What wealth does to people

I got excited as I watched this because the study was done at the UC Berkeley Psychology department! I had Professor Keltner for two classes.

While the researchers claim to have gotten the same findings over and over again in different experiments, by making people feel rich or poor, I wonder if some of the behaviors that were found to be more common in wealthy people, such as cheating, lying, and endorsing unethical behavior, are characteristic of people who aren’t yet wealthy but have a high potential to become wealthy. In other words, couldn’t those behaviors be what it takes to get rich? Likewise, it could be that people who have lower incomes aren’t as selfish and greedy to begin with, and not that it’s a consequence of poverty. Of course, as I learned from Prof. Keltner’s social psychology class, situations have a surprisingly huge amount of influence on people’s behavior. We’ve all heard of people who became wealthy and forgot their humble beginnings. Perhaps there are more data on this that I am not aware of. I guess it can be teased apart by comparing people who inherited their wealth, or didn’t otherwise have to work for it, with those who did work for their wealth (even if they acquired it through dishonest means).

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

Dream Places

Several ancient civilizations believed that dreams were the result of soul travel, hence, waking a sleeping person might kill them if the soul didn’t have enough time to return to the body.1 It’s obvious that the latter part is not true, and perhaps neither is the first, but I have wondered if some of my dream imagery is from places that I’ve never been to, but do exist.

I often dream of magnificent places that I have never seen (in person or picture) and they seem so real, yet impossible at the same time: a library with a glass tower from which there is an extraordinary view of the city; a small, cozy village up in the hills by a bay or lake; a cemetery on a hill with colorful, intricately painted grave markers that stand four or five feet tall. (Hm… I notice a recurring trend of being in higher elevations.)

I found this picture in a photo blank from a Photoshop class. It was the closest thing that resembled the colorful grave markers.

As a kid I used to wonder if people (that I knew in real life) who appeared in my dream were also having the same dream at the same time.  I have since confirmed that that doesn’t happen. I also used to think that when I woke up, the other people in the dream would witness me disappearing (Oh, she’s gone now), so if I were being chased, my pursuers would suddenly lose the one they were after.

My belief is that people have souls, and I do think it would be neat to visit places in my sleep. However, if dreams really are just the result of random rapid firing of neurons in lower areas of the brain with the higher areas trying to make sense of them, as the activation-synthesis hypothesis suggests, then there goes all the possibilities of my dream places being real.


1. Van de Castle, Robert. Our Dreaming Mind. 1994

Original post 11/12/10 1:10 PM