Temperament Overview: The Nifty Interactive Graphic Version!

by ToriDeaux on July 5, 2008

Ok, so it’s not as addictive as The Brain Button, but still pretty darn cool ;)

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(Click the image above to launch the page. Flash required)

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1 Tori Deaux 07.23.08 at 12:46 pm

~Author’s Note~

Below, you’ll find some slight debate over fine points of the Temperament system. For the purposes of this graphic (and the series it’s a part of) they’re fairly irrelevant. Feel free to read over it, but please don’t let it confuse you.


2 Eric Bolden 07.24.08 at 7:30 pm

So nice to see someone else out there using the five temperaments. Nice little flash diagram! I became very enthusiastic about it when my wife began administering the APS (from the originators of the five temperament theory). I’m also the one who created the five face diagram for Wikipedia. (There was actually a four face diagram someone else created, but took it and added the fifth face).

Just wanted to point out, in the overviews, you have for the Sanguine in Control :

– Desires very little control over others and desires others to have very little control over them.

But that’s the same as the Melancholy. For the Sanguine, it is the OPPOSITE, and should be:

—SWINGS between desiring a GREAT DEAL of control over others [independent phase]; and allowing control over themselves by others [dependent phase].

3 Tori Deaux 07.25.08 at 12:58 pm

Thanks for creating that 5 face image! It’s still difficult to find much online that includes the Supine temperament. I got a kick out of the ASCII faces on your page, too.

The overview that you quoted is actually on Elemental Truths… I’ll make sure Reg sees your comment : )

4 Eric Bolden 07.25.08 at 8:19 pm

Happy you liked it. And happy you all are helping popularize what I believe is the best (and perhaps most accurate) temperament theory out there. (If you followed the link at the end of the first page, you would see the second page where I compare it to other instruments like the somewhat similar Enneagram, and MBTI).

I just hope that your free test is OK with the Arno’s. The name Supine seems to be exclusive to them (even the nearly identical WorleyID Profile system had to rename it). Several of the ministries that offer the APS had it online before, and were ordered to take it down due to the licensing agreement with CPP, Inc. owner of FIRO, which this is based on. I know this isn’t the original test, (this is more like LaHaye’s free informal test in his books), but they can still be funny with the legal and intellectual rights issues.

5 Five Temperaments test! - MBTI Central 07.25.08 at 8:42 pm

[...] to print it) (and they also have more information, plus an interactive flash graphic of them at Temperament Overview: The Nifty Interactive Graphic Version! — MindTWEAKS). __________________ APS Profile: Inclusion: e/w=1/6 (Supine) |Control: e/w=7/3 (Choleric) [...]

6 Tori Deaux 07.28.08 at 2:10 pm

: ) Eric
I’m happy that Elemental Truths asked me to help do this series – I’m far from an expert in the system, just familiar enough to ramble on about it as I have ;) It’s really Reg’s work behind it, and he’s the one I’d refer anyone with a serious interest to talk with. I just compare and contrast and ramble on about things ; )

The test is totally Reg’s work, btw – and I think it’s only available for a short while, so he can get some feedback. Other than that, he’ll be the only one that can explain the similarities and differences to the licensed tests. Intellectual property laws are always tricky, to be sure.

Thanks again for your feedback : )

7 Tori Deaux 07.29.08 at 2:48 pm

Just a quick note to say I heard from Reg today. He has very limited computer access for a bit, but will be responding when it’s restored.

Also, a quick correction to my comment above… “totally Reg’s work” was sloppy wording on my part. I only meant to say I didn’t contribute to it, and so I can’t really speak about it.

Somedays, I really should have a double dose of caffeine before I type!

8 Reg 08.06.08 at 9:25 pm

Hello all,
I’m finally back online
As to the origination of the temperament profile sample, it is a compilation the work of many different counselors and counseling platforms including the FIRO-B but not the FIRO. The only portion specific to the Arno’s is the Term “Supine.” And I agree, the term doesn’t really communicate the essence of the temperament. But, until I can come up with a one word description that fully communicates the essence of servant leader, it will have to do.
As far, as the interpretation of the Sanguine needs in control, I can see your interpretation as a viable alternative to my application of the model. When counseling I refer to the traits as guidelines rather than hard fast rules. When we don’t allow for flexibility in understanding the unique displays of those we counsel we can miss shades of their needs.
Wow. That got a little longer than is politic for a comment on someone elses site. Sorry about that Tori.

9 Eric Bolden 08.06.08 at 9:58 pm

Hi. Thanks.
Well, it’s not my interpretation (Sanguine in Control), but the definition from both FIRO and APS. Expressed (need to control) is HIGH, and so is the “want”.

10 Eric Bolden 08.12.08 at 4:40 pm

>And I agree, the term doesn’t really communicate the essence of the temperament. But, until I can come up with a one word description that fully communicates the essence of servant leader, it will have to do.

I actually like the name. It has a nice ring to it, and does seem to fit. If I had named it, to be consistent with the other names, I would have come up with the concept of a fifth humour. I would compare Supine to white blood cells (leukocytes: Gk. leukos, “white”). They “serve” the body by cleaning out foreign objects from the blood. Also, the actual fluid the white cells are carried in is plasma So then you would have two kinds of blood, and two kinds of bile. The bloods are the high wanted, and the bile are the low wanted. The high expressives would then be colorful, while the low expressives are black or white! (Phlegm in the middle is a dull inbetween color!) Just amazing how so many of these symmetries work out in this model!
(It is also interesting that the “fifth element” which would correspond to Supine; the proverbial “quintessence”, was “æther” (which in modern knowledge can now be thought of as “the fabric of space”). That would match it as the unknown, elusive temperament!)

So you could call it something like “Leukine”, or “Plasmatic” (but this soulds like “Phlegmatic”), or combine them: “Leukoplasmine”.
But again, I wouldn’t do this unless someone comes and says you can’t use “Supine”. Better for the overall theory if we keep the name consistent as much as possible.

11 Tori Deaux 08.15.08 at 12:39 pm

Tiptoeing back in!

I don’t really mind the discussion going on here, but do please keep in mind that this was a simple introductory graphic for newcomers to the system, who may be a bit confused over the debate about the fine points of theory and naming – points which really are rather irrelevant to people just trying to grasp the basics. As a solution, I’m going to add a note to that effect to the top of the discussion.

That said, carry on!

12 Eric Bolden 08.15.08 at 8:55 pm

Oh, sorry if this discussion might be confusing. :-(

13 Kylie 11.24.09 at 3:41 pm

You have a point, though, Eric. I was a little disappointed when I saw the name. I’ve been reading all the old stuff, before “Supine” was introduced. I was so confused, after taking the quiz in our family’s Personality Plus book. I thought, “This can’t be right. You cannot be both Sanguine and Melancholy.” So, I looked up the temperaments, and found the fifth temperament. Guess what? It’s dead on! Well, sort of. I mean, none of these are ever perfect.
I like the name Leukine, It would also make naming those with multiple temperaments easier (again…). S-L, all the way! :D
Thank you, so much!