The most widely used questionnaire was developed by Myers and Briggs, widely used with work groups and couple counseling, as well as individuals. It indicates whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, intuitive or sensing, thinking or feeling, and like open options or structure.75 The Kiersey and Bates version, explained in their book Please Understand Me, is widely read.
*The Enneagram is another widely used inventory; take it on the web and see if you’re a perfectionist, helper, achiever, romantic, observer, questioner, adventurer, asserter or peacemaker.76 (Different terms are used by various authors.)
*The Pathwork approach assists you in identifying your mask, lower self, and higher self.
*The color test describes your personality in terms of your color preferences.78
*In terms of occupational types, John Holland’s is the most popular instrument. The types are: realistic, conventional, enterprising, social, artistic, or investigative. Which are you? Taking personality inventories casts new light on facets of the personality.
*Eric Braverman, MD, describes a typology based on dominance or deficiency of brain neuropeptides, in The Edge Effect. Dopamine dominant: rational, intense, driven, likes power and
Your astrological birth chart reveals tendencies you brought in with you. It’s much more than the sun sign discussed in newspaper columns, because the sun, moon and planets interact with each other and the 12 houses in the chart. For example, in my chart, Mars (energy) is in the constellation Aries (the ram), at the top of the chart (a strong influence) in the 10th house (occupation.) This indicates I focus on my work. A chart can be updated to learn about current influences as the planets move through the constellations. Internet sites will calculate your chart, if you provide your birth time, place, and date (http://astrology.about.com).
The Michael Chart is an information system from a channeled group entity called Michael. It starts with naming your role in this life as server, priest, artisan, sage (my type), warrior, king or scholar, and then goes on to your soul age, goals, body type, and more.81
Another ancient topology system (over 3,000 years old) is Indian Ayurveda which describes three body and personality types, vata, pitta and kapha, useful in thinking about one’s health and relationships. Vatas tend to be slender and quick; pittas tend to be fiery; and kaphas tend to be grounded and solid—not as fast moving as vatas.82 We’re often a combination of these traits.
The Chinese system of the Five Elements/Rhythms also provides insight into core issues. They represent the qualities of the season and the element, moving from winter (water) to autumn (metal), as described in Beinfield’s Between Heaven and Earth and in Donna Eden’s “The Five Rhythms” videos. Each is associated with several meridians, listed last in the list below.
Wood: pioneers, their underlying emotion is anger. They can be impatient, push limits, and like performing under pressure to be first. Their movement is choppy, blunt, staccato, directed, and they can blow up. They like power, assertion, can be a decisive bulldog, intolerant, impatient, intense, have causes, and feel they’re right. They’re warriors, directive, and tell the truth. Liver and gall bladder. (My type.)
Fire: wizards, they like excitement, sensation, and intimacy. They’re intuitive, charismatic, bright and vibrant. They can suffer from anxiety, panic, insomnia, hypoglycemia, and may burn out. Their walk is bouncy up and down. Their main feelings are joy, laughter, excitement, positive loving, but their energy can scatter like fire. Their purpose is to transform and get people excited and into the fire. Heart and small intestine.
Water: philosophers, introspective and self-sufficient, they value knowledge and understanding, but can be unforgiving and isolated. Water walks with flowing movement, takes her time, and can get depleted. Feelings are deep, internal, fearful, cautious; yet water types can be playful and fun. They may have boundary issues and become like ice, rigid, and inaccessible. People may baby them. Their purpose is deep thinking, to generate ideas, and they can be philosophers and poets. Kidney and bladder.
Earth: peacemakers, they like to be involved with other people, to be needed, in charge but not in the limelight. They value harmony, togetherness, predictability and can have unrealistic expectations of others. Earth walks with a lyrical, easy sway (and doesn’t like to wear shoes). Their main emotion are sympathy, compassion, worry, and they get caught in the middle of people trying to help. An earth person can be over-protective, a busybody, a doormat, and can collapse. Their purpose is peace making, to harmonize, and to nurture. Spleen and stomach.
Metal: Alchemists like definition, structure, discipline, virtue, authority, reason, and principles. They can be inhibited, strict, distant, self-righteous and can have stiff joints and muscles. They walk upright. Their emotions are grief, courage, and detachment. Metal can be inspirational. Using the left brain, their purpose is to look for the gold in life, like alchemists, sorting through the gross to get to the valuable. Lungs and large intestine.
The Enneagram is widely used, along with the Myers Briggs. Here’s my preliminary understanding of the types. Under each type are three sub-types: self-preservation, sexual, and social.
1. Reformer, perfectionist, needs to be right, principled, Puritan, rigid, strong superego, inner judge, can have a Jekel and Hyde flip side. Examples: Switzerland, George Washington, John Lennon, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Dianne Feinstein, John Luke Picard, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Ida Rolf.
2. Helper, giver, caring, generous, people pleasing, possessive, sweet, can be codependent and expect a return on their generosity. Examples: Bali, Thailand, Madonna, Mother Theresa, Nancy Reagan, Dolly Parton, Liberache, John Travolta, Gena Davis, Elizabeth Shou.
3. Achiever, efficient, success-oriented, pragmatic, driven, image conscious, production machine at the expense of emotions. Hong Kong, Shirley Temple, and Tom Cruise in “Jerry McQuire,” Paul Newman, and the Rolling Stones.
4. Tragic romantic, feels wounded, envy, withdrawn, dramatic, self-absorbed, temperamental, can be masochistic. Traditional Japan, Judy Garland, Robert Downing Jr., and Val Kilmer.
5. Investigator, observer, detached, intense, cerebral, innovative, secretive, isolated, hermit, can be Scrooge. Bill Gates, Dustin Hoffman, William Hurt, and J. Paul Getty.
6. Loyalist, anxious, fearful, suspicious, engaging, responsible, don’t express anger, can be brittle like Jane Fonda.
7. Enthusiast, adventurous, loves to travel, fun-loving, spontaneous, versatile, scattered, busy, glutton for variety, has trouble with commitment. Tim Leary, New Age, Robin Williams, and Jerry Seinfeld.
8. The boss, challenger, aggressive protector, powerful, self-confident, decisive, willful, confrontational, blamers, get high on anger and shouting. View the world as a battleground. Israel and Rosanne.
9. Peacemaker, mediator, avoids conflict, calm, optimistic, easygoing, self-effacing, agreeable, can be lazy and sleep a lot. Ronald Reagan.
Life Colors by Donna Eden (CD) influenced by Nancy Tappe (her book Understanding Your Life Through Colors is out of print)
Your life color is different from your aura in that it remains the same from birth to death. You share a similar basic lesson with other people in your type. The etheric and morphic fields also don’t change, but the rest of the aura does. The planet, countries, and historical eras also have their own color. The US is green and so was the earth in the 1890s, a period of prosperity. The blue era began around 1927 and was a time of welfare and taking care of others. In 1990 the world became violet, having to do with spiritual cleansing. The 1960s were also violet.
Violet: spiritual searchers, deep meaning, the majority of people at Eden’s workshops. After indigos, they’re the oldest souls. Often need to be shaken up during their lives (health, career, marriage breakup) to consider power issues. They’re pacifists, but can throw other people off. Violets are meant to enjoy the body. Men can be narcissist, need to be seen, smart, strong but soft inside, get bored, and have conflict between ego and soul. There are fewer violet women; it’s easier for them because violet is a feminine color.
Blue: usually female and also gay men, want to support and care for others. They don’t care about being leaders but don’t have gurus. They lead from their hearts. They need to learn to stand their ground and establish boundaries. It’s hard for them to throw things away. No color is more in touch with the body; if a blue doesn’t like her body, it can be painful and cause panic. They don’t hold grudges, may forgive too quickly, let people off the hook, be enablers, and in denial. They’re born optimists. If they lose it, health problems can ensue. May experience conflict between idealism and realism.
Indigo: this is a new color; the Indigo children can blend heart and mind, are creating a new version of humans, a different energy, and humanists. But they can short circuit, as they’re somatic intuitives and know when they’re being lied to. They may act out what other people are suppressing, as in the classroom. This can result in ADD and Asberger’s Syndrome.
Green: Entrepreneurs like Howard Hughes and Donald Trump and the United States. Many are Woods (Chinese Five Elements typology). Wealth is important to them. They process information quickly like Johnny Carson and have quick wit. Education and degrees are important to them. They can be impatient and expect you to take their advice. They’ don’t want to follow or lead, but people may follow them because they’re original and brilliant and like intellectual stimulation. If they think it they manifest it. They’re impersonal and not judgmental.
Yellow: They’re absolute, abrupt, leaders, stubborn. They need to be more willing to bend. They’re warriors but not fighters, think strategically with their tongues, very mental debaters and negotiators. They need to learn to lose gracefully. Not motherly. Very mental and they’re psychic. If they don’t respect the teacher, they don’t do well in school. If stumped, they take a nap. The men often don’t marry until later after establishing their careers. They value loyalty number one.
Red: Physical, sensual, they love life–Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor. Madonna is a red violet. A main lesson is not to allow others’ judgments to make them feel guilty. They’re attracted to mental people. They’re good actors and dancers in sensual parts. They love drama, shouting, and intensity. They often think the same things makes everyone happy. They’re fun moms and natural healers. They think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. The men are natural fighters. They prefer self-employment and good at getting things done.
Orange: Mental, frugal, pragmatic, analytical, they include firefighters, daredevils they push life to the limits. The greater the risk the better; like racecar drivers, they don’t analyze or reflect on life. They’re resourceful, often don’t want a mate or family. Heroes, they attract women. They teach us not to be afraid, to take risks.
Crystal: They make high sacrifice, are old souls, clear channels for healing energy. They have the ability to intensify energy in their own bodies to heal others. They reflect back to people what they need to grow, like a mirror. They can be chameleons to match other people. They love to read and write and they love theater, arts. They need time for themselves because they absorb muck from others.
Maroons: big wonderful hearts and often big voluptuous bodies.
Magentas: Need to learn to say what they want and build egos, maybe slaves in past lives.
Pink: Touchy, affectionate, many nuns are pink, may want to please too much. Don’t want to buck the system, give energy to others.
Copper: hold space so things can happen, provide stability, have big energy fields, like the outdoors.
Turquoise: very capable, modest, and imitate and do it better like Japan. Ford, Nixon, Eisenhower, Carter, and Clinton. Their ability to analyze is their gift and shortcoming. They focus on detail, are cautious. They’re good dads. Women aren’t tans. Three kinds exist: yellow: are methodical, habit bound, methodical, logical, do well as computer analysis’s. Greens are environmentalists, thrive in nature, and may find it hard to express themselves. Rose blues are sensitive, service oriented, and thrive in secure stable relationships.
Lavender: men and women are very different. The men are very reliable, loners, pioneers, can get aggressive and loud at times. The women often live in fantasy, connect to fairies and other dimensions, they tend to leave the body during conversations. One type is slight and doesn’t gain weight and the other is robust and full-bodied. She is often looking for someone to follow, and may not belief in herself. She needs to learn to stand on her own two feet. Often attracts takers. Like home and nature; can be frustrated in the real world holding a job and paying bills.
*http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/spirituality.asp You can take a
short personality inventory to discover your Enneagram type. I believe
it’s the second most widely used, after the Keirsey and Bates–which
can also be taken on line. Very helpful in personal and work
relationships; understanding replaces judgments about different types