Yellow – Fun

Yellow: Disorganized, Playful, Selfish, Happy, Irresponsible, Forgiving, Spontaneous, Obnoxious, Optimistic… It’s hard to mistake this color for another. The Yellow personality type embodies these traits.

Yellows are always living life to the fullest. It doesn’t matter what a Yellow is doing; they will make it a fun experience if it is at all possible.

Yellows are all about living in the ‘here and now’ and enjoying every second. For them, life is a party not to be missed. Because they treasure these moments so much, they are not known for planning well ahead for the future. This leads to a certain degree of irresponsibility and other’s lack of trust in their ability to follow through.

However, Yellows are very forgiving of themselves and of others, so it’s hard not to be forgiving back.

One of the defining moments of the relationship I have with my Yellow sister Harmony occurred years ago after a small tiff between the two of us. I recall leaving her room angry before returning a while later to pass along information from a parent, still feeling angry. It was only a moment after I cracked open the door to talk to her that she excitedly invited me in to share with me something that had made her laugh online.

Much to my surprise, I entered and we chatted like nothing had happened. I laughingly thought she had completely forgotten our disagreement, before I realized she had simply forgiven me and holding a grudge against me would have intervened with her want to have fun with me.

It is for this same cheerful attitude and optimistic outlook that yellows are so often adored as the life and charm of the party. They even need that attention and social interaction to satisfy their egotistical needs to look good to others. For this reason they can spend all day entertaining themselves with friends, rarely tiring out, even after hours of exposure.

They do require patience and sacrifice because of their undisciplined, selfish, sometimes obnoxious nature, but they also give the great gift of optimism, forgiveness, and boundless energy for fun. Remember these qualities of the Yellow, and then go party with them!

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White – Peace

White: Gentle, Adaptable, Kind, Lazy, Silently Stubborn, Diplomatic, Indecisive, Calm… Do you know anyone with all of these characteristics? They are surely a white.

Whites are like the water of The Color Code. When the other colors bump into each other, getting worked up over their differences, the white is not bothered to conflict, but merely acts as water. They flow through life without creating bumps in the road, and often times minimize the bumps they do pass over with their gentle, calm demeanor.

In fact, sometimes that calm demeanor isn’t all it seems to be. Whites are very uncomfortable with conflict and often have trouble asserting themselves when there is a bump in the road to be fixed. Because of their avoidant nature, they are most likely of all the colors to exhibit passive-aggressive behavior.

I once lived with a friend of mine named Cami, amongst four other roommates. Cami’s kind, diplomatic nature as a white made her the go-to candidate when one of the girls was upset and wanted someone to complain to. (Whites are excellent listeners and are generally easy to share feelings with, although they often don’t share their own.)

Unbeknownst to the rest of the apartment, Cami also had plenty to complain about, but because of her avoidant behavior had kept everything to herself until it all spilled out one evening. This is known as “stuffing” because the White “stuffs” the problems away until they spill the can and all is revealed.

When well practiced, a white’s diplomatic nature can be very useful, providing a source of calm and peace when conflict arises.

My older brother Jacob’s calm and collected temperament has always been a comfort to my family when used to ice the fire created by conflict between other siblings. Whites are often the calm in a storm of contention. Using their ability to see things from both sides and settle a middle ground gains them the honored title of peace-maker.

So what is something you can do to improve your relationship with a white?

Remember that they think much more than they speak and may need time to express themselves. They function logically and may not always take the “nice side,” if not the practical one. Behind to them, respect their space, and don’t push them to make important decisions until they are ready. (Remember, they are quite indecisive.)

Follow these rules and watch as your relationships with the whites in your life grow stronger.

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Blue – Intimacy

Blue: Moral, Sincere, Rule-Abiding, Overly Sensitive, Thoughtful, Worrywart, Self-Righteous, Loyal… These are the most common traits of the blue personality type.

Blues’ unique difference from other colors lies in their value of quality relationships. There is nothing more important to a blue than the sincere effort made on another’s behalf to build closeness with them; this means sacrifice and effort to show you really care. It’s all about building intimacy and creating personal connections.

An excellent example of such a personal connection is an old roommate I had named Heidi. Never have I roomed with someone as sincere, emotionally expressive, and heart-felt as Heidi. Heidi was always ready to listen and share personal thoughts and feelings through one-on-one conversation, as blues often do.

Blues are just the “good friend” everybody needs at least one of. They play their role well and seek to understand just as they seek to be understood.

My little sister Cumorah is the beloved blue in my family for just that reason: She is a devoted, thoughtful, and giving friend and will go the extra mile to show she cares not about the greater whole, but you personally. It is because of the blue’s strong loyalty that they make such great long-term friends.

Blues don’t usually realize how self-critical they are of themselves. They hold such high personal standards that they are often disappointed by other’s lesser standards of service and sacrifice. Because they worry so much about doing everything right, they are actually more susceptible to feeling depression and anxiety.

Blues are sometimes self-righteous. On occasion they have a certain smugness about them as they seemingly compare their hard-earned accomplishments and morally acceptable behavior to the ‘less-righteous’ actions of others.

So, what should one keep in mind when interacting with a blue? Blues need to know they are being listened to and more importantly, that they are understood. Be sensitive to what they may be feeling and sincere in your communication. Blues generally don’t appreciate sarcasm.

Let the blues in your life know they are important, appreciated and accepted, and watch your relationships flourish.

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Red – Power

Red: Powerful, Hardworking, Decisive, Forward-focused, Critical, Assertive, Responsible, Tactless… These are but a few of the traits held by those with a red core personality color.

Reds bring several gifts to society as our bridge builders and visionaries. It is through much of their focused determination that the world as a whole has grown so much over time in technological and societal advances. We need the red to lead, protect, defend, and speak up, even when it’s not pleasant to hear.

The red personality gives an honest reaction when approached with a conflict, and isn’t known for thinking twice before speaking, but rather shares openly his opinion regardless of how others may react.

Reds need respect, and it is very important that they are recognized for their accomplishments. Reds avoid showing vulnerability to maintain their reputation of power and control. They generally gain this reputation through the leadership or authoritative positions they generally work to attain.

Reds are generally not comfortable unless they are being productive. They are very action-oriented and need to achieve. In fact, red-red relationships are the most happening, goal-oriented relationships because both parties are focused on task-completion and achieving success.

Because the red needs to look good technically and display his authority, he is often thoughtless of others feelings. He would do well to think of the effect his actions and words have on others. For this reasons reds can often come off as rather intimidating people.

To improve his quality of life, a red personality should focus on the good others around him are also achieving, believing in their capabilities as well. He should remember to consider others before himself, and appreciate their accomplishments as well.

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The Color Code: A Personality Science

Hello everyone! My name is Liberty. I am a student at Brigham Young University – Idaho and I love studying communication. One major influence that guided me to study in the Communication department is my love for The Color Code, a personality theory created to understand our personal behaviors.

I was first introduced to this code during my second semester of college, when a friend thought it would be fun for me to take the test online. I noticed there was a $39.95 fee to get the “full analysis”, but thought I’d just take the free test anyway. Upon finishing my test, some sort of glitch gave me the full analysis anyway, and thus a passion was born!

I read everything provided in the analysis and searched the web to get my hands on all things Color Code. I even had my friends take the test to read through their results with them as well. I then found out Dr. Hartman had written a book and read that as well. Now I continue to love the Color Code and share it with my friends and family to help us understand each other and communicate better. Take your own test on his website, here!

Psychologist Taylor Hartman created this theory inspired to helping others better understand themselves and the way they interact with others to improve business skills, personal relationships, and overall quality of life, as he explains in his re-named and updated book, “The People Code: It’s All About Your Innate Motive.” I highly recommend his book if you are interested in seeing the world with a new set of eyes.

What is most intriguing to me about this theory is how differently I have come to see people, my relationships, and even myself through studying it. Through understanding why we each behave differently, we can better understand other’s behavior. This understanding is what sets Dr. Hartman’s theory apart from other personality theories: it revolves around our “core motives” as individuals, rather than basing understanding off of behavior alone.

There are four main colors Dr. Hartman uses to identify our motives. These are the four main motives and their representative colors:

Red – Power
White – Peace
Yellow – Fun
Blue – Intimacy

He has even put together a simple PDF explaining more details about each color here.

To really appreciate Dr. Hartman’s analysis one must recognize the differences between the colors and the role they play in completing our society. No color is better than another. All colors are capable of creating compatible relationships in the workplace, at home, or any other environment. Every personality has something valuable to offer. This is what makes The Color Code so exciting! My hopes as I continue explaining my experiences and understanding with this theory are that others can feel equally enlightened and excited, perhaps even feeling a greater sense of purpose from their own understanding of themselves.