Human study shows that there are four main human temperament, based on their character and attitude.
Human character and attitude is used to determine which temperament one belongs.
All of the temperament have its own role to play in the society – none is less important or least.
We all need each other to survive at most times.
This not some sort of ranking or importance. Though most human tend to exhibit some characters belonging to other temperament, they still possess most of the characteristics of their dominant temperament. E.g. a Choleric being kind and polite at odd times.
Sanguine people are boisterous, bubbly, chatty, openly emotional, social extroverts.
- Sanguine find social interactions with faces both familiar and unfamiliar invigorating. This is how they recharge, and time alone - while sometimes desirable - can bore them quickly.
- The more people they're surrounded by, the better they feel, and they're not picky about who they get to know. They enjoy having many, many friends.
- While sanguine enjoy being around other people, it's largely because they enjoy the attention of others and feel good about the fact that they are not lonely.
- They are talkers more than they are listeners.
- They may move away from friends that they consider to be boring or dull.
- They are bubbly, fun-loving, extroverted people-people who are always in the mood for a good time. They love wild nights out.
- They make friends quickly, and they'll cheerily talk to strangers. People of the melancholic temperament might perceive a room of twenty strangers as frightening or uncomfortable, while a sanguine might see them as opportunities to meet new friends.
- They are not picky, and will usually like more things than they dislike. They tend to enjoy things that are trendy, popular, and so on.
- They enjoy social situations, and believe that everyone else would too. They're likely to convince people to come along with things like 'come on, you'll enjoy it!' or 'you don't know what you're missing!'
- Being friends with a Sanguine is often as simple as knowing each other's face and name.
- They aren't particularly trustworthy... as they'll be too eager to spill secrets with others, and their general flightiness can make them unreliable as they're likely to get easily distracted by other things.
- They are talkative, and speak in a friendly, energetic, playful kind of way; they're often charismatic, and when interacting with them, you can feel like you've known them all your life.
- They are very emotional, and their emotions can be extreme but fleeting. They are the sorts who will be screaming "I HATE YOU I HATE YOU!!" one day, then mere hours later, they'll be profusely apologizing about it, then expecting everything to all be water under the bridge after that.
- They are quick to 'forgive and forget' - and expect others to do the same - because they live in the moment rather than dwelling in the past.
- They tend to have open senses of humor (rather than dry or subtle humor), and laugh and smile often and clearly.
- They may tease others in a 'playful' way, expecting them not to 'take it so seriously'.
- They are very show-offs and have high self-esteem. They're prone to bragging, in a 'look how amazing I am!!' kind of way rather than 'I am better than you' (which is more choleric).
- They are extreme in their emotions, and may go through stages of melodramatic misery and self-loathing as well.
- They can be very easy-going, suggesting that more serious people 'mellow out' or 'take a chill pill'.
- Sanguine can be great motivators, as they'll enthusiastically encourage others towards action, and they see things positively, optimistically, and would convince others to see things that way too.
- They are naturally physical with others, very 'touchy-feely', openly expressing their affection through hugs and stroking and grabbing shoulders and things like that.
- They could not be said to be neat and tidy. They live in the moment, which can lead to poor planning or disorganization, messiness.
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- They love attention. They desire to be in the spotlight, and for people to compliment and praise them. Everyone loves compliments, but sanguine will go out of their way to get them.
- They are often performers, party animals, drama queens.
- They wish to fit in and be popular. Or, they'll seek to be Different in a way that will make them remarkable.
- The embarrassment of making a fool of themselves is outweighed by the pleasure of putting on a show. They will go to extraordinary lengths to add the life they feel is missing from any party, such as dancing on tables, eating food off the ground, etc.
- Of course, the reason they'd do silly things isn't JUST to get attention. They do these things because them find them amusing themselves.
- They require constant entertainment, and will complain about being bored if they are not sufficiently entertained, often at another person who's failing to entertain them.
- They will show off their abilities to others in order to get praise.
- They are dramatic, and will exaggerate to make things seem more extreme than they are.
- They have a tendency to be vain, and to care about how they look.
- If nobody is paying attention to them, they will barge into a conversation or say something in order to attract some attention. They are very uncomfortable being left out.
- In our distant past, the sanguine members of the pack might have played a supportive, encouraging, social role. They would have been the glue that kept the group together.
- In modern society, you might see them as entertainers, singers, dancers, or perhaps simply as the energetic people at parties. In fantasy, they might be Bards.
Choleric people are the proud, extroverted 'alphas' of our species.
- Choleric people are leaders and directors. They seek to be in control of situations, to be on top, to be the best.
- This doesn't necessarily mean that they are all driven to reach the top of the corporate ladder or anything, or that they all want to have leadership roles, but in day-to-day interactions with other people, they have a tendency towards one-upsmanship.
- They use imperative, commanding language, wording things as orders rather than requests. Compare "get me a drink" to "can I have a drink?". They probably use phrases like 'deal with it', 'get over yourself', 'stop being such a wimp', etc., or may start sentences with "look", or maybe "look, buddy" or "listen, pal" or things like that.
- They word things with confidence and certainty. Compare "X is this way" to "maybe X is this way, or something?".
- They are firm and forceful in their approach to problems. They believe in 'tough love', and try to 'help' others by challenging them to prove themselves, as they themselves would.
- They're more likely to tell someone who they are trying to 'help' that they're pathetic, expecting the person to say 'no, I'm not pathetic, I'll show you!', as indeed a choleric would in response to such a thing.
- If met by opposition, they react confrontationally to defend themselves. They are constantly trying to be 'dominant' in every situation, subconsciously, either by being louder and better than those around them, or more restrained and therefore superior to those who lose their cool.
- Most bullies are choleric, but few choleric are bullies. Many will in fact stand up to those who bully others, rather than letting them get away with things.
- Their confidence and demanding natures make them natural leaders, though this doesn't mean that they would necessarily enjoy leadership positions; they're just more likely to take charge if necessary rather than fumbling around worrying.
- They will 'challenge' others aggressively in order to show their respect for the person's strength. They believe that it is important to 'prove oneself'.
- They have a tendency to argue for reasons that are different to the melancholic. They're more driven by a desire to prove themselves greater than whoever they're arguing with, to assert that they are right, rather than to reach some kind of truth or compromise. They can lie in order to maintain the dominant position. The argument is about them more so than the issue; a battle of egos rather than a quest for truth.
- They say things like "if anyone tries to mess with me, I make them wish they'd never started on me in the first place".
- They love competition... but hate to lose.
- They are defiant of authority, challenging them as if to knock them off the top spot and assert their own dominance as the alpha of this pack, the leader of this tribe.
- They can be very condescending to those that they look down upon.
- They may take pleasure in the pain, misfortune, or humiliation of people they are not on good terms with. This is because it brings them pleasure to feel superior to others. "Ha-ha! Look at that loser messing up! Hilarious!" (Compare this with the phlegmatic, who'd be more likely to feel distress when seeing someone being harmed, even if it was their worst enemy.)
- Words like 'hot-blooded', 'brash', 'domineering', 'overbearing', might be used to describe this temperament.
- They blame others for their own mistakes, often to the point of lying to save face.
- They feel that they can define and understand and advise others, but laugh at the thought that others could do the same to them. This is because analyzing and defining another puts you in the superior position, while being defined would put them in the inferior position, which they resist.
- Choleric are extroverted in the sense that they will meddle in others' affairs and 'speak their mind' if they feel it is necessary, rather than minding their own business.
- They generally respond well to new situations, and seek thrills.
- They seek to prove themselves externally, to show that they are great and the best and things like that. They must prove that they are strong.
- They believe that it is important to 'say things how they are', to be bluntly honest about their opinions rather than 'sugar-coating' them.
- They speak their mind, but often don't mind their speech.
- Their pride and drive for dominance, as well as their open expression of emotion, naturally leads to outright aggression when challenged. They will raise their voices and get angry to show that they are the biggest and strongest, and to assert superiority.
- They brag and boast to show how amazing they are; in an 'I am better than others' kind of way.
- They are pragmatic, doing what needs to be done bluntly rather than worrying about fantasy scenarios.
- They will plough through obstacles that bar their path (metaphorically speaking); they are single-minded in moving towards their goals.
- They generally believe that they are right, and have immense stubbornness about admitting their flaws, UNLESS admitting these flaws would make them look better than others ("I'm strong enough to admit I'm wrong, unlike you").
- They demand respect from others, and will hold grudges against those that they consider to be rivals.
- They can be great, supportive friends who'd take a bullet for those close to them, unless you get on their bad side, in which case they'll try their best to 'rub your nose into the dirt'.
- It is important to them that they are strong and courageous, not afraid of anything. If they are afraid, they will deny it (again, unless admitting it makes them look strong).
- They often - but not necessarily - have high self-esteem.
- They will 'rise to the challenge', in order to prove themselves, and look for opportunities to do so.
- It's important for them to be tough and strong.
- They are in many ways the opposite of the phlegmatic in that they are controlling, assertive, and see conflict and challenge and competition as a desirable form of interaction.
- They have similarities to the melancholic in that both are stubborn and opinionated, but the choleric is more forceful and 'tough' while the melancholic is uncertain and sensitive.
- Choleric strive for independence, because to be dependent is to rely on others, to not be in the superior position. Dependence is weakness.
- They are 'thick-skinned', in many cases bulletproof against the criticisms of others, able to shrug or laugh them off.
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- In our distant ancestors, the choleric members of the pack would be the alphas, the leaders. They would command their subordinates, and assert their dominance using force. If challenged, they would respond by getting angry, larger, in order to intimidate and to prove that THEY were the strongest, the most fit to lead.
- In current society, they often tend towards leadership roles, such as managers, politicians, captains, team leaders, and so on, though not necessarily. In fantasy, they might be the proud warriors, the esteemed Kings.
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