Reflecting On Your Colors
How many of you are still using what you learned in your True Colors assessment? No, I mean REALLY using it???? Sure, it’s easy to say “I’m Green”, or “I’m feeling really Blue today,” but how many of you are really using the knowledge you used from True Colors to work with others here at UTSA?
Actually, I know it can be hard. And, I’ve actually heard people using it on a frequent basis. Unfortunately, I think many of us have forgotten some of that training. I’ve heard some confusion about your second and third colors. Or, about what the colors truly mean. It’s ok; it’s really easy to become a bit rusty (no, that’s not a new color!). How about you go back to that inventory you did in our workshop and look up your material. What was your exact order? Your exact scores? Just how close were some of those colors? Reflecting on the experience a bit, can you see how your second color affects your first? Go ahead, take a few minutes to reflect on your characteristics!
And in the meantime, how about a brief review or what the colors mean! From the True Colors site:
Orange represents energy, consuming physiological potency, power, and strength. Orange is the expression of vital force, of nervous and glandular activity. Thus, it has the meaning of desire and all forms of appetite and craving. Those with Orange as a Primary Color feel the will to achieve results, to win, to be successful. They desire all things that offer intense living and full experience. Orange generates an impulse toward active doing: sport, struggle, competition and enterprising productivity. In temporal terms, Orange is the present.
Gold is the body's natural perceptions. It represents a need to be responsible, to fulfill duties and obligations, to organize and structure our life and that of others. Those with Gold as a Primary Color value being practical and sensible. They believe that people should earn their way in life through work and service to others. Gold reflects a need to belong through carrying a share of the load in all areas of living. It represents stability, maintenance of the culture and the organization, efficiency, and dependability. It embraces the concepts of home and family with fierce loyalty and faithfulness.
Green expresses itself psychologically as human will in operation: as persistence and determination. Green is an expression of firmness and consistency. Its strength can lead to a resistance to change if it is not proven that the change will work or is warranted. Those with Green as a Primary Color value their intellect and capabilities above all else. Comfort in these areas creates a sense of personal security and self-esteem. Green characteristics seek to increase the certainty of their own values through being assertive and requiring differences from others in intellectual areas. They are rarely settled in their countenance, since they depend upon information rather than feelings to create a sense of well-being. Green expresses the grounding of theory and data in its practical applications and creative constructs.
Blue represents calm. Contemplation of this color pacifies the central nervous system. It creates physiological tranquility and psychological contentment. Those with Blue as a Primary Color value balance and harmony. They prefer lives free from tension... settled, united, and secure. Blue represents loyalty and a sense of belonging, and yet, when friends are involved, a vulnerability. Blue corresponds to depth in feeling and a relaxed sensitivity. It is characterized by empathy, aesthetic experiences, and reflective awareness.
True Colors Upcoming Training --
True Colors Training Schedule for STAFF (SD 410) ---- SPRING 2012
Training Schedule for Spring 2012 ----- see attached schedule
True Colors Training Schedule for Student Affairs STUDENT employees (SD 417) -- SPRING 2012
Training Schedule for Spring 2012 ----- COMPLETED
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