there are four types of temperament:
- idealist/melancholic (owl - thinker)
- rationalist/choleric (eagle - action man)
- traditionalist/phlegmatic (dove - peace maker)
- hedonist/sanguine (peacock - pleaser)
Melancholic (idealist) is a person who was a thoughtful. Often kind and considerate, melancholics can be highly creative - as in poets and artists - but also can become overly obsessed on the tragedy and cruelty in the world, thus becoming depressed. It indicates the season of autumn (dry and cold) and the element of earth. A melancholy is often a perfectionist, being very particular about what they want and how they want it. This often results in being unsatisfied.
Choleric (rationalist) corresponds to the season of summer (dry and hot), and the element of fire. A person who is choleric is a leader. They have a lot of ambition, energy and drive, and try to instill it in others, and can dominate people of other temperaments, especially phlegmatic. On the negative side, they are easily angered or bad tempered.
Phlegmatic (traditionalist) person is calm and unemotional. Phlegmatic corresponds to the season of winter (wet and cold), and connotes the element of water. While phlegmatics are generally self-content and kind, their shy personality can often inhibit enthusiasm in others, and make themselves lazy and resistant to change. They are very consistent, relaxed, rational, curious, and observant. The phlegmatic is reliable and compassionate.
Sanguine (hedonist) indicates the personality of the season of spring (wet and hot), and the element of air. A person who is sanguine is generally optimistic, cheerful, confident, popular, and fun-loving. They can be day-dreamy and impulsive, possibly acting on whims in an unpredictable fashion. Sanguines usually have a lot of energy, but have a problem finding a way to direct the energy.
n here are my results ..
- Idealist - 7
- Rationalist - 5
- Traditionalist - 4
- Hedonist - 14
took the test for a couple of times, which turned up with similar results. i'm a proven sanguine !! a proven pleaser ?? *sweat* you tell me ..