Every since my sister introduced me to the four personalities or temperaments the other day, I have been obsessed and got a lot of my friends to take the test as well. This is by no means a definitive test, and the more times you take it the more accurate it will be. It will represent you to varying degrees, and practically no one fits 100% into one category or another. It is just a means for understanding yourself, and helping you interact with others. But as someone interested in sociology, this struck a nerve with me and I just absolutely wanted to know everything about these personalities, how they interact, and where each of my friends and family fall. For more legit and detailed descriptions, and to take the test just follow this link.
Me: Sanguine: This is the fun loving social butterfly, possible party animal who expresses their emotions. A sanguine enjoys being the center of attention (go figure, I started a blog called Joe Jarvis Explains It All), but will do things for his own amusement as much as for others’. “They enjoy social situations, and believe that everyone else would too”. This quote was funny to me, because I do sort of have a habit of assuming everyone wants to get in on a nice rowdy night of camaraderie and shenanigans. I have been quite befuddled by the person who stays home rather than joining the party! That’s part of why I like this personality test, it reminds me that I need to realize everyone doesn’t think like me… in fact I am the minority in many ways. But that is fine with me, I want to be the minority, if you stick out like a sore thumb you get that much more attention. Yes, I like attention and I can embrace that. The downside to being sanguine is the possibility for shallowness and vanity.
Choleric: This was my sub personality, the second strongest (though I can see elements of all the 4 personalities in myself). A choleric is the born leader, they have a plan, and know how to execute that plan. They can be a little over the top dominant sometimes; think captain of the football team or the my-way corporate boss. Though driven, their downfall can be their desire to be right all the time or “win” an argument, even if they have to resort to lies or yelling. They speak their minds, which again, can be good or bad; there is a fine line between tough love and being rude. The alpha dog.
Phlegmatic: There was a certain desire while taking the test for it to turn out Phlegmatic (like Harry Potter begging to be put into Gryffindor by the sorting hat). But its okay, although I often find it fun to go with the flow, it feels unnatural to be a follower. A phlegmatic is definitely the chillest of the personality types, who really just want to see peace and harmony among the group. Like a sanguine they promote team cohesion, but it is through love, understanding, and conflict resolution, rather than the entertainment and encouragement of a sanguine. They aviod controversy, and will stay silent rather than saying the wrong thing. “Can’t we all just get along?” Though there is something to be said against being too easily influenced by others.
Melancholic: I can’t resist the desire to tease my sister, knowing she will read this, who said something along the lines of, “Of course I have the worst one”, thus confirming she is a melancholic. (Then again maybe I am being too sanguine in assuming she will take my jest lightly). But really the melancholic has a lot of great traits, that might be somewhat overshadowed by their general pessimism and somewhat withdrawn nature. But the reason for this is basically that they are perfectionists, and therefore almost necessarily fall below their own standards set for themselves. In reality they are probably the smartest people in society (think scientists and programmers), because they are analytic, and desire truth, not just to “be right” like the choleric. In fact melancholics might argue, but for a completely different reason than the choleric; they cannot stand the fact that a lie is being promoted, or an untruth taken as gospel. Their desire to set the universe right is what will constantly dog them, because it is a righteous goal impossible to achieve. A melancholic is emotional, but in a different way than the sanguine; the melancholic is more sensitive and may dwell on an injustice, while the sanguine’s emotions are fleeting. “People of the melancholic temperament might perceive a room of twenty strangers as frightening or uncomfortable, while a sanguine might see them as opportunities to meet new friends.”
[Off topic but, oh man I totally just realized that J.K. Rowling almost certainly made each house in Hogwarts into a personality, right? Hufflepuff is definitely phlegmatic, and Slytherin almost certainly choleric, which would make sense that Gryffindor is sanguine, and Ravenclaw melancholic. Any Harry Potter fans want to give me their thoughts on this? Alternatively I could see Gryffindor as choleric, Slytherin melancholic, Ravenclaw sanguine, and Hufflepuff still phlegmatic.]
Seriously, if there is one post I want a giant discussion on, it is this one. Come on, it will be fun, says the sanguine. All you cholerics go ahead and make your case for why you’re not an asshole. Don’t be afraid to join in, melancholics, I know you are reading and rereading your comment before posting it to make sure your grammar is correct, and your argument logically laid out; its great, seriously. And really, phlegmatics, I know you just want to read everyone else’s comments, but the discussion will be lacking without you! Maybe you can find an argument, and tell us why both sides have a valid point, and should come together.
Also, as I said, these are new terms to me, so if I messed up the descriptions of any of them, or misrepresented them, please correct me in the comments below! Tell me which personality type YOU are and how this has worked for you; your experiences negative or positive in coping! 🙂