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Self-Awareness Systems


The eight self-awareness systems briefly described here are some of the most powerful I've come across. For a more complete understanding of any system you are interested in, find its name under the "Self-Awareness Systems" tab (at the top of any page) and click on it.

So what makes these 8 systems so powerful? There ability to:

  1. Help people increase their self-awareness, the number one predictor of job performance, job satisfaction, and life satisfaction according to the decade-long, comprehensive TalentSmart study
  2. Help people understand other people on a much deeper level (critical for relationship compatibility)
  3. Help people understand their own natural gifts and talents on a much deeper level (critical for vocational guidance)
  4. Help people understand the holistic and synchronistic nature of the universe
  5. Help people develop love and compassion for other people who are out of touch with their true nature

Collectively, these systems have many practical applications, including: relationship compatibility, vocational guidance, self-esteem building, leadership development, conflict resolution, life coaching, psychological counseling, spiritual evolution, exercise and nutritional guidance, educational guidance based on different learning styles, and better parenting based on an enhanced understanding of a child.

Click on any bullet-pointed link below to read a brief overview of that system.

The Enneagram System: The Enneagram (pronounced Any-A-Gram), as it is called, is a powerful and dynamic personality system that gets to the very root of our unconscious fears and desires. It is a relatively new system to the general public (within the last 30 years) but is gaining more and more prominence all the time. The Enneagram describes 9 distinct personality types (type 1, type 2, type 3,......, type 9), each with its own unique way of thinking, feeling and acting. Because of its depth of insight into a person, the Enneagram is quickly becoming an invaluable tool for spiritual teachers, healers and therapists but it is also a favorite tool of life coaches, business consultants, parents, and those who seek greater self-awareness. My use of the Enneagram, on this website, is primarily for relationship compatibility and vocational guidance.

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The Jungian-Keirsey System: The Jungian-Keirsey system is the most widely used personality system in the United States (and probably the world). It too is a powerful system that has been used for virtually every practical application listed in the introductory paragraph at the top of this page. In this system, people are classified into one of four distinct temperament types - Solid Gold, Bold Orange, Deep Green, or True Blue. People are also classified into one of 16 distinct personality types (called Jungian-Keirsey types, such as ESTJ, INFP, ISTJ, ENFP, etc.) with 4 Jungian-Keirsey types belonging to each of the 4 distinct temperaments. For example, ESTJ, ISTJ, ESFJ, and ISFJ are all of the Solid Gold temperament because of the "S" and "J" in their 4-letter code name. My use of the Jungian-Keirsey system, on this website, is primarily for relationship compatibility and vocational guidance.

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The Aura Colors System: The Aura Colors system is a little-known gem of a system for self-awareness. It is based on the direct correlation between aura colors and personality traits. Everyone has an aura (which are 3-dimensional bands of colored light around the body) and the color closest to a person's body most closely defines that person's personality. In this system, there are 14 distinct aura colors that someone might have closest to their body. Most people have 1 or 2 colors closest to their body that accurately define their world view. There are 3 "families" of aura colors in which all 14 aura colors belong - (1) the physical family of aura colors, (2) the mental family of aura colors, and (3) the emotional/spiritual family of aura colors. It is a pity that so many people are put off by anything metaphysical because of their beliefs because this system could help resolve so many "problems" for people. As for all the other systems here, my use of the Aura Colors system, on this website, is primarily for relationship compatibility and vocational guidance.

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The Dosha Type System: The Dosha Type system is based on Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is the preventative and prescriptive health-care system from India. It has been around for over 5,000 years. It is a holistic system designed to keep body and mind in balance. The 3 doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha - are the invisible, metabolic principles underlying all of life for sentient beings. They are composed of the 5 fundamental elements as expressed in their biological form. Vata = Air + Space. Pitta = Fire + Water. Kapha = Water + Earth. Everyone has a unique combination of these doshas which is called a person's unique Prakruti. Your Prakruti is your mind (psychological) and body (physical) constitutional type. Although there are only 3 doshas, Ayurveda commonly combines them into 10 dosha (aka mind-body) types because each type has so much in common. These types are: (1) Vata, (2) Pitta, (3) Kapha, (4) Vata-Pitta, (5) Vata-Kapha, (6) Pitta-Vata, (7) Pitta-Kapha, (8) Kapha-Vata, (9) Kapha-Pitta, and (10) Vata-Pitta-Kapha. Once you know which of these 10 dosha types you are, you can develop a lifestyle - including food choices, exercise, massage, meditation, and more - that is most in harmony with your mind-body type. Knowing your dosha type makes prevention of illness easier and it makes treatment more accurate if a disease or illness does appear. Unlike Western medicine's use of drugs for treatment of an illness, Ayurveda's prescriptions for disease are more natural. Ayurveda relies heavily on stress-reduction and dosha balancing methods such as meditation, healing sounds, healing visualizations, marma therapy, aromatherapy, and music therapy. It also makes use of herbs, spices and food as remedies. My use of the dosha type system, on this website, is primarily for relationship compatibility and vocational guidance but there are many fine references if you want to learn more about this amazing system from a health and wellness standpoint.

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The Multiple Intelligences System: The Multiple Intelligences system is a system that proposes there are many different ways to be intelligent besides IQ. Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist, researcher and professor of education at Harvard University developed his theory of multiple intelligences after noticing that humans throughout history have always possessed a broad range of abilities not identified by an IQ test. The Multiple Intelligences system is gaining prominence among progressive school teachers now because Dr. Gardner has shown that kids learn in very different ways, depending on their innate intelligences. There are currently 8 comprehensive categories of intelligence that Dr. Gardner has recognized. They are: (1) Verbal-Linguistic intelligence, (2) Logical-Mathematical intelligence, (3) Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence, (4) Visual-Spatial intelligence, (5) Musical intelligence, (6) Interpersonal intelligence, (7) Intrapersonal intelligence, and the latest intelligence is the (8) Naturalist intelligence. Dr. Gardner does not rule out the existence of other intelligences but his strict criteria must be met for a potential intelligence to be considered a full-blown intelligence. One potential intelligence that is currently under investigation by Howard Gardner is what he calls, "the existential intelligence." My use of the Multiple Intelligences system, on this website, is primarily for relationship compatibility and vocational guidance but there are many fine references if you want to learn more about this amazing system from an educational standpoint.

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The DISC System: The DISC system, just as the Jungian-Keirsey system, is one of the most widely used personality systems in the United States. It is based on the theoretical work of William Moulton Marston, Ph.D. He introduced the DISC model in his 1928 book Emotions of Normal People. His premise was simple. He noticed that people tended to behave along two axes. One axis showed that some people tended to react more to their environment (i.e., they were less assertive) while others tended to act more on their environment (i.e., they were more assertive). The other axis showed that some people tended to be more responsive to others (i.e., more people-oriented) while others tended to be less responsive to others (i.e., more task-oriented). When the two axes are placed at right angles to each other they form four quadrants that explain the four fundamental behavioral patterns of people that the acronym DISC stands for.

D stands for Dominance. These people are active and task-oriented.
I stands for Influence (aka Inducement). These people are active and people-oriented.
S stands for Steadiness (aka Supportiveness). These people are reactive and people-oriented.
C stands for Conscientiousness (aka Cautious). These people are reactive and task-oriented.

The DISC system has evolved now to categorize people into 16 different personality types, depending on the unique interaction of a person's D, I, S, and C characteristics. As for all the other systems here, my use of the DISC system, on this website, is primarily for relationship compatibility and vocational guidance.

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Numerology: Numerology is the study of numbers and their symbolic meanings as they pertain to human life. Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician, philosopher and mystic, is credited with discovering numerology around 580 B.C. Numerology is based on a person's full name at birth and date of birth. Everything in this world is made of energy and each number has its own vibrational quality and meaning. There is a direct correlation between the letters in any alphabet and numbers. For example, in the English alphabet the letter A = 1, B = 2, ......, K = 11, L = 12, ......, Z = 26, etc. Since our name is made up of letters that can be correlated to numbers and our date of birth is made up of numbers, using the techniques of numerology we can see which numbers are most affecting our lives. Almost always people are born over or under balanced in certain numbers which creates gifts and talents but also weaknesses in personality. The more self-aware we are, the more we can embody the healthy characteristics of the numbers and manage the unhealthy characteristics.

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Astrology: Astrology is the study of the influence of stars and planets on human life. It is the most powerful personality system I have ever come across as it is nothing less than a symbolic language of life. It is unfortunate that astrology has a negative connotation in the United States. Most people know very little about how astrology works. I myself never used to believe in astrology until I was shown how it actually works! Everyone knows their "sign" but very few people know much more. When an individual is born, his/her planets (representing archetypal psychic drives) are in any number of 12 different signs (modes of expression) and 12 different houses (experiential areas of life) as well as different geometric relationships with each other (blending the energy of those planets together in harmonious or inharmonious ways). Given a person's date, exact time and place of birth an astrologer can cast a chart that depicts a person's inner nature and view of reality. The time of birth must be very accurate and the competency and consciousness of the astrologer must be high enough to interpret the symbolism accurately with minimal personal bias. Since we humans have been given free will, how we choose to react and respond to life is up to us. Again, the more self-aware we are, the less our personality runs us and the freer we are to choose our own destiny.

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