I have a question for you. Are you a :
- university student?
- software engineer?
- platoon commander?
- cruise ship captain?
The reason I am asking is that all of these folks have one thing in common along with the other 7.7 billion people that are estimated to be on this big blue spinning ball we all call home at present. The common factor is that we are all surrounded by one another and in that mix is a diverse range of personalities, that can at times make it difficult to get along with one another. On a smaller scale for example, if you were a workforce manager responsible for the smooth running of a team, wouldn’t you find it easier to manage the team if you knew why different people in the team behaved in their own different ways? If I was that manager,I know that this would help me big time !!
There is a theory rooted in ancient Greek and Roman medicine, that there are four basic temperaments or personality types. My posit is this. If you and I knew the personality type of the people we were dealing with, wouldn’t that make it easier for us in our daily dealings with others?
So just What are the four personality types? Join me in this blog today as we examine these “people types” in the following sections:
Sanguine(party,party,party,look at me !!)
Choleric(I’m in charge, lets’ set some goals !!)
Melancholy(I understand how you feel…)
Phlegmatic(relax bro, take a chill pill…)
Who am I?
Who are they?
Please do enjoy this read and don’t forget to add any questions/thoughts /comments below when you are done :))
Sanguine (party,party,party,look at me !!)
First up is the type that always make themselves first in a crowd !! The personality type of the Sanguine is best described as being a non-stop talker, boundless enthusiasm, outgoing,very active and sociable. You definitely won’t miss these types in a crowd. Being the extrovert, these folks are sometimes described by others as the life of the party, out there, chatty,friendly,wild,talking at one hundred miles an hour. I swear, if you dumped one of these folks on a deserted island they would make friends with the coconut trees within an hour of landing ashore !!!! :)) Some professions where you might traditionally run into this type would be tourism guide, entertainer,performer,social media influencer etc.
Choleric (I’m in charge, lets’ set some goals !!)
OK everyone, be quiet and eyes front because here comes the choleric!! These folks are natural born leaders. They are also extroverted but I suppose that they use that “presence” for a different effect. In a leadership role you can see this clearly in true leaders, in person. They are driven, ambitious,logical,goal setters, team leaders, decisive with a fact based outlook on the world. Being an ex-military person,I find that the really good leaders are the ones that do not have to say much but just “command” your attention with their presence whether they are wearing a smart military uniform or ordinary civilian clothing. Leadership definitely fits the choleric type personality !!
Melancholy(I understand how you feel…)
The melancholy type are the thinking, feeling and reflective type. Being the introvert, these folks always try to avoid the spotlight and choose to hide in the crowd. They can also be described as reserved, thoughtful,compassionate,self-reliant, independent and a perfectionist. An offshoot of this behavior is that they are often tidy and detail oriented folks. Drive past any house with a neatly trimmed and tidy yard and I bet you could knock on the door and find that there is a melancholy type living there(or the hired Gardner is one :))These folks are everywhere. I’ve met police officers, disability carers and university lecturers that do fit this mould.
Phlegmatic (relax bro, take a chill pill…)
Phlegmatic types are the “cruisiest” of this group. They are sometimes seen as the easiest type to get along with. Their personality type is often described as easy going, quiet,relaxed,”chilled out” and generally sympathetic towards others. I know from my own experience that these folks just “feel” good to be around. In a work environment this can be a bonus as they make a job easier to be at in this setting. The image I get in my head when I think of this type of person is a chilled out, surfie with long hair !! Some professional settings where you might encounter these folks might be in the creative arts or even as a mental health worker.
How was that?It’s interesting stuff hey?Of course not everyone is a pure sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic or melancholy. I would say we are all a mixture of each. Now,let’s have a go at applying what we just read to our own personal circumstances below. Grab a blank piece of paper and write down what personality type or mix of personality types you think best fits you. I bet the answer will give you an “aha” moment. As for myself I know that I am part choleric, phlegmatic and melancholy. I definitely do not like the spotlight on me at all and I certainly don’t lead the charge at a party so I know I am definitely not a sanguine !!!!
Who are they?
OK now that you have done that, pick five people that you know and do the same exercise. They can be family, friends,work colleagues, sports buddies etc. Anyone,just pick five and try figure out what type or mix of type they are. Do this and I bet going forward, the question of what type is the personality of anybody you meet, will always be floating back there in the grey matter.
So how can all of this information help me??
The short message is that when we understand who a person is, we can then understand why they do the things they do whether that be good or bad in a group or individual setting. This personality type analysis skill is very useful as it can be applied to all sorts of situations e.g.:
- Couples relationship
- A primary school teacher and a group of kids
- Colleagues at work
- Parent/child relationships
- A leader and a team of people
Far out friend, I don’t know about you but I learned heaps just researching and writing this article. I especially learned some more about folks around me in the pen and paper exercise above. The results there surprised me!! How did it go for you??.My whole intent of writing this article was to be able to equip the reader with a truly practical skill that they can apply at home, work and play. I truly hope that this article was able to assist somebody, somewhere !!
If you have any questions or thoughts on how this article was able to assist you, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below as I am very interested to hear others observations, on this article in dealing with those around us.
I will reply as soon as I can!”