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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Personality Dimensions® – Musings from the Back Office

aurora welcome signAfter 17 years at one location we finally pulled up stakes and have moved to Aurora, Ontario. And, we are almost at the point of knowing where things are! This is marvelous; we have spent the last three weeks tripping over boxes and just generally trying to find things – it’s been a great team-building experience as we’ve all gone off on various scavenger hunts for just about anything and everything! The shelves are now full, the boxes are folded up and stored away, plants are being coxed back to life and we’ve even got a few pictures on the walls.

One unexpected, and very pleasant, bonus has been how many clients have dropped by to visit!. We’ve been quite amazed. I guess that they, like us, appreciate not having to get into the traffic heading into Toronto. It’s been truly great seeing old friends again – and meeting people we’ve spoken with on the phone or kept in touch with via e-mail, but haven’t actually met in person. If you are ever in Aurora we hope you’ll drop by to say hello. As the motto of the Town of Aurora states: “You`re in good company!”


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 – New Website

Personality Dimensions® has a new website!  We’ve been working hard over the past several weeks to freshen up our web presence.  In the newly expanded trainer’s section you can submit your workshop statistics, and update your contact information.  There are also additional handouts, articles, and other information for Personality Dimensions® trainers.

We’re also looking to ad more content, so if you have a great article, an ice breaker for the “Tips & Tricks” section, or a really great testimonial from a client, we’d love to hear from you.  Submissions can be sent to

Check out the new Personality Dimensions website at

Personality Dimensions – Sales Dimensions is now here!

Terry Maynard, along with Murray Whitehorn and contributing editor Kate Jones, has put together an amazing new resource that provides focused training for high end sales professionals on honing their “Personality Radar” skills to increase their sales exponentially. Murray has called upon his many years in sales, and teaching sales techniques, and added 5 proven closings for every possible personality pairing of sales rep and client to “close the deal.” The reinforcing component is the Sales Wheel itself — which the sales rep can use to remind them of how the client sees them and how they should respond to be most effective — as one reviewer put it: “close the deal … use the wheel!”

This is a divergence from existing Personality Dimensions support materials, taking PD to a whole new audience and into an area that most PD facilitators don’t currently serve.

Visit for pricing and further details.


Personality Dimensions – Visit us at CSTD!

Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc. publisher of Personality Dimensions® is a proud supporter of the Canadian Society for Training and Development and we’re excited to be a part of the 2014 Conference and Trade Show.

We would like to invite you to visit us at booth # 204 at the CSTD Tradeshow. The Trade Show is open Thursday November 13th from 10am-6pm and Friday November 14th from 9:30am-1:30pm and is free to attend!  Online registration is now closed, but you can still register at the door for free!

We will be debuting Sales Dimensions™ at the show, and will have special pricing on select Personality Dimensions® products!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Coming Soon…

Help sales professionals increase their actual sales exponentially by developing their Personality Radar™!

This comprehensive sales program includes:

  • The complete project outline
  • A quick overview of a basic Personality Dimensions® workshop
  • Personality Dimensions® handouts
  • Handouts specific to sales professionals
  • A customized PowerPoint® presentation
  • Several exercised tailored specifically to sales professionals

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Still wondering what Personality Radar™ is???  Author, and Personality Dimensions® trainer Terry Maynard explains it in this video: