Pretty much every reality TV show has these five personality types
Ever notice that pretty much all reality TV shows have the same type of characters? Well, there are five to be exact — at least, according to author Merrick Rosenberg. And they are...
Eagle: Dominant, direct and driven, Eagles are all about getting their way. At best, they're proactive; at worst, bossy.
Parrot: Parrots are the life of the party. They love to be around other people, but they tend to be a bit too trusting.
Dove: Passive to a fault, Doves want harmony above all else.
Owl: Owls prefer to stick to the rules, even when following a specific process or pattern leads to problems.
Chameleon: The best reality TV cast members are often Chameleons, who have bits and pieces of all four personality types mixed in. Chameleons can easily adapt to the situation at hand.
So let's dig into some of our favorite reality TV shows and figure out who represents these personalities, shall we?
There are a lot of strong personalities on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but also a blend of party-lovers and rule-followers.
Eagle: Kenya Moore
Miss Twirl wants things her way, and she's willing to stand up for herself, even if it means going up against former Queen Bee NeNe Leakes. Her controlling nature has been evident both on RHOA and Celebrity Apprentice.
Parrot: Porsha Williams
Yes, she's prone to drama, but mostly, Porsha Williams is a party animal. She's social to a fault and always eager to have a good time.
Dove: Kim Fields
Doves don't really belong on RHOA, which is why Kim Fields has always felt out of place. She just wants everybody to get along and can't understand why the ladies keep freaking out at one another.
Owl: Kandi Burruss
Kandi Burruss is often referred to as the "normal" Housewife in Atlanta. She can actually be surprisingly bossy, but in a more subtle way — under the guise of following the rules.
Chameleon: Phaedra Parks
Phaedra's personality is surprisingly multi-faceted. Yes, she can be controlling, but not necessarily to the extent of Kenya Moore or NeNe Leakes. She occasionally plays peacemaker, and she loves nothing more than a good party!
The original Below Deck had a lot of great characters, but Below Deck Med took it to an explosive new level, leading to impressive ratings.
Eagle: Bryan Kattenburg
A major control freak, Bryan Kattenburg mixes all the worst personality traits of Parrots and Eagles. He's more Eagle than Parrot, though, doing his best to exert authority, even when it's not warranted.
Parrot: Danny Zureikat
Danny seems more like a guest than a crew member at times, but there's no doubt he knows how to make guests happy. His fun-loving ways ultimately got him kicked off the boat.
Dove: Julia D'Albert Pusey
She did get a bit more confrontational as time went on, but in general, Julia D'Albert Pusey fits the Dove category. She knows how to smooth things over when necessary, and she knows when to keep her nose out of others people's business (a skill her fellow crew members could use).
Owl: Hannah Ferrier
Rules are very important to Hannah Ferrier, who wants the Ionian Princess to be run like a proper yacht. Her goal is to provide the best possible service, while remaining as professional as possible.
Chameleon: Ben Robinson
Chef Ben is compelling because of his mix of personality traits. He loves to have a good time, but he takes his work seriously. He can get along with the cast members nobody else likes, but he sometimes gets into arguments about the dumbest, most trivial things.
They might seem mild-mannered (especially compared to the Real Housewives), but the Duggars have surprisingly distinctive personalities.
Eagle: Jim Bob Duggar
Jim Bob Duggar is not technically part of the Counting On cast, but he appears on the show so frequently, he might as well be. He controls everything Duggar, including, most notably, his kids' courtships.
Parrot: Josiah Duggar
Josiah Duggar is the life of the party! In the days of Counting On, he was best remembered for his practical jokes. He once made a crew member think he'd dropped one of the Duggar babies! He's backed off on the practical jokes, but can always be relied on to make his siblings laugh.
Dove: Ben Seewald
On the surface, the Duggar family seems chock-full of Doves. But not all of the older family members are as gentle as they seem. Ben, however, is definitely a Dove. He's mild-mannered, and according to several viewers, a bit, well, bird-brained. Michelle Duggar once referred to him as a "peacemaker and a gentle, kind man."
Owl: Jessa Duggar
Nearly as much of a control freak as her father, Jessa Duggar sees everything in black and white. She believes that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things, which is why she is frequently in charge of organizing and managing her siblings.
Chameleon: Jana Duggar
Jana Duggar is the glue that keeps the Duggar family together. She seems mild-mannered, but she's been in a few notable tiffs with her sisters. She knows all the rules and she knows how to enforce them, but she's also determined to keep the Duggar household peaceful and happy.