TemperamentsEverybody seems to be enamored with social media and what it offers – connections.

It is this same offering of connections that I feel will interest you into knowing more about yourself and the people that you meet in social media sites.

I recently took an online quiz about the four temperaments – choleric, sanguine, melancholic, and phlegmatic – as I was just curious to know what my temperaments are. I’ve been intrigued by a teacher friend of mine who uses this gauge to identify what kind of students he has and how he could make his classes more exciting as well as how he could find the best methods in disciplining a child in accordance with his temperaments! And he has around 30 students!

In my musings, I realized that we could more or less identify the people we are connecting with, either through social media sites or face-to-face, through their exhibitions of the different personality traits according to temperament.
The word “temperament” itself comes from Latin word “temperare,” which means “to mix.


Sanguine Temperament

  • Joyful/Cheerful
  • Optimistic
  • Passionate
  • Outgoing/Attention-seeking
  • Responsive to emotions
  • Charismatic
  • Compassionate
  • Impractical/Dreamer
  • Storyteller
  • Childlike
  • Memory for smells & colors
  • Makes friends easily
  • Doesn’t hold grudges
  • Loves people
  • Inattention
  • Lack of concentration
  • Disorganization
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful
  • Impulsive
  • Restless
  • Very talkative
  • Interrupts (Egotistical)
  • Weak-willed
  • Emotionally unstable
  • Unpredictable
  • Circumstantial

Choleric Temperament

  • Self-sufficient
  • Born leader
  • Dynamic
  • Practical
  • Compulsive need for change
  • Must correct wrongs
  • Unemotional
  • Strong-willed
  • Independent
  • Optimistic
  • Not discouraged easily
  • Confident
  • Goal-oriented
  • Knows the right answers
  • Can see the whole picture
  • Quickly moves to action
  • Thrives on opposition
  • Little need for friends
  • Leads and organizes
  • Excels in emergencies
  • Delegates work
  • Motivator
  • Long-term thinker
  • Hot-tempered
  • Cruel
  • Impetuous
  • Impatient

Melancholic Temperament

  • Sensitive to anguish of others
  • Analytical
  • Deep thinker
  • Self-introspective
  • Artistic or musical
  • Self-sacrificing
  • Poetic and philosophical
  • Appreciates beauty
  • Perfectionist with high standards
  • Detail conscious
  • Neat and tidy
  • Organized
  • Sees the problem
  • Seeks creative solutions
  • Must finish what is started
  • Content to stay behind the scenes
  • Likes charts, numbers, and lists
  • Cautious to make friends
  • Will listen to complaints
  • Problem solver for others
  • Moved to tears with compassion
  • Tries not to raise attention
  • Serious
  • Conscientious
  • Studious
  • Reflective
  • Not practical–Dreamer
  • Self-centered
  • Pessimistic
  • Moody
  • Revengeful
  • Skeptical

Phlegmatic Temperament

  • Calm and collected
  • Quiet
  • Witty
  • Sympathetic
  • Kind
  • Inoffensive
  • Hides emotions
  • Reconciled to life
  • Not in a hurry
  • Takes the good with the bad
  • Practical
  • Dry sense of humor
  • Mediator
  • Avoids confrontation and conflict
  • Cool under pressure
  • Takes the easiest way
  • Good listener
  • Likes to watch people
  • Compassionate and concerned
  • Pleasant
  • Good administrative ability
  • Intuitive
  • Dependable
  • Efficient
  • Slow and Lazy
  • Teaser/Sarcastic
  • Selfish
  • Stubborn
  • Indecisive
  • Detached observer

It is believed that we have one dominant and one sub-dominant temperament. What temperaments can you best identify with? Now, try this out with your friends! What are their temperaments?

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To Your Success,

Elmar Sandyck
Elmar Sandyck

8 thoughts on “Knowing Yourself Through The Temperaments

  1. Hi Elmar,

    I was a teacher myself and came from an alternative system that also used these temperament classifications to better understand the students we taught.

    I will say it was most times very helpful and I can see how using these will also help us better understand others and ourselves but as with all things one has to be flexible and allow for changes and exceptions.

    Thanks for reminding me about this again. 🙂


  2. @: Hi Mia,
    I know you mean well in your feelings about the Earth being upset with us and if I thought that the Earth could think for itself, I would probably agree.
    Let’s remember though before you buy an electric car or change all the incandescent light bulbs in your house, that one single eruption from a Volcano can produce as much Carbon Dioxide, Sulfur and a plethora of other dangerous chemicals as we have the entire time of the Industrial age.
    So, instead of worrying about taking care mother earth, we should be more concerned with obeying Father God.
    2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
    3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
    4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
    This is an accurate description of our world today.
    God Bless,

  3. Hi Marcus,

    That’s great to know! I’m glad I was able to remind you again. I agree that all of us are unique individuals and knowing your temperament helps you understand how to blend with other people. It is not the summum bonum of everything, though. It is one of the good tools to use but there are other tools that could be useful as well. And just like all other tools, it’s not the cure-all for everything. I absolutely agree with you that there are exceptions always. It’s not always cut-out to be the same for everyone all the time. Thanks for the amazing comment and especially from someone who really knows the temperaments by heart!

    Take care,

  4. Hi Randy,

    Interesting indeed. Glad to know you’re enlightened as I was! Me, I’m a combination of both choleric and melancholic. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

    Take care,

  5. Hi Ilka!

    Hahaha That must have been fun identifying with one characteristic after another! I had a great time, too, and glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by!


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