Tag Archives: melancholy

Super Bowl People

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Super Bowl Day I found myself sitting in a small hotel room with six other people in front of a small flat screen TV. This one television was supposed to be seen by each person whether they sat on one of the two beds, on the sofa bed, or on the blow-up mattress on the floor. Not your ideal viewing situation. But as we watched, I realized our personalities played a part in how we watched this nationally acclaimed football game. Read the rest of this entry

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Elevator People

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This afternoon my husband and I stepped into an elevator in a town away from home. We were only going a few floors and then out to dinner. Normally shy and reserved, I always look forward to the few moments of silence and reflection an elevator ride provides.

“Good afternoon, folks!” Just as the doors closed a man and his wife jumped through the opening. A happy, playful/sanguine man as well, my husband replied, “Hello, how are you doing?” I rolled my eyes. Read the rest of this entry

Hippocrates’ New Twist

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There are four basic personality types:

  • Purposeful – your basic I-play-by-the-rules person
  • Powerful – your basic I-want-to-be-in-control person
  • Playful – your basic life-of-the-party person
  • Peaceful – your basic I-like-everything-to-be-on-an-even-keel person

You may be familiar with these personality types by other names. Hippocrates called the purposeful person a melancholy, the powerful person a choleric, the playful person a sanguine, and the peaceful person a phlegmatic based on an interpretation of body fluids. Others have given them animal names such as beaver, otter, lion, and golden retriever. Still others have used letters such as DISC. There are many ways to classify our personalities. But in every method of assessment there is a purposeful personality, a powerful personality, a playful personality, and a peaceful personality. No matter what you call them, each of the four corresponds with one of those descriptions. Read the rest of this entry