Personality Dimensions® – Did You Know?

Participant-PackFrom the initial launch in 2003, Personality Dimensions® has aimed to meet the needs of the individual trainer by carefully listening to and understanding their feedback.  We recognised early on that a “one size fits all” approach would not be in the best interest of trainers or their clients.  This is why there are different versions of the same Personality Dimensions® resources.  Currently, there are 7 different Participant Pack and Dimensions Cards versions (soon to be 8!) in different languages, reading levels and contexts.  These are: Adult English, English Basics, English PD for Youth, Adult French, French Basics, Adult Spanish, Adult Chinese, and coming soon, Chinese PD for Youth.

The Adult English materials are where we started.  These are written at a grade 8 reading level, using the Flesch–Kincaid readability formula.  The Adult English Participant Packs are designed to be used in conjunction with the Adult English Dimensions Cards and Picture Cards.  These materials are best suited to a general adult population.

PD Basics English Participant Packs and PD Basics Dimensions Cards are contextually the same as the Adult English Participant Packs, however they are written at a grade 5 reading level.  These materials are not intended to be used in conjunction with the Adult materials; however the same Picture Card is used with either version.  They are designed to be used with an adult population where literacy is a challenge, or where English is not the primary language.

One of the latest additions to the Personality Dimensions® lineup is the PD for Youth Participant Pack.  Like the PD Basics resources, it is also written at a grade 5 reading level, however the content is contextually different from the Adult resources.  Paired with the PD@School Dimensions Card, and the standard English Picture Card, this version better speaks to teenagers in high school.  A separate PowerPoint is also available that matches the context of the materials.

The Adult French Participant Packs are much the same as their English counterpart, and are also written at a grade 8 reading level.  These are intended to be used with the Adult French Dimensions Cards, and French Picture Cards.  The Adult French resources are best used with a general adult, French-speaking population.

Similarly the PD Basics or DP l’essentiel Participant Pack and DP l’essentiel Dimensions Cards are contextually the same as the Adult French Participant Packs, however they are written at a grade 5 reading level.  These materials are not intended to be used in conjunction with the Adult materials; however the same Picture Card is used with either version.  These are designed to be used with an adult population where literacy is a challenge, or where French is not the primary language.

The Spanish Participant Pack, Dimensions Cards, and Picture Cards were developed over a period of time with translators in Mexico, overseen by a Personality Dimensions Level II Trainer.  These materials are designed to be used together, and are written at a grade 6 reading level.  They are best suited to a Spanish-speaking adult population.

The Chinese-language (Traditional) Participant Packs, Dimensions Cards, and Picture Cards was a large undertaking that involved translators in Canada and Hong Kong, as well as testing, and verification taking place in both countries.  This was overseen by PD Master Trainer, Dr. Angela Shik.  Necessary contextual changes were made to best reflect the language and culture in Hong Kong.

Soon to be released, initially in Hong Kong, and eventually Canada, is the PD for Youth Participant Pack and Dimensions Cards in Traditional Chinese.  These resources will be similar to their English counterparts, where the content is contextually appropriate for teenagers in high school.

Figuring out which materials to order can be a challenge, especially with so many options available; but rest assured our customer service team is here to help.  We check every order that comes in individually to make sure everything makes sense; if something seems a little strange to us, we will always give you call to verify things.   We also want your feedback.  Do you see a need for different materials that would better suit your clients?  Do you have a great idea for a Tool-Kit?  Get in touch with us, we’re always happy to hear from you.

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 Statistics

Did you know that we have been collecting Personality Dimensions® workshop statistics for over 10 years?  We ask that every time you conduct an Introductory or Application Session that your keep track of your participants’ Primary Colours, and Introversion/Extraversion preference.  You can find a convenient form on the disk included with your Building Blocks/Manual to do this.  Statistics can then be faxed in to 905-760-0113, or emailed to  You can also submit your statistics through the web at!submit-your-statistics/cyo7.  Once received at our office, our PD Stats Robot (patent pending) diligently processes and categorizes every number and colour submitted!  Also remember to submit your statistics even if you are administering Personality Dimensions® Online.  Remember that the assessment component isn’t the final word on an individual’s primary colour, especially if scores are close; clarification also comes from the Brightening Group exercises in a workshop.

PD Stats Robot (Patent Pending)
PD Stats Robot (Patent Pending)

Why do we collect statistics? Collecting workshop statistics allows us to do further research on the reliability and validity of Personality Dimensions®.  If you look at the Primary Colour Breakdowns over the past 10 years, you will notice  very little change with them over time.  Full statistics for the Canadian market are published every year in July and are posted at:!published-statistics/c1rkp

Collecting workshop statistics also helps us in creating new products.  For example, the job categories found in Career Dimensions™ were taken directly from the statistics reported to us by Certified Trainers. Your statistics also helped us in developing the recently released PD for Youth™.

Next time you run a Personality Dimensions® workshop don’t forget to send us your workshop statistics.

“It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.” 

~George Bernard Shaw

They are definitely NOT all Resourceful Oranges!

A common misconception that has been circulating around the Personality Type/Temperament community for years is that our prisons are full of Resourceful Oranges because they are the “rebels” who don’t want to follow the rules.  We, as Personality Dimensions trainers know that this portrait of Resourceful Oranges is simply not the case, and those who perpetrate this myth are colour bashing!  Jane Harnadek show us in her article They are definitely NOT all Resourceful Oranges that the colours are represented everywhere, in all aspects off life.  We all may end up the the same place as others, but have different reasons for getting there.