The Habits of Your Temperament

What is your temperament? Depending on your temperament, you can be more prone to exhibit certain virtues and positive qualities, as well as face stronger temptations to fall into certain sins or vices. See the chart below to learn about the bright side and dark side of your temperament.

Throughout the day, you are constantly faced with the choice: God or not God. Every time you exercise the virtues and gifts of the “bright side” of your temperament, you choose and glorify God. When you exercise the sins and vices of the “dark side” of your temperament, you essentially choose “not God.”

After reflecting on the bright side and dark side of your temperament, ask yourself this: What active steps can I take to practice the bright side of my temperament and choose God? What active steps can I take to break the habits of the dark side of my temperament, which make me choose not God?

*Click on italicized “dark side” items for quick tips on dealing with these sins and vices. Consider printing the quick tip to stick in your pocket, wallet, purse, or to post on your mirror or fridge as a reminder to work on improving yourself in that way. We highly recommend the book Saintly Solutions to Life’s Common Problems, where you can get more great, in-depth advice on how to deal with difficulties in your life.

 

BRIGHT SIDE DARK SIDE

Choleric

Enthusiastic / Ambitious

Determined / Focused

Positive

Born leader

Dynamic

Practical

Justice-oriented

Strong-willed

Independent

Confident

Motivator

Prideful

Easily Angered

Stubborn

Vain

Argumentative

Inflated Self-confidence

Judgemental

Agressive

Over-ambitious

Struggles with un-forgiveness

Lack of sympathy

Impatient

Irritable

Hot-tempered

Criticizing

 

BRIGHT SIDE DARK SIDE

Sanguine

Agreeable / Energetic

Carefree / Friendly

Flexible

Sociable

Optimistic

Cheerful

Communicative

Pleasant

Compassionate

Forgiving

Storyteller

Slothful

Lustful

Envious

Impulsive

Easily Distracted (during prayer)

Lacking in perseverance

Moody

Superficial

Unstable

Fickle

Vain

Self-complacent

Overly flirtatious

Gossipy

 

BRIGHT SIDE DARK SIDE

Melancholic

Deliberate

Prayerful

Naturally inclined to piety

Affectionate

Good counselor

Prudent

Trustworthy

Sympathetic

Sacrificial

Analytical

Introspective

Neat and tidy

Conscientious

Dreamer

Studious

Reflective

Greedy

Gluttonous

Timid Overcautious

Lacking initiative

Low self-confidence

Compliant

Moody

Oversensitive

Seclusive

Irresolute

Despairing

Pessimistic

Struggles with un-forgiveness

Revengeful

Skeptical

Self-centered

 

BRIGHT SIDE DARK SIDE

Phlegmatic

Deliberative

Persevering

Composed

Thoughtful

Practical

Calm

Witty

Practical

Mediator

Compassionate

Good listener

Dependable

Intuitive

Slothful

Distant

Lacking ambition

Slow in accomplishing tasks

Sarcastic

Selfish

Stubborn

Irresolute

Detached