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What color is your personality?

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Tracy Bowe speaks to the audience about the various personality types, and the colors that represent them. Photo by Grace Boisvert.

Brought back by popular demand, Tracy Bowe gave a lecture about personality types Tuesday in the Cascade room in Atwood to try and help students identify their own personality types.

Bowe has been helping students and faculty figure out what type of personality they have for over 15 years. Eight of those years have been spent presenting at SCSU.

“I am always excited to be back here at SCSU,” Bowe said. “I love working here and being on college campuses. There is always a great energy of learning something new.”

Her goal for this presentation: “To get a chance to identify their personality style, to know their personal gifts and strengths that are aligned with themselves and distinguish the gifts and strengths that others may bring.”

There were over 70 students and faculty members in attendance. 

As each audience member filed into the room, they were handed a packet of papers, which included a synopsis of the personality types and a quiz sheet to help determine the personality of each person. Audience members were given 10 minutes to fill out the quiz before Bowe went over what the ending score meant.

Patricia Paquin, from the school of graduate studies, said that, “I liked it all. Seeing your personality jump out at you like that in the explanation of the quiz. I liked how it hit home.”

According to Tracy Bowe, there are four different types of personality: red, yellow, orange and green.

The red personality types are the “get it done” people. Yellow is the “let’s do it differently” group. Orange is the “let’s all get along,” while the green type is the “let’s experience it all.”

To highlight the differences between these types and keep the audience’s attention, Bowe wore different colored hats for each personality type.

“Her presentation, she does it with a lot of humor, but she gets to the nitty gritty and get to what she wants to tell you,” said Julie Cruz, office manager of Multicultural Student Services. “She does it with humor, but it helps her point sink in and make sense.”

After explaining the different personality types, Bowe talked on how parents or teachers of students may have different personality types and, at times, try to fit others into how they think would work.

Jonathan Knafla said, “We all have different variations of personalities and our parents may have different personalities than us and try to fit us to match them.” As Bowe said, that does not always work for the better.

“It was the idea of trying to understand how other people think, which is important, and how we can get along with them. It is easier for us to work and live and collaborate together if we understand each other,” Cruz said. 

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