Our personalities can be clearly seen during the month-long activities surrounding Christmas. Observe yourself and others, and see what you can learn about your personality type.
4 personality types:
Cholerics are strong-minded souls who know exactly what they want. They are also are determined to do things their way. You are probably choleric if you take over organising the family get-together because the others just aren’t doing a good job of it.
A choleric is a natural leader and good to have around because you assume responsibility and take charge to make sure things happen. You are a go-getter and self-motivated.
Cholerics often come across as bossy, because you like to tell others what to do. You may write off others’ ideas too quickly because you think you know best. You are also blind to the fact that sometimes you may be wrong.
Melancholics are perfectionists who must have everything done just right. You may be a melancholy if you spend weeks or months planning the Christmas party and get upset if things don’t go exactly to plan. Everything must be just right and so you spend hours preparing the house for guests.
You take care of all the details that everyone else doesn’t notice or care about. Unlike others, you can see how things fit together and understand how changes in one area affect other aspects.
You drive others up the wall by insisting that things be done precisely a certain way. You may also spend a lot of time brooding when things don’t go right.
Sanguines love to have fun and are the life of the party. You are probably sanguine person if you think Christmas is a reason to have as many parties as possible. The kids flock around you because they know you will entertain them with stories, jokes and tricks.
You are great fun to be around and provide lots of laughs. When things get tense, you lighten up the mood and help others to relax. You inject life into otherwise serious and boring discussions.
Since you love the sound of your own voice, you may not understand why others get bored after listening to you for a while. In your anxiety to provide entertainment, you think nothing of exaggerating or stretching the truth a little.
Phlegmatics are the peace-makers who are happy when everyone else is happy. You are probably a phlegmatic if you hate it when others argue, and consider a party successful if everyone is getting along even if they all forgot you were there.
When there is a disagreement, you promote reconciliation. You are a good teamplayer because you get along with everyone else. You make no demands on others and let them be themselves.
Some consider you lazy because you seldom initiate any activity and have to be prodded before you act. For the sake of avoiding conflict, you sometimes let important issues get swept under the carpet.
What is your personality type?
Cholerics make things happen, melancholics take care of the details so things run smoothly, sanguines make the whole process fun, and phlegmatics make sure the other three don’t strangle each other.
Since there are four personality types, you can assume that three-quarters of the world is very different from you. Instead of feeling frustrated that others don’t think or behave the way you do, be grateful that you all bring different personal strengths to the table.
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