What is temperament
What, we might ask, is this thing called "temperament," and what relation does it have to character and personality? There are two sides to personality, one of which is temperament and the other character. Temperament is a configuration of inclinations, while character is a configuration of habits. Character is disposition, temperament pre-disposition. Thus, for example, foxes are predisposed -- born -- to raid hen houses, beavers to dam up streams, dolphins to affiliate in close-knit schools, and owls to hunt alone in the dark. Each type of creature, unless arrested in its maturation by an unfavorable environment, develops the habit appropriate to its temperament: stealing chickens, building dams, nurturing companions, or hunting at night.
Put another way, our brain is a sort of computer which has temperament for its hardware and character for its software. The hardware is the physical base from which character emerges, placing an identifiable fingerprint on each individual's attitudes and actions. This underlying consistency can be observed from a very early age -- some features earlier than others -- long before individual experience or social context (one's particular software) has had time or occasion to imprint the person. Thus temperament is the inborn form of human nature; character, the emergent form, which develops through the interaction of temperament and environment.
I want to emphasize that temperament, character, and personality are configured, which means that, not only are we predisposed to develop certain attitudes and not others, certain actions and not others, but that these actions and attitudes are unified -- they hang together. Thus, the SPs base their self-image on graceful action, bold spirit, and adaptability to circumstance, these three traits evolving together of necessity. Furthermore, these three traits, developing together as if out of a single seed, preclude the emergence of a self-image based on, say, empathy, benevolence, and authenticity, which are characteristics of the NFs. In the same way, the SJs base their self-image on reliability, service, and respectability, these three traits emerging together as a unified structure of personality. And again, the unfolding of these three traits together weighs against developing a self-image based on ingenuity, autonomy, and willpower, which is characteristic of the NTs.
Take the Keirsey Temperament Sorter
Temperament is a set of inclinations that each of us is born with; it's a predisposition to certain attitudes and actions. The Temperament Sorter examines these innate facets of personality to arrive at an integrated picture of an individual. AdvisorTeam then generates two customized reports that focus on different perspectives of personality type.
Today, the Temperament Sorter and AdvisorTeam's reports are used by corporations, educators, and individuals for a broad spectrum of purposes including:
Rational Albert Einstein
ABSTRACT in communicating and UTILITARIAN in implementing goals, can
become highly skilled in STRATEGIC ANALYSIS. Thus their most practiced
and developed intelligent operations tend to be marshalling and planning
(NTJ organizing), or inventing and configuring (NTP engineering). And they
would if they could be wizards in one of these forms of rational operation.
They are proud of themselves in the degree they are competent in action,
respect themselves in the degree they are autonomous, and feel confident
of themselves in the degree they are strong willed. Ever in search of knowledge,
this is the "Knowledge Seeking Personality" -- trusting in reason and hungering
for achievement. They are usually pragmatic about the present, skeptical
about the future, solipsistic about the past, and their preferred time
and place are the interval and the intersection. Educationally they go
for the sciences, avocationally for technology, and vocationally for systems
work. Rationals tend to be individualizing as parents, mindmates as spouses,
and learning oriented as children. Rationals are very infrequent, comprising
as few as 5% and no more than 7% of the population. (also Dwight Eisenhower,
Walt Disney, Bill Gates)
Idealist Mohandas Gandi
ABSTRACT in communicating and COOPERATIVE in implementing goals, can
become highly skilled in DIPLOMATIC INTEGRATION. Thus their most practiced
and developed intelligent operations are usually teaching and counseling
(NFJ mentoring), or conferring and tutoring (NFP advocating). And they
would if they could be sages in one of these forms of social development.
The Idealist temperament have an instinct for interpersonal integration,
learn ethics with ever increasing zeal, sometimes become diplomatic leaders,
and often speak interpretively and metaphorically of the abstract world
of their imagination. They are proud of themselves in the degree they are
empathic in action, respect themselves in the degree they are benevolent,
and feel confident of themselves in the degree they are authentic. Idealist
types search for their unique identity, hunger for deep and meaningful
relationships, wish for a little romance each day,
Artisan Earnest Hemmingway
CONCRETE in communicating and UTILITARIAN in implementing goals, can
become highly skilled in TACTICAL VARIATION.
Guardian Mother Theresa
CONCRETE in communicating and COOPERATIVE in implementing goals, can become highly skilled in LOGISTICS. Thus their most practiced and developed intelligent operations are often supervising and inspecting (SJT adminstering), or supplying and protecting (SJF conserving). And they would if they could be magistrates watching over these forms of social facilitation. They are proud of themselves in the degree they are reliable in action, respect themselves in the degree they do good deeds, and feel confident of themselves in the degree they are respectable. In search of security as they are the"Security Seeking Personality" -- trusting in legitimacy and hungering for membership. They are usually stoical about the present, pessimistic about the future, fatalistic about the past, and their preferred time and place is the past and the gateway. Educationally they go for commerce, avocationally for regulations, and vocationally for materiel work. They tend to be enculturating as parents, helpmates as spouses, and conformity oriented as children. There are even more Guardians than Artisans around, at least 40% and as many as 45% of the population. (also George Washington, Harry S. Truman, Colin Powell )