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.
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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