You And Your Temperament

Have you ever wondered why you cannot change certain things about yourself no matter how hard you try, that is because you are an individual with a unique nature. You need to understand that there are 4 different temperament personalities and you are a combination of all in different percentages.

The characteristic of each temperament cannot be overemphasized; they have got their strengths and weaknesses. Let’s look at them one after the other;


The Melancholy personality has the following characteristics;

They are perfectionists and introverts

They are very emotional and have mood swings

They are good thinkers and solution providers

They are highly creative in activities such as art and poetry

They are very intelligent and have a good imaginative capability

They are independent and self -reliant but also egocentric.

They always want to do things right; e.g. being punctual, neat, well behaved etc.

They are result oriented and are not very patient

They prefer solitude; they do better alone than in a team

They usually have a feeling of depression and self pity and are often pessimistic.

They do not accept defeat; they don’t want to be a second fiddle

It takes time for them to recover from loses, tragedy and humiliation

They often forget about others when involved in something; they hate being interrupted.

They are not sociable; so they are not party goers

They are vengeful

They are more prone to suicide than any other temperament personality

We can infer that, Melancholic people are;

-better as Followers than as Leaders

– better as Artisans than as Politicians

– better as Instrumentalists than as dancers


To some, Sanguine is the direct opposite of Melancholy

They are sociable and fun to be with

They are extroverted in nature

They are cheerful and optimistic

They are good conversationalists

They are bold, self confident and persuasive

They are garrulous and gregarious

They are playful, forgetful and a little sarcastic

They always want to try out new things e.g. new places, people, attires, hobbies, interests, food etc.

They are unstable and nonchalant e.g. they are chronically late, not organised and hardly care about what people think about them.

They are hyperactive

They easily get into relationships but can hardly keep them

They sensitive, compassionate and thoughtful

They call for attention and always want to be applauded

We can infer that people with the sanguine personality are;

– better as comedians than as analysts

– better as singers and dancers than as writers

– good ‘Masters of Ceremonies’ and event organizers


Let’s see who they are;

They are very hardworking and result oriented

They believe in action and hence are very good activists

They are more autocratic than democratic

They are organized and want everything to be done their way

They are workaholic and strategic

They are passionate, energetic and ambitious and always try to instill it in others

They are domineering and often times not flexible

They are charismatic leaders and politicians

They love to dictate the pace for others to follow

They are very bossy and coercive

They don’t tolerate nonsense

They are often bullies and always want to have their way or be on top of the game

They are usually busy and can multi-task

They are not receptive because they believe their opinion is the best.

They are likely to be proud

We can infer that choleric people are;

– better as military men than as civilians

– better as leaders than as followers

– better as bosses than as subordinates

– better as husbands than as wives


To some, Phlegmatic is the direct opposite of Choleric; let’s have a look at some of their characteristics;

They are cool, calm and collected

They are accommodating and affectionate

They are rational, observant and curious

They are shy and receptive

They are respectful, self-content and kind

They easily give up

They humble and submissive

They are consistent

They try their best and leave the rest

They shy away from competitions

Sometimes, they are not easily understood by other temperaments because of their deep nature.

They are unpredictable and sensitive

They can also be passive and sometimes aggressive

We can infer that, phlegmatic people are;

better administrators

better as spectators than as participants

the best followers of all the 4 temperaments

A man is a composed of all 4 but in different percentages which vary depending on the current situation, environment, or stage of one’s life, but usually one is dominant.

No temperament is the best and none is the worst, it is their respective combinations that make us unique individuals. No two persons have the same percentage of combinations no matter how biologically linked they are. Just recognize who you are, appreciate people for who they are, work on your strengths and try to see how your immediate community can benefit from you. The only thing that makes you to be you is actually in you.

Just be real!!!