What is True Colors and what can it do for me?
True Colors® is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Gold, Green and Blue are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors®.
Each of us has a combination of these True Colors that make up our personality spectrum, usually with one of the styles being the most dominant.
Identifying your personality and the personalities of others using True Colors provides you with insights into different motivations, actions and communication approaches.
True Colors works because it is based on true principles and easy to remember and use – in all kinds of circumstances – from personal relationships to professional success.
A Brief History of True Colors
The theory behind True Colors can be traced back to when Hippocrates (460BC) identified four different temperaments of humans: Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, and the Melancholic… and in Plato’s (428BC) ideas about character and personality.
Many great thinkers around the world have expounded upon this theory throughout the ages from the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations to modern psychologists with relative consistency of these various interpretations (Adickes, Jung, Spranger, Kreschmar, Fromm, Keirsey).
In 1978 founder Don Lowry, further developed the personality concepts he had studied and was the first to apply the color metaphors of Orange, Gold, Green and Blue to the four temperaments, coining this methodology: True Colors.
The True Colors Character Cards
What are they – why use them?
Recognizing the potential of the True Colors® concepts to improve people’s lives, careers and relationships, Lowry set about developing a fundamental and universal way to package the information so it could be understood and easily applied by both children and adults alike.
Don Lowry originally selected theater as an entertaining way to acquaint people with the powerful insights of temperament. In order to involve the audience in the process, he developed the True Colors character cards (thus the mimes depicted on the front of the cards). The cards offered a gratifying, hands-on experience in discovering their True Colors personality traits.