Melancholy Phlegmatic Profile

I can thank Tim LaHaye for my interest in the four temperaments. This type of personality assessment is mostly popular among Christians–especially Catholics. Anyway, my personality type is Melancholy-Phlegmatic; melancholia is my dominant feature followed by the phlegmatic traits. More thoroughly, I am really a Melancholy-Phlegmatic-Choleric, but it’s more difficult to find more details on 3-blends rather than 2-blends. I located a substantial amount of information on a Christian counseling website:

General description of people who are Melancholy Phlegmatic  in Inclusion:

  1. Introvert — on the surface, he/she has a better ability to socialize than most introverts and needs more socialization than most introverts
  2. Does not initiate social interaction, but responds to a moderate degree when others initiate social interaction.
  3. Surface relationships are few and far between.
  4. Task-oriented — relates better to tasks and systems and has little understanding of people.
  5. Slow-paced — prefers working at a slow, steady pace and loses momentum as the day progresses.
  6. Needs alone time every day to think, dream and recharge his low energy reserves.
  7. Strong-minded — once his/her mind is made up, he/she has a hard time changing it.
  8. Self-motivated — will make changes or move from the present state only when his/her mind commands

Melancholy Phlegmatic  in Inclusion:
Potential strengths which should be encouraged, used and developed:

  1. “Rolls with the punches” — can deal with rejection and acceptance equally well
  2. Good mind for seeing both the end result and the pitfalls of a project which he/she has undertaken

Melancholy Phlegmatic  in Inclusion:
Potential weaknesses which should be considered and dealt with:

  1. Has a low energy reserve and tires easily
  2. Low self-esteem — constantly searches the environment to confirm this low self perception
  3. Possesses a “dry” (sarcastic) sense of humor that can be irritating to others
  4. Moody — mood swings follow thinking process

General description of people who are Melancholy Phlegmatic in Control:

  1. Independent.
  2. Expresses very little or no control over the lives and behaviors of others and will tolerate very little control imposed upon him/her by others.
  3. Will become angry if someone interferes with his independence, tries to control him/her or tell him/her what to do.
  4. Has moderate doubts about his/her ability to approach unfamiliar areas of responsibility.
  5. “Dry” sense of humor (sometimes witty, often sarcastic) is used as a defense mechanism.
  6. Requires ample time before making a decision in unknown areas.
  7. Moderate fear of the unknown (not as great as a Melancholy).

Melancholy Phlegmatic in Control:
Potential strengths which should be encouraged, used and developed:

  1. In known areas of responsibility, tends to be quite confident and capable of making decisions and taking on responsibilities.
  2. Inner directed, self-motivated.

Melancholy Phlegmatic in Control:
Potential weaknesses which should be considered and dealt with:

  1. Tends to procrastinate because of lack of confidence — procrastination is ventilated in the form of stubbornness.
  2. Becomes stubborn if someone attempts to motivate him/her by promise of reward or threat of punishment.
  3. Moderate fear of being socially exposed for being incompetent and out of control of his/her circumstances.
  4. Will become angry if made to look foolish, confronted for mistakes, or made to look like a failure — anger is ventilated by “dry” humor, sarcastic remarks
  5. Under certain circumstances, can be legalistic, rigid, stubborn and uncompromising.

General description of people who are Melancholy Phlegmatic in Affection:

  1. Expresses and wants only a moderate amount of love and affection
  2. He/she is emotionally guarded, rarely showing or saying how he/she feels — needs to learn how to show deep, tender feelings in ways others can understand
  3. The people with whom he/she chooses to have a deep relationship must make him/her feel “safe” and meet criteria which are in his/her mind
  4. Hides personal feelings behind a “dry” (sometimes witty and often sarcastic) sense of humor

Potential strengths which should be encouraged, used and developed:

  1. Faithful and loyal friend if treated properly

Potential weaknesses which should be considered and dealt with:

  1. If rejected, insulted or offended by a deep personal relationship, he/she uses his/her “dry” and “biting” sense of humor to take vengeance.
  2. Tends to be an observer of deep relationships and uses “dry” humor to avoid becoming too involved — this is a defense mechanism to protect his/her low energy level
  3. Resists affection from others because he/she has very little energy and it takes “too much” energy to respond.

Melancholy Phlegmatic In Inclusion

Affection: Melancholy Phlegmatic

Control: Melancholy Phlegmatic

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