Here’s the short version to my answer. “The formal study of human personality goes back to Hippocrates, approximately, 400 B.C. There are many different programs offering insight and using a myriad of labels, but in essence, they all go back to the same basic discoveries of, The Father of Medicine.
Personality Trainers are people who have studied indepthly, observed and interviewed many people, and have invested the time and money to become accredited to teach others what they’ve learned through a reputable agency.” After years of comparisons, I chose the Littauer model through CLASSeminars for two reasons.
One, they teach in a simple and direct format. I’m a firm believer that we overcomplicate many things, making it even harder to understand. By sticking to basics, we are able to retain more of what we learn, therefore making it possible to actually use the information to benefit ourselves and others.
Two, they recognize the importance of the human heart when dealing with personality. Most of the others offer a more sterilized clinical view of personality study, however, if you miss the heart part, you will not experience the level of benefit I’ve discovered. The most hardened, emotionless person is not what they appear. I’ve literally had powerful and affluent grown men break down and cry in private when the barriers are taken down. It’s crazy how we try to avoid the most healing things in life. But these same people are freed from captivity when they start seeing themselves for who they truly are, and accept the differences in others.
One of the most popular topics I’m asked to speak on at businesses, organizations, and team building events, is how our personalities affect our relationships. At work, at home, in life, human personality feeds the why behind what we do. With awareness, we can allow our personalities to further peace, productivity, play, and profitability. Sticking our heads in the sand about who we really are will steal the best things in life away.
For instance, there are two extroverts in the four basic squares of human personality, but why they react and choose as they do is different. There are also two introverts, but again, they are motivated by opposing things. Using the Littauer method, I’ll give you a bullet point insider’s view of what this looks like. But remember, there is much more you’d need to learn in order to use the information effectively.
The labels I use below, are simple adjectives merely describing what folks in that personality square aspire for — not how they appear.
Popular — Extrovert/Motivated by people/Driven to do things fun
Powerful — Extrovert/Motivated by tasks/Driven to do things fast
Perfect — Introvert/Motivated by tasks/Driven to do things right
Peaceful — Introvert/Motivated by people/Driven to do things easy
Ways this info can benefit you:
Improve relationships — Gives you a thing to understand, versus a person to point the finger at.
Improve motivation — All rewards are not received the same. People are only motivated by what they find appealing, this is different among personalities.
Improve productivity — As I often say, you CAN shove a square peg in a round hole, but you’ll spend a lot of time removing splinters.
Improve marketing — Enables you to reach more people with your message, product, or service.
Improve profitability — When you understand how to interact more effectively, things run more efficiently, and you plug invisible drains of lost time, energy, resources, and even money.
Improve harmony — At the end of it all, don’t we want peace at work, at home, and in life?
I could go on for days with everything I’ve learned in nearly twenty-five years of intensive human personality study, however, time and space won’t allow. But stay tuned, and I’ll post more in the following weeks. After all, if we’re going to share this planet, don’t we want to make it a more enjoyable experience?
Have you noticed there are certain types of people who grate you the wrong way?
Anita Fresh Faith
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
Anita Agers-Brooks is an international speaker, Business and Inspirational Coach, Communications Specialist, Certified Personality Trainer, and Certified Training Facilitator. In addition, Anita is the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Her latest book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, releases through Barbour Publishing in April, 2015.
Anita is preparing to launch her Fresh Faith podcast, releasing soon on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business consulting firm. Member of the National Association of Professional Women, Christian Writer’s Guild, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Toastmasters. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita is passionate about work with integrity, healthy relationships, healing hurts, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
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