The Habits of 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?

Temperament Types

Choleric

Positives: Enthusiastic, Ambitious, Determined, Focused, Positive, Born leader, Dynamic, Practical, Justice-oriented, Strong-willed, Independent, Confident, Motivator

Negatives: Easily Angered, Stubborn, Vain, Argumentative, Inflated Self-confidence, Judgmental, Aggressive, Over-ambitious, Lack of sympathy

Sanguine

Positives: Agreeable, EnergeticCarefree, Friendly, Flexible, Sociable, Optimistic, Cheerful, Communicative, Pleasant, Compassionate, Forgiving, Storyteller

Negatives:Slothful, Lustful, Envious, Impulsive, Easily Distracted,Lacking in perseverance, Moody, Superficial, Unstable, Fickle, Vain, Self-complacent, Overly flirtatious, Gossipy  

Melancholic

Positives: Deliberate, Prayerful, Naturally inclined to piety, Affectionate, Good counselor, Prudent, Trustworthy, Sympathetic, Sacrificial, Analytical, Introspective, Conscientious Dreamer, Studious, Reflective

Negatives: Gluttonous, Timid Overcautious, Lacking initiative, Low self-confidence, Compliant, Moody Oversensitive, Seclusive, Pessimistic

Phlegmatic

Positives: Deliberative, Persevering, Composed, Thoughtful, Practical, Calm, Witty, Practical, Mediator, Compassionate, Good listener, Dependable, Intuitive

Negatives: Slothful, Lacking ambition, Slow in accomplishing tasks, Sarcastic, Selfish, Stubborn, Irresolute, Detached

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