The four temperaments: The melancholic blends

Want a break from freezing your backside off? Excuse my inability to get round to blogging and have a read of part three of this month’s blogging theme: the four temperaments

Melancholic-phlegmatic: usually the most introverted blend, these people are the sort who genuinely appreciate the deeper things in life, be it art, literature, music or reflection on everyday life. Though they are usually inoffensive towards people, they are often inclined to see the negative side of both others and themselves. This stems from the melancholic tendency towards perfectionism – they may set high standards only to be upset when they, or others, don’t meet them. This, combined with their introversion, can lead to a lot of insecurity and a real struggle to connect with people. Because they are very analytical, mel-phlegs tend to have a deep understanding of themselves and their emotions, and may spend a lot of time in introspection.

Although they are shy around people, they will be deeply loyal to those whom they do develop a connection with, as they are often very devoted to anything close to their hearts. They are very emotionally sensitive, which may be a double edged sword – it can be very hard for them to take criticism, but in a bad situation, they would probably genuinely feel for those affected.

Melancholic-choleric: like the mel-phleg blend, mel-chols tend to be introverted and pessimistic. They are often very hardworking, due to the perfectionistic nature of the melancholic with a hint of the choleric’s drive. This combination may also affect their relationships with people; they may be a reliable and dedicated friend to those closest to them, while prone to holding a grudge against others. They may come across as blunt and confident when interacting with people, but are often deeply insecure inside. As with the choleric-melancholic, they may find tasks easier than people.

In a sense, being blunt may be an indicator of their emotional state. As with the mel-phleg, they may be prone to anxiety but might show this by getting irritable rather than sad or worried. They can be very detail conscious, and will want any task they are involved in completed exactly the way it should be.

Melancholic-sanguine: being the most introverted, analytical temperament backed up by the most extroverted and fun-loving, this blend can make for a very complex character indeed. You’ve probably met someone who seems really friendly and warm, yet is picky about how much they socialise, when and with whom? Definitely a mel-san, in my experience. They can make good performers, because of their hardworking nature and their willingness to show off their skills to others. They are also less likely than the sanguine-melancholic to juggle with lots of activities all at once, perfecting one or a few skills at a time, rather than displaying a range of abilities not fully developed.

Mel-sans are a blend of the two most emotional temperaments. They may be an emotional rollercoaster – when high, they may be very high, yet if anything upsets them, they may plummet to despair and depression. At their worst, they can be prone to blowing things out of proportion, becoming highly emotional about their problems. In a less negative sense, this can show in how they talk. For example, they could be very expressive in their use of language and be openly affectionate towards their friends, while exaggerating any bad news – about themselves or others – that they have to bear.

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4 thoughts on “The four temperaments: The melancholic blends

  1. Daniel Anleu says:

    wow i loved your descriptions. i though i was the only person interested in understand people’s behaviors by their temperament. Im already reading carefuly all of your descriptions.

  2. Ting says:

    This describes me so well! Thanks for writing this!

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