The personality test
Although we are often the closest ones to ourselves, it can still take a friend or an outside perspective to really see the nitty-gritty and to understand the mannerisms and intricate details of our lives. The way we do things, the patterns, the cycles, the reasons.
There’s a personality test that is changing the game for couples, friends, and relationships with its insight into personality and communication types. It’s called “The Four Temperaments” test and actually traces back to an Ancient Greek medical theory. This theory found that there were four fundamental bodily humors (blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm) which could cause illness if they were out of balance. Gross, we know - but bare with us! The theory was that one's temperament - whether choleric, melancholic, sanguine or phlegmatic - was due to one's predominant bodily fluid.
We no longer believe that bodily fluids affect personality (though some researchers have suggested that gut bacteria affects temperament) but psychologists do believe in temperament, which is one's inborn tendency to react in certain ways emotionally and behaviorally.The test asks a number of questions which you need to answer as definitely true, somewhat true, somewhat false or definitely false.
By the end, it has given you a percentage of which temperament you fall under. Your top two are most likely your leading temperaments and explain your reasoning for many personal decisions and attitudes in life.
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For example, the melancholic temperament tends to be quite introverted, more sensitive and its weakness is to be very hard on oneself. A choleric on the other hand, is very confident in themselves, is a natural-born leader and is happy to take charge.
So, why is this important?
Understanding your temperament can be incredibly helpful. It gives you an insight into your natural strengths and weaknesses, your “triggers” and your emotional tendencies.
We tend to think that what makes us happy is what makes everyone happy but this isn’t often true. Knowing your own temperament helps you recognise what you need from others to really feel valued and loved while also knowing what triggers you. It also helps the other way round - knowing the temperaments of the relationships around you helps you give them what they need, helps you communicate in a way they understand and opens your eyes in appreciation for what they bring to the table.
We think it’s a great way to foster healthy, meaningful relationships, all the while learning more about yourself.
You can sign up and try the test for free here.
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