On March 23, Aboriginal Student Services (AbSS) hosted a seminar called Appreciating Our Gifts Through Personality Dimensions, serving to help students understand their true selves.
Facilitated by Rae Anne Hill-Beauchamp, the seminar asked participants to look within themselves to identify what emotional, physical or psychological traits characterize who they are as an individual.For some, the very thought of deep inward self-reflection can be uncomfortable, however, the seminar isn’t invasive, These sessions intend to explore the many parts that make up a person in a meditative environment.
There are four representative colours: Authentic blue, Organized gold, Resourceful orange and Inquiring green. Each individual will have a stronger relationship with one colour, but everyone has a mixture of colours in the composition of their personality.
Hill-Beauchamp also attributed an animal pairing with each colour, representative of the main traits. The dolphin is a blue, as it symbolizes fun, love and intelligent, while the beaver is gold, reflecting industrious qualities as a pillar of the community. Orange is represented by the fox for his cunning and wit and the owl is green, highlighting how insight, knowledge and wisdom are important.
“We are all plaid, meaning we are all four colours, but the colour we identify with the most will stand out the brightest,” said Hill-Beauchamp.
She also pointed out that no colour is superior to the others and that throughout the course of our lives, the colour that best identifies you will change, as you as a person change with it.
“I was a mix of two colours,” said Kathleen Doxtator, a student participating in the seminar.
“It reaffirms a sense of self-awareness, you think you know who you are, but it really helps to understanding the natural you. I may be one colour now, and tomorrow exhibit traits of a different one. It really makes sense that we are all plaid, and we are every colour at different times.”
One of the by-products of participating in the seminar is having a better understanding of the people around you. Hill-Beauchamp explained that this activity can be expanded to various educational practices, business models and social types and as a teacher, it can be very beneficial to understand the various perspectives that people take in a classroom full of different students.
She went on to articulate how in modern society, miscommunication seems to be an increasingly problematic issue and understanding both our own and others personality traits can alleviate those problems.
Understanding personality dimensions can even be a very effective tool during therapy sessions, both during personal and group therapies.
“Everyone is different, everyone is unique and this helps to connect the various aspects of human nature,” said Hill-Beauchamp.
“Each colour is a person and though we may not necessarily agree with those people, every person is important and deserves respect. You have to be mindful of appreciating the gifts that people have, and the many roles that they play.”