Another example, oddly enough, was represented on national
television in the US. Did you ever see the hit TV program, "Herman's Head"? I
was on the air around 1994ish. Herman, the star, was a single guy who had many challenging
decisions to make in his life. Inside Herman's head lived 3 imaginary people representing
conflicting views on what action he should take, or 3 possible decisions he could make.
These represented his red, green and blue personality characteristics.
1- The jolly rotund character in Herman's head represented
Herman's red side this is the personality characteristic in charge of Herman's fun
activities. The red point of view includes excitement, risk, practical jokes, sports,
teasing, and every possible method of having a "good time". This certainly
included his sex drive.
2- The girl in Herman's head represented his blue nature this was
his caring, sharing, loving, nice-guy side. She always tried to appeal to his emotion in
order to get Herman to take the honorable descent course of action.
3- The thin kinda nerdy looking guy represented Herman's green
side this represented Herman's logical, practical, and analytical traits. This was his
continence, the side of Herman that knew what the truth really was.
4- And finally Herman himself represented his own gold side thus
Herman was in control of the color that most often ultimately controls all other colors.
The gold trait represents the boss, leader or dominant trait that makes all our final
personal decisions. It's our ego, our need to have people notice us, our drive to win no
matter the cost. It's what makes us look in every mirror we pass, it's our confidence, our
poise, the power driving us to believe "we can do anything" part of our
The TV program really did a good job presenting the dominant
points made in this book. All three of the personality traits in Herman's head (plus
Herman's 4th perspective) would constantly debate one another over the issues in Herman's
life. Should he date a girl on the show (or not) may have been the dilemma that night? The
green would present the logical options to going out with her, the blue would present the
sensitive options regarding dating a girl, while the red would struggle to show Herman why
he would have a really great time if he followed the red's option to lust for her! Herman
would then decide on one of the options offered to him by one of the people/colors/traits
in his head and then the TV program would depict the trials and tribulations of the
decisions he made. We all laughed as Herman struggled with the choices he made. We were
reminded by watching Herman's troubles, just how much his life mirrored our frantic and
You should note, that if Herman had decided to take the green
course of action most of the time, it would be easy for you to predict what his TV
character was going to do every show you would identify him as a dominant green-type
personality and it would be right if you predicted that he would take the logical
practical path almost every time. The same theme holds true if he had always made gold
decisions all the time. You could accurately predict the "gold" outcome of the
show before it happened. But the writers of the show always kept us guessing on what
action he would take that was the whole point of the show.
Mastering the art of
"Personality-Typing" can make you valuable and popular with your friends and
- Bill Brown, relationship counselor