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bashful  |  dopey  |  sleepy  |  sneezy  |  doc  |  grumpy  |  happy


Some Strengths which Happy may exhibit in a Group Meeting:

  • Very likable, warm, and energetic
  • Supportive of the leader, group members, and task at hand
  • Responds quickly to request from leader to do an exercise or help out
  • Promptly completes any assignments given
  • Nods affirmatively and expresses positive interest

How do you know when you have a Happy in your meeting?

  • Smiles a lot at everyone, particularly the leader
  • Frequently tries to catch leader's eye, and tries to maintain eye contact with leader
  • Takes seat to the leader's right if it is available
  • Generally agrees with the leader

Some Difficult Behaviors which Happy may exhibit in a Group Meeting:

  • Overly cooperative
  • Likes everything; gives high ratings all the time
  • Says, "Yes, I agree, Me, too!"
  • Tries to guess right answer and complies with imagined correct response
  • Is focussed on leader vs. materials or others in the room

Assumed Feelings Underlying BOTH Strengths and Weaknesses for Happy:

  • Fear of abandonment
  • Wants to show self as unique
  • But terrified of rejection
  • Is afraid to risk loss of love to assert his ideas

How to Leverage Happy Strengths:

  • Happys do best in a fun, whimsical environment
  • They respond particularly well to recognition and support
  • When needed, Happys love to help the leader with any task
  • Happys are good to call upon first for an answer - they want to please and can be used to model appropriate behavior in the meeting.

Potential Interventions to Diffuse Happy Problems:

  • Reconfirm interest in divergent responses - for example: "You can only please me by helping me do my job, which is to ensure that all opinions are expressed. We need the whole picture even if there are some aspects you think might be insignificant."
  • Remind group of the value of the individual
  • Praise difference of opinion
  • Move away from him to give him freedom to disagree
  • Maintain approving eye contact

General Description of Happy Personality:

Happys are people persons - they love people. They are warmly interested in others and tend to watch, listen and pick up specific, detailed information about others. They want to like people, and have a special skill at bringing out the best in others. They are extremely good at reading others, and understanding their point of view. Happy's strong desire to be liked and to maintain a pleasant environment makes him highly supportive of others. People like to be around Happy, because he has a special gift of invariably making people feel good about themselves.

Happys take responsibilities very seriously, and are very dependable. They value security and stability, and have a strong focus on the details of life. They see before others do what needs to be done, and do whatever it takes to make sure that it gets done. They enjoy these types of tasks, and are extremely good at them.

Happys are warm and energetic. They need approval from others to feel good about themselves. They are hurt by indifference and don't understand unkindness. They are very giving people, who get a lot of their personal satisfaction from the happiness of others. They want to be appreciated for who they are, and what they give. They're very sensitive to others, and freely give practical care. Happys are such caring individuals, that they sometimes have a hard time seeing or accepting a difficult truth about someone they care about or themselves for that matter. That makes it difficult to express a difference of opinion that might be construed as negative by the leader or anyone else in the meeting.

Happys are focused on reading other people. They have a strong need to be liked, and to be in control. You may observe them changing their own manner to be more pleasing to whoever they're with at the moment.

Happys respect and believe in the laws and rules of authority, and believe that others should do so as well. They're traditional, and prefer to do things in the established way, rather than venturing into unchartered territory. Their need for security drives their ready acceptance and adherence to the policies of the established system. This tendency may cause them to sometimes blindly accept rules without questioning or understanding them.

A Happy who has developed in a less than ideal way may be prone to being quite insecure, and focus all of their attention on pleasing others.

Happys at their best are warm, sympathetic, helpful, cooperative, tactful, down-to-earth, practical, thorough, consistent, organized, enthusiastic, and energetic. They enjoy tradition and security, and will seek stable lives that are rich in contact with friends and family.


To read descriptions of the other Dwarf Personalities, choose an appropriate link below:
bashful  |  dopey  |  sleepy  |  sneezy  |  doc  |  grumpy  |  happy

read more about general tips and techniques for creating an encouraging, supportive atmosphere for all participants in a group meeting.


About The Author
Dr. Sharon Livingston

Sharon Livingston, Ph.D. is founder and Co-President of The Looking Glass and Executive Solutions, Inc. Articles either about or by Dr. Livingston have appeared in The New York Times (several times - see 5/6/01 Long Island edition), Marketing News, Communication World, Adweek, The Washington Post, The Daily News, Newsday, Advertising and Communication Times, The American Bar Association Journal, Delta Sky, Discover, Beverage World, U.S. News and World Report, Quirks Marketing Review, and Winners. Her work has been referenced in The Group Depth Interview, a book published by Prentice-Hall, and Beyond Mind Games a book published by American Demographics. She has addressed gatherings of the American Marketing Association, the Advertising Research Foundation, the Pharmaceutical Marketing Research Society, Qualitative Research Consultant Association, Marketing Research Associaiton, The Qualitative Research Council of the Advertising Research Foundation, Professional Marketing Research Society of Canada and the Sales Executive Clubs. Dr. Livingston holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Organizational Behavior and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, has had extensive training in creative ideation procedures, group dynamics, applied psychological techniques and projective methods. She is currently on the Qualitative Research Council of the Advertising Research Foundation, is a current and founding member of QRCA - the Qualitative Research Consultant Association; a founding member of FFA - the Focus Facility Association, and is also a member of the American Marketing Association, and the National Association of Female Executives.



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