There are four basic color personalities in True Colors, and the color that describes you most to says a lot about how you handle relationships, process information, communicate, and more. Of the four True Colors personalities, orange, green, gold or blue, which one will you relate most to? Read on to learn more about this unique personality assessment.
People who take the True Colors personality assessment at different times may find that their color can change over time. The developers of the True Colors personality test say that having different True Colors results is due to our changing perspective, priorities, and interests over time.
There are four basic personality types in the True Colors personality quiz. They are described by four colors; blue, orange, green and gold. True Colors was developed in 1978 by Don Lowry who was working on creating a simplified group of personality categories.
True Colors is often used as a group team building activity. People learn who among their colleagues is like them and who thinks a little differently. True Colors website says ‘by recognizing and embracing differences, they learn to work together effectively. Thus, True Colors has spread to hundreds of schools, colleges, universities, corporations, government and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and Canada and around the world.’
True Colors is most often used by companies as a way of understanding the strengths and opportunities of their employees. How we handle conflict, our ability to collaborate with others versus working independently, and our leadership ability among other traits can be seen as useful information for Human Resource departments looking to fill certain roles within the company.
Of the four color personalities ‘Each category is associated with a color assigned intentionally to describe the group. A person is classified as a Blue, Gold, Green, or Orange. The test results are a summation of personal rankings ranging from characteristics that are least like the individual to those most like the individual on a scale of 1 to 4, respectively. There is a variety of information about an individual that can be insinuated and determined from his or her color classification ‘
The Meyers-Briggs personality test is a more in depth look at personality traits, but it is more complex and takes longer to complete. Lowry was looking for an easy way to categorize people, so he developed True Colors. Let’s look at each personality color and what your color reveals about your personality.
When you read the descriptions of the True Colors personalities, think about what you prefer to do most, not what you are required to do. Also, sometimes you will feel conflicted over which color is more like yourself. If that happens, use whichever you feel more often.
Only about 15% of the population are Blue in the True Colors personalities. The True Colors website says ‘The color Blue indicates the type of person who often thinks of relationships first and values relationships above all else. This group is primarily people-oriented.’
The True Color Personality Blue is characterized by:
A love of people, socializing and talking
Generous toward others
Likes helping others to get along peacefully
Enjoys connecting to others on an emotional level
Assumes that others have the best intentions
Also a rare type, only about 25% of the population are the True Color Green. ‘Green represents the more fact-oriented person – the student or adult who is usually asking ‘Why?’ Greens question rules, regulations, and although they normally love to learn new information (they are often interested in science and math), they are not usually people or structure-oriented. Greens value teachers, structure and institutions as information repositories and thrives when encouraged in their perpetual pursuit of discovery.’
The True Color Personality Green is characterized by:
Preferring to do research before making a decision
Likes facts and data over words and images
Loves problem solving and abstract thinking
Prefers to work independently
35% of the population are Gold in the True Colors groupings. The True Colors website says ‘Gold indicates the more structured, disciplined, organized personality type.’ Many leaders, managers and politicians are members of the Gold group. ‘Gold group usually do well in school and follow the rules appropriately. Gold students are comfortable within a highly structured environment.’
The True Color Personality Gold is characterized by:
Taking the lead when no one else will
Planning and strategizing rather than diving into a project, but capable of acting quickly when needed
Weighing pros and cons when making a decision
Planning and saving for the future
Strong sense of ethics and character
35% of the population are an Orange True color. The True Colors website says ‘The Orange people love action and have a very difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. They don’t like rules and much prefer initiating spontaneous activities in the moment without a lot of planning. Orange people can be quick to learn and are often very intelligent, but they are usually not very well adapted to the standard school environment. They prefer hands on discovery and learn through action and movement. They may have excellent mechanical skills and are often great at sports, drama, music, art, and other active, creative, competitive pursuits.’
The True Color Personality Orange is characterized by:
Enjoying physical movement
Preferring freedom over structure
Going with the flow
Living in the moment
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