Dimensions of You

For literally thousands of years, people have been asking the question, “What’s the deal with me?”

In Classical times, “what we are” was the same thing as “who we are.”  The physical body was fundamentally connected to the “I” (the personality) and the deed/action.  Classical physician Hippocrates noted signs from the body that related to the disposition and personality.  He called these physical/behavioral pairings the Four Humors, and related each to an element of nature (fire, water, wind, earth):

Classical notions of ideal forms (developed by Hippocrates’ contemporary, Plato) found resurgence during the modernist period.  People had, in the face of automation, a renewed interest in self-assessment: “If a machine can do what I do, then what am I?”  By this time, though, the Cartesian model shaped our thinking.  We saw a division between the physical world and the world of the mind – thoughts separate from actions, feelings separate from sensations.  We now see a duality in forms (personality types): a division of self from self-expression.  We understand that our behavior is not just dependent on our physical self, but the choices we make with respect to others.  The dimensions we now consider are

Expressiveness – The degree of effort made when revealing emotions to others

Assertiveness – The degree of effort made to influence others

These dimensions form the HRDQ Style Model:

The measures of expressiveness and assertiveness are more about building relationships than categorizing or classifying.  We’re learning what our preferences are so we’ll understand how our behaviors effect those around us.  Even though a machine can do what your body does, it can’t form the relationships that define business today.

Personality Style at Work, a new book form author Kate Ward, is based on the HRDQ Style Model.  More than just a tool for self-assessment (but don’t worry, it has a great one!), this book guides us through difficult everyday situations – using Personality Style as a tool for achieving positive outcomes and improved relationships.

With Personality Style at Work, you’ll not only learn what the deal is with you, but how to read the behavior of others, how to build rapport with different people, communicate effectively, and create positive interactions and relationships at work and at home.  Click here to learn more, and get started today!

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