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The People Code: It's All About Your Innate Motive Paperback – September 18, 2007
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If you're familiar with the Hippocratic or medieval model for typing personalities (choleric, melancholy, phlegmatic, and sanguine), then Taylor Hartman's The Color Code will be a short refresher course for you.
This "original" personality paradigm divides us into (surprise!) four colors-- red, blue, white, and yellow--that define the characteristics of our fundamental natures. Reds are the annoying bossy types; blues are moody artists; whites are unmotivated layabouts; and yellows are--you guessed it--party animals. Well, maybe it's not that extreme, but according to Hartman, who reads the text himself, each person has one true color that explains the motivations behind his or her behavior. For example, if you are a red, you are probably a natural-born leader and have a high need for control. While this characteristic may do marvelous things for your career, it could have a devastating effect on interpersonal relationships.
In a simple, easy-to-follow, chime-filled format, Hartman suggests ways to capitalize on each color's positive attributes and offers advice on how to downplay its weaknesses. Did we mention the package also includes a personality test? (Running time: two hours; two cassettes) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It's become commonplace: a book is self-published, sells a bundle (in this case, 250,000 copies), and then gets snapped up by a big publisher. Hartman helps us sort out personality types by motivation rather than behavior.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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One day soon after, I took one of those personality quizzes on Facebook, "What Color is Your Personality?" Though it wasn't related to this book, my result, Blue, described me almost perfectly. The quiz was surprisingly in depth and accurate.
Intrigued, I began to research color-coded personality theory. I quickly found myself researching The People Code.
Ladies and gentlemen, this book is indeed one of the first books you need to read before you get married. If you're already married, read it. If you're just trying to figure yourself out, read it. Since purchasing and ravenously consuming it, I have successfully referred it to my parents (who in turn referred it to a large number of their friends), my therapist, and several of my friends.
An easy but engaging and compelling read, Hartman successfully boils down the vast complexities of human personality to four core motives. Though every individual possesses a unique personality, their ultimate motive always results in one of or a balance of the four, Power, Intimacy, Peace, and Fun. Though the text presents fairly little external scientific research, the findings presented seem freakishly accurate.
The People Code has helped me discover myself anew and comforted me in a very difficult time of my life. Realizing how dysfunctional my previous relationship was (she was a Red, I'm a Blue, a combination that does NOT fare well, usually), letting go, moving on, and growing up has been simplified drastically with this book as my companion. I and my family are closer and have a better understanding of one another. I know better now than ever before who I want to be with in my next and eventually last romantic relationship.
Something important to remember is that people are all different and you should not assume that you are your color EXACTLY. This is simply not so. There will always be anomalies and facets that don't adhere to your color, but the majority of you will reflect it regardless. For example, I am very much a Blue, who have great difficulty forgiving and forgetting. However, I am considered to be an extremely forgiving Blue (though I never forget the histories of relationships, good or bad).
TL;DR Awesome book, very easy to read, very concise and manageable, will absolutely change your life if you approach it with an open mind!