Personality Dimensions

Personality Dimensions logoPersonality Dimensions® is a personality typology system based on the work of Carl Jung, David Keirsey, and Linda Berens, with roots in ancient temperament theory. It was created by Lynda McKim from research in Canada over a 10-year period, and field-tested by 127 focus groups and over 800 people acrossCanada.

It incorporates four ways of determining type:

  • Picture cards of multicultural symbols
  • Dimension cards showing type in four areas of life: values, communication, work, and relationships
  • A Traits and Characteristics survey on personal values, traits, strengths, characteristics, and behaviors
  • A short questionnaire on introversion/extraversion preference (the first temperament assessment to incorporate this aspect of personality)

It uses four colors (and accompanying symbols) to represent the four temperament preferences:

  • Inquiring Green: Keirsey Rationals, Myers-Briggs “NT”
  • Organized Gold: Keirsey Guardians, Myers-Briggs “SJ”
  • Authentic Blue: Keirsey Idealists, Myers-Briggs “NF”
  • ResourcefulOrange: Keirsey Artisans, Myers-Briggs “SP”

Below is a table showing a summary of these four types:

  Green Gold Blue Orange
Quest for Knowledge Status Meaning of life Freedom of impulse
Characteristics Strive to better themselves, want logical answers, don’t access feelings easily, love to master things then move on, need to feel competent, respect competence,  fewest numbers in the population: males outnumber females 3:1 Stabilizers, family is very important, dependable, loyal, respect authority and institutions, expect to be accountable and responsible, practical, concerned about the physical needs of others, most numbers in the population (about 50%) Future-oriented, interested in people and new ideas, optimistic, rules are just guidelines, concerned that everyone can reach their full potential, authentic, want to be accepted for who they are, intuitive, ethical, honest, insightful, supportive, diplomatic Stand out the most, tools-oriented, high energy, spontaneous, exciting, lively, like living in the moment, confident, don’t like to plan, fun-loving, generous, adventurous, action-oriented, decisive, competitive,
Symbol Question mark Check mark Caring hands Exclamation point
Special Skill Strategy Logistics Intuition Tactics
Animal Owl Beaver Dolphin Fox
Core Needs Achievement, productivity, efficiency, accomplishment Belonging, security, order Purpose, harmony Spontaneity, recognition
As Children Studious, intellectual, eccentric Like group learning, want just the facts, need to feel grown up and have a place in society Interested in personal growth subjects, enjoy small group discussions, use metaphors in writing, like to please, creative/artistic, unconventional, need privacy Bored, restless, and stressed when restricted, can be extra rebellious
As Adults Justice issues important Like predictability and traditional roles Warm, caring, concerned about others’ development Need lots of activity and variety
As Lovers May be critical and aloof, don’t need as much emotional connectedness Value family life, may try to make their partner over in their image Caring, considerate, need a harmonious relationship Like and need much freedom

You can find a free online quiz related to Personality Dimensions here:


2 thoughts on “Personality Dimensions

  1. how does an organized green deal with broken promises? i’m that person and i’ve been suffering for years. pls help. i want to move on.

    • Do you mean an Organized *Gold*? My first thoughts would be the following:
      –Try to not take it personally (I know that’s not easy) and realize that’s their issue of not following through with their word. Not everyone is as responsible as you.
      –If you can, find out why the promises were broken. Perhaps there are good, unintentional reasons beyond the others’ control.
      –Realize that other peoples’/types’ values are different, and they may not acknowledge the importance of following through with promises, especially if given informally. Resourceful Oranges, in particular, are very action-oriented and live for the moment and can view promises and obligations as burdens to be avoided.
      –If these are people you are close to that really care about you, perhaps explaining to them how you feel when a promise is broken will help. Authentic Blues, especially, would be able to understand this.
      I hope this helps. Good luck!

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