In the age of Buzzfeed quizzes whereby your favorite color and preferred type of pizza can tell you which Harry Potter character you most emulate, it’s easy to look at personality typologies and think they are in the same camp – a cute little quiz, just for fun.
So is it Fun or Legit?
While True Colors is definitely fun (that’s actually one of the basic tenets of the program all certified facilitators are taught when they train!), it’s way more than just a random category placement. This stuff is legit, based on lots of research, and has practical application in personal and professional environments.
Check this out:
Do you recognize this guy?
This is Hippocrates.
I hear you saying. “Isn’t he one of those ancient Greek guys we heard about one time in like 8th grade?”
Yep, nailed it!
But he’s actually super relevant still today.
What’s he famous for?
Another great question, so glad you asked!
Hippocrates is called the “Father of Medicine” because of his revolutionary study and practice of medicine in those good ol’ ancient times.
In fact, every doctor, even today, swears to uphold the Hippocratic Oath – to Do No Harm – named after the man himself.
But he was interested not only in the physical systems of the human body, but in the whole human housed within that body, including their mind and personality.
So in conjunction with being a physician, Hippocrates developed the first personality typology. He created 4 personality categories (temperaments), which were named after, or linked to, what he believed to be an abundance of one type of bodily fluid in that person.
But you do you, boo.
Since Hippocrates, there have been several typologies which break down, categorize, and explain the traits, strengths, talents, challenges, and styles of human temperament. Typologies which systemize and name the conceptual way we interface with the world around us.
Turns out, there’s some overarching themes to human thought and behavior.
And many of these – very legit – typologies use the decades and centuries worth of knowledge and research to distill the complexity of human interaction down into an understandable and relatable methodology.
Some other big names in the personality game have been:
- Sigmund Freud
- Carl Jung, who was a protege of Freud
- Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs, whose typology is inspired by Jung’s
- David Kiersey, who incorporated the Myers-Briggs 16 types in his 4 temperaments
Which brings us to our guy, Don Lowry, who created True Colors in 1978. And we have been rocking the personality game ever since!
So as you can see, this personality exploration thing isn’t some new age, woo woo, fluffy Buzzfeed quiz.
Yes, it is fun, easy to understand, and easy to remember – that’s part of what makes it so effective.
But it also speaks to a deep part of the human experience we absolutely need to explore in ourselves and appreciate in others if we hope to live a complete, successful, and fulfilled life!
Are you ready to let your True Colors shine?
Can you not wait another minute to discover your True Colors?!?
Well you’re in luck. You can click right here to go ahead and take the assessment!
About the Author
Karli Sherman is a professional speaker, leadership coach, and executive coach. She helps companies, campuses,
and individuals to level up and grow through professional development workshops, intensive coaching, and keynote presentations. She believes in programming with a purpose and challenging the process to help teams and individuals work better, recruit better, communicate better, and create better human connection.
She is an alumna of Florida State University (Master’s in Higher Education & Student Affairs, 2013), the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Bachelor of General Studies in Arts and Humanities, 2008), and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.
Her areas of expertise and passion include college student development, employee/member satisfaction, diversity & inclusion, True Colors, Social Excellence, musical theatre, and glitter.
Learn more about Karli at KarliSherman.com