Introverts and Extraverts Come in the Same Four Delicious Varieties

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A couple of months ago I promised to follow up the blog on Introverts with its flip side on Extraverts.  It was a refreshing dip back into the “Splash” pool (a mere 10 years after the release of my first book, Splash, An Introvert’s Guide to Being Seen, Heard and Remembered).  And within it, a big shout out to Personality Dimensions®, and its fabulous feature of acknowledging and exploring the expressions and experiences of those with preferences for Introversion and Extraversion within each of the four temperaments.

I’m going to start this offering with a refresh on the general differences between Introverts and Extraverts, and then dig in a little deeper for Extraversion within each Personality Dimensions® colour.

NB:  I am shamelessly borrowing and building on excellent content from the soon-to-be-released-and available-for-your-use Personality Dimensions® Wellness Report.

Tend to think inside their heads, and not express an idea until it is “fully cooked”Tend to think out loud and express ideas as they come to them
Learn and problem solve best when they have the time for quiet reflectionLearn and problem solve best when they have the opportunity to interact with others
Are seen as quiet and calmAre seen as outgoing
Generally operate at a moderate, calm paceLike to be active and move at a fast pace
Have an intimate circle of those they call true friendsHave a broad circle of people they call friends
Think first, then talk, then think some moreTalk first, then think, then talk some more

So now let’s focus in on the Extraverts’ side of things and look at how they tend to show up within each colour …

The Resourceful Orange Extravert:

It’s all about FREEDOM! These folks are most at home in the concrete world; with things that can be seen, touched and used.  They have keen senses, love working with their hands, are born for action, and for making free, spontaneous manoeuvres that get quick, effective results.  They have a natural talent for the arts, are comfortable with risk, and often have “action/doing” type careers such as salespeople, paramedics, pilots, craftsmen.  Life is to be enjoyed!

Core Psychological Needs:  Freedom to act on the needs of the moment, the ability to make an impact now, to have control over how they operate.

Strengths: Seeing and seizing an opportunity, reading people and situations, adapting to the circumstances, persuasive, managing a crisis, creating options and solutions.

Stressors:  Rigidly enforced rules, routine and boredom, negativity, not being in control, no fun.

People who misunderstand me might say I’m:  rebellious, rambunctious, class clown, careless, no follow-through, risk taker, can’t sit still.

The Inquiring Green Extravert

It’s all about COMPETENCE! This gang gives much importance to intellect and proficiency.  They thirst for knowledge, and seek to know the foundations and principles behind why things are as they are and how things work.  They work tirelessly, and pride themselves on the ingenuity they bring to their work.  They have high standards for themselves and others. They are the engineers, the professors, the scientists, the mechanics and the systems people.

Core Psychological Needs:  Knowledge and competence, mastery, to be seen as an expert in their field.

Talents:  Logical reasoning, systematizing, inventing, envisioning multiple possible scenarios, abstract thought, long-term thinking, solving complex problems.

Stressors:  Powerlessness, incompetence, redundancy, mindless chit chat, rigid routine environments.

People who misunderstand me might stay I’m:  sceptical, arrogant, need to be right, insensitive, impatient, without social EQ.

The Authentic Blue Extravert

It’s all about RELATIONSHIPS! These individuals are passionate about personal growth, and nurturing harmonious relationships.  They believe that life is full of unknown possibilities and untapped potentials.  Highly ethical in their actions, they hold themselves to a strict standard of personal integrity.  They are filled with kindness; and they cherish warm intimate friendships.  They gravitate to jobs such as counsellors, teachers, ministers and advocates.

Core Psychological Needs:  Self-actualization, finding meaning and significance, unique identity.

Talents:  Empathy, seeing and developing potential in others, generating possibilities, identifying ethical issues, advocating for causes or others, diplomacy, communication, creating harmony.

Stressors:  Conflict, insincerity, betrayal, lack of integrity, no room for innovation, inauthentic behaviour, unfairness, superficiality, intense competition.

People who misunderstand me might stay I’m:  too soft, overly sensitive, overly helpful, not focussed enough on task, emotional.

The Organized Gold Extravert

It’s all about SECURITY and belonging! These are sensible, down-to-earth people who excel at precision and attention to detail.  They believe in following the rules and cooperating with authorities.  They are careful about schedules, cautious about change, and take pride in being trustworthy, hardworking and reliable.  You’ll often find them in nursing, teaching, accounting, management, administration and police work. They are comfortable and competent in leadership roles.

Core Psychological Needs:  Responsibility, duty, sense of belonging, caring for others.

Talents:  Supervising and monitoring, providing for others’ needs, warning of danger, developing policy and procedures, maintaining and passing on traditions, making decisions.

Stressors:  Disorganization, lack of discipline, abrupt change in plan, irresponsibility, people who are not prepared, tardiness, lack of adherence to rules.

People who misunderstand me might stay I’m:  too rigid, judgmental, inflexible, all work no play, critical, pessimistic, demanding.

The Good News, Once Again

The good news is that, as different as Introverts and Extraverts are, they both come in the same four varieties.  So they share many behavioural similarities! 

For me, the recognition that “it’s not personal, it’s personality” has provided freedom, acceptance, understanding and effectiveness to my dealing with people; professionally and personally.  I hope this awareness does the same for you.

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Carole Cameron is an accomplished speaker, facilitator, coach and author with over 25 years’ experience helping organizations, individuals and teams maximize their personal and professional effectiveness.  Carole is recognized for creating powerful and memorable learning experiences, and for making more than a little room for humour and fun.

Look for an all new 2nd edition of Splash, An Introvert’s Guide to Being Seen, Heard and Remembered coming later this year in print and Kindle versions.

Also coming in September 2020: the Personality Dimensions® Wellness Report empowers each of the four colours to improve their well being through six wellness factors. All Certified Personality Dimensions® will be able to access this new report in your account.

Personality Dimensions® Facilitator; Dual Role, Dual Responsibility

Ramping up your effectiveness as a Personality Dimensions® facilitator requires continuously building upon two competencies:

  • A solid knowledge of Personality Dimensions® theory and application, and
  • Effective facilitation skills.

These are two very different skill sets! We’ve all been to lectures or workshops with speakers who were absolutely solid subject matter experts; well respected, well written, but were less adept at communicating, teaching or running an interactive and engaging session.

You may have been to a workshop (on any topic) with a talented facilitator who respected all participants, accounted for differing learning styles and personality types, managed time well, used various and interesting learning methods, communicated artfully with the audience, but fell a little short on actual subject matter expertise. Of course you want to fall into neither of these categories!

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing…

You may have attended a Personality Dimensions® workshop and fell in love with the whole thing, as I did. You then decided to add it to your tool kit for helping others understand themselves and others better and all the other good stuff that comes along with it. Awesome! Be sure to continue your PD education. Here are a few ideas:

  • Become a certified Personality Dimensions® trainer
  • Read everything you can on temperament theory and application
  • Attend/participate in your Personality Dimensions® colleagues’ workshops, and see what they do/don’t do
  • Strengthen your understanding of Introversion and Extraversion and how these play out in the colour groups
  • Share your challenges and brilliant moments with other Personality Dimensions® facilitators
  • Attend professional development events to broaden your knowledge and expertise

Be sure not to go along with (or inadvertently foster) your participants’ assumptions or stereotypes of any of the colour groups. Arm yourself with examples of non-stereotypical folks; for example, a flexible Gold, a fast-paced Green, a quiet Orange or a business-like Blue.

By: Carole Cameron


caroleCarole is the President of Creative Performance Solutions, which specializes in providing customized training design and facilitation, focused in the areas of management effectiveness, communication skills and team building. Her workshops receive rave reviews for providing powerful learning experiences, and are remembered for being positive, interactive, practical, and fun!  Carole is the author of the critically acclaimed book, SPLASH An Introvert’s Guide to Being Seen, Heard and Remembered

Personality Dimensions® – Musings from the Back Office

2015As I write this a local radio station is playing seasonal music in the background, yet another reminder that this year is almost at a close. In some ways it seems like we were just welcoming this year into existence and in others I can’t believe it’s only been one year!  Looking back I’m amazed at what took place. In addition to packing up and moving – lock, stock and barrel (or, in our case, boxes and boxes and boxes) – to our new location in Aurora, Ontario, we managed to bring out revisions to both the Personality Dimensions® Manual and the Building Blocks Facilitator Guide. Our sincere thanks to Lynda McKim, Scott Campbell, Carole Cameron and everyone else who made this possible. And, thanks to the input from Personality Dimensions® Trainers, we also created the new PD for Youth materials.

So, what does 2016 hold? Dr. Angela Shik and her team are hard at work creating the Chinese version of the on-line Personality Dimensions® assessments which will launch in January. In addition to all her hard work in Hong Kong and China, Angela is also opening a California-based office and has already done work using both the English and Spanish materials in that area. Our hats are off to Angela!

Emil Boychuk, along with a great team of facilitators and educators, is putting the final touches  on a new resource for use in the classroom – a Personality Dimensions® Awareness Workshop for Students (suggestions for a more creative title are welcome!). We are planning to introduce this to you late winter/early spring of 2016. We have tentative plans for several other Personality Dimensions® happenings, including some face-to-face and/or web-based learning and networking opportunities… so stay tuned.

You may have noticed that you didn’t get a Christmas greeting card from us this year. Instead, we are making a donation to the local Salvation Army in support of community outreach programs. Cards have always been part of the traditions I was raised in so this has been a bit of a rethink for me. But the reality of how great the needs of the community are was made clear to me after I spent time working to register people who need the help of the Sally Ann to get through this Christmas.

My wish for you is that the joy and beauty of the season make this an especially warm and happy holiday for you and yours. We look forward to joining you in making our world a better place in 2016.

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 it 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 – More discounts for Certified Trainers

More discounts for Certified Trainers!

Certified Personality Dimensions Trainers will now receive 20% off on more products!  Your trainer discount now applies to:

  • Colour Savvy – Helping You Achieve Success in Your Work Life
  • Splash! – An Introvert’s Guide to Being Seen, Heard, and Remembered
  • Great Parenting Skills for Navigating Your Kid’s Personality

For trainees who want more than the PD in Action booklet, these great publications can fulfill that need.  In the coming months, you will see these books advertised on the back of the PD in Action booklet, and trainees will be encouraged to order directly from their Certified Trainer

    coloursavvy1     splash     CLS-422550

Available on orders placed with Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc only.