The Orange personality type is not one to hide in the rafters. No, way! They stand out! They tend to be quite active, very vocal and can bring the fun to just about any and every situation they engage in. Rather than think, plan, ponder and question…they just do it! The Orange personality is one of flair, participation, and BOLDNESS! Think of the electric BRIGHT FIRE the sun brings. Leadership comes naturally to them as does making everything look and feel good. Want to read more about True Colors? Visit https://er.educause.edu/articles/2014/2/understanding-the-learning-personalities-of-successful-online-students
The energetic, Orange personality is humorous, impulsive, confident, and enthusiastic. They enjoy fun environments full of unpredictability and exhilaration. The Orange temperament thrives in free-flowing environments that allow for lots of freedom of choice.
REMEMBER Myers-Briggs and True Colors – a tool and nothing but!
Personality research -in its best context- is just a resource to expose and reveal your innate preferences and tendencies. Don’t let it box you in or make you feel like you have to “be” a certain way. Just view it as a way to think about your natural inclinations and the ways you prefer to do things. That’s it.
Full disclosure: I’m a STRONG Orange, so I love talking about this temperament! You’ll hear my excitement sas you read. So, let’s have at it!
More about the Orange Temperament or the ESTP, ESFP, ISTP, ISFP
The Orange personality description reveals how much they enjoy lightning-fast actions and accomplishing tasks without hindrances. In other words, don’t slow them down! This personality has no interest in wasting time planning, thinking, and organizing. This DOES NOT mean they don’t or can’t plan. It just means their first inclination is to DO. Remember, no one fits into any “box” or description. You’re too splendidly complex for that! It’s how God made you!
Similar to the Green temperament, the Orange personality would rather remedy a problem situation and get on with life and all its wonder. Sure, they’ll get around to analyzing things at some point, but first, they make the tough decisions (quickly) to solve the problems at hand. This is why leadership roles fit them perfectly.
Here’s a little bit more about the Orange Personality:
- Eats life …every bite
- Adaptable – goes with the flow
- Quick to act
- Charming boogers that negotiate with just about anyone
- Thrives in chaos
- Able to cut through crap and get things done
- Loves pleasure
- Enjoys physical contact
- May likely communicate in colorful ways
- Wants to make a meaningful impact…expeditiously
- Likely learns best by doing
The Orange temperament may not be able to keep still (or would prefer not to do so)
Yeah, they are always fidgeting.
“I’ve got to do something with my hands!”
In the Orange personality description, you’ll find they are highly kinesthetic and enjoy using all sorts of tools. These tools provide the chance to use their hands and generate the action they love quicker.
Just the other day, I was on a two-hour training with one of the ministers at our church. He’s super smart and made the perfect call to have a break during the virtual training. I’m so glad he did because I’m a wiggler! I needed to move a bit. That’s a good tip if you’re working with the Orange temperament. They need to always do something with their hands and love to move around from time to time.
Movement, and hands-on are what this personality is about. Lectures accomplish little – other than boring them silly. So, you gotta be sensitive to their need for doing more than one thing and they will find variety if none is given. In other words, if they are in a boring scenario (or what they deem to be boring), they will find a way to entertain themselves. It may be:
- looking at their phone
- talking to their neighbor
Honestly, none of these are wrong- unless they become a distraction. If they are not, leave the people alone. Many people with the Orange temperament tend to be tactile learners who perform better when they can move or do things others may misinterpret as not paying attention.
Relaxing may be challenging for the Orange Temperament
“Turn my brain off, please!”
This temperament may also have trouble sleeping at night. OMG! It’s a thing! The reason is their minds are always dealing, moving and working at coming up with new things to do and try. Sometimes they remember things they forgot to do during the day. Why? Remember, this is the fasted moving among the temperaments.
The Green analyzes and this often consumes time.
The Blue considers everyone’s feelings and their own gut-intuition about something.
The Gold temperament is going to plan it everything in great detail.
The Orange is going to just do whatever needs to be done in the moment.
Creative beings frequently struggle with this during the night hours. Suggestion: try keeping a notebook or notepad by the nightstand. This practice could possibly help you because you can write down ideas and thoughts as they come to you. Don’t use a cell phone or tablet because the light will peak your brain and you’ll begin doing other things. Ask me how I know. You can find more information about the woes of cell phone use at night and how it affects EVERYONE here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/prescriptions-life/201804/6-ways-night-time-phone-use-destroys-your-sleep
“Ima beat you…or at least beat myself!”
Competition is also an component of this temperament. Not in a mean or insecure way. It’s simply they have a natural drive toward being the “first” and the “best.” It’s rooted in their ambition, not so much their ego. This might be why many athletes belong to this temperament. They enjoy striving, reaching, and pushing themselves to the limits. Some of it is to prevent boredom.
This is one personality trait I don’t have as it relates to the physical competition, but I’m always trying to be my best in other areas of my life – even when there is no one to compete against.
If you have an Orange in your life, don’t be insecure or feel you can’t “keep up” with them. They don’t really want you to, it’s more about them being in a race with themselves. It’s not really about you.
“Hey, I’ve got the check.”
Oranges can be generous to a fault. They are naturally a happy temperament and they want others to feel happiness too. They always have fantastic fun ideas of things to do! They also will bless you for no reason at all. It’s nothing for them to pick up the tab after lunch or dinner.
They are all about sharing the joy. For example, say you’re on a diet. It will be your peppy Orange friend that will beg you to taste a dessert she’s enjoying on her plate. If she loves it, she wants you to taste it and love it too. It’s an Orange thing.
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My Tips for the Orange Personality Description (ESTP, ESFP, ISTP, ISFP)
My personal advice to those who lead with the Orange temperament is to slow down.
Strive to do one thing at a time. You’re the king/queen of multi-taskers, but sometimes you get very little done because you’re doing so much. I know because I’m the same way.
Truthfully, you can get so much done with a little organization, but be sure to take yourself. As for planning, use an app like Wunderlist to keep your thoughts straight and pace yourself. Think quality over quantity.
There is nothing wrong with you; you’re simply a non-conformer that enjoys a full life. Take it all in!
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