Personality Types: What Color Are You?

psltpsDo any of these statements sound like something you have said or might say?

“I can’t decide which courses to take; there are so many things I want to learn about.”

“I wish all the people on this committee would do their fair share, not just me.”

“She asked me what I’m planning to do next year. I don’t like to plan that far ahead.”

“Why can’t everyone just get along? The put-downs really bother me.”

Scholars say that temperament (a unique behavior pattern that we are born with) falls into four categories, which can be represented by four colors.

True Colors[R]

A fun, enjoyable way to begin to understand yourself and others is through True Colors[R], a self-awareness program developed by a former teacher, Don Lowry. Has anyone ever said to you, “You’re showing your true colors”? This usually means the “real you” is shining through. True Colors encourages you to take a look at the characteristics you possess and learn more about yourself and other people. This self-knowledge may help you get along with others, and they with you. You probably will find that you have some of every color in you, but one color is usually brighter. It is also important to know that one color is not better than any other color: Each color has a set of special strengths and characteristics.

Read the following descriptions and rank them in order from most like you to least like you. Place a #1 in the box by the color you think is most like you, a #2 for second most like you, a #3 for third like you, and a #4 for least like you.

Color me…

Did you find your brightest color, the color you think is most like you? If you’re not sure, you may wish to ask people who know you well how they see you. Also, remember you are a blend of all the colors and your second, third, and fourth color have an effect on your brightest color.

What’s great about being orange?

In school: Oranges like to have fun. They enjoy sports, game s, television, and entertainment. With friends: Oranges can think of all kinds of things to do. They enjoy being with other lively people. At home: Oranges like freedom and a lot of space. They enjoy after-school activites, sports, and special events.

What’s great about being gold?

In school: Golds are organized and follow the rules. They enjoy being responsible and particularly like teachers who give them special things to do. With friends: Golds are really dependable. They like their friends to be honest, especially about money and making plans to do things. At home: Golds have responsibilities and work hard for their allowance. They also like a secure family life and enjoy holidays and celebrations.

What’s great about being green?

In school: Greens like learning about all kinds of things and coming up with new ideas. If there is a problem, they are the best ones to solve it. With friends: Greens are close to people who have the same interests. They sometimes keep to themselves because they like their privacy. At home: Greens spend a lot of time just thinking. They like learning new things from reading and science and nature.

What’s great about being blue?

In school: Blues are easy to get along with. They like to share things with their classmates, and they like their teachers and try to please them. With friends: Blues really care about what happens to others. They listen and are honest and genuine. At home: Blues try to keep everything in harmony. They are sensitive and like warm feelings and quiet talks.

Of course this only a superficial guide; something to have fun with. But it helps point out that understanding ourselves and other brings about many benefits. Part of growing up is learning to appreciate and accept who we are and make the most of it.

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