Temperament Strengths and Weaknesses
It is temperament that makes some people art and music enthusiasts while others are sports or industry minded. Temperament sets broad guidelines on everyone’s behavior, patterns which will influence a person as long as he lives. Each temperament has its own unique qualities and shortcomings, strengths and challenges. What accounts for these differences?
To use the idea of temperament most effectively, it is important to understand that the temperaments are not simply arbitrary collections of characteristics, but spring from an interaction of the two basic dimensions of human behavior: our communication and our action, our words and our deeds, or, simply,
what we say and what we do.
Isn’t it interesting that some people talk about reality, while others talk about ideas.? Some people do what?works, while others do whats right. The bottom line is each person has the choice to develop his natural temperament strengths and overcome his natural temperament weaknesses. To what degree this occurs depends on the individuals motivation. It is possible to learn how to control and overcome the natural weaknesses associated with a temperament blend.
It is of benefit furthermore to recognize one’s temperament. Only if one knows it, can he judge correctly himself, his moods, his peculiarities, and his past life. If one knows one’s own temperament, he can work out his own perfection with greater assurance, because finally the whole effort toward self-perfection consists in the perfection of his strengths and in the combating of his weaknesses.
the Choleric will have to conquer his obstinacy, his anger, and his pride;
the Melancholic, his lack of courage and his dread of suffering;
the Sanguine, his talkativeness and his inconsistency;
the Phlegmatic, his laziness and his lack of energy.
The person who knows himself will become more?humble, realizing that many good traits which he considered to be virtues are merely good dispositions and the natural result of his temperament, rather than acquired virtues.
the Choleric will judge more humbly of his strong will, his energy, and his fearlessness;
the Sanguine of his cheerfulness, of his facility to get along well with difficult persons;
the Melancholic will judge more humbly about his sympathy for others, about his love for solitude;
the Phlegmatic about his good nature and his repose of mind.
Temperament is innate in each person; therefore it cannot be exchanged for another temperament. But one can and must cultivate and perfect the good elements of his temperament and combat and eradicate the undesirable ones. Every temperament is in itself good and with each one man can do good and work out his salvation. ?With Gods strength this is possible.
I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength (Phil. 4:13)
It is, therefore, imprudent and ungrateful to wish to have another temperament.
“All the spirits shall praise the Lord” (Ps. 150: 6)
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