Jay types are usually articulate, intelligent, loving, truthful, gentle and compassionate with an open heart and mind. Socially, Jays prefer the company of a few, good friends with whom they are generous, kind and forgiving. In their chosen role of caring for and protecting others Jays can be self sacrificing. In the wild. For example, they leave the shelter of the trees one at a time, calling for the next to follow if all is safe. Jay types show similar unselfish and altruistic traits, particularly with those they love. They tend not to seek out or need external rewards and recognition and prefer to work alone. However, if they can be persuaded to take on a leadership role they are very successful being hard working, creative problem solvers with good interpersonal skills. They are also cautious and reliable, planning carefully for all eventualities. Should they lead a campaign in a good cause they will fight tirelessly to the bitter end.
However, under stress, Jays suffer from an overdeveloped sense of danger which they can struggle to manage. This may make them overprotective and smothering of those in their care. They may socially and emotionally withdraw and quietly merge into the background. They may become restless and overactive in an attempt to regain control, leading to mental or nervous exhaustion. They can also feel over-attached to the outcomes of their good deeds. Or they may become terrifyingly unable to plan and think ahead increasing their fear and insecurity. At such times, this essence will balance a Jay’s need to care, nurture, commit and accept. In particular it helps them take more pleasure in who they are and what they want to do. Getting in touch with their own basic needs and taking greater care of themselves brings greater security and confidence. From this position they can, again, bond closely with others yet, like the good parent, let go when it is right to do so. More importantly, their sense of dread becomes balanced so that they remain wisely cautious and aware of the dangers and pitfalls in life but use their intelligence, higher emotions and intuitions to help them proceed confidently anyway.