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Personality Dimensions(like Myers Briggs but simpler)

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Yesterday I took a workshop on Personality Dimensions®, which is like Myers Briggs but less complex. Instead of 16 types, as is the case with Myers Briggs, there’s 4 colours instead of 16 letter combos. This particular personality typing has only been around since 2004 and is Canadian. The colours are Authentic Blue, Inquiring Green, Resourceful Orange and Organized Gold. If you’re familiar with Myers Briggs the colours correspond as such: Blue=INFP,INFJ,ENFJ,ENFP; Green=INTJ,INTP,ENTP,ENTJ; Orange=ISFP,ESFP,ISTP,ESTP; and Gold=ISFJ,ISTJ,ESFJ,ESTJ.  Regardless of whether or not you believe personality typology is accurate or not, learning about the different types can be interesting.

fancy logo/writing for use in MBTI articles

fancy logo/writing for use in MBTI articles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For quite awhile I’d been confused as to whether I was an INTJ or INFJ; after taking the Personality Dimensions® test it revealed I was Blue! That means I’m an INFJ so I was excited to have a new kind of personality test to give me a clear answer. The thing that helped confirm it for me was the use of pictures. Being a highly visually oriented person the pictures helped me a lot. Instantly, I was drawn to the Blue card’s images over the others. Next was green. The actual difference isn’t large though as I had only 4 points between the Blue and Green scores. Gold and Orange showed up much less, with Orange at the bottom. This didn’t surprise me because I’d been told I had my scaral(orange) chakra out of balance, so it just seemed to reinforce that information. The test incorporated a traditional test like you’d get with the other major personality theories’ tests. That’s how I got the 4 point difference between Blue and Green.

Personality Dimensions® is very simple and lacks complexity so it really isn’t a wonderful test but, provided you have a level of self awareness/insight, it’s sufficient. I don’t think it gives a great indication if you’ve never been tested before and can’t compare it’s results to anything. It’s not free of limitations but it can provide some basic insights into other people’s personalities if you work with people different from yourself (as most of us do). My personal favourite, for personality theories, is the American one by Keirsey. Keirsey also works with four categories to begin with: Idealists, Rationals, Guardians and Artisans. Unlike the colours though, Keirsey goes into greater detail by giving in-depth descriptions of each major type, then it’s sub categories which mirror Myers Briggs. Keirsey gives names to each type though so that you are not just an INFP, you’re a “Healer”. He gives these descriptive names to each of the 16 types which is a nice short hand for the type’s description.

If you want more detail on the Keirsey temperment sorter or Myers-Briggs, I have a blog I follow that’s very good. Although it doesn’t speak specifically to the Keirsey or Briggs typology, it is based on the Myers-Briggs and fleshes out each type quite nicely. The blog site is called Personality Junkie authored by a Dr. fellow, I’m guessing PhD-not MD!, so he knows his stuff. You can visit Personality Junkie via this link: http://personalityjunkie.com/ For more information, Google Keirsey or Myers-Briggs personality types and you’ll get loads of results. Some sites provide a free test, usually an abbreviated version, with the full length one costing a price.

Anyway, that’s what I was doing yesterday, attending a workshop to find out about personality. Although disappointed with the lack of detail and theory provided by Personality Dimensions®, it did help me figure out my type so I am happy about that.  Anyone else enjoy personality tests? or personality type theory?

Addendum: I visited the Personality Dimensions® website and there is more stuff that we didn’t do in our workshop. So it’s not as simple as I said. It’s just that our facilitator omitted a few sections so it seemed much simpler than it is.

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Author: Natalya

Blogging my thoughts and feelings about mostly mental health, meditation and spirituality(non religious). Hoping to connect with other interesting people in the blogosphere. *The name is Russian and is my pseudonym.

29 thoughts on “Personality Dimensions(like Myers Briggs but simpler)

  1. Hello, fellow INFJ! 😉

  2. This is interesting, and I hadn’t heard of it before. Oddly, I am a clear natural INTJ (although self-trained to behave more like an INFJ), and when I had my own aura photographed, it was mostly green. Is there some place to take the test you’re mentioning, or do you have to pay for a workshop?

    • I took it through a Women’s employment agency locally(for free, as it’s geared toward unemployed/underemployed women) but I imagine, as it’s Canadian, there might not be many trained in the U.S. However, I haven’t done any web searches so it’s possible you could find it online. Likely, you’d have to pay a fee. The workshop I attended was all day 9:30-4pm. It could have been done in less time but as it was a workshop we did some ice breaker activities and other activities to reinforce what we had learned. I was very close to being an “Inquiring Green” but the four points put me over into the Authentic Blue!

    • http://www.personalitydimensions.com/ I think you might be able to do a test here. I just Googled it.

      • No, it doesn’t look like it. Apparently they don’t even let you take the materials from the training sessions home with you, because that “has the potential to lead to unintentional stereotyping and “colour bashing.” Apparently you might go around calling people BLUE or something. Heaven forfend.

        That all seems a little odd, but to each their own. I can’t say I’ve caught any untrained people Meyers-Briggs bashing, but stranger things have happened, I suppose. 😛

      • LOL, sorry about that. It’s too bad they don’t have a test online. Maybe I can scan my material and e-mail it to you.

    • Hi Jennifer, I looked at the website some more and if you go to “downloads” in the category menu there’s a “validation report”. On page 26 you can do the test. Then manually score yourself after taking it. There’s a number of pages. More than what we did at the workshop. Well we had two sections omitted for time sake.

  3. I remember my Myers Briggs letter were ENFJ, but I admit that I forget what they stand for. Thanks for this post fellow BLUE blogger. Keep on going.

  4. I’m another INFJ (and therefore Authentic Blue). No wonder I love the color blue so much. 🙂

  5. I used to be an ISTJ many years ago but is it possible that we change …and maybe I should take it again.

    It can only help us as we go through self-discovery and understand ourselves better if we have tools like these available.

    • Hi, well the personality theories usually say your personality doesn’t change but you can develop areas of yourself that make you seem different/changed. Fundamentally, we are supposed to be the same personality our whole life but it can go through different ‘expressions’ based on our psychological health. We might have to be a certain way in certain environments but it doesn’t mean we changed personalities. It can seem strange because I used to test as a thinking type but I believe that was because my feelings were not acknowledged growing up so I suppressed that side of me. In the same way, we can behave as extroverts because our introvert self is belittled so we ‘act’ extroverted. These are just examples. So if you took a personality test again I don’t know if you’d test differently or not. Either way it would mean, theoretically speaking, that you had simply undergone personal development. If you find a book on personality theory you can get really good descriptions of the 16 types, including their various expressions due to stress/illness.

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