The 3 TREE Personality
The next Trigram in the I Ching is Thunder. Thunder is the sound caused by lightning. Depending on the distance and nature of the lightning, Thunder can range from a sharp, loud crack to a long, low rumble. The sudden increase in pressure and temperature from lightning produces rapid expansion of the air around and within a bolt of lightning.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle, in the fourth century BC, speculated that thunder was caused by the collision of clouds. When a storm is coming, lightning strikes and thunder booms loudly and directly. The 3 Tree personality often speaks before thinking about how the information will be received. This is similar to children saying it like it is, without a filter. It is refreshing to know exactly what they think and feel, but sometimes they unknowingly hurt people’s feelings.
3 Tree personalities do not have the time to soften the message because, to them, that does not serve anyone. They are not being mean; just like thunder, they are direct and up front before moving to the next topic. “Get out of my way, I am coming through.” The 3 Tree personality can shake up things that is for sure. My neighbor, 3 Tree, 4 Tree, came over to see my new Alexa, Amazon Echo. She heard me asking Alexa to find a Radio station to no avail. The first thing she did was say in a stern voice, “Alexa, Listen to me.” Alexa said back, “I am listening to you.” We all laughed: a true, 3 Tree approach to Alexa.
Like a child, the 3 Tree moves quickly from one thing to the next, trying new things and juggling lots of activities. Many 3 Tree people need someone to follow behind them, keeping things moving in sync and reminding them that they have too many things going on. It is not that they cannot take care of themselves; they are just more able to keep all the balls in the air if someone is assisting them, lining up the schedule and catching the balls as they fly through the air.
The 3 Tree personality manifests in different ways depending on the combination with the person’s other personality type. My dad Dirty George, the same