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Why You Act The Way You Do.

It's said that there are four temperaments split equally into the two personality types, and every person has/is at least one of these temperaments. 

Extroverted Personalities: The Choleric and Sanguine personality-types are more “out-going,” more sociable, and more comfortable in a crowd, even standing out in a crowd.

Introverted Personalities: The Melancholy and Phlegmatic personality-types are more shy and “reserved” and feel anxious about being in crowd, especially at being singled-out in a crowd.

Read below to know which Temperament you are. 

A. SANGUINE — The Sanguine temperament is fundamentally impulsive and pleasure-seeking. Sanguine’s are frequently referred to as“the talker.” They are expressive in personality… desire influence, and being enthusiastic with people… in expressing thoughts with excitement… and being the center of attention. The Sanguine is sociable and charismatic, generally warm-hearted, pleasant, lively, optimistic, creative, compassionate, and outgoing; he is the life of the party, humorous, enthusiastic, and cheerful; he easily attracts others and makes friends; he inspires others to work and join in the fun. He is sincere at heart, always a child, creative and colorful, possesses energy and enthusiasm, loves people, is a great volunteer, thrives on compliments, and doesn’t hold grudges. The Sanguine likes to talk a lot… struggles with completing tasks… is chronically late… and tends to forget his obligations… he bases his decisions primarily on feelings. Sanguine types can be great parents, because they love to have fun; but their homes are often frenzied and disorganized, and the only time you find everyone silent is when they are sleeping! Sanguine people usually possess high amounts of energy, so they often seem restless and spon-taneous. This type of personality loves the life of luxury and impressing others… they are big spenders… they love to travel the world and indulge in rich, comfortable living… and they will do almost anything to satisfy their always present need to be absorbed by something meaningful and exciting. They are impulsive and often find it difficult to control their cravings; as such, people with this temperament are more susceptible to smoking, alcohol, drugs, gambling and taking risk; sadly, they are most susceptible to chemical imbalances, addictions and mood disorders. These people feel bored if they are not absorbed by something intriguing and adventurous. The Sanguine is very poor at tolerating boredom; for the most part he will try to avoid monotony and that which is routine at all costs; routine jobs and boring companions annoy him and irritate him. In addition to the characteristics listed below, the Sanguine is essentially described as being relational and an extrovert

B. CHOLERIC — The Choleric temperament is fundamentally ambitious and leader-like. The Choleric is the strongest of the extroverted Temperaments, and is sometimes referred to as a “Type A” personality or “the doer” (or “the driver”); he is a hard driving individual known for accomplishing goals… he has a lot of aggression, energy, and/or passion, and tries to instill it in others. Dominant in personality Cholerics desire control, and are best at jobs that demand strong control and authority, and require quick decisions and instant attention. The Choleric is the most insensitive of the Temperaments; they care little for the feelings of others; feelings simply don’t play into the equation for them. Most Cholerics are men, and born leaders who exude confidence; they are naturally gifted businessmen, strong willed, independent, self sufficient, they see the whole picture, organize well, insist on production, stimulate activity, thrive on opposition, are unemotional and not easily discouraged. They are decisive, must correct wrongs when they see them, and compulsively need to change things. They systematize everything, are all about independence, and do not do well in a subordinate position. They are goal oriented and have a wonderful focus as they work; they are good at math and engineering, are analytical, logical and pragmatic; and are masters at figuring things out. They are skeptical and do not trust easy; they need to investigate the facts on their own, relying on their own logic and reasoning. If they are absorbed in something, do not even bother trying to get their attention. Negatively, they are bossy, domineering, impatient, can’t relax, quick tempered, easily angered, unsympathetic, enjoy arguments, too impetuous, and can dominate people of other tempera-ments, especially the Phlegmatic types. Many great charismatic military and political figures were Cholerics. They like to be in charge of everything… they are workaholics who thrive on control and want their way… they are highly independent people, and have very little respect for diplomas and other credentials. They set high standards, are diligent and hard-working, are rarely satisfied, and never give up their attempts to succeed. Choleric women are very rare, but strangely are very popular people. Cholerics have the most trouble with anger, intolerance and impatience; they want facts instead of emotions; and should you get your feelings hurt, it’s your problem, not theirs. The Choleric does not have many friends (though he needs them), and he has a tendency to fall into deep sudden depression, and is much prone to mood swings. In addition to the characteristics listed below, the Choleric is essentially described as being organizational and an extrovert

C. PHLEGMATIC — The Phlegmatic temperament is fundamentally relaxed and quiet, ranging from warmly attentive to lazily sluggish. Phlegmatics are referred to as “the watcher” — they are best in positions of unity and mediation, and solid in positions that desire steadiness. The Phlegmatic is most often a female who tends to be easygoing, content with herself, calm, cool and collected, tolerant of others, well-balanced, sympathetic, kind, unassuming, keeps emotions hidden, is happily reconciled to life, not in a hurry, has many friends, avoids conflict, inoffen-sive, quiet but witty, agreeable and intuitive… though they are very peaceful, patient and adaptable, they tend to be reluctant, indecisive and a worrier. They are wonderful at gathering facts, classifying them, and seeing the relationship between them; basically, they are good at generalizing, seeing the bigger picture, and reading between the lines. They are accepting, affectionate, frequently shy, and often prefer stability to uncertainty and change. Because they are fearful, indecisive and hesitant of things in life, they have a compromising nature. Phleg-matics often worries about everything. They want to know other people’s deepest feelings and strive to build intimate attachments with just about everyone in their lives. They are interested in cooperation and interpersonal harmony, and this is why they preserve their family ties and friendships. They could be described as considerate, charitable, sympathetic, trusting, warm, calm, relaxed, consistent, rational, curious, and observant — this makes them good adminis-trators. Phlegmatic men and women strive for greater self-knowledge, and seek to contribute to society at large. On the negative side, they are often selfish, self-righteous, judge others easily, resist change, stay uninvolved, dampen enthusiasm, and can be passive-aggressive. In large part, the Phlegmatic temperament is deemed to be a neutral temperament. In addition to the following characteristics, the Phlegmatic is essentially described as being relational and an introvert

D. MELANCHOLIC — The Melancholic temperament is fundamentally introverted & thoughtful. Melancholies are often referred to as“the thinker.”  Their analytical personality’s desire caution and restraint, best at attending to details and in analyzing problems too difficult for others. They tend to be deep-thinkers and feelers who often see the negative attributes of life, rather than the good and positive things. They are self-reliant and independent and get wholly involved in what they are doing. Melancholies can be highly creative in activities such as art, literature, music, health-care and ministry, and can become preoccupied with the tragedy and cruelty in the world; they long to make a significant and lasting difference in the world. Melancholies usually have a high degree of perfectionist tendencies, especially in regards to their own lives or performance. They are serious, purposeful, analytical, musical, artistic, talented, creative, self-sacrificing, conscien-tious, idealistic, philosophical, and are genius prone. They are also very “introspective” and hold themselves to a very high standard — one that can rarely be achieved. They tend to be highly organized, schedule oriented, economical, tidy, neat, detail conscious, finish what they start, like charts, graphs, figures and lists, see the problems and are able to identify creative solutions with ease. Sadly, many Melancholies are also victims of deep bouts of depression that come from great dissatisfaction, disappointment, hurtful words or events. Melancholy personalities are people who have a deep love for others, while usually holding themselves in contempt. In short, melancholies take life very seriously (too much so sometimes) and it often leaves them feeling blue, helpless or even hopeless. Because they are deeply caring people, they make great doctors, nurses, social workers, ministers, and teachers. This comes from a deep sense of what others are feeling or experiencing and the inward need to reach out and do something in order to help them. They are extremely loyal in friendships; there is an old saying that goes like this: “If you have a Melancholy for a friend, you have a friend for life.” Most Melancholies have a low self-image, are inclined toward depression, think “self-promotion” is tacky, are continually into “fixing themselves,” are notoriously “guilty” (they have an over-active conscious), and tend to worry much too often about their health. In addition to the following characteristics listed below, the Melancholy is essentially described asbeing organizational  and an introvert


I must also add that everyone has a combination of two or more of these temperaments, however one dominates far more than others. 

So guys are you Sanguine, Melancholy, Choleric or Phlegmatic? Do tell! (I can already guess what some of you are especially Memphis). 


  1. Phlegmatic, I can guess Memphis' as well.

  2. Phlegmatic. Was a melancholic then became a Sanguine then a Choleric but now I'm more a phlegmatic. Who knows what I wld be 2mao? Lol...hmm

    1. LMAO. Your own is always different.

    2. hhahahahahahahahha Nutty Sasha.hahahahahhaahahahahahhahahahha

  3. Choleric and sanguine. More of choleric. Because...Aries.

  4. More phlegmatic and a little of melancholy

  5. Choleric and Sanguine!

  6. Was dominatly a Sanguine before but now dominantly Melanchlolic soaked in Sanguine...i guess na age dey affect me....'maturity' i guess..lolzzz....#JoyDaNuGirl

  7. Melancholic & Phlegmatic. Sanguine when I'm with peeps I've not seen in ages. Choleric only in my dreams.

  8. I'm so Choleric and Melancholy... I get into some 'tortoise' mood sometimes though.

  9. Sanguine and phlegmatic. I describe myself as 'happy by nature'. When I'm quiet my friends/family get worried. I could be crying one minute, and the next minute I'm laughing heartily. My mum says I never take things seriously. I on the other hand believe we take life too seriously. I try not to get angry cos my anger....hmmmmm, then those mood swings that come with it. I just love my personality.

  10. Sanguine With friends & Family.
    Choleric at Work, Business or School.
    Phlegmatic & Melancholic most of the time!

    I'm a case!

  11. Chisos! I will have to go through a psycho test to know where I belong!

  12. Ive known for yearssss that im a melancholic, mine is an extreme case (a few uni lecturers even pointed this out) And because i know, i have accepted it and over time, learned how to manage myself. I could never be any of the other 3, not even a combination, i'm just not wired that way.

    1. Was looking out for your comment twinie... I'm more of a melancholic too and a some bit of phlegmatic but I ain't selfish. No. No. No. I resist changes but never self -righteous nor judgemental. Just the positives. ;-)

    2. Lol that makes two....was looking out for yours too...hmm some anon will soon tell us to carry this our love away..... #runsaway

    3. #runsaway too...I shall meet you halfway

  13. Choleric - 75%, Sanguine - 25%

  14. I'm everything..lool.depends on my mood at that particular time..nwando can testify to a case sha

    1. Lool. Fifi you really are a case but you're predominantly sanguine. In fact when I think of that word an image of you flashes in my mind.

  15. Phelm/Mel all the way

  16. Depends on my environment at that particular time.....i usually just wear the armour of any of the temperament. With boo, I wear mela and phelm. With my friends, my voice is the loudest nau, I just package my choleric. With peeps I don't like....i make sure I am temperament wearing armour, so dat they can't code my feelings for them. Capish

  17. Mostly Choleric/Melancholic

  18. Sanguine/phlegmatic. The best of parents who are/were both on an extreme (still wondering how that love worked. Talk about extreme difference! ).

  19. I am phlegmatic Oo°˚˚˚°! But I do not agree with d negative side of it. Judgmental, selfish and selfrighteous. Mbanu I am not like that.


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