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If life is about creating and maintaining meaningful relationships. What steps can you take to understand yourself and others better? This is a question human beings have been asking since the beginning of recorded history. In fact, typologies and cosmologies have been spun to answer this question.

These 5 strategies will assist you in achieving that goal:

Handwriting Analysis

Handwriting can tell us a lot about a person. Here are some interesting points about your handwriting style.

Handwriting that slants to the right is usually representative of an individual who is open and sociable. This person gets along well with many people and is likely to have several friends because of their good social skills. An individual who’s handwriting slants to the left, however, appreciates alone time and often enjoys working unnoticed as opposed to in the limelight. Lastly, if an individual’s handwriting neither slants to the left nor the right, he/she is a person of reason and often hides his/her emotions.

If your handwriting is large, you likely enjoy being the center of attention and willing to be in the spotlight. Large handwriting is a theme amongst many famous actors. On the other hand, smaller handwriting is representative of someone who’s often quiet and/or shy.

Color Analysis

Just as your handwriting can reveal a lot about you, so can your choice of favorite colors. These are the colors you wear often or the predominant color of things that you own.

Although the meaning of colors is open to interpretation, here are some common characteristics of those with these favorite colors:

Red is the favorite color of those who are passionate. Those who choose red are often brave, impulsive and aggressive. Reds are ambitious and constantly pushing to reach their full potential in life. Lastly, red can also be representative of a person who has a short tolerance and is quick to judge others.

Yellow is the color of those who have a big imagination. Yellows are often adventurous and enjoy exploring new things. A person who chooses yellow is wise, always learning and values all things related to strengthening the mind. Yellows also have a very good sense of humor.

Green is the favorite color of someone who embraces nature. Those who choose green are often peaceful, hopeful, calm, gentle, and sincere. As they value such peace, greens often avoid confrontation as a way to preserve harmony. Greens also tend to be modest.

Purple is representative of those who enjoy being unique. Purples often express creativity and are artistic by nature. A person who chooses purple is a person who is sensitive and particular about certain things.

Blue is a person who is tranquil and caring. Blues possess strong character and are often wise individuals. Although loyal and devoted, blues can often worry about things which ultimately results in pessimism.

A person who chooses orange as his/her favorite color is one who enjoys social life and activities. Oranges are very popular and they like to live an exciting life. Other characteristics of oranges include fearless and curious.

Pink is chosen by those who are loving and affectionate. Pinks have the softer qualities of red – they aren’t as aggressive or passionate. Pink is representative of a gentle, motherly figure who values protection.

The color white symbolizes purity and innocence. White is representative of youth and the simple life. Lastly, since white is often associated with innocence, those who choose white tend to be naïve.

Black, the absence of all colors, is the favorite color of someone who is mysterious. Those who choose black are those who like to keep their emotions and other feelings to themselves.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ®

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) has been used for pedagogy, career counseling, team building, group dynamics, professional development, marketing, family business, leadership training, executive coaching, life coaching, personal development, and marriage counseling. There are 8 traits associated with the MBTI®, as each trait is represented by a relevant letter. See the image below to learn more about each trait:
{#/wp-content/uploads/images/explanations.gif}Each person chooses a trait to form a four letter combination. For instance, if someone is identified as an ISTJ after completing the assessment, he/she is introverted, sensing, thinking, and judging. Each person’s personality will vary as there are 16 different possibilities.


These possibilities help us to understand each other’s personality in a unique way. The Myers-Briggs ® assessment can tell you a lot about others, but more importantly, the tool can tell you a lot about yourself.


The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac, traditionally called Shengxiào, is a complex system based on calculating a 12-year mathematical cycle. Originally created in ancient Chinese history, the Chinese Zodiac differs from Western Astrology in the fact that it focuses on the year in which a person was born, as opposed to the month. The Chinese Zodiac also differs as the creation of it originated from a myth about a great animal race. Each animal to cross the finish line was given a place in the Chinese Zodiac. However, Western Astrology bases its system on the sky’s 12-month constellations.  The Chinese Zodiac is now being studied and utilized all over the World to further understand a person’s personality.

Here are the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac and the years:

1. Rat: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
2. Ox: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
3. Tiger: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
4. Rabbit: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
5. Dragon: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
6. Snake: 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
7. Horse: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
8. Sheep (Goat): 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
9. Monkey: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
10. Rooster: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
11. Dog: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
12. Pig: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Each animal, categorized into four different trines, represents a complete personality profile. “Trines” are groups of similar animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Below are the four trines and which animals belong to each:

First Trine
The animals that belong to the first trine are the Rat, Dragon and Monkey. People with these signs are usually individuals of great power who can bring great good or great evil. Although all the animals of the first trine possess the qualities of a great leader, each sign takes a different approach to handling situations.

Second Trine
The Ox, Snake and Rooster make up the animals of the second trine. These animals are representative of an individual who pays close attention to detail in his/her planning. Members of the second trine are diligent, natural leaders, as they are also known to value loyalty and charity.

Third Trine
The third trine consists of the Tiger, Horse and Dog. Individuals with any of these signs are independent, productive and often impulsive on their humanitarian causes. As members of the third trine don’t particularly enjoy taking orders, they are often rebellious. However, members of the third trine are more willing to listen to those they love.

Fourth Trine
The Rabbit, Sheep (Goat) and Pig are the animals of the fourth trine. These animals are representative of an individual who is often calm, philosophical and graceful. They are polite and they possess good manners. Although the animals of the fourth trine have great awareness, they can also be naïve, insecure and pessimistic at times.

Each sign belongs to a trine. Determine your Chinese Zodiac sign and learn more about what your animal says about you.

Western Astrology

As previously stated, Western Astrology differs from the Chinese Zodiac in the fact that it’s based on the band of constellations that is created by the Sun and Moon’s movements throughout the sky, in a 12-month period. Also, rather than focusing on a year, Western Astrology places an emphasis on the month and day you were born. Depending on these factors, an individual represents a sign of the Western Zodiac.

Since there are 12 months in an Earth year, there are 12 signs. Each sign is representative of certain personalities and characteristics of an individual. Below are the 12 signs of the Western Zodiac, accompanied by their dates and a brief description of their traits.

Aries: March 21 to April 20.

Aries are the most outgoing of the 12 zodiac signs. Competitive by nature, an Aries is often brave, courageous, and a natural-born leader.

Taurus: April 21 to May 20.

A Taurus is known as a wise individual. As such, a Taurus often offers great advice to family and friends. A Taurus also values stability in life, and is often capable of maintaining long-term relationships.

Gemini: May 21 to June 20.

A Gemini is social and amicable. Geminis are also indecisive and known to wear many hats due to an always active mind.

Cancer: June 21 to July 21.

Although emotional, Cancers usually hide their emotions until they are completely comfortable with someone. They are loyal and loving, but they also value their alone time as a way to clear their heads.

Leo: July 22 to August 22.

Leos are very determined in achieving their goals. They often place achievement on the praise and love from others as their creative, dramatic nature often makes a Leo a great performer.

Virgo: August 23 to September 22.

Virgos are well-organized as they tend to use a systematic approach. They are often critical, but they are also great workers as their organization allows them to multi-task effectively.

Libra: September 23 to October 22.

Often pensive, Libras are one of the most intelligent signs of the Western Zodiac. They believe in achieving a balance in life, and are much happier in a relationship than they are on their own.

Scorpio: October 23 to November 21.

Scorpios are intense and fierce. Often genuine and sincere, Scorpios believe in true relationships that they can maintain for a long time. As such, betrayal is a Scorpio’s biggest fear in a relationship.

Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21.

A Sagittarius is known for being fun. They appreciate a good laugh and are often full of optimism. Although such optimism can make them careless, Sagittarians look to find hope in every situation.

Capricorn: December 22 to January 20.

Capricorns are often ambitious in the business world. Capricorns have a great sense of humor, but their disciplined nature leads them to comfortably achieve business success.

Aquarius: January 21 to February 19.

Intelligent, Aquarians like to explore their creativity. Aquarians are social with like-minded individuals, but often have trouble relating to those who are overemotional.

Pisces: February 20 to March 20.

A Pisces is one that is very creative. They are born dreamers who achieve a great sense of gratification when completing a creative project. A Pisces is caring and sensitive.

Like Chinese astrology, each Western Zodiac sign says something different about your personality.


These five ways of getting to know yourself and other people can be surprisingly informative. While the handwriting analysis and color analysis methods are more playful, the MBTI® tool, Chinese and Western Astrology, are complex systems requiring years of study to master.

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