Friday, March 04, 2005

Colors at a glance

In my first post, I talked about Reds and Blues. So what does it mean and how many colors are there. This post will answer the questions. Feel free to contact me if you want to know more or to take the test yourself.

Everyone is born with one of four innate “personality groups” or “temperaments.” There are infinite variations of personalities within these four broad groups, but you, me and everyone we know or ever came in contact with, has a pivotal driver or drivers that literally “color” how we see and react to the world around us. I choose, as others have, to categorize these temperaments by colors because colors work better than animals (e.g., lions, peacocks, koalas, and owls), characteristics (e.g. driver, analytic, amiable and expressive), acronyms (e.g., Meyers Briggs—“ENTP”), directions, planets or other concoctions.

Colors influence how we feel and react. Our pivotal drivers do also. Colors are also more neutral than other means to categorize personalities. Being identified by a color can be liberating because it does not carry the weight of being linked to an animal, fish, planet, direction or single trait (e.g. analytic) you don’t like or to an abstract acronym that quickly loses its meaning.

The most powerful reason for using colors here is that each temperament resonates with the color chosen for it. I have not yet encountered an exception to this rule.

THE FOUR PERSONALITY GROUPS
Each personality color has its strengths and its weaknesses, its needs and its way of communicating with and relating to others. The four color/personality groups are Red, Aqua, Yellow, and Blue. I sometimes will identify each personality group by using a trait that typifies that group: Powerful Red, Peaceful Aqua, Optimistic Yellow and Personable Blue. However, such traits are not intended to embody each of the personality groups. Rather, using such adjectives might help you remember the personality type that goes with each color.

REDS have high energy and are driven to make things happen and to take charge. They are doers and value themselves based on what they achieve. (Have you noticed that all power ties are …red?) . Reds focus on efficiency and results above the process or the people involved. Reds value competence and confidence, in themselves and in others.

AQUAS, akin to calm seas, want peace in their lives. They love to take time to reflect and “to go with the flow”—at their own pace and in their own way. Aquas value objectivity and independence and speak in softer tones and less often. They are naturally kind and tolerant of others and are the most prone to flow into the other colors by identifying with those who are not of their personality group.

YELLOWS are of sunny disposition and optimistically embrace life. They love excitement and stimulation and are open to the changes life brings. Yellows are spontaneous and value the freedom to do what they want to do when they want to do it. They are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers who warm up to and enjoy communicating with all types of people.

BLUES thrive on order and structure and love to relate to others at a deep level. Blues yearn to be “true blue”—honest and genuine to the core and to perform flawlessly. Blues feel blue when they fall short of their own expectations. Blues are more cautious in getting to know and trust others, but once they do, they will stay loyal to the end with those who have shown themselves worthy of the Blues’ trust.
The temperaments connect deeply, perhaps even at a cellular level, with their respective colors.

You'll get a better sense of each color as I talk about certain famous personalities and reality shows.

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