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True Colors: Super Fun or Super Legit??

In the age of Buzzfeed quizzes whereby your favorite color and preferred type of pizza can tell you which Harry Potter character you most emulate, it’s easy to look at personality typologies and think they are in the same camp - a cute little quiz, just for fun.

So is it Fun or Legit?

While True Colors is definitely fun (that’s actually one of the basic tenets of the program all certified facilitators are taught when they train!), it’s way more than just a random category placement. This stuff is legit, based on lots of research, and has practical application in personal and professional environments.

Still skeptical?

Check this out:

This is Hippocrates.


I hear you saying. “Isn’t he one of those ancient Greek guys we heard about one time in like 8th grade?”

Yep, nailed it!

But he’s actually super relevant still today.

What’s he famous for?

Another great question, so glad you asked!

Hippocrates is called the “Father of Medicine” because of his revolutionary study and practice of medicine in those good ol’ ancient times.

In fact, every doctor, even today, swears to uphold the Hippocratic Oath - to Do No Harm - named after the man himself.

But he was interested not only in the physical systems of the human body, but in the whole human housed within that body, including their mind and personality.

So in conjunction with being a physician, Hippocrates developed the first personality typology. He created 4 personality categories (temperaments), which were named after, or linked to, what he believed to be an abundance of one type of bodily fluid in that person.


But you do you, boo.

Since Hippocrates, there have been several typologies which break down, categorize, and explain the traits, strengths, talents, challenges, and styles of human temperament. Typologies which systemize and name the conceptual way we interface with the world around us.

Turns out, there’s some overarching themes to human thought and behavior.

And many of these - very legit - typologies use the decades and centuries worth of knowledge and research to distill the complexity of human interaction down into an understandable and relatable methodology.

How cool?!

Some other big names in the personality game have been:

Which brings us to our guy, Don Lowry, who created True Colors in 1978. And we have been rocking the personality game ever since!

So as you can see, this personality exploration thing isn’t some new age, woo woo, fluffy Buzzfeed quiz.

Yes, it is fun, easy to understand, and easy to remember - that’s part of what makes it so effective.

But it also speaks to a deep part of the human experience we absolutely need to explore in ourselves and appreciate in others if we hope to live a complete, successful, and fulfilled life!

Are you ready to let your True Colors shine?

Can you not wait another minute to discover your True Colors?!?

Well you’re in luck. You can click right here to go ahead and take the assessment!

Want to make meaning from your results?

Ready to put your True Colors to work? Let’s chat about it!

Grab a time on my calendar to schedule a call or video chat.

Ready to level up?

Do you want to make your True Colors work for you and advance your career and relationships?

I use True Colors and the basis of my strengths-based Executive Coaching, which you can learn more about and sign up for online!

If you are ready for your team, staff, executive board, civic/religious/student/volunteer organization to level up - let’s work together to bring a True Colors workshop right to you (virtually or in-person)!

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As the owner of Karli Sherman Productions, I am a professional speaker, leadership coach, and executive coach. I help companies, campuses, and individuals to level up and grow through professional development workshops, intensive coaching, and keynote presentations.

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