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July 2015, Issue 7

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Balancing Your Colors: Turning up the Intensity

Knowing our True Colors helps give us an understanding of ourselves and motivations behind our behaviors. At the same time knowing about the other colors gives us an appreciation for strengths of other individuals. Sometimes we even admire the other colors for the benefits that color style has in their job, relationships, or life. While we want to be proud and accepting of our colors and who we are, we can also evolve and brighten our other colors.

If you want to increase or brighten some of your least dominant colors consider the suggestions below. It might feel strange at first but practice will help you expand your comfort zone and possibly give you new skills.

Increase Blue

  • Let go of trying to fix
  • Notice your emotions, where do you feel them in your body?
  • Volunteer for a cause that betters humanity
  • Seek self-expression—write in a journal, dance or sing

Increase Gold

  • Be on time for meetings/appointments
  • Make a plan, avoiding waiting until the last minute
  • Read up on your family or organization’s history, tradition and customs
  • Pay attention to the details, be specific with directions/instructions

Increase Orange

  • Do something for the fun of it
  • Negotiate the next time you get a “no”
  • Try something new—a new restaurant, route to work, activity
  • Take an acting or public speaking class

Increase Green

  • Ask “Why?”
  • Look at the big picture—think long term
  • Debate the other side of the argument just for fun
  • Be precise with your language--learn new vocabulary words

Submitted by —
Melissa Hernandez
Associate Director,
Counseling Services


Miscisin, M. (2010). Balancing your colors: Turning up the intensity. In Showing Our True Colors (Third ed., pp. 215-231). Orange, CA: True Colors International

Has your color spectrum changed over the years? How?

Describe those changes to your colleagues. Remember True Colors is a tool to understanding others and ourselves. It is a common language because we talk about it and use it to articulate our perspectives to each other. Keep it going.

True Colors Training

Training Schedule for Student Affairs STAFF (SD 410) — Fall 2015  (Download PDF)


Training Schedule for Student Workers (SD 417) — Fall 2015  (Download PDF)


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