Your personality and your brain | Scott Schwefel | TEDxBrookings

  • Published on Dec 15, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We all have a unique personality, but we also show up to others in ways we don’t know. Understanding how our brains become consciously aware of ourselves, and in turn, everyone else teaches how we can connect, adapt and ultimately influence others. It all starts with knowing when we are truly self-aware, and when we aren’t, how to get there quickly and easily.
    Scott Schwefel built and sold Minnesota’s largest technology training company. To get there he used personality assessments to help his people understand each other and understand clients and customers. His study of personality led to an awareness of brain science and how our brains enable us to communicate with each other. Scott has taught these principles of brain science and communications techniques throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and to over 1300 CEOs globally.
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Comments • 1 260

  • Nirleponshishprapanc
    Nirleponshishprapanc 11 hours ago

    I see a mix of 75%Yellow and 25% Blue.
    Where am I ?

  • farrel purwoko
    farrel purwoko 10 days ago

    If my name starts with F, then my alliterative adjective would be

  • Three Dio
    Three Dio 10 days ago

    When i am concious i call it "waking up"

  • A Al gregory
    A Al gregory 11 days ago

    I'm INTP and I'm 75%blue and 25%green approximately 😊

  • Uchiha Itachi
    Uchiha Itachi 13 days ago +1

    9:30 he saw through me xD

  • The Cowboy
    The Cowboy 14 days ago

    What you feed your mind with, determines who you are and who you will become.
    Many of the world's most brilliant men agree on this. Here's some quotes from them regarding this subject.
    "The mind is everything. What you think you become. We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think." - Buddha
    "A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes." - Ghandi.

  • unOrdinary Replica
    unOrdinary Replica 14 days ago

    I love yellow but I'm blue? Shouldn't it be red

  • neeti soni
    neeti soni 18 days ago +1

    I saw ravenclaw at the top left , griffindor at the top right , slytherin at the bottom left , huflepuff at the
    Bottom right.

  • Edwin Li
    Edwin Li 19 days ago

    Anyone else is watching this video for assignment

  • Tripti Biswas
    Tripti Biswas 20 days ago

    I think I actually transformed from blue to green...but there's still a bit blue in there when I am alone and when with ppl I am green

  • Richard Russell
    Richard Russell 23 days ago

    It all starts with knowing when we are truly self-aware, and when we aren’t, how to get there quickly and easily.

  • Jason Earley
    Jason Earley 24 days ago

    This guy thinks he came up with this coloring temperament analogy? Nope, this is the theory of the 4 temperaments camouflaged with colors and different words.

  • Chris Morris
    Chris Morris 25 days ago +7

    Blue = Ravenclaw
    Green = Hufflepuff
    Red = Slytherin
    Yellow = Gryffindor

    Ironic ;) xD

  • hajash ansari
    hajash ansari 27 days ago

    I'm between Blue and Red.. wow.. I feel so exposed

  • Mayya . Artist
    Mayya . Artist 27 days ago

    When I saw the colors on the screen I was like
    Yaaay yellow !
    And then it was my type 😅

  • lily 06
    lily 06 28 days ago

    I'm a mix of all except red

  • lily 06
    lily 06 28 days ago

    Lazy lily

  • SmileyD Crosby
    SmileyD Crosby Month ago

    Blue is dominant but I connect with the other three as well? More information please?

  • Jo
    Jo Month ago

    I’m red, green, and blue... but if I had to pick only one it would be blue. And I would wear all three hats 🧢 like your son asked if he could! 🙋🏻‍♀️

    JIA LINN Month ago

    Joking and Jazzy is what adjectives I thought of

  • evajialing
    evajialing Month ago

    I am

  • Back Road Bob
    Back Road Bob Month ago

    Actually cows do drink milk, baby cows. The wrong answer is not as wrong as you think it is.

  • Maggie ZM
    Maggie ZM Month ago

    MBTI is way better than this thing.

  • Zahid H Khan
    Zahid H Khan Month ago


  • Mohamed Abdussalam
    Mohamed Abdussalam Month ago

    Isn't amazing when you watch a video or read a book and you feel you really did learn something of value? Thank you very much for this great talk.

  • Esmeralda Ben diaz
    Esmeralda Ben diaz Month ago

    very good video

  • Arjun Gupta
    Arjun Gupta 2 months ago

    Blue and Green. Where's my fam?

  • an average chicken nugget

    I always find systems with so few categories to never fit me right. I went to green but realized I was also kind of yellow and a little red. I haven’t a problem with Myers Briggs but maybe it’s because it’s so diverse in range of personalities. Idk, it’s much easier for me to fit myself into one in 16 groups rather than one in 4. Infp might be an easier category for me to identify with because it’s a lot less vague than green. Idk what I’m saying here tbh. It just crossed my mind that there’s no unconventional colors like pink or tan and no mixtures like purple or orange and it seemed a bit off to me. I’m sorry that this comment is so long and pretty meaningless, I am tired and I am just voicing the ramble in my head please don’t take it too seriously.

  • Rashed ahmed
    Rashed ahmed 2 months ago

    Please translate this video into Arabic

  • Esther Sali
    Esther Sali 2 months ago

    I'm green and blue. :D

  • msnadiak
    msnadiak 2 months ago

    I would be the Earth Green.

  • mogo
    mogo 2 months ago

    am I blue or am I green I don’t know lmao

  • Amber McGar
    Amber McGar 2 months ago

    What’s the one for uses the stairs 🤔

  • Amber McGar
    Amber McGar 2 months ago

    I feel like I’m a little bit of all four. A mixture of certain traits from each.

  • Mike Lesesne
    Mike Lesesne 2 months ago

    Baby cows drink milk so... Yea🥛🥛🥛🥛🍼🍼🍼🍼

  • A F
    A F 2 months ago


  • clintrahe
    clintrahe 2 months ago

    Has he just ripped off DISC behavioural profiling

  • Leaa H.
    Leaa H. 2 months ago +1

    Im a mixture of blue and red. Weird...

  • sentienttrash00
    sentienttrash00 2 months ago

    I tend to see that people resonate very differently in the color areas, as if they would in the four way political chart (which has by now, become the best meme material ever but anyway). People definitely have a distinct 'tone' to them, which is one of these four, but looking closer, it's like a colour wheel spectrum. I tend to be blue but I have undeniable redness in me, which would make more like a sharp violet, and that can make make me possibly the next most exhausting person to be with for people who have loads of green with just a little bit yellow, or just straight blaring yellow - I tend to make every discussion a little bit too heavy, in-depth and over analyzing, dissecting everything even when it's really not necessary. My husband is definitely blue, bluer than me, but despite being enigmatic, distant to some and hard to reach emotionally, he's way more patient with other people and maybe a better listener than me; he definitely belongs in the dreamy beach enchanting turquoise (whatever it is, it's beautiful and that makes him beautiful) wavelength. I find this interesting (however, I do think this on its own is more about temperament, rather than the full extent of a personality).

  • Kathinski Laminski
    Kathinski Laminski 2 months ago

    Omg. Yellow = Mister Peanutbutter!

  • gunz
    gunz 2 months ago

    Sunshine yellow gang where you at🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️

  • Maya Goodson
    Maya Goodson 2 months ago

    I took the true colors test approximately 6 months ago and my results were Blue, then green and orange tied. I took it again earlier this week in my psychology class and I got Green with blue and orange tied. My teacher has told me that your color shouldn’t change and that in most cases there’s one very strong color for each person. I know that this isn’t a fixed thing and you aren’t strictly one color, but from what I’ve seen and heard, not many people get results like mine and I’m curious to know if this is something that happens usually and if there’s a thought process that explains this

  • Syda stark
    Syda stark 3 months ago

    Anybody else do the who am I how am I going to show up today thing ?because I definitely do. Sometimes I use different kinds of cards to connect with myself andAnd see what I might like to access for the day.

  • casey
    casey 3 months ago

    9:29 And that is when I realized Im Blue

  • Kevin Fuk
    Kevin Fuk 3 months ago

    Cool Blue-Melancholic-Task-oriented introvert
    Earth Green-Phlegmatic-People-oriented introvert
    Fiery Red-Choleric-Task-oriented extrovert
    Sunshine Yellow-Sanguine-People-oriented extrovert

  • Pedro Gabriel
    Pedro Gabriel 3 months ago

    This looks like a mayan tzolkin related thing lol

  • MK Traveler
    MK Traveler 3 months ago

    I think I'm blue, green and yellow and sometimes red, I guess this makes me blue lol

  • Pranav Harikrishnan
    Pranav Harikrishnan 3 months ago

    I'm a mix of red, green and blue

  • Aaron Wright
    Aaron Wright 3 months ago

    So if I'm all 4 I must be ill

  • XxxlilmizzzxxX
    XxxlilmizzzxxX 4 months ago

    I'm mostly red. Yellow comes in as a close second. I have a little bit of green too.

  • BreadNButter
    BreadNButter 4 months ago

    I switch between blue and red so purple

  • P S
    P S 4 months ago

    I start with blue then go to red.

  • Ms. Lisa Bailey
    Ms. Lisa Bailey 4 months ago

    I am more Sunshine Yellow and Earth Green and less of the other two.

  • Anusha P
    Anusha P 4 months ago

    Very red very yellow :p

  • Eissa Amini
    Eissa Amini 4 months ago

    What about a magic trick?

  • Thoriso Molefe
    Thoriso Molefe 4 months ago

    Lol, I'm the opposite of myself, Yellow and Blue (I'm also a Gemini so makes sense lol)
    On second thought, I'm also quite green, without the patience. But then again I have a lot of red, without the decisiveness (extremely indecisive), I'm extremely impatient and always need to move very quickly and get things going (I run around the house because walking takes too long), I'm not always good at getting things done but incredibly enthusiastic and get everyone around me incredibly enthusiastic about stuff then I get distracted. I feel like what people describe me as is all four colours in equal measure. I'm confused. I always pick everything anyway (including buying the same item in various colours because I can never decide). Right left brain tests also reveal me to be both in equal measure. I'm also an ambivert. Started out in art and became a mathematician too. I'm that mathematician that everyone thinks is a drama student lol.

  • sum girl
    sum girl 4 months ago

    i feel like im all of them

  • sari md
    sari md 4 months ago

    Cool & Useful Presentation

  • America Sur
    America Sur 4 months ago

    I'm mix of blue and red bahaha, now stop reading comments and get something done

  • Abigail Jacobo
    Abigail Jacobo 4 months ago

    Wohooohhh I'm a yellow!!!!!🤣🤣🤣but a mix of BLUE!!!! Omg!!!!!!

  • Fernando Calazans
    Fernando Calazans 4 months ago

    There is no model to provide self-awareness.

  • Miguel Angel Blanco Jimenez

    i tought we´re more than this colors maybe one or two of them at the same time

  • Your Majesty
    Your Majesty 4 months ago

    I am blue astj

  • Brig Sushil Bhasin
    Brig Sushil Bhasin 4 months ago

    Loved the video. Plain, simple, upfront. Thanks for the insight

  • Nikki E.
    Nikki E. 5 months ago

    His whole what to do to please a spouse who is a particular color very adequately explains why we shouldn't marry our opposites.

  • I E
    I E 5 months ago

    😐Thought this would be about neuroscience

  • Prakash Trivedi Rishabhdeo, Udaipur

    Pragmatic Prakash

  • lebanese and proud
    lebanese and proud 5 months ago

    Sunshine yellow

  • memandylov
    memandylov 5 months ago

    I feel like I'm a mixture of red and green. I'm two completely opposite people in one

  • Jen nifer
    Jen nifer 5 months ago

    😂 Introverted Turquoise (Bluish Green or Greenish Blue) 👒🧢

  • Clara Alosbanos
    Clara Alosbanos 5 months ago

    Am I his son? or he is me? im confused. 😂

  • eve
    eve 5 months ago

    I’m blue and yellow

  • Abdullahali41
    Abdullahali41 5 months ago

    This guy’s presentation was really spectacular woow very specific and he knows what he’s saying well prepared •

  • kustom13rods
    kustom13rods 5 months ago

    I don't think its going to "UMM"!!

  • Gia
    Gia 5 months ago

    'All our knowledge has its origins in perception.' - Leonardo da Vinci
    'Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will rule your life, and you'll call it fate.' - Carl Jung
    'Once you know who you are and how you're wired, you need to be consciously aware of what Carl Jung called the otherness of the other.' - Scott Schwefel

  • Kumar Vimal
    Kumar Vimal 5 months ago

    isn't it too much of self-awareness is a bad thing?

  • D Man
    D Man 6 months ago

    Try orange, the cross over between yellow and red

  • SeeF
    SeeF 6 months ago

    blue and red, i guess

  • angličtina s Andy
    angličtina s Andy 6 months ago

    I love this :D

  • potato psoas
    potato psoas 6 months ago

    So basically this model is just an interpretation of Te, Fe, Fi and Ti from Jungian Typology.

  • Christian Banks
    Christian Banks 6 months ago

    Im very grateful after watching this as I now realise my self (and other) consciousness is actually a good thing. Not a mental problem :)

  • KY
    KY 6 months ago

    When speaking in terms of a career, this sunshine yellow kid wants to be more fiery red

  • Justthe Girl
    Justthe Girl 6 months ago

    Wheres my cool blue at? Anybody interested on dropping over and play cards.

  • nicole taylor
    nicole taylor 6 months ago

    hi beeches

  • iop erty
    iop erty 6 months ago

    13:25 I do 3 things of these

  • dallin eats lettuce
    dallin eats lettuce 7 months ago

    my alliterative adjective is radical reid *sunglasses emoji*

  • Mihirdev Arya
    Mihirdev Arya 7 months ago

    I think I am -ve yellow.
    53% Blue 28% Green 19% Red.

  • Ayoub Khalil
    Ayoub Khalil 7 months ago

    Damn i must be the cause of all the wildfires going on cause I'm so intensely fiery red.


  • Pham Thu Hang
    Pham Thu Hang 7 months ago

    Thank you !

  • Jacqualynne Newby
    Jacqualynne Newby 7 months ago

    Jolly Jacqualynne, Joyous Jacqualynne, Justified Jacqualynne

  • isasibela
    isasibela 7 months ago

    I am absolutely yellow, so yellow that you cannot be more. Therefore, I may be a real freak for blues and greens. Only reds and yellows can follow me.

  • laughablehaha
    laughablehaha 7 months ago

    This video is somewhat ironic because it's not letting you think for yourself and instead aligning yourself with a certain ideology. *Don't* base your identity off of a graph please.

  • shivangi syal
    shivangi syal 7 months ago


  • Jess Wu
    Jess Wu 7 months ago

    i think im all four colors

  • NightHawk
    NightHawk 8 months ago

    Dammit, I think I'm blue and green, but maybe more

  • Me
    Me 8 months ago

    This really made me think. What a great way to understand people! I'm somewhere between green and yellow.

  • Guy B
    Guy B 8 months ago

    How funny, my name is Guy & I’m a Gardener 😝

  • Sandi Caranovic
    Sandi Caranovic 8 months ago

    it should be stup.. Scot

  • Tasia Butler
    Tasia Butler 8 months ago

    I like this guy. He seems coo.

  • Kady Chapman
    Kady Chapman 8 months ago

    Can I wear 3 hats?? 😂 I'm a bit of all except yellow!