Personality Dimensions® Guide to Pumpkin Carving

That time of year is upon us — the air gets a chill to it, and the leaves start to change colour; but best of all, we get to carve pumpkins, and hand out candy to kids who go door-to-door in a variety of costumes that range from adorable, to frightening, and hilarious, to strange!  With that in mind, I present: The Personality Dimensions Guide to Pumpkin Carving!

When carving a pumpkin into a Jack-O-Lantern, the possibilities are endless, and the task can be quite overwhelming.  So what’s the solution?  Let your Personality Dimensions be your guide!  Each of the four Dimensions (Authentic Blue, Inquiring Green, Organized Gold, and Resourceful Orange) all have different approaches to the task, but have the same motivation for getting there… fun!


Inquiring Green PumpkinPumpkin Carving with an Inquiring Green

Chances are the Inquiring Green has been thinking about carving this year’s pumpkin for a while.  Last year’s design was pretty good, but they know it can be even greater this year.  For the Inquiring Green, it’s not just about going out and getting a pumpkin from the store, they need to figure out the best date to get one, making sure to not get one too early, and risk it going rotten; and not going too late, knowing that the best ones will be picked over.  Once that has been determined, the next task is choosing the pumpkin itself; the Inquiring Green will pick through all the bins, carefully making comparisons, and finally landing on the perfect one.

When it’s time to carve the pumpkin, it is best to let the Inquiring Green go at it them self.  You can still be supportive, but remember that when Inquiring Greens get focussed on a project, they often tune out the outside world.  At this point, the Inquiring Green will pull out their specially designed pumpkin-carving tools.  The process will start with determining where to cut the top off, then be followed by carefully sketching out or tracing on an amazingly creative design that has already been determined.  Then comes the real challenge, the actual carving… this process may take a while, the Inquiring Green aims for perfection; but that’s okay, they like a good challenge.  In the end, they get to stand back, and admire a job well-done!

Remember, always be supportive when an the Inquiring Green is working hard on a project, and give them space when needed, but feel free to jump in if you see them using explosives to carve out their design… no matter how much they have researched it!


Organized Gold PumpkinPumpkin Carving with an Organized Gold

When Hallowe’en rolls around for the Organized Gold, it is safe to say that they have been making plans for some time.  Like the Inquiring Green, they are likely to buy a pumpkin well before October 31st to avoid any Pumpkin-related stress.  Traditions and time with family are greatly important to the Organized Gold, so picking out a pumpkin is likely to be a family affair.  Just keep in mind that they have likely already thought about the size and shape of pumpkin they want, so don’t try to stray too far from their plan.

When the time comes to carve the pumpkin, let the Organized Gold share their plan before diving in.  They will often enjoy having others help them with the carving and cleaning out the inside, but don’t get ahead of the game and start doing things out of order.  Most importantly, remember to keep things neat!  They will likely put an extra cover on the table or counter to control the mess, and have a couple of large bowls handy to put all the pumpkin “guts” in.  The Organized Gold will often want others to join them.  Carving the design in the pumpkin is also a planned out process; you likely won’t see the Organized Gold free-handing a design with a knife.  Let them draw/trace their design on… bearing in mind that it is likely to be the same design as last year’s, and the year before, and the years before that… After all, it’s family tradition!  For the Organized Gold, “if it ‘aint broke… don’t fix it!”

Remember, carving the pumpkin is only part of the process; everything needs to be cleaned up after, and the seeds need to be roasted.  Once this is all done, the Organized Gold can stand back and admire their work.


Resourceful Orange PumpkinPumpkin Carving with a Resourceful Orange

Hallowe’en is a favourite time of year for the Resourceful Orange; it’s the one time of year that anything goes!  There’s a very good chance that the Resourceful Orange has waited until October 31st to get their pumpkin.  Given that the isn’t generally a very big selection left by this time, and they still have a number of things left to do during the day, the Resourceful Orange won’t be spending a long time searching for the “perfect” pumpkin.  They are very adept at making quick decisions, and can size up a pumpkin in a short period of time.

The Resourceful Orange works well under pressure, and in this case it’s necessary.  By the time they get the pumpkin home, there just isn’t a lot of time for planning out a design, or executing a very intricate one.  Feel free to jump in to help get things done, that pumpkin isn’t going to scoop itself out!   More likely than not, you will see the Resourceful Orange freehand a design with a knife; it’s also safe to say that it won’t resemble last year’s design either.  They are also not too worried about making a mistake, the Resourceful Orange is quick to adapt; did the knife go a little too far along for one cut?  Not to worry, they just change up the design on the fly!

Remember, while Resourceful Oranges may like an all hands on deck approach to get the task done; try to avoid telling them that they are doing something wrong; they see pumpkin carving as a fluid and creative process.  Just encourage them to get the job done, so everyone can sit back, and enjoy some bite-sized candy.


Authentic Blue PumpkinPumpkin Carving with an Authentic Blue

Pumpkin carving is a favourite activity of the Authentic Blue; it can involve friends, family, neighbours, pets, and acquaintances. Chances are the Authentic Blue hasn’t put a lot of time into planning the pumpkin carving experience, but they likely aren’t leaving it to last minute either.  The Authentic Blue will arrive at their favourite pumpkin retailer with full entourage in tow.  They will likely seek the opinions of others when it comes to choosing a good one.  The Authentic Blue is also likely to come home with more than one pumpkin to avoid conflict over choosing just one, and make everyone happy.

The Authentic Blue may have difficulty deciding on a design for their pumpkin, and will ask for input from others.  But they need not worry, since they have bought a number of pumpkins, they can choose a different theme or expression for each one.  After gathering their group to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for inspiration, the Authentic Blue will get down to the task at hand.  They will likely equip everyone involved with their own set of pumpkin carving tools and set to work.  The Authentic Blue will offer words of encouragement while everyone does their part, and jump in to help when needed.  After everyone is done carving a different emotion into their respective pumpkin, the Authentic Blue can admire the work that everyone has done and offer their congratulations.

Remember, when carving pumpkins with the Authentic Blue, try not to take things too seriously and just enjoy the experience.  If they see you struggling with any aspect of the task, they will likely offer their assistance; as an experienced pumpkin carver they are only trying to mentor those that need help.  Let them be part of your process and they will appreciate you for it.


Hallowe’en is a great time of year for everyone to express their creativity and have fun at the same time… not to mention the candy!  If you follow The Personality Dimensions Guide to Pumpkin Carving everyone is certain to have a great Hallowe’en pumpkin carving experience.  Remember, be safe, and most of all, have fun!


BradBrad Whitehorn, BA is the Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc.  He was thrown in to the career development field headfirst after completing a Communications degree in 2005, and hasn’t looked back!  Since then, Brad has worked on the development, implementation and certification for various career and personality assessments (including Personality Dimensions®), making sure that Career Development Practitioners get the right tools to best serve their clients.

Personality Dimensions® – Musings from the Back Office

Why do the Picture Cards look like they do?

Did you know that when we were in the initial research, development and design phases for Personality Dimensions® we purposely looked to provide images on each of the Picture Cards that would be reflective of our cultural mosaic?

Years prior to our work on Personality Dimensions® I met a gentleman who taught in the largest school board in Canada. He was taking an introductory workshop to another temperament tool that used cards as part of its methodology. He seemed to be truly enjoying himself and contributed greatly to the discussions and learning so I was very surprised (and I don’t think I was alone in this) when, at the end of the workshop, he said that he enjoyed the workshop but could not use the tool with his students. His students were from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and he felt that they would not be able to relate to the images on the cards. I carried that memory for a long time and, while I’ve lost touch with that gentleman, it is thanks to his insightful comments, and those of others along the way, that the images on the Personality Dimensions picture cards are as reflective of as many different cultures as possible.

Personality Dimensions® Picture Cards Authentic Blue, Inquiring Green, Organized Gold, Resourceful Orange
Keep in touch; you never know when you might offer a thought or observation that will affect positive change in the future.

Yours, from the back office … Denise

Denise Hughes is the Director and owner of Denise HeadshotCareer/LifeSkills Resources Inc. and general editor of Personality Dimensions® materials and products. She just noticed the calendar and realized that not only is this the first day of Autumn, but it also is just past the 41st anniversary of her introduction to career and type and temperament materials. Those experiences and the expertise she gained through her years with the Guidance Centre, University of Toronto, and now with CLSR, continue to shape the direction that both Career/LifeSkills Resources and Personality Dimensions® take.

Personality Dimensions®: A Family of Colours and Dimensions

mother+daughters1Today’s post comes from the Personality Dimensions® archives, but is still as relevant as ever.  While the book the author mentions, Nurture by Nautre is no longer available, it was in part, the inspiration for Great Parenting Skills for Navigating Your Kid’s Personality.  This article was first published in the Summer 2005 edition of Dimensionally Speaking.


My two daughters, ages 11 and 13, play cards on the floor.  I hear their laughing and listen with a half an ear to their discussion.  Suddenly the youngest collapses on the floor in a fit of giggles.  “Mom” she says, “You won’t believe it but Marloes is sad when she loses and even sadder for me when she wins!  She is so blue!”

I laugh as well but think to myself that it could have been so different if they didn’t know anything about their respective personality types.  This scene and many like them, would not have been possible if I had not entered the world of personality types eight years ago.  I became interested after conversations with Denise Hughes and soon took my training with Career/LifeSkills Resources.  At that time I also bought what I consider my motherhood bible – Nurture by Nature.  I have been a single mother since my youngest daughter was one year old.  I think that not having a partner to discuss child raising problems with made this book all the more important to me.  It was very easy to identify my Authentic Blue and my Inquiring Green daughters.  As the girls grew I would often explain to them that the fights they were having with each other were not always personal.  I explained that they each had very different needs and ways of looking at life.  This always seemed to take the sting out of any argument they were having at the time.  Over the years this has borne its own fruits and I often hear such comments as ‘I forgot to be clear in what I wanted and I know your green needs clear instructions.’  And ‘It means a lot to me that you thought to buy me this card, seeing how you are green and all.’

I have now gone on to train in Personality Dimensions® and it has opened yet more possibilities for discussion.  The whole area of introversion and extroversion had helped explain yet more sides of their natures.  Of course they are going to be much more open if they realize their feelings are validated and accepted.  I know this is when it will be important as my oldest approaches her teen years with a more solid knowledge of who she is.  She still gets her Authentic Blue feelings hurt but she can rebound with amazing resilience from these episodes.  She is also more easily forgiving of the other party with ‘They didn’t know I was Blue, Mom and couldn’t know that would hurt my feelings.’

My Inquiring Green daughter is way more self-correcting than all the nagging in the world could have accomplished. She realizes quite well what her needs are but also what is unrealistic to expect from her teachers and friends.

I want to really impress upon parents that this tool that we use for workshops and in our relationships with colleagues and friends is also a very strong tool for our families.  It does give me a very warm feeling when I hear them talking out a lot of their conflicts with less emotion and more understanding of what makes each of them tick . I am surprised how much understanding children have of these concepts from a relatively young age.  They took the tool out my hand and have run with it.


By: Wendy Sewell, Personality Dimensions® Level I Trainer.

Personality Dimensions® in Action and Relationships

relationships-coloursRelationships can be difficult to build, maintain, and grow in today’s fast paced world.  Reaching out to people, visiting with people we care about, and ensuring that our network stays connected to us can be overwhelming and draining. The advantage of using tools such as Personality Dimensions® allows us to position ourselves in the best way to connect with others, in their preferred manner. This does not mean we have to be untrue to ourselves, but knowing the other person’s Dimensions can certainly put the odds in your favour to enrich and grow your relationships. So how do we approach each of the four colours, and build those relationships so that they feel appreciated, loved, and respected?  Here are some tips!

To build relationships with Authentic Blues:

  • Remember important dates (such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc.);
  • Build relationships that respect their need for empathy, harmony, and growth; and
  • Avoid confrontation and harsh language, as they may shutdown and avoid contact

To build relationships with Inquiring Greens:

  • Respect their need for space; so if they don’t contact you as often as you’d like, don’t take it personally;
  • Avoid repetitive activities, as they may become bored easily, especially when it comes to expressing emotions and feelings; and
  • Hold stimulating and logical type conversations. These conversations may turn into debates, deep in nature, and may include heavier topics, so be prepared for it!

To build relationships with Organized Golds:

  • Respect their need for time to be spent to include structured times and dates; and make sure you show up on time!;
  • Organized Golds are fairly easy going, as long as there are no surprises! Let them know what to expect during your meeting with them, with plenty of notice.  Ensure that you notify them of any changes to plans as soon as possible;
  • Include them in planning the events and gatherings, and ensure that they’re not made to feel like a last minute addition.

To build relationships with Resourceful Oranges:

  • Understand that they need flexible timelines and spontaneity in their relationships;
  • Activities for Resourceful Oranges often include high energy, stimulating senses, and exploring new things;
  • Try to have meet ups that involve differing activities, so that they feel the freedom to choose what feels right for them at that time.


NancyNancy Tavares-Jones, MC, RP, CCC is a registered psychotherapist in Toronto, Ontario.  She has a thriving private practice, and is an on-site trauma responder for organizations needing immediate on-site support.  She is a self-proclaimed “personality type geek”, and loves to help people learn more about themselves and others.  Feel free to visit and connect with her at