Green Personality Description – ENTJ, ENTP, INTJ, INTP
In a recent post, I shared some terrific information about the True Colors Orange temperament. Did you read it? If not, check it out. In this one, let’s explore the mysterious True Colors Green Personality Description – ENTJ, ENTP, INTJ, INTP personality. The letters reference the Myers-Briggs research/model. The Color, Green is all about well…True Colors.
Why I love this stuff…
I’m a certified trainer for both Myers-Briggs and True Colors. With over 20 years under my belt, I’m so in love with this area of research I feel I’m on a perpetual honeymoon with it. It has so many life implications – all of which I find useful.
How I personally use personality psychology
Personality research helps me understand how people (other than me) view and experience the world around them. It also helps me be a bit more considerate and tolerant of others too, I think.
I’m calling “BS” on myself. OK, I also love this research because it helps me get what I want from others. A benign example is when I communicate with my kids.
I know my oldest kid is more logical than the free-spirited younger one. So, I interact with them completely differently. True Colors shows me how.
For example, when I make a request, one “kid” (my 26-year-old MBA) wants explicit details and background info while the other one (11 years old) would be bored silly with all that extra data.
Another way of looking at it is this way: one needs to know why I need something done, the other just needs to know when it must be done.
I’ve learned through the years, if I pose the requests the right way, things get done quicker. Mom’s happy, there’s no confusion and no one gets hurt. 🙂
How it all started
Nothing in my undergraduate studies alluded to this almost cult-like interest I have in human behavior.
Well, people, in general, have always fascinated me. Nevertheless, nothing like this! My passion for personality psychology has been my secret power for years and years. It can be yours too!
It all started when my organization sent me to a True Colors facilitator training.
The research evolved time and time again
This cool area of human dynamics didn’t start when I learned about it.
No, it’s been around since about 400 B.C. and continues to re-invent itself time and time again. For instance, you’ll find personalities associated with words, letters, animals, and domains just to name a few.
Back to the Green Personality /Temperament
This is the most naturally analytical of temperaments. Processing, analyzing, and discerning comes easier to them. In fact, my lengthy intro was an attempt to answer all the questions that might pop in their heads while reading this post. Now, that they know a little about me and the research, I hope it frees the cognitive “Green” mind to consume the data.
The Green temperament (ENTJ, ENTP, INTJ, INTP) is one of the most mysterious of temperaments. They often process the world around them from the inside. Some are what you’d consider classic introverts, others are not. Either way, they are thinking and diagnosing all the time. As a result, people don’t always know what is going on inside them [or with them] so they come off a bit enigmatic unless the Green lets them into their inner core – which is not often. Friends are chosen very carefully and methodically for these folks.
They tend to be rather calm-natured – even in the middle of chaos. Not overly emotional or exceedingly expressive, sometimes people can tag the Green personality as being unfeeling, uncaring, or even arrogant. Nothing can be further from the truth (usually).
Boxes are for moving; not for people (unless it’s a Dateline episode)
Remember, there are no boxes in True Colors and Myers-Briggs.
People are way too complex to fit into any one area of research 100%.
With that said, the following statement is not always true but often it is. This temperament leans toward the loner side of the social spectrum. Not always. Most of the time, they’d prefer to be alone in their thoughts rather than attend a noisy social situation. Not always, but some times.
If this is your temperament, let me know how you feel about that statement. It’s ok. I won’t be offended if you don’t agree. I didn’t make this stuff up last night in my basement.
These “deep processors” observe the environment and decide exactly how they want to interact.
They are always watching, always observing, and mentally calculating. In meetings and in social settings, they’re often scanning the room trying to read facial expressions to understand what people are thinking. This can be an exercise in futility.
The truth of the matter is you never really know what someone is thinking unless you ask them directly and if they choose to share.
I have resting…ugly face
Some people, like me, might have a resting “ugly” face. I’ve been told I look angry or upset when I’m really not. I’m usually just pondering what was said and evaluating what it all means.
Sometimes, when asked how I feel about something, I don’t even know at that moment! I need to think about it a while.
I’m thoughtful that way. I often intentionally choose not to share how I feel until I’ve been able to reconcile everything in my head. Oh well, that’s a whole other blog post – or maybe an entirely different blog altogether! I would call it the “Read a book; Not my face” blog.
Ok. Back to the topic.
This temperament almost can’t help themselves when it comes to thinking about how to fix situations. Problem-solving is as natural to them as breathing.
So is being critical. They approach just about everything with some doubt and a degree of skepticism. This is part of their desire for all things to be logically sound. If they don’t understand something completely, how could it be logically sound for them? Does that make sense? Well, it has to for them.
She’s so Green!!!!
I was talking to a colleague in a one-on-one meeting. She basically said engaging with people who do not make sense is maddening for her. With a broad hand gesture, she said “I’m like… I cannot even deal with you”.
The act of reasoning is a deep-seated core value for the Green temperament. If they cannot understand you, they might disengage for the sake of their own sanity.
Sometimes the Green logic only makes sense in their own heads, but to them, it’s logic just the same. This is why communicating effectively with this temperament is extremely important.
Tip: share your point of view with comprehensive explanations.
Evidence moves them more than emotion. Still, in the end, they will rely on their own analysis more than your gut-feeling or even your tears. In the same vein, Greens are not very easily swayed by group dynamics or peer pressure.
You’ll make them mad…
Raggedy systems and unsubstantiated processes can stress this temperament completely out! Half-baked plans, policies ( my typos) create a mental chasm that needs to be filled with reason.
And they won’t be quiet about it either. Nope.
They will be visibly vocal and challenge the status quo without a second thought. Don’t count on them to “go along to get along”. Instead, these “hand-raisers” will spot systemic weaknesses and work to figure them out and improve them.
Speaking of fixing, expect them to always have suggestions or ideas to improve any and everything. Again, all fares better if they have lots of data and information at the onset. Having it enables them to move to the next stages of contemplation.
True Colors Green Personality in Relationships
I sort of feel bad for this temperament. They get a bad rap.
Folks pen them as “know it alls” or intellectual snobs without really getting to know them. Even after they do, some folks assume Greens automatically label others to be stupid or dumb.
Most of the time, this is far from the truth. Greens are just perfectionists trying to understand underlying causes, historical contexts, and the peripheral factors in life.
They actually do quite well in relationships because they identify problems and want to find solutions to them. Other times, they are just over-analytical and tend to drive their mate’s crazy.
Innovation Nation is the Green Personality Description – ENTJ, ENTP, INTJ, INTP all day long!
Greens, for the most part, love technology and anything innovative.
I think they like it for different reasons than the masses. Their captivation may be linked more to their need to be competent and good at what they do than to have the latest gadget.
“Who cares”… The Green Personality doesn’t.
Never say the following to this temperament: “we’ve always done it this way” because they will immediately “chuck it” and try to find a new and improved way.
Titles and power don’t impress these folks; intellect and skill do. The president of the United States is a bum to the Green unless the Green sees him/her as smart, logical, or cognitively sound.
I’ll leave that one alone. Yeah.
“Babe, what kind do you want???”
My husband is a perfect example of the Green personality (and an MBTI INTP). Ever since I met him he has spouted his life maxim: “I detest being ineffective”.
BTW…I need to get him a t-shirt with that phrase printed on it (I create t-shirts as a side-gig, so I really should create it!)!
Seriously, this really is so true of him. He works to be the best in everything he does – whether big or small.
Today, as I write this post, our little guy isn’t feeling well. So, I asked hubby to get some items from the market. After all these years of being his Mrs., I know the drill all too well.
I’ll text him a list of items, but if it isn’t detailed enough, he stresses over which brand to buy or how many to get. Consequently, he ends up calling me from the market…every single time. To be clear, he’s not an unintelligent person. He’s the polar opposite.
Note: thanks Dee for helping me spot this typo. 🙂
Back to hubby…again, he is a smart, highly educated Green personality in a relationship with a person who leads from the other end of the spectrum. Notice, I said “lead”. Green is actually my secondary color.
Now, having been married to this Green for so long, I know better. Here’s my first draft of the list of items I needed him to get:
Here is the one I actually sent:
See the difference? Yes, understanding temperament and personality psychology makes for a happier life and marriage. 🙂
Ready for some common characteristics of this personality?
Here ya go:
- Prolonged “Why?” Askers
- Deep thinkers
- Interest in the “Big Picture”
- Loves fresh challenges; moves from solve problems quickly
- Closed doors ensure they can think and process
- Enjoy People Watching and observing dynamics
Does this fit you like a glove or someone you know? Share why in the comments!
Greens tend to be “system thinkers”.
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