Revitalize Your Clients with Temperament

 

Looking for some new information to revitalize the work that you have already done with personality type? Temperament Theory could be your answer!

In this article:

  • Temperament Theory-What Is It?
  • The Four Temperaments Described
  • Other Articles of Interest

 

1) Temperament Theory

Adapted from Linda V. Berens, Understanding Yourself and Others®: An Introduction to the 4 Temperaments-4.0 (Telos Publications, 2010) *Used with permission.                
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Temperament theory describes four organizing patterns of personality and is based in descriptions of behavior that go back over twenty-five centuries. It tells us the "why" of behavior, our motivators, and sources of deep psychological stress. Knowing our temperament patterns tells us our core needs and values as well as the talents we are more likely to be drawn to develop.



2)The Four Temperament Patterns

Adapted from Linda V. Berens, Understanding Yourself and Others®: An Introduction to the 4 Temperaments-4.0 (Telos Publications, 2010) *Used with permission.                
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The Improviser™ Temperament
The Improviser's core needs are to have the freedom to act without hindrance and to see a marked result from action. Artisans highly value aesthetics, whether in nature or art. Their energies are focused on skillful performance, variety, and stimulation. Artisans tend to be gifted at employing the available means to accomplish an end. Their creativity is revealed by the variety of solutions they come up with. They are talented at using tools, whether the tool be language, theories, a paint brush, or a computer.

The Stabilizer™ Temperament
The Stabilizer's core needs are for group membership and responsibility. Guardians need to know they are doing the responsible thing. They value stability, security and a sense of community. They trust hierarchy and authority and may be surprised when others go against these social structures. Guardians know how things have always been done, and so they anticipate where things can go wrong. They have a knack for attending to rules, procedures, and protocol.

The Catalyst™ Temperament
The Catalyst's core needs are for the meaning and significance that come from having a sense of purpose and working toward some greater good. Catalyst™s need to have a sense of unique identity. They value unity, self-actualization, and authenticity. Catalyst™s prefer cooperative interactions with a focus on ethics and morality. Catalyst™s tend to be gifted at unifying diverse peoples and helping individuals realize their potential. They build bridges between people through empathy and clarification of deeper issues.

The Theorist™ Temperament
The Theorist's core needs are for mastery of concepts, knowledge, and competence. Rationals want to understand the operating principles of the universe and to learn or even develop theories for everything. They value expertise, logical consistency, concepts and ideas, and seek progress. They abstractly analyze a situation and consider previously un-thought-of possibilities. Research, analysis, searching for patterns, and developing hypotheses are quite likely to be their natural modus operandi.


3) Other Articles of Interest

 

 

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