Personality Lingo is a fun easy way to identify personality patterns and understand why people behave as they do. It uses everyday language to help you comprehend and discuss the way you see the world and how you interact with others. Founded by Mary Miscisin, M.S. and Ed Redard, M.D. in 2014, the Personality Lingo® system is a tool for gaining self-awareness, increasing emotional intelligence, improving communication, and navigating stress.

What is Personality Lingo?


The Personality Lingo® system is in alignment with the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Keirsey Temperaments, Don Lowry’s True Colors, and many other personality systems that trace their roots to Carl Jung’s psychological type theory. Personality Lingo agrees with the standard set by the Keirsey Temperaments for the trait patterns and core values which characterize the four fundamental temperaments.


Practical Application

Personality Lingo takes participants beyond the basics of personality style identification providing practical applications for appreciating differences, communicating more effectively, and navigating the stress we encounter in our everyday lives at work and at home.

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Lays the Foundation for Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is the capability of individuals to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior to achieve success in life. The practice of identifying and labeling emotions builds the foundation for self-regulation of emotions.

Compassionate Communication is a process for working through the conflict that arises when two individuals have contrasting strategies for having their own needs and values met. The practice of identifying and labeling needs and values builds the foundation for communicating more effectively.

Participants learn to identify the needs and values of themselves and others. This provides a powerful avenue for reframing perspectives, opening up lines of communication, and increasing emotional intelligence.


Personality Lingo makes every attempt to simplify terminology and maintain consistency with the other systems so that it doesn’t feel like you are learning a new language.


For ease of orientation, the training material includes references to letter and color coding alongside the Personality Lingo descriptor terms.

Audience as Experts

Each training program is designed to promote opportunities for audience members to be the “expert” of their particular style. Participants take a journey of self-discovery as members of a dominant style group and then teach the larger audience about the preferences of their personality style. Clear consistent patterns always emerge. This powerfully effective teaching method engages the participants, increases their desire to learn, and deepens subject retention.

Integrates NLP

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a fascinating field of study involving the observation of behavior and the subjective experiences (thought patterns and communication approaches) that drive those behaviors. Powerful elements of NLP concepts are integrated throughout the teaching methods used in this guide.

Multi-Faceted Learning

All of the activities in the book are designed with more than one purpose. Icebreakers are not just to energize, they introduce pattern recognition. Activities build from solo to duo to group to allow the introverts to think and process as well as build the comfort level of participants to share and interact. All of the activities tie back into the personality concepts.


Instead of sitting through a “lecture” or “presentation”, participants in a Personality Lingo workshop are taken on a journey of discovery through the magic of stories that depict the characteristics of each personality style in contextual situations. In addition, participants are given the opportunity to share their own stories of how their personality plays out in “real life”.

3-Step Personality Identification

Personality Lingo‘s 3-step personality identification method includes a Pre-Sort to capture initial impressions, a Storytelling Sort illustrating the trait patterns in contextual situations, and a Social Sort which provides opportunity to dialogue and compare with a group of one’s peers. Using this 3-step method provides the opportunity to refine results and helps build confidence in one’s self-assessment of their personality.


Each Personality Lingo® trainer’s kit stands alone as a turnkey solution when one is needed, yet the training material is also designed for you to incorporate into your own custom workshops. The handouts are straightforward, the slideshow presentation is concise, the facilitation guide provides you with powerfully effective training methodologies. This simplicity is not only the key to audience engagement and retention of information – it also allows you to customize your workshops. You may combine the (unaltered) handouts and slides with your own signature material tailored for your specific audience. If you find that you need to further incorporate the material into your own publications – we make it easy for you to request copyright permissions.

Personality Lingo Founder and Author Mary Miscisin, MS

About Mary Miscisin

Mary Miscisin a.k.a. Positively Mary

Mary’s extensive background in health and wellness education – from her Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Corporate Fitness, her Interdisciplinary Masters of Science degree in Fitness and Wellness Management with combined concentrations in psychology, communication and health education, to University instructor, certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistics, and over 30 years of facilitating employee wellness programs – provides a wealth of experience from which she draws upon.

Mary began her study of human nature as the second oldest in a family of 10 children. She learned the importance of effective communication and the significance of appreciating different personality types.

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Throughout her career, Mary observed first-hand how negativity, personality clashes, and contrasting communication styles can be at the root of many workplace challenges. By integrating concepts from cognitive psychology, personality theory, and personal experience, Mary has designed powerfully effective programs which address the underlying challenges of work and home life.

Mary is the author of, Personality Lingo – Use the Power of Personality to Transform Relationships, Improve Communication, and Reduce Stress.

As the host of the PBS special “Get Curious, Not Furious – Communicating Your True Colors” Mary brought an awareness of how to apply the concepts of personality styles to improve communication. It aired on Public Television stations across the U.S. and Canada for several years.

In Remembrance of Ed Redard, MD

Ed Redard

Co-Founder Ed Redard, MD (1960-2016)

Dr. Ed Redard received his Doctor of Medicine from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1987. As a family physician for more than 27 years, Dr. Redard will always be remembered for the individual care and consideration he extended to his patients. He treated each patient with respect, offering them his full attention. He took the time to really listen to what was bothering them. In doing so, he showed his patients that they have inherent worth.

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Dr. Redard helped his patients recognize the impact emotions can have on physical health and taught them to be mindful of taking care of their own emotional state. He offered his patients a shoulder to cry on and encouraged them to heal themselves with self-help books, articles, and counseling, before prescribing medications. He rarely wore a white doctor’s coat or a tie, preferring a more casual, but still very professional look which also put his patients at ease. If he had it his way, he would have worn shorts to the office.

Ed was a remarkable educator with a passionate curiosity and keen intellect. As the co-founder of Personality Lingo, Dr. Redard embarked on the hero’s journey to uncover a person’s unconscious beliefs and how to align these to influence health and disease. By melding the fields of Jungian Typology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Ericksonian Hypnotic Therapies, and Behavioral Psychology he was able to teach others the importance of self-knowledge and help them shift their perceptions and behaviors toward healthier habits and lives.

Personality Lingo has evolved from a long line of temperament theories

The Personality Lingo® system’s roots tie back to the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung.

  Carl Jung
  Keirsey Temperaments
  Don Lowry’s True Colors