Monday, 5 August 2019

Knowing Myself is the Key to Knowing Others (Part Eight)

Personality Models (Part IV): eColors
The second personality model, which has made the biggest impact on me, is the "Equilibria e-colors." Equilibria has a business built around this. They do provide a free questionnaire  for discovery of your e-color personality indicator, with a summary of what it represents. The proposition here is a definition of personality styles by colors, as follows,

Red (Director, Doer)
Green (Thinker)
Yellow (Socialiser) and 
Blue (Relater)

More like the humors, we all have the four (4) traits (colors). What determines our colors is the relative amount of each. The highest amount determines our primary color, followed by the second highest, which becomes our secondary color. The relative amount of the primary gives rise to varying intensity of its characteristics in a person. Hence, we have classic (high), moderate and mild examples of each. The effect of the secondary on the primary gives rise to twelve (12) distinctive color types as follows,

Red/Blue: The Relating Doer.
Red/Green: The Thinking Doer.
Red/Yellow: The Socializing Doer.
Yellow/Blue: The Relating Socializer.
Yellow/Green: The Thinking Socializer.
Yellow/Red: The Doing Socializer.
Green/Blue: The Relating Thinker.
Green/Red: The Doing Thinker.
Green/Yellow: The Socializing Thinker.
Blue/Red: The Doing Relater.
Blue/Yellow: The Socializing Relater.
Blue/Green: The Thinking Relater.

There are rare cases where all four humors are equally available in a person, just as there are instances in which three are predominant. That gives rise to additional five (5) distinctive color combinations. Like you'll see from the summary result of the Questionnaire, each of these has their own strengths and weaknesses. Typically, the difference comes from who is in control - our tendencies or our own self. Are our tendencies using us, or are we using them? A high Emotional Quotient (EQ) comes from our aptitude in skillfully using these. 
Young people, who are still uncertain of their identity, often try on a succession of masks in the hope of finding the one which suits them – the one, in fact, which is not a mask. (W.H. Auden)
In my view, the analog between the eColor, DiSC and the "Four Temperament Model" is as shown in the table below,

Temperaments
e-Colours
DISC
Characteristics
Sanguine
Yellow
Inducement (I)
Socializer
Choleric
Red
Dominance (D)
Decisive, Doer
Melancholic
Green
Compliance (C)
Deep Thinker
Phlegmatic
Blue
Submission (S)
Easy-going, Relater

The Color Code (Taylor Hartman)

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