A few months ago I went over to my friend Julie's house for some Gilmore Girls episode watching. And it is there I met her sister Jo. There we are, standing in the kitchen getting ready for our very productive evening (yes, referring to Gilmore Girls) just chatting away. Five or so minutes into the conversation Jo looks at her sister and says, "Is she a No Test Needed?" "Yep" Julie says just as nonchalantly as can be. Huh???? What just happened there? I missed something. A test?
Julie then begins to explain to me that they are referring to my personality type. Jo deciphered in the 5 minutes I had been talking to her that my personality is of the Sanguine persuasion. "Oh, is that anything like a penguin?" I said..."I'm still lost." They proceeded to explain. This is what I have learned from and since that conversation...
There are 4 basic personality types Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholy and Phlegmatic. From these there are two types that are easy to spot without going through a little personality test, hence the "no test needed". That would be Sanguine and Choleric. After I took the test guess what...I'm a Sanguine with a Choleric chaser. For any of you out there that speak that lingo you know what that means...I'm loud...and bossy...and fun...and entertaining.
Julie and Jo told me to read Wired That Way by Marita Littauer. This book is amazing! As I'm reading through the chapters I can't believe how spot on it is with how I act. Unbelievable!!
Sanguine- Desire to have fun, have the ability to talk about anything at anyplace at anytime, bubbly personality, optimistic, sense of humor, enjoyment of people. In a group of people the ones you see and hear.
Choleric- Desire to have control, ability to take charge of anything instantly and to make quick correct judgements. If you know someone who points with fingers, has hands on their hips and pounds with their fists most likely a choleric.
Melancholy-Desire to have it done right, ability to organize and set long range goals, set high standards and ideals, analyze deeply. They have quiet voice and quiet clothes, very neat and tidy.
Phlegmatic-Desire to avoid conflict, keep the peace, balanced and even disposition, dry sense of humor, pleasing personality. Chameleon-like, cool, calm, collected, comfort trumps all, relaxed.
Usually a person will have one personality that is more dominant than the others. And even though two people may have the same dominant personalities the mix produces different results. There is a lot more to each of these personalities, but I don't want to overwhelm you. You need to just read the book. Seriously.
So what are you? Anyone heard of this before? I'm pretty sure a sanguine is something like a penguin. :)
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