In my master’s program, we analyzed a slew of personality profiles. Some became corporate favorites, like the Myers-Briggs or the Holland. Other instruments, like the MMPI, garnered less appeal since they categorized participants according to negative labels. Of all the tests I reviewed as a student and since my licensure, the Birkman Method remains one of my favorites.
The Birkman Method (known also by its book title, True Colors) didn’t rise to the top of my list because of its uniqueness. In fact, its categories parallel other temperament-based personality tests. The animal test defines participants as lions, otters, retrievers, or beavers. The DISC inventory calls them dominant, influential, steady, and conscientious. All drew inspiration from the ancient Greek concepts of choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic, and melancholic humours.
Who wants to label themselves phlegmatic? Melancholic, anyone? Let’s wear choleric tee shirts and record how many people express hopes that we’ll get well soon. Some of us might not appreciate our animal hats much more than melancholy. With the exception of sanguine temperaments, who tend to ooze joy-bubbles anyway, most personality descriptions can disquiet our esteem.
Colors paint everyone with equal value. Neither yellow nor blue disparage your soul. While retaining the simplicity of other temperament-based personality tests, the Birkman Method adds esteem balance to the descriptors. Esteem matters, so True Colors earned my preference and is my recommended read for this week.
Temperament profiles serve an important role as you consider your destiny. In a world of varied shades, discovering your personality’s pigment guides you to optimize your impact while blending beautifully with others. Take note of the following Birkman highlights:
Red people appear objective, commanding, and competitive. They need to see the tangible benefits, and like to have plenty to keep them occupied. Reds relish challenges, and seek group attention.
Green folks seem personable, outspoken, and enthusiastic. They enjoy debate and discussion, novelty and change. Competition excites them. Greens cherish worthy causes and personal freedom.
Yellows present orderly, consistent, and cooperative behavior. They like clear directions and want to be included. Yellows shrink from too much change, and seek group approval. Systems and procedures capture their focus.
Blues tend to be perceptive, agreeable, and creative. Blue personalities prefer service activities and suggestions instead of orders. They need time to make decisions. Personal friendships warm a blue’s heart.
What’s your favorite personality test? How do you feel about your results? Please share your thoughts. If you haven’t yet read True Colors and would like to participate in this week’s recommended reading, see the links below. I look forward to your comments.
Click here to check out True Colors on Amazon, or have a look at the Birkman International site.