WHY YOU ACT THE WAY YOU DO – TIM LAHAYE
Everyone is interested in human behaviors. That is why over 80% of our nation’s 13 million college students voluntarily take psychology classes; they are fascinated by what makes people tick. And most of all, they are interested in why they think, feel, respond, explode, and act the way they do.
Nothing answers those questions better than the theory of thefour temperaments. It explains differences in people – their taste, their creative capabilities, their strengths and weaknesses. It explains why some people conflict with others and why others are attracted to each.
WHAT IS TEMPERAMENT?
Temperament is the combination of traits we inherited from our parents. No one knows where it resides, but I think it is somewhere in the mind or emotional center (often referred to as the heart). From that source it combines with other human characteristics to produce our basic makeup. Most of us are more conscious of its expression than we are its function.
It is a person’s temperament that makes him outgoing and extroverted or shy and introverted. Doubtless you know both kinds of people who were born to the same parents.
Temperament is not the only influence upon our behavior, of course. Early home life, training, education, and motivation also exercise powerful influences on our actions throughout life.
Temperament is the combination of inborn traits that subconsciously affects man’s behavior. These traits are arranged genetically on the basis of nationality, race, sex, and other hereditary factors. These traits are pass on by genes.
Character is the real you. It is the result of your natural temperament modified by childhood training, education, basic attitudes, beliefs, principles, and motivations.
Personality is the outward expression of ourselves, which may or may not be the same as our character, depending on how genuine we are. Often personality is a pleasing façade for an unpleasant or weak character.
MEET THE FOUR TEMPERAMENT
The heart of temperament theory, as first conceived by Hippocrates over twenty-four hundred years ago, divides people into four basic categories, which he named SANGUINE, CHOLERIC, MELANCHOLY, and PHLEGMATIC. Each temperament type has both strengths and weaknesses that form a distinct part of his makeup throughout life.