It’s not easy being green

Kermit4Have you ever tried to be someone or something you’re not?

Whether it’s returning your body to pre-baby weight or becoming a doctor because your parents want you to be one or living outside of your means to keep up with the Jones’, trying to be someone or something you’re not sets you up for failure before you’ve even started. Hows that for the odds being stacked against you?

But accepting yourself for who you really are, flaws and all, is not an easy feat either. Especially if others see you differently or if you don’t like who you are. Even worse, is when you’re actually good at being someone or something else. On the flip side, if you really enjoy it, perhaps it’s time to change careers and become an actor.

In my back-to-work program, we recently completed the True Colors personality model. It’s similar to the Myers-Briggs test, but not nearly as detailed. It’s a fun way to find out more about who you are, what you’re like, how you react to certain people and situations and what type of work might be best suited to you. A quick overview of each color and a version of this test can be found here.

Although everyone has each colour* in them (blue, green, gold and orange), one or two are usually more prevalent than the other(s). The paler colours are areas you need to work on.

Most of my life I’ve been a blue with gold thrown in, but now I’m predominantly a green. Which, as it turns out, I’ve struggled for a long time NOT to be. Green’s are more logical than they are emotional and I consider myself a fairly visibly emotional person, although much less so now than I have been in the past. Kermit the Frog says it best in his song “It’s not easy being green.”

I hope that, by accepting and understanding this new version of myself, it’ll be easier to recognize which opportunities are best-suited for the person I am today.

Have you ever taken a personality test? If so, did you agree with the results? Why or why not?

*The change in spelling of the word colour is because I live in Canada, but the True Colors personality test was created in the United States.

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2 thoughts on “It’s not easy being green

  1. It’s called Personality Dimensions, and I almost got certified to deliver that test (my school dropped it from the curriculum the year I was going to take it). And I not only find it accurate but very useful.
    I’ve never heard of someone completely switching colours before, so your case sounds very unique to me. I’ve always been a strong blue, and will always remain a strong blue, although my secondary colours have changed.
    Learning about different temperaments helped me understand me, but the biggest benefit about PD is that it helped me understand other people. People who had different temperaments to mine used to frustrate me, but now that I recognize what those temperaments ARE, I can look at our differences objectively and understand the other person better. It has made me a better communicator and improved my interpersonal skills.
    When career counsellors do these types of exploratory assessments with clients, they do it because it helps in multiple ways beyond the obvious. Many people think its all hog wash, but I’m a big believer in them.

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    • Thanks for your comment. I love these types of tests because knowing more about oneself is key to living a fuller life. It is odd that my primary colour changed, isn’t it? Perhaps my blue has been tied in the past with green. There are definitely traits of green that I relate to in terms of needing variety, but I don’t think as logically or technically as greens normally do. Yes, it definitely provides additional understanding as to why you get along with some people more than others.

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