One of the most frequently emailed questions I get is about the temperaments. I've written about it quite a few times before but today's lunch at the park seemed like a perfect opportunity to do a little blow by blow tutorial or sorts. I've decided to take all definitions of the temperaments straight from Wikipedia(in blue) today to keep this as objective as possible since I'll be looking at my own children and those of my brother while playing at the park. I was using my telephoto lens and was under a tree just observing what was happening with no agenda in mind. I didn't think of using these photos for this post until after I looked at them and noticed how well they show cased each temperament. I was thinking of writing about trying to perfect our ranch dressing recipe. So I did not shoot these with stereotyping them into these roles. They did that on their own just fine! haha. I find this so much more fascinating than ranch dressing though!
While phlegmatics are generally self-content and kind, their shy personality can often inhibit enthusiasm in others and make themselves lazy and resistant to change. They are very consistent, relaxed, rational, curious, and observant, making them good administrators and diplomats. Like the sanguine personality, the phlegmatic has many friends. However the phlegmatic is more reliable and compassionate; these characteristics typically make the phlegmatic a more dependable friend.
Lightly the sanguine one jumps over the stone
Quick and with grace
If he trips he cares not
With a laugh he is on his way
Grimly the choleric kicks at the stone
Hurling it out of his way.
As he exalts in his strength
See how his eye flashes fire.
Now the phlegmatic appears
And pensively slows down his step
“If this stone will not move from my path
Then I must go around it, that’s all.”
Silently stands by the stone
Brooding, the melancholy one,
Grumbling and plunged in despair
At his eternal bad luck.
A great book is Children and their Temperaments for more info on the subject.