The Shrew Personality

Portrait of a Shrew Personality

Scientific Name

Sorex araneus

Collective Term

A lament of shrews

The diminutive shrew is the archetypal insectivore. Intelligent, thrifty and self absorbed, it knows how to get what it wants regardless of who stands in its way. Cursed with an overactive metabolism, the shrew is unable to stand still for even a minute. Whether it's picking up the kids, shopping at a garage sale or poking its nose into other people's business, it just keeps going and going. If its outta-my-way attitude provokes resentment from friends, that's just too bad. A shrew's gotta do what a shrew's gotta do.

With the conviction that it knows what's best for everyone, shrews are always ready with free advice. They seem to delight in butting into other people's private affairs. Sometimes the shrew turns this hobby into a career as a gossip columnist, movie critic, or TV evangelist. But more often than not, it retains its amateur status and practices on its long-suffering friends.

Because shrews are constantly on the move, careers that require concentration and sober thinking are unsuitable. They perform best in chaotic jobs and thrive on the unpredictability of disorder, making them natural production assistants, circus performers, wedding organizers or emergency room technicians.

Their predilection for collecting and organizing things would also make them good librarians or or bookkeepers, while the desire to keep moving makes them suitable for any job requiring travel and creativity.

Shrews' sharp eyes have a knack for spotting the hole in the fence, and with their ability to make instant decisions they impetuously seize the moment and scuttle on through. Their smart mouths and high energy are put good use in the workplace, and they excel as salespeople and journalists. But sometimes their reputation precedes them and they encounter built-in resistance to their pitch even before they've opened their mouths.

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Famous Shrew Personalities

Leona Helmsley

Not only women can be shrews, but we'd have to say that Leona Helmsley is the mother of all shrews -- mainly because she became famous for publicly yelling at employees and not paying her taxes.

Tammy Faye Bakker

Tammy Faye was an odd bird. Married to felon, Jim Bakker, Tammy helped fleece an entire generation of -mostly older - religious Christians into funding her lavish lifestyle.

Careers & Hobbies

  • Journalist

  • Paramedic

  • Librarian

  • Salesperson

  • Actor

  • Traveling

  • Computing

  • Thrift store shopping

Best Mates for a Shrew

All animal personalities relate to each other differently - some better than others! Here are the three best matches for a Shrew.




The real thing


A great sex life


You can relax


On cloud nine


An unjudgmental companion


You look cute together


Lovers for life



Animal Matchmaker

Choose any two animal personalities from the lists below and see how they match up.