The Temperament Approach

Temperament Profile

The Temperament Profile is used to identify a person's temperament. It identifies our spiritual genetics - God's imprint upon each of us. Learn more.

The Building Blocks

 A unique way to break down the complex subject of the "inner man" is illustrated in "The Building Blocks" diagram below.

  1.  God-Created "Temperament" (Inborn) - The first building block of understanding human behavior is God-created. This is called our temperament. When we are conceived, our unique temperament is placed within us by the order of God.

  2. Man/ Environment-Affected "Character" (Learned Behavior) - The second building block of understanding human behavior is that we are man/environment- affected.  This is called our character. At birth, we begin to interact with our environment and our environment interacts with us. The environment is everything we see, hear, smell, feel and learn. These perceptions are forever locked into our brain and they mold and alter our temperament, forming character, (i.e. temperament x environment = character).

  3. Self- Selected "Personality" (Mask) - The third building block of understanding human behavior is that we are self- selected. This is called our personality. This may or may not be part of our temperament or character. This is the way we perceive how we must behave to survive in the world in which we live. There is one major problem with personality. It is a mask we wear for the world and, as with any mask it, cannot be worn for very long.  Eventually, the person must revert back to temperament and character. This explains why a person may act differently at home than they do in public.


THREE Areas of Interpersonal Needs:

The three areas of interpersonal needs are: Inclusion - Control - Affection.

  1. Inclusion is the need to establish and maintain healthy relationships with people in the area of surface relationships and socialization. 

  2. Control is the need to establish and maintain healthy relationships with people in respect to control and power.

  3. Affection is the need to establish and maintain healthy relationships with others in regard to love and affection.

Five Different Temperament Types:

  1. Choleric: Leaders, task-oriented, organizers, people-motivators, fast-paced, confident.

  2. Melancholy: Rebels, artistic, creative, loners, thinkers, perfectionist, independent, task- oriented.

  3. Phlegmatic: Negotiators, slow-paced, peacemakers, stubborn, task-oriented, easy-going, low energy.

  4. Sanguine: Friendly, outgoing, inspiring to others, hot-tempered, enthusiastic, optimistic, talkative.

  5. Supine:  Followers, great capability to serve, gentle spirited, relationship oriented.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Within each temperament and interpersonal need area, there are perfections (strengths) and imperfections (weaknesses), which can be spiritual and/or physical.

Through the freedom of choice, man has the ability to sink to his weaknesses or rise to his strengths. Weaknesses are man's reactions to his unmet needs. Understanding our strengths and weaknesses through the lens of temperament can improve all areas of our life.