Personality Dimensions on TV®: The Golden Girls

It’s a very common activity of mine to guess what Personality Dimensions® colour would come up for some of my favourite TV characters. Using the information I see on their day to day life regarding interactions, choices they make, and regrets they confide in, it is actually very interesting to see what I come up with when looking at a cast of characters. As mentioned throughout various Personality Dimensions® workshops, “typing” someone or others isn’t exactly encouraged; as each individual will come up with their own decisions and directions when it comes to the assessment, however, it is fun to use our Personality Radar to see how characteristics generally flow from “real life” onto the “big screen”.

One of my favourite shows of all time is The Golden Girls. I argue they are the first Sex and the City girls—they’re a close knit group of ladies who get into crazy predicaments but always seem to get themselves out of them. They also have a unique set of skills and traits that help them shine as unique individuals.

This is my take on what each of the four main characters of the Golden Girls are, in relation to Personality Dimensions®.

 

Dorothy – Inquiring Green

Dorothy
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Dorothy, the sarcastic, quick witted woman just screams Inquiring Green. She is a teacher by trade, and wants to be as helpful as she can in the world of academia. She has been quoted as saying lines such as “I am the only one who enjoys diagramming sentences!?” and “He deserves an F because he is lazy”. Her no holds barred attitude and strict logical conclusions bring me to believe is she is an Inquiring Green.

 

Blanche – Resourceful Orange

Blanche
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Blanche, the ever fun-loving, and spontaneous woman resembles a Resourceful Orange. She has been quoted as saying lines such as “I can’t stand being cooped up in the house any longer!”, and “Let’s just go to the Hacienda Hut and have a good time!” in spontaneous and random conversation. There is often very little “method to her madness” and has been told to slow down many times in the program by her friends and even the show’s pretend doctors. Her spontaneous energy makes me believe she is a Resourceful Orange.

 

Sofia – Organized Gold

Sophia
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Sofia, a lovely woman who is seeped with traditional values, and family rituals screams Organized Gold. She is often telling her stories of the old country, her family, and is deeply rooted in her immediate and extended family. She will often times keep all the other ladies in check, and rarely strays from the norm (although she does occasionally or we wouldn’t watch the show!).  She’s been quoted as saying “pay homage to tradition” and “you never turn your back on your family, never!”. Her traditional energy makes me believe she is a Organized Gold.

 

Rose – Authentic Blue

Rose
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Rose, the naïve but gentle soul who works as a grief counsellor for most of the series begs to be identified as an Authentic Blue. Rose often cares more about others needs instead of her own, which found her in the hospital several times in the show. A true romantic, Rose has been quoted as saying things such as “once Charlie (her husband) died, I thought my life was over”, and “I won’t make it! They always prey on the weak and innocent”. With these personality traits, I believe Rose to be an Authentic Blue.

What are your thoughts? Did you come up with the same types?

Stay tuned for further Personality Dimensions on Television!

 

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 www.LifePathways.ca.

3 thoughts on “Personality Dimensions on TV®: The Golden Girls

  1. I couldn’t agree more. You pegged these characters exactly the same way I read them. I admit to being guilty of using my Personality Radar on TV shows and especially on commercials (to see who the advertiser is directing their ad at and play the game of ‘you missed out on the (insert colour group here) with that one’ in my head) too.

    Well done, Nancy!

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