Energy Profiling: The Personality System That Revolutionized My Family

How to Love, Understand, and Accept Yourself and Others. Also, Fun Quiz Included.

Liliana Owen, Journalist

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About four years ago, my family was kind of a mess. We weren’t very nice and understanding of each other, and we were being pushed to do stuff that was not very accepting of ourselves. Quite frankly, I did not love myself very much and did not accept my personality. I was constantly being pushed to be that social butterfly, the one that is friends with everyone. 

At that time, I had almost no friends. Social events were torture. I felt so left out, so alone, so unwanted by my peers. Then it all changed when my mom discovered and introduced my five siblings and me to Energy Profiling, a personality system created by Carol Tuttle. 

Energy Profiling is a personality system where people are categorized into four different “types.” Every person has all four types in them. One is dominant. The others are less dominant and can vary in strength. Your type influences the essence of who you are, including your personality, some of your looks, and what you value. 

Another thing about Energy Profiling is that someone’s personality will never change. They have an inherent type, and as they grow up their secondary might come out more, but they are still the same type. This is because it’s not based on character, habits, and reactions, but on the essence of who a person is.

People’s personalities can get covered up and hidden as they experience traumatic experiences, live in an environment that does not accept their type or try to become someone else. That is not their type.

Their real type is the real them, not the mask they’ve put on to protect themselves. If a person isn’t living true to themselves, then they will be less happy, less fulfilled, and more likely to get depressed.

 

Type One

The first personality type is referred to as Type One. Type Ones are fun-loving, playful, optimistic, extroverted and light-hearted. Their natural talent is ideas. Their priority is happiness.

They can be misunderstood and judged to be flighty, super active, and unreliable. They really dislike feeling stifled, or that life is too serious.

Typical Type One facial features include: “round or heart-shaped face, apple cheeks, bright eyes, youthful animated features,” according to the official Type cheat sheet. Type Ones walk with a bounce in their step. They gesture with their hands as they talk. 

Famous type ones include Meryl Streep, Ellen Degeneres, Bill Clinton, and Will Smith. Type One Disney characters include Rapunzel, Ariel, Hans, and Flynn Rider.

 

Type Two

The second personality is referred to as Type Two. Type Twos are easy-going, with introverted energy. Their natural talent is attention to detail. They have an uncanny ability to notice all the dirt left on the floor when you finish sweeping … (I love you, Madeline!). 

Their priority is comfort: The comfort of a soft blanket, comfy clothes, comfort foods, and a comfortable life. They also get strong emotional attachments to things such a “baby blanket,” which they might keep into their adult years. They can be misunderstood and judged to be slow, wimpy, over-emotional, and shy. They really dislike it when they are hurried, or feel dismissed or ignored.

Common facial features of a Type Two include an oval face, blended cheek line, softened features, and “puppy dog” eyes. They have a smooth, graceful walk and a gentle voice. 

Famous Type Twos include Jennifer Aniston, Princess Diana Richard Gere, and Hillary Clinton. Type Two Disney characters include Cinderella, Belle, Prince Charming, and Christoff.

 

Type Three

The third personality type is known as Type Three. Type Threes are almost the opposite of Type Twos. They are persistent, passionate, and driven, with extroverted energy. Their natural talent is getting results and achieving their high ambitions. They are VERY competitive. They value results.

They are often misunderstood and judged to be pushy, demanding, and intense. They dislike it when they feel thwarted or don’t have any physical outlets.

Typical facial features of a Type Three include an angular, inverted triangle face, eyes set on a V, and chiseled, textured features. Their skin is also more textured. They walk with a heavy step and have a more boisterous voice.

Famous Type Threes include Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Lee Curtis, Theodore Roosevelt, and Robert Redford. Type Three Disney characters include Merida, Jasmine, Aladdin, and Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty.

 

Type Four

The fourth and last type is known as Type Four. Type Fours have a reflective, introverted energy. Their natural talent is looking at the big picture, and then perfecting it. They are very much “all or nothing,

black or white.” They can get very obsessive about things. For example, if they love computer programming, then they are going to learn all they can about it and get as good at it as they can. My dad, a Type Four, chose to spend hours every day as a child practicing the piano. As a result, he is now very good at it.

They are often misunderstood and judged to be critical, know-it-all, and perfectionist. They dislike it when they feel embarrassed or disrespected. Some physical features of Type Fours are an oval or rectangular face, eyes set on a straight line, and refined. They have generally clear skin as well. They are precise, analytical, and thorough.

Famous Type Fours include Audrey Hepburn, Halle Berry, George Washington, and Steve Jobs. Type Four Disney princesses include Elsa, Mulan, Aurora, Prince Eric, and Prince Florian.

 

Resources

This is awesome stuff, and there is so much more about the types that I just don’t have room to explain!

To learn more about the personality types, you can check these links out:

It’s Just My Nature (the ultimate handbook to the personality types)

The Child Whisperer (this is directed more towards parents, but it is still VERY helpful for dealing with siblings)

The Cheat Sheet (the quick and basic guide to all four personality types)

The Quick Quiz (do not rely on this fully. It was not meant to be this way. This is just a helpful guide.)

Note: The cheat sheet and quick quiz are geared more towards women, but they are great for everyone.

 

The End of the Story

Fast forward four or so years: my family and I have become profusely obsessed with the types. We have plenty of insider “type jokes,” we (mostly) accept, understand, and love each other. We also fight less. We interact better with strangers and friends. Energy Profiling has enriched our lives so much.

Personal Story Alert: 

My seminary teacher is a Type One. I am a Type Four. Those two types are opposites. He’s the personification of Type One. He’s goofy, friendly, easy to connect with, and when he laughs, you can just see his type written all over his face. 

Four years ago, I would have switched seminary classes before the second day. He would have driven me absolutely nuts. I would have hated him. But because I know about the types, I was just like, “oh, he’s a Type One. That’s awesome!” and I just accept him. 

He’s really fun and I’ve learned a lot, and I would have missed out on that experience if I hadn’t have known about the types.

The personality types have blessed my life in many other ways too: I’m more confident in myself, I understand myself, I’ve accepted myself, I’m more at ease around people, I understand people better and make friends more quickly.

I encourage you to check out the cheat sheet and take the quiz to help you figure out your type. If at all possible, go read It’s Just My Nature. Then comment below what type you think you are.

Energy Profiling will change your life if you let it. 

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