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What Personality Are YOU?

The Greek physician Hippocrates (460–370 BC) incorporated these ‘four temperaments’ into his medical theories, and our teacher in many health modalities also found corresponding tendencies of personality had an influence on the sorts of conditions one might be likely to acquire.

Of course family tendencies (genetics) are passed on as are corresponding personality types and health conditions. Because one of our focuses in this site is health, we like to bring you things that have a direct influence on your health, to give you things to consider, while you look at the influences your natural personality might have on the results you get in life.

To help you get a sense of yourself, consider how you respond to “rules”. Do you recognize yourself as being one of these four? 

Each type has its pros and cons. Of course, this is about your tendency. There’s a continuum, and no one accepts or resists all rules, and some people don’t fit easily into one of the four types–but I’ve been amazed at how often people immediately place themselves firmly into one camp. Now, without giving it too much thought, which rings a bell when you think of how you respond to ‘rules’ …

While we prefer to think of the four types as a colour, for the moment think of them as an animal associated with the colour: for instance “Yellow/Koala”, “Green/Owl”, “Red/Lion” and “Blue/Monkey”.

Which Are You?:

Owls: accepts rules, whether from outside or inside. An owl meets deadlines, follows doctor’s order, keeps a New Year’s resolution. They are reliable and conscientious.
Lions: questions rules and accepts them only if they make sense. They may choose to follow rules, or not, according to their judgment. They prefer to make the rules.
Monkeys: flouts rules, from outside or inside. They resist control and are real rebels. Give a monkey a rule, and they will want to do the very opposite thing. Show them how it makes their life more fun, simpler, easier and they are more ameniable.
Koalas: accepts outside rules, but doesn’t like to adopt, or even think about self-imposed rules.

In case you are having difficulty deciding, here are some examples:
An owl stops at a stop sign at 3:00 a.m. in a small deserted town; so does an koala. A lion decides whether it’s safe to stop. A monkey rolls through the stop sign at 3:00 p.m. in traffic.
An owl can train with a trainer or exercise on her own; a lion can do either if he thinks it makes sense; a monkey will do neither, because the fact that she has an appointment or an item on her to-do list makes her want to disobey; a koala can meet a trainer, but can’t get to the gym on his own.

Back to Hipprocrates

From the time of Hippocrates (‘the father of modern medicine’) through to modern times, these personality types or modifications of them, have been part of many theories of medicine, psychology and literature and have led to an abundance of personality typing. Hippocrates temperament theory had its roots in the ancient four humors theory. It may have origins in ancient Egypt or Mesopotamia but it was the Hippocrates who developed it into a medical theory. He believed certain human moods, emotions and behaviors were caused by body fluids (called “humors”): blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm.

Later discoveries in biochemistry have shown that while Hippocrates’ hypothesized bodily fluids do not exist, there is a complex system of hormones which help regulate emotion and cognition, and these too are influenced by genetic tendencies. However millenia of study has shown that each ‘personality’ does have stronger traits, not only in the way we respond to ‘rules’.

Our Approach

We have found that your ability to not only understand your own personal tendancies, but be able to understand the drives, motivations and  behaviour of others, has a very large effect on your business or work life. It’s actually a crucial aspect of leadership, because while the ‘Golden Rule’ “do as you want to be done by” applies when you want to get along with people, the ‘Rainbow Rule’ also applies to be able to influence people.

Because one of our aims in life is to help you develop leadership skills, helping you master these crucial skills of influence means your work will become instantly more effective, efficient, profitable and fun. Our approach is that each person is a unique combination of all four personality Types. Rather than put descriptive “labels” on people, we chose to keep it simple and refer to the various personalities in ways that are easily remembered, such as the colours. However as each of the four personalities has a behavioural style that can be represented by an animal, we have also given you a look at their ‘animal’ equivalent.

While many animals could be utilised for each one, for simplicity’s sake these will give you a clue to their underlying personality.

Because everyone is a unique mix of each type, and to avoid too much connection with expectations of ‘typeing’ we prefer to refer to the Personality types as a colour and we encourage people to respond to the profiling based on how they are “At Work”.

We all utilise different aspects of our personality in different areas of life, but it is important to understand how you operate when dealing with other people that influences the results you will achieve – especially when running your own business.

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THE “Yellow/Koala” PERSONALITY

The “Yellow/Koala” personality takes a slower, easy pace toward their job and life in general. They seek security and longevity on the job and are very happy doing a repetitive task, day in and day out as the repetition allows them to become very skilled in what they do. They won’t like it, however, if the rules change a lot as that is contrary to their desire to minimize change and stick with what they know works. Some extreme examples we’ve all seen or heard of are bookkeepers who refuse to computerize because they can count on the old way and don’t want to change.

The “Yellow/Koala” will resist change out of concern that, even though the current way may be unpleasant, the unknown may be even more unpleasant.

They seek the respect, sincere admiration and acceptance of others and will willingly work hard to please the people they work for, as long as they feel appreciated and receive plenty of reassurance that they are needed, thus providing a sense of security that they need.

“Yellow/Koala” personalities are usually very organized and being around a messy environment or disorganization will bother them. They are also good at playing a very supportive role with others and are normally very caring, thoughtful and compassionate. They are patient, good listeners and will persevere when all others have given up. They especially like working in a group or on a team and will be a stabilizing force within that group or team.

Although they may not be as fast as others, they are accurate and thorough. They will usually keep their feelings to themselves and are reluctant to express themselves, even if a more assertive type seems to be taking advantage of them. They will probably choose to “go along to get along”.

To attract the “Yellow/Koala” type personality, be sure and talk about the company benefit package and the long-term growth potential within the company. Having a secure, stable environment will be very important to the “Yellow/Koala” personality.

THE “Green/Owl” PERSONALITY

The “Green/Owl” personality is a very detail oriented individual that likes to be involved in things that are controlled and stable. They are interested in accuracy, rationality and logic. People who can’t seem to control their emotions will bother them because they believe being emotional makes objectivity difficult or perhaps impossible. They will also dislike being around people who are full of “hype”, since they desire facts, accurate and logical, but just the facts. Other people’s emotions may not be a priority for them as they tend to strive for the facts and “let the chips fall where they may”.

“Green/Owl” personalities tend to be quite controlling, both of themselves and others. They don’t like things to get out of hand and may not appear very expressive at times because they don’t really want themselves to display a lot of emotion. They are very outcome driven and will be sticklers for following procedures and protocol in getting the job done. They are careful, resourceful, and above all, are excellent thinkers who will look at all aspects of an issue before taking a stand. Once they take a stand on an issue, they will have the facts to back it up so anyone who challenges them, better be prepared.

They like their jobs clearly defined and want to know exactly what is expected of them. Knowing those facts, they will be able to prioritize their tasks and see them through to completion.

When in decision making roles, they are cautious, logical and require many details and facts before they make a decision. People who try to sell them something by trying to get them emotionally involved usually fail to get them to buy because the “Green/Owl” personality will consider them a “hype artist” and wonder what facts they are trying to hide with all that hype.

In more public roles, the “Green/Owl” personality will strive for originality, cleverness and uniqueness in whatever they happen to be doing. Because of their detail orientation, they are meticulously prepared with all the details so nothing is left for anyone to disagree with. Many accountants and lawyers, for example, are “Green/Owl” personalities. They are excellent for any job that requires creative thinking based on patience, facts and accuracy.

THE “Red/Lion” PERSONALITY

The “Red/Lion” personality likes to be in charge and be in control of their environment and their lives. They are normally not very detail oriented, choosing to delegate details to others. They are usually very goal oriented and practical in their solutions. However, arriving at their solutions and goals will entail a no-nonsense, “bottom-line” approach.

“Red/Lion” personalities don’t like a lot of restraints or restrictions placed on them preferring instead to work independently and set their own schedules. Since they often tend to be a workaholic, it is not unusual to see them put in whatever time and effort it takes to accomplish their goal. They may seem impatient at times especially if they believe someone is spending too much time going over details with them or are impeding their successful completion of whatever goal or project they are focusing on at the moment.

Don’t be surprised to see this personality type in a supervisory position or management. Having an entrepreneurial streak, they may be a business owner or strive to own their own business someday. The “Red/Lion” personality is not easily discouraged and will normally exude confidence.

If their job is “routine” or repetitive day by day, they will get bored easily and not enjoy the work. They will want it to appear they are “tough” in these situations but internally may be miserable if the job is too routine. The “Red/Lion” personality will do whatever is necessary to prevent themselves from falling into a pattern or routine and seek freedom and independence instead. They will also be very dissatisfied if they believe someone is trying to take advantage of them or hold them back.

The “Red/Lion” personality may not be very good at recognizing co-worker’s feelings and needs; not because they don’t care, but because they are so focused on achieving their goals. If you’re looking for someone who works well under pressure and seems to excel in high stress situations, the “Red/Lion” personality is probably what you’re looking for.

THE “Blue/Monkey” PERSONALITY

The “Blue/Monkey” personality is a very outgoing, energetic and fast paced individual who likes to be around people and enjoys being the center of attention. They are good relationship builders and most people like them right away. Their driving need for approval, they try and like everyone in hopes everyone will in turn reciprocate and like them too. Compliments, acknowledgement of their achievements, words of admiration and even applause from groups will be the most important thing you can do for them.

The “Blue/Monkey” personality loves to talk about themselves and some may view them as self centered, but their real motivation is to be liked. An extreme example was the character played by Bette Midler in the movie “Beaches” when she invited an old friend up to see her lavish apartment and told her friend about her own success. Then she said to the friend: “Enough about me, let’s talk about you. So what do you think of me?”

Their biggest fear is being humiliated in public, since it might make many people disapprove of them and the thought of that would be devastating. The “Blue/Monkey” personality doesn’t want to appear unattractive or unsuccessful either, so they will make sure their appearance is impeccable and will always give the impressing of being very successful at whatever they do, whether they are or not.

Some of the strengths you can count on from the “Blue/Monkey” personality are their enthusiasm, outgoing behavior, friendliness towards others and their ability to persuade even the most skeptical of people. They tend to be “dreamers” and can often turn those dreams into very practical ideas in the workplace. “Blue/Monkey” personalities are normally spontaneous and use their quick wit and humor to make people like them. They aren’t too good about hiding their own feelings either, so if they are hurt or disappointed, you’ll probably be able to read it in their mannerisms and overall disposition.

Some of the natural weaknesses that are associated with the “Blue/Monkey” personality include being impatient, having a relatively short attention span and are not very detail oriented. In business, “Blue/Monkey” personalities may tend to socialize at work and not spend as much time doing their work because they strive for the social interaction. Although this is their natural tendency, many have learned to control themselves and keep their social nature in perspective.

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