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One Word Descriptions: Peaceful. Needs to try new things, to motivate themselves, to learn to make decisions and say, No. Faith and trust in God helps them overcome inhibitions and become more outgoing. One Word Descriptions: Perfect. Every temperament has strengths and weaknesses. As the Holy Spirit comes into our lives in new birth, He accentuates our strengths and balances out our weaknesses, so we do not go to the extremes we used to.

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Augustine My mother had me pegged at a very young age. I remember walking into her bedroom as she put down the book Transformed Temperaments by Tim LaHaye and smiled at twelve-year-old me. Sure enough, even as a child, melancholic me was more likely to be writing poetry than playing sports or crying over a poignant novel than hanging out with friends. And as I grow, or try to grow, in virtue and in prayer and in union with the Father who made me that way, it is still a valuable tool for identifying predominant faults, much-needed virtues, and strengths to build upon.

All the graces we are given, through prayer and sacraments and the generous outpouring of a loving God, act upon the raw material of our nature. Understanding that nature allows us to be more supple to the work of God as He perfects it and more loving towards those around us who are also works in progress.

Primarily as a parent, I have found the understanding of the temperaments to be invaluable as I cooperate with God in raising young children -and some of them not so young anymore-who seem to respond to me, to the world, and to the work of God within it in vastly different ways. Where did they come from? And what is a Temperament? The theory of the temperaments predates Christianity; Hippocrates c.

This theory has survived through the centuries in its ancient form, which is the classification of four types: sanguine, melancholic, choleric, and phlegmatic. Now, however, it is accepted as a psychological reality rather than a biological one. And some prominent spiritual theologians, such as Fr. Jordan Aumann, point out that the study of this reality is helpful in that beautiful, mysterious process—the sanctification of the human soul. Our temperament is not our entire personality but is an important aspect of it.

Primarily it explains how the human person tends to react to stimuli. Meaning, how easily are you motivated or triggered? How long do you stay fired up? There are all sorts of traits that seem to be connected to this part of our personality. The Four Temperaments Although no one has one temperament in a pure, exclusive form, it is widely believed and easy to observe that each human person has a predominant temperament.

Most often two seem to dominate the personality; usually one will be greater and one lesser. Two describe more extroverted personality types: sanguine and choleric are generally more outgoing, while the phlegmatic and melancholic tend to be more reserved and introverted. The reactions of the sanguine person are quick and short-lived.

He is easily aroused and quick to forget. He enjoys experiences and the company of others and is a favorite at parties for his warm and vivacious personality. He will have many friends, at least on the surface level, and be interested in many things, but may not have the attention span to master them.

This, of course, could also be his downfall, and coupled with impulsivity, could make him prone to sins against chastity and temperance.

He will have to work hard to master himself but if he does, can be a great contributor to the Kingdom, evangelizing his many friends and drawing them into the greatest adventure to be had. Peter seemed to have many traits of the sanguine. Spontaneous and impulsive, he was ready to drop nets, put up tents or cut off ears at the spur of the moment. Before the Holy Spirit had transformed him, he proved to be inconstant when questioned about his friendship with Jesus during the Passion.

Therefore, his reactions will be quick and long-lasting. This is the quintessential leader temperament: competitive, confident, and direct. The choleric will tend to be goal-oriented. After all, he figures, he can do it the best! Not surprising, this person will struggle with pride more than the others. Relationships can be difficult with him; a tendency to insensitivity will be a challenge to true intimacy and vulnerability. But the Spirit-led choleric will enthusiastically have the vision and stamina to found and reform orders and institutions and lead holy armies of saints in the spiritual battlefield.

They can be the greatest of saints, such as the tireless and zealous St. Ignatius of Loyola, and the Church needs them and their magnanimity. Aumann points out. Melancholics are prone to solitude, reflection, and introspection. They have great attention to detail but in the spiritual realm, this can make scrupulosity a real danger.

However, the melancholic will have the easiest time of the four temperaments establishing a prayer life. Intimacy with God will come very naturally to one so reflective and thoughtful, and melancholics may make the greatest mystics. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was almost certainly a melancholic.

Able to withstand their personal crosses with incredible fortitude, melancholics will seldom complain, just as this saint faced with serenity years of discrimination and hostility for being a woman in the academic world, for being a Catholic in a Jewish family, and finally for being a Jew in Nazi-occupied Holland. If I can overcome my own sins of excessive introspection and procrastination in the face of difficult tasks, and if I can put down the books and the daydreams in greater service of the people around me, then I will grow closer to her ideal of sanctity.

Finally, the phlegmatic. A phlegmatic is aroused with difficulty and only weakly. When he is, it is of short duration. They tend to be patient, orderly, measured, and without strong emotions. They are peaceful and slow-moving, loyal and committed. But these tranquil people often have an iron will hidden beneath their calm exterior. Introverted like the melancholic, leadership may not come naturally to them and they may prefer to follow, and they will be the most loyal and devoted of followers.

The phlegmatic will be likely to accept Church teaching without question, for example, but may need extra encouragement to take an active role in evangelization and mission. It may be that St. Why Study the Temperaments? Why spend the time and effort to understand ourselves? Is this time wasted when it could be spent for God and for others?

Maybe, if one is a melancholic who will dwell on it excessively! But otherwise, these categories can be helpful in the spiritual life — our own, primarily, but also in those we mentor, guide, lead, and teach. The reason, Fr. Consequently, the body-soul composite of the individual person can be a help or a hindrance to the operation of the virtues infused with sanctifying grace. The goal in understanding our temperament is to gain self-knowledge in order to grow in humility and ultimately, to perfect our nature through grace.

Each of the four, like it or not, has certain strengths and certain weaknesses. While weaknesses are not sins, they make certain virtues harder to acquire. The first step is understanding where the struggle lies so that we may send in spiritual reinforcements to that front, avoid particular near occasions of sin, and seek out necessary help in overcoming sin and imperfections.

For example, the Bennetts explain in their book that a sanguine will need a strict rule of life and perhaps accountability in order to grow in control, consistency, and perseverance. They will need solid formation and direction in order to not be led astray by false teachers.

A choleric may need to spend more time praying for humility, but find in his prayer that he is distracted by the many projects he has taken on. Melancholics will need to surrender control and the desire for perfection even as they seek it out. Their high expectations can only be met by Christ — and laying down their impossible ideals at his feet may be an important step in growing in sanctity.

Phlegmatic temperaments are naturally peaceful — but they may need to be challenged on that. Are they peaceful because of Christ or because they are uncomfortable with conflict? Yet all of nature is full of patterns and rhythms and so too is human nature.

We can embrace and use this understanding of the temperaments while always remaining aware that God is greater than our classifications. The Goal? A choleric will always be a choleric but be so softened by grace that his gentleness may not immediately reveal the drive underneath.

A melancholic, fully converted, will be so full of joy and hope that it may not be apparent at first which temperament is his. The goal is transformation in Christ, who had no particular temperament but rather was the best of all of them in his perfect nature. We will always remain ourselves but must seek to become more and more like Him. Heaven will certainly be a delightful mix of perfected personalities! The more we can seek to understand our own, to use our strengths and overcome our weaknesses, the more likely we are to be welcomed by the beautiful variety of saints waiting there.

And that is a goal this melancholic will chase to the end. Which temperament best describes you?? Thanks for reading! Want to hear about new posts? Name required Email required.

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Augustine My mother had me pegged at a very young age. I remember walking into her bedroom as she put down the book Transformed Temperaments by Tim LaHaye and smiled at twelve-year-old me. Sure enough, even as a child, melancholic me was more likely to be writing poetry than playing sports or crying over a poignant novel than hanging out with friends. And as I grow, or try to grow, in virtue and in prayer and in union with the Father who made me that way, it is still a valuable tool for identifying predominant faults, much-needed virtues, and strengths to build upon. All the graces we are given, through prayer and sacraments and the generous outpouring of a loving God, act upon the raw material of our nature. Understanding that nature allows us to be more supple to the work of God as He perfects it and more loving towards those around us who are also works in progress. Primarily as a parent, I have found the understanding of the temperaments to be invaluable as I cooperate with God in raising young children -and some of them not so young anymore-who seem to respond to me, to the world, and to the work of God within it in vastly different ways.

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