Have you wondered: What is True Colors?
Simply put, True Colors is an excellent great take on temperament research. You’ll find it to be very similar to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), but It associates color with temperaments.
I’ll tell you, temperament research has been a HUGE factor in how I build and maintain relationships. It has given terrific insight into others’ needs and taught me how to meet them. Far too often, we enter interpersonal encounters with a “what’s in it for me” mentality. It’s not because we are “bad” people; it has more to do with our primal nature. Have you noticed how children must be taught to share and be considerate of others? It’s because it is primal to think of oneself first. Just because it’s primal, doesn’t mean we should not mature past it.
If they want it to, True Colors(tm) can help people advance past selfish motivations and one-sided conversations. It takes intention and motivation, but if one wants to, this tool can help.
I received my certification in this research years ago. Since then, it’s become part of my life, really. It empowers me to communicate my needs in ways people can receive it. The certification process was intense. It lasted several days. The facilitators were a married couple – both with Ph.Ds.
I like Myers-Briggs, DISC and a few other bodies of data, but True Colors(tm) is my absolute favorite. It is the only module people actually “get” and remember. I can be walking through the grocery store and hear someone say “Hey, I remember you! I’m a Green!!!”
Also, my post-training assessments confirm people love learning about it and are even excited to incorporate the info into other parts of their lives.
While Myers and Briggs and DISC are great tools, I think they are too abstract. To be clear, I’m certified in both.
People cannot associate those other modules with any emotions. We remember and internalize what corresponds to our emotions. Generically speaking, colors, in themselves, are so much a part of our culture and psyche, we even choose certain ones to communicate sentiments (i.e. “true blue”, “good as gold”, etc). and to boost our moods! We respond to colors. It’s difficult to respond to letters or abstract words.
Another benefit to workgroups is the way I facilitate my training modules. I synthesize a variety trainings (of which I am certified) into my True Colors workshops. Fusing data renders a richer, deeper learning experience and a fresh look at temperament research. True Colors(tm) has been around for quite a while; I am happy to add elements to refresh it a bit.
Now is a good time to explain some of the color jargon I typically use on my blog and in my real life.
Blue – When I say “Blue”, I’m referring to the temperament that tends to be warm and relationship-oriented. These people find joy in authenticity, harmony and peaceful environments. Think about it: the color blue is calming; just as an ocean is calming. Blues are reassuring people and usually embrace tranquility.
Gold – Gold people are structured, organized and typically enjoy the “tried and true” elements of life. Gold is a durable earth element and mineral. It lasts and lasts. You can always count on a Gold to finish and complete any projects they take on.
Green – the Green temperament is logical, cognitive and often analytical. Green is the color of life and growth. It represents renewal just as this temperament is always seeking new challenges and fresh ways to innovate.
Orange – these are the fun-seekers (and fun-bringers) of the world. They are often very energetic and enjoy frequent change. Electric. Invigoration. That’s the color Orange. I need not say more.
As I share in my trainings, these descriptions are not boxes in which we all neatly fit. We’re too complex to fit into any boxes! That’s why I select words like “often” and “usually”to describe temperaments in my workshops.
Instead of imposing limitations, think of True Colors(tm) as an emotional “peep hole” into the needs, strengths and comfort-levels of others. It helps us socially navigate, respect boundaries and just get along better with others.Click To Tweet
I love this research and I hope I adequately conveyed my passion for it in this blog post. I tell you, having a clear understanding of these colors help me forge meaningful relationships with people I meet.
Now, you have an idea of what I’m talking about when I reference “colors”. Do you have a favorite temperament research? I’d love to know!