  Because I believe that our personalities and money habits are closely intertwined, I am hoping that you will discover some insights into your own personality… and money management.  Enjoy!

Tigger

His predominant personality trait is his bounciness. Tigger is hyper active and fun loving. He also loves playing detective and he prides himself on never getting lost.

Tiggers’s good points

  • Is not afraid of failure.  Tigger could be a great entrepreneur because he doesn’t mind trying new things. If it doesn’t work out, he will bounce on to a new adventure.
  • Mystery solver. Tigger loves to play detective, a great trait for those who want to excel in personal finance. The adage “Never buy anything you don’t understand” could describe Tigger.
  • Never gets lost.  One who succeeds in his personal finance life is one who can set and keep short term and long term goals. It is easy to get sidetracked when the road of life has so many twists and turns, but Tigger is able to keep his goals; he never gets lost.

Tigger’s not so good points

  • Hyperactivity. Tigger’s “bounciness” cause his stock broker a great deal of consternation. Why? Tigger doesn’t have the patience to wait out down cycles in the market. If an investment doesn’t do well immediately, Tigger will simply bounce over to another one.

Eeyore

Eeyore is perpetually depressed. His cup is always half empty and he will always spot the dark cloud instead of the silver lining.

Eeyore’s good points

  • Not gullible. Eeyore will never, ever fall for a get rich quick scheme. Why? Because he doesn’t think anything good will ever happen to him.

Eeyore’s not so good points

  • Lack of initiative. Will not start a new business, will not plan for retirement, will not even save because he doesn’t think anything good can happen to him.
  • Can’t keep a job. It is not that Eeyore can’t be productive. It is just that his constant whining wears thin on his co-workers and his bosses. He tends to drag an entire team down with his downbeat personality.

Pooh

Winnie is low key, stable, lovable and loving. He tries to think the best of others, is not known for his high intellect, and struggles with one obsession: honey.

Pooh’s good points:

  • Saving. Pooh people will have their savings automatically deducted from their pay checks. They will have a solid emergency fund and will not make big purchases without saving for them first.
  • Investing. Pooh is OK at low key boring investments. He maintains a low risk, well balanced portfolio
  • Solid employee. Pooh is respected and well liked by all. He will work hard because he wants to please everyone. He is a great team player.

Pooh’s not so good points

  • Could be gullible. Because Pooh is a people pleaser, he is hesitant to say “no”, making him prey for telemarketers.
  • Impulse spending. Pooh loves honey so much that he will blow his budget when he is anywhere near honey. If honey was electronic gadgets, new clothing, new power tools, new cars, etc, etc, Pooh would be perpetually blowing money he couldn’t afford to blow. Sound like anyone you might know?

How about you? Which personality traits of these three characters remind you of yourself? How does your personality type affect your handling of money?

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie March 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

Mostly Tigger here, but a little bit of Pooh Bear ;)

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joeplemon March 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

@Jackie,
I would see myself as mostly Pooh (low key…stable), but I could use the Tigger trait of not being afraid of failure. Sometimes I over analyze to the point of paralysis…and end up doing nothing and therefore never knowing what could have been.

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krantcents March 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

If I have to pick, I am most like Tigger! I am not afraid to fail (not failure), I am a problem solver and I stay on track to reach my goals. I love to stay busy versus hyperactive! Similar, but not exactly!

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Squirrelers March 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Interesting….I guess my recent experience with my daughter’s youngest years can help me interpret these characters a bit!

I would call myself more like Pooh, without the “low intelligence ” part though:) I have a Tigger streak in me, but mostly I’m like the Pooh character. Sounds like a similar description to what you put forth.

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Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter March 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Awesome post. I am definitely Tigger and always have been. I am full of energy and often have too many projects on the go. I seem to seize every opportunity that I can.

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Everyday Tips March 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Call me Tigger! (In my younger days, I was like a Tigger on speed. Not so much anymore!)

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joeplemon March 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

@krantcents,
Staying busy instead of hyperactive is a good thing…the best side of Tigger.

@Squirrelers,
Yeah, I don’t claim to have the “low intelligence” aspect of Pooh either — although I am sure that some would disagree. :)

@Miss T,
A true Tigger! Besides having many projects and seizing every opportunity, do you also tend toward hyperactivity with your investments? Just wondering.

@Everyday,
Haha…Tigger on speed! I imagine you and your family are glad that you have switched to a lower gear.

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First Gen American March 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

I think you’re confusing Pooh with Rabbit. Rabbit’s always got the extra vegetables and honey on hand and pooh’s cupboards always seem to be empty around lunchtime.

I’m definitely rabbit.

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joeplemon March 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

@First,
Good point. It may be that Pooh’s obsession with honey prevents him from being a good saver. I, like you, would rather be Rabbit.

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retireby40 March 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Heh heh, I think I’m most like Pooh.
You should do piglet too. :)

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sonya March 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm

On a regular day I’m Pooh, when I’m excited I’m Tigger, when I’m sad I’m Eeyore. I’m a mash up of all three.

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joeplemon March 11, 2011 at 10:42 am

@retire,
I “slighted” both Rabbit and Piglet. Maybe I was saving them for a future post. :)

@sonya,
I am sure that most of us are a bit of a mishmash of all three. But my guess is that one of these three is your predominant personality type. Am I right?

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Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter March 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

Nope, I am able to control my energy when it comes to that.

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Charles October 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I would say Tiger! He is super energetic and ready to learn. He is definitely the giving type too.

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