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The Color Code: A New Way to See Yourself, Your Relationships and Life

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,630 Ratings  ·  279 Reviews
The key to unlocking the mystery of your personality is to figure out what your motivations are. A jury can't vote to convict a criminal without identifying a motive, but many of us never give a second thought to our own motivations. We should. And The Color Code is just the place to start. With The Color Code, you'll gain incredible insights into who you are and the relat ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published August 15th 1987 by Taylor Don Hartman (first published 1987)
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Russell Maag
Mar 30, 2008 Russell Maag rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Idiots
Recommended to Russell by: Satan
Folk psychology at its worst.

Agressive poeple are really pushy? Wow... thanks for that one captian obvious!

Truth be told I couldn't stomach finishing this filth. Pigeon-holing billions of individualities into four basic, color coded, types is the most stupid and irresponsible things i have ever heard of.

The next person who says "I'm a red personality, with a little bit of yellow in there!" is going to get punched in the face!

I guess that makes me a RED!! Durrr!
Jan 15, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I don't consider this a cure-all, understand-all guide for each personality & relationship, but I do think it helps me understand better why some people act & say what they do & how I can better relate to them. I'm making more friends than offenses when I apply this knowledge.
Some people read personality books like scripture & others have a hard time being pigeon-holed. I'm somewhere in the middle in that I appreciate any influence for good a book may teach me, but I don’t co
Greg Vandagriff
Aug 22, 2013 Greg Vandagriff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Color Code is one of the very few books that I've read cover-to-cover multiple times. It's a fantastic read, unfortunately I have found that the majority of people who claim to have "taken the test" either skip the instructions and take it incorrectly and/or misinterpret the results because they failed to grasp concepts which are critical to understanding the theory and your results.

It's okay. I did the same thing at first.

In fact... I would say that it wasn't until I had read the book twice
May 03, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-sciences
Quite insightful both about myself and within my relationships. I need to echo what many other reviewers have said. This isn't meant to be your Bible. It's a resource to help create general insight into how different folks view the world and interact with one another. It can give you a reference point for speaking about personality. I think the relationship section near the back is the most helpful area- it certainly helps make some sense of relationships in my life.
Mar 07, 2008 Loni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Within the genre of personality assessments this book is possibly the best in the breed. I really appreciate the effort of the author to keep his readers down to earth in their approach to his book. He admits that just because you are primarily one color, doesn't mean that you don't or can't have traits from all colors. Although the test included in the book is designed to determine your innate personality, he suggests using the new found self-awareness as a spring board for the development of d ...more
Dec 19, 2009 Karin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a silly book. It's claims that every member of the human race fits into one of four categories. It lays out many human characteristics and insists that if you do any of these things then you fall under a category and will be forever labeled. Reds want power, Blues want love, Whites want peace, and I can't remember what Yellows want. I think it was something like friends. Anyway, every time I take the test I'm a different color and I'm always about three away from another color. Basically I' ...more
Andrea Norton
I can't go to a thrift store without making a mad dash for the book section. Fortunately, I almost always find a new book. Unfortunately, I almost always find many new books. I can never decide which ones to leave, so they all end up coming home with Sean and I. This has lead to an apartment full of books and an ever-growing To Be Read list.

The Color Code is a thrift store find. When it was first published, I was about 13 years old and so, I had ever heard of it until I brought it home and adde
Jun 30, 2008 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relationships
This book is great for understanding what makes different people tick, and how you can interact with all different personalities. I pick it up and read different parts of it all the time, and it really helps me understand how my personality can better relate to someone else and how they are perceiving a situation. It's also lots of fun to take the color test with family members!
Apr 01, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favs
This was actually VERY helpful to my family when my brother and I were teenagers, and helped us get along better with our parents. I always really enjoyed it and we still make comments to this day about what color our kids are now! :)
Nicole Johns
Feb 22, 2008 Nicole Johns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reading this book when I started dating Tony! I loved it. I totally gave him the color code quiz-it was awesome. I think that's what really made him think I was the one. ;)
Mar 30, 2015 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yup. White and blue. Peace and intimacy. That's me.
Feb 16, 2016 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I look at the reviews for this book it seems that people either love it or hate it. The book explains the different core personalities (represented by colors) and describes the strengths and weakness of each one. He then goes on to explain things like the potential conflicts between these types. The readers who didn't accept this premise hated the book but the people who embraced the premise found it fascinating and possibly life changing. I definitely found it fascinating and wanted to tal ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Jenette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a fan of Pop-psychology or self-help books and don't usually read them, but this was a suggestion. I found this book to be just the same as all others in the realm. Steeped in fiticious nonsense. Just another ploy in brainwashing to get people to fix what isn't broken. Another sad attempt at pinning lables on ones-self and others and condoning it! A way of wrapping imaginary chains around the mind and keeping it in a state of emotional static. It over simplifies a very complex subject. I fee ...more
Dana Nelson
Mar 13, 2008 Dana Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
I had not realized when I saw this book that it had previously been published as The Color Code, which I’ve already read. It deserves a review regardless of the fact I read it 10 years ago (and a couple of times since).

This is a glowing 5-star book (if you couldn’t tell). I’ve re-read this several times. It’s incredibly insightful regarding motivation; why people act the way they do. It helps you to understand yourself and then how to understand others. It’s really neat to read passages about yo
Yuu Sasih
Buku yang menurut saya menarik, terlepas dari keyakinan Hartman bahwa kepribadian itu innate dan semacam takdir sejak lahir (saya sendiri adalah penganut psikoanalisa yang menganggap kepribadian itu terbentuk setelah lahir).

Di sini Hartman membagi kepribadian atas 4 warna primer: Merah, Biru, Putih, dan Kuning. Ada tes yang dapat kita isi untuk menentukan apa warna dasar kita. Menurutnya, walaupun misalnya kita menyukai beragam warna, pasti ada satu warna primer yang mutlak menjadi penanda kepri
Emily Fine
The Color Code breaks down personality types and helps you to understand the combinations using a color coding process. It was very interesting and has helped me to better understand the people I see and talk to everyday. The point of the book is that you now recognize your weaknesses and strengths, learn to strengthen your strengths, get rid of your weaknesses, and find mentors for the qualities you wish to obtain. This author has many truths in how to become a truly charactered person and I fi ...more
Jenna Leigh
Jan 14, 2014 Jenna Leigh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Before you begin to read this lengthy collection of thoughts, just let me forewarn you that I am Canadian, but this book is American, so my mind was discombobulated and my consistency in spelling the word as either colour or color may be lacking. I tried my best, but I can't be bothered to go back and check.

I decided to read this after reading George J. Boelcke's "Colorful Personalities", which is a similar take on what is presented in this book. There are some differences, though.

In Boelcke's
Feb 21, 2008 Dalesse marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-books
This book was recommended by my friend Karen N. She said about the book & the "codes": "The color code is based on motivation. What motivates you to do the things you do? Taylor says there are just 4 core motives. Red-Power, blue-intamacey, white-peace, yellow-fun. For example red means you want to get from point A to point B, take charge of things, can be intimidating and is logic based. Blue likes to connect with other people, very loyal to friends, can be judgemental and perfectionistic. ...more
Sep 15, 2011 'becca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I made it all the way through this time. The first time I tried reading this book (1999?), I liked it. But this time I was kind of bugged by the labeling. I know that the author, at the end of the book, decries labeling (using the color code to put others in boxes), and I really appreciate that. But the premise LENDS itself to labeling. And how many people actually make it to the end of the book?

I did find it insightful or helpful here and there. :)
It helps me realize that "different" is not "w
William Beesley
Nov 06, 2008 William Beesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book works for me because I've got a bit of a soft spot when it comes to books that help us understand the "whys" of what makes people think, act, and react the way they do. The Color Code's focus is *possibly* helping us develop an understanding of what motivates people (possibly because very little references to other works are cited and all the examples seem made up so who knows how practical this all is, strikingly similar to most economists' predictions). The author takes broad psychol ...more
Jun 28, 2010 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very insightful. I took the test and found the personality profile to describe me well. I am the blue personality and since we love to overanalyze everything, then it fits that I would enjoy overanalyzing my core motives in life. I also hope to use the knowledge I gained from this book to better understand others. Finally, it has forced me to look inward to know my personal limitations, such as playing a martyr role or occasionally giving a "blue lecture" regarding anything from t ...more
Ok...I started this book and was very interested in it. However, as I read through it the book became very repetitive. The unfortunate thing about self help books is that after you get the theory down, it usually is down hill from there. I love the concept of the colors correlating with personalities; however, how many times can you apply this logic to various scenarios without it becoming very boring. For these reasons, this book has been "chopped." I would, however, recommend that you read the ...more
This came recommended to me from a friend in the ward. I am intensely curious as to how people work (in their heads) and the motives behind what people do. Why do people act the way they do? I look forward to reading the author's ideas about this.

It was eye opening, though of course no personality test is "perfect". I did learn a lot from this book,(mostly about myself, that was the most helpful) and mostly I felt like a switch went on inside me, that turned on this acceptance of who I am, who o
Jun 03, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I remember taking this test in high school and would like to give the test to my children to see what colors they are and see if that helps with working with them. I didn't finish reading the book because I had a hard time getting into it and now it's very overdue back to the library. Some of the information was interesting on the various traits for each color. I'm not sure I agree with him in saying that your personalitiy doesn't change. In the test, he asks you to answer the questions for how ...more

This book will make you see others in a whole new light. You will be more forgiving, have more empathy, and be less offended by others after reading this book. There is a personality assessment survey you complete to find out which color you are: Red, blue, white, or yellow. It is very important to read the entire book and not just your own color. There is a very helpful section for marriage and dealing with others of different colors. What makes this book unique among the personality tests out
Jan 03, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
I've known about this book since I was young, but it has been years since I've read it. I loved to read his insights, particularly in the section about relationships between people of similar or different colors.

I find this book a very useful way to talk about different personalities. It gives a basis to start from as you consider different individual motivations and how that will effect that person's reactions.

When reading this book, it is important to realize that not every trait in your domin
Jun 01, 2014 Christi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This book was a lot of fun to read and gave me some good insights into my personality and why I am certain ways. It can be redundant and I didn't love the personal stories (although others might...) so some of it felt a little over-the-top to me. But I still liked reading it enough to read his second book.
Dec 11, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting book. I've been familiar with the colors and the type of personalities they represent for years now, but had never read the book by the original theorist until this month. I was impressed at the accuracy, especially regarding my own personality. On the flip side, it was a little depressing to read about all the "limitations" of this alleged personality. People like me (I'm a white/blue) tend to be easily over-whelmed (true) unmotivated, lazy, passive, moody, and are th ...more
Oct 08, 2010 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You gotta read the whole thing! So many people are against "character profiling" because it labels people. Other people who like character profiling, a majority of them only read the parts about themselves, maybe about their spouse and parents, but don't finish the book. Then they use the excuse "well, this is just who I am because I'm a red - or blue - or yellow - or white." And they stay stuck right where they are.
The point (if you actually read the whole thing) is that you now recognize your
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