What’s your true color?

This is something I got from the Psychology of Normal Adjustment class that I took back in 2005.

According to true colors, also known as temperament theory, there are four types of temperaments found in all people throughout the world. They are Blue (the idealist), Green (the rational), Gold (the guardian), and Orange (the artisan). All of these colors are present in us, but there is one that predominates. Knowing your true color helps when choosing a career or a potential mate. Here are brief descriptions that I got from the presentation by the career counselor.

Blue (The Idealist)
Identity Seeking Personality


– Personal
– Enthusiastic
– Sympathetic
– Warm
– Compassionate
– Communicative

Core Needs
Meaning & Significance
Unique Identity

A natural romantic, a poet and a nurturer.

Blue types value integrity and unity in relationships. They need to feel unique and authentic. Blues tend to be affectionate, supportive, and good listeners.

Green (The Rational)
Knowledge Seeking Personality

– Investigative
– Logical
– Analytical
– Global
– Cool
– Calm

Core Needs
Mastery & Self-Control
Knowledge & Competence

A natural non-comformist, a visionary and problem solver.

Green types
value intelligence, insight, integrity and justice. They need clarity, answers, and explanations. Greens tend to be private, introspective and candid.

Gold (The Guardian)
Security Seeking Personality


– Loyal
– Dependable
– Prepared
– Thorough
– Sensible
– Punctual

Core Needs
Membership & Belonging
Duty & Responsibility

A natural preserver, a good citizen, and helpful.

Gold types value home, family and tradition. They need to be useful and to belong. Golds tend to be caring, stable, concrete, and well-organized.

Orange (The Artisan)
Stimulation Seeking Personality


– Impulsive
– Generous
– Impacting
– Witty
– Charming
– Spontaneous

Core Needs
Freedom to Act in the Moment and Making Impact
A natural trouble-shooter, a performer and competitor.

Orange types value freedom, skill and resourcefulness. They need fun, variety, stimulation and excitement. oranges tend to be courageous, flexible and playful.

This is how the general population is divided among the four colors:
Blue: 10 %
Green: 10%

Gold: 45%
Orange: 35%

When stressed:
Blue types tend to withdraw.

Green types tend to think a lot about it.

Gold types complain.

Orange types rebel.

There are a few more things such as good careers and famous people who belong to each category, but since I don’t have a complete list for each one, I will hold off posting it.

Back in 2005, I totally stunk of Blue. However, I took another test in 2009, and at that time, Green was my dominant color. As of now, I primarily am Blue, but more along the blue-green spectrum. When stressed, I tend to withdraw and think a lot about it. 😛  (Maybe that’s why I like colors like teal, cyan, and aqua.)

For more information on True Colors and a free test, click here. There is also a test here, but I found it hard to choose between some of the choices, and it requires am email address to get your results.


Original post 5/23/2005 7:28 PM (Good times!) Edited 6/23/2013

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12 thoughts on “What’s your true color?

  1. Thanks for sharing this! It’s really interesting and it pegs me perfectly.

    When I took the test I was mostly green (score of 19), and it fits me, but I also was very much blue (16), and it complements me, because I’m definitely spread between the two close to evenly.

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