For almost a decade I have been a licensed facilitator for Shipley Communications in 4-Lenses Temperament Discovery and have taught the personality assessment training to thousands of people (mainly active duty members and their families). Identifying and understanding personality styles – think disposition, character, nature, spirit, etc. – allows you to determine how people think, feel, work, play, learn, teach, speak, write, lead and follow. It’s a very interesting subject. But most of all, it opens your mind and enables you to see the world from somebody else’s “lens” which, if used for good, can improve all of your relationships (work, family, significant other, neighbors… the list is endless).
You’ve probably heard of Myers-Briggs which is the identification and description of 16 distinctive personality types. It’s an assessment of over 100 questions which results in being placed into one of the 16 personality types like ISTJ, INFP, ENFJ. I’ll be honest, I took the Myers-Briggs test two times: once in college when I was 18 and again in my mid-twenties. I cannot for the life of me remember what “personality type” I was. This is where 4-Lenses is different (and a little bit easier to remember). Instead of 16 personality types, 4-Lenses breaks it down into four temperament colors: Blue, Gold, Green and Orange.
Don’t worry, this is not a lesson in personality types. Rather, it’s the struggle I face being a Gold.
See, let me share with you a little about the Gold personality type.
- The Gold personality believes in the benefits of discipline as it is critical for success.
- Golds can be prudent and prudent people know how to conduct themselves with good judgement, common sense, and even caution in practical matters.
- Just like the Boy Scouts, Gold’s like to be prepared. They will spend a considerable amount of time and effort anticipating problems and forming not just one, but multiple backup plans.
- Traditions are very important to Golds. Traditions bring a feeling of stability, security and order.
- Gold’s hate change. Like, in a dragging their feet kicking and screaming kind of way. They eventually come around, but they are vocal about their feelings with change.
- Gold’s feel obligated to take on responsibilities. They will sacrifice their personal time to take on new responsibilities.
- They believe in hard work, dedication and trust. And once a Gold loses trust in someone, it is gone forever. There is no coming back.
- Golds enjoy a good old-fashioned list. When they complete something on the list, they cross it off. If they do something that wasn’t on the list, well, you guessed it – they will add it to the list so that they can feel the satisfaction of crossing it off the list.
- Golds need order, rules and schedules. Without it, they feel like life would be too messy and chaotic. To help manage their schedule, they use planners, apps, and appointment books.
- Security, to a Gold, means having a good-paying career at an established institution that fosters positive societal standards.
- Golds are loyal to a fault. They dedicate themselves to their employer, significant other and their friends.
- To a Gold, there is right and wrong – no in between. Following rules is important and they expect others to respect authority and follow the rules just as they do.
Why do I write all of this? Because being a Gold is tiring. It’s exhausting. I mean, don’t get me wrong, my house is almost always immaculate. Everything is in order. All my bills get paid well before they are due. I keep charts and lists for just about everything. I constantly reevaluate my life and the goals I have set for myself – personally, financially, educationally, and career wise. Almost every minute of every day is scheduled, and I am a creature of habit and repetition. I have to plan everything I do because I don’t like spontaneity. I come off as rigid to people who don’t know me. Some might even consider me a bitch because of it. I promise I’m not. It’s just my personality. Luckily, I have amazing Orange, Green and Blue friends who not only appreciate my “gold” but help me be less “gold” on occasion. And I love them for that.