Tim LaHaye provides an indepth study of the different temperaments that cause people to act the way they do.Understanding them will help you appreciateyourself and others better
Temperament provides both our strengths and weaknesses.. This article is a short overview of the 4 temperaments It is not a perfect fool-proof theory though .
The real you
The 4 temperaments: Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholy and Phlegmatic, were first identified in Proverbs 30:11-14 when the wise man saw four kinds of people. About five hundred years later, the four were given names by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. Temperament is the combination of inborn traits that subconsciously affects all our behavior. It is a person’s temperament that makes that person outgoing and extrovertish or shy and introvertish. Character is the real you. It is the result of your natural temperament modified by childhood training, education, and basic attitudes, beliefs, principles, and motivations. It is sometimes referred to as “the soul” which is your mind, emotions and will.
When you examine the different temperaments, you may immediately identify yourself. If you can’t, it is probably because you are a blend of temperaments.,Here is an interesting overview done by Tim La Haye
1. Sparky Sanguine
Extroverted Sparky Sanguine is the warm, buoyant, lively, and fun-loving temperament. She (he) is receptive by nature and external impressions, has capacity to enjoy herself and usually passes on her hearty outgoing nature. Strengths: Loves life, compassionate, optimistic, friendly. Weaknesses: Restless, undisciplined, egotistical, emotional.
They usually make excellent salespeople. In addition to being good at sales, Sanguines make great actors, entertainers and preachers (particularly evangelists)
2. Rocky Choleric
Extroverted Rocky Choleric is the hot, quick, active, practical, and strong-willed temperament. He is often self-sufficient and very independent. He tends to be decisive and opinionated, finding it easy to make decisions for himself as well as for others. Rocky Choleric thrives on activity. He is not frightened by adversities, he has dogged determination and often succeeds where others fail. The Choleric is a born leader. He always lands on his feet. Rocky Choleric’s emotional nature is the least developed part of his temperament. He does not sympathise easily with others, nor does he naturally show or express compassion. He has a well-organised mind, though details usually bore him. Once he has started towards a goal, he may run roughshod over individuals that stand in his way. The more Choleric your children’s temperaments, the more intense should be your prayers for their conversion between third and fifth grade, while they still retain sensitivity to spiritual things. Strengths: Strong-willed, self-disciplined, practical, leader, optimistic. Weaknesses: hot-tempered, cruel, bossy, self-sufficient. Cholerics might consider careers that require leadership, motivation, and productivity, provided they do not require too much attention to detail and analytical planning. Most entrepreneurs are Cholerics. Since Cholerics are not by nature good delegators of responsibility; they tend to evaluate negatively the efforts of others. He oozes self-confidence, is extremely goal-conscious, and can inspire others to envision his goals.
3. Maestro Melancholy
Introverted Maestro Melancholy is often referred to as the ‘dark’ temperament. Actually she is the richest of all the temperaments, for she is an analytical, self-sacrificing, gifted, perfectionist type, with a very sensitive emotional nature. By nature Maestro is prone to be an introvert, but since her feelings predominate, she is given over to a variety of moods, gloomy and depressed; withdrawn and can be quite antagonistic. Maestro Melancholy is a very faithful friend, but, unlike the Sanguine, she does not make friends easily. She is perhaps the most dependabl e of all the temperaments, for her perfectionist tendencies do not permit her to be a shirker or let others down. Occasionally, when she is in one of his great moods of inspiration, she may produce some great work of art or genius. Melancholies usually find their greatest meaning in life through personal sacrifice. As a general rule, no other temperament has a higher IQ or more creativity or imagination than a Melancholy, and no one else is as capable of such high-quality ‘perfect’ work.
4. Philip Phlegmatic
Calm, cool, slow, easy-going, wellbalanced temperament, never seems to get ruffled. He has a high boiling point and seldom explodes in anger or laughter but keeps his emotions under control. Is usually kindhearted and sympathetic but seldom conveys his true feelings. He feels much more emotion that appears on the surface and has a good capacity to appreciate the fine arts and the “finer things” of life. Phlegmatics do not lack for friends because they enjoy people and have a naturally dry sense of humour that others enjoy. They have a retentive mind, difficult for them to be motivated to move beyond their daily routine. The world has benefited greatly from the gracious nature of Phlegmatics. They have a conciliating effect on others and are natural peacemakers. They are masters at anything that requires meticulous patient and daily routine. Strengths: Witty, dependable, easygoing, efficient, calm. Weaknesses: slow, lazy, provocative, selfish, stubborn.
Well there you have it, I hope this read has helped you “find yourself”and others too,I hope also that this understanding will heal your relationships because you know better, if you are a woman with a phlegmatic husband for instance you will not get upset when he does not show much emotion or appears a bit insensitive because you know that is just how he is wired
Take care and good luck