20 December 2007

Personality Types

Lord knows we have enough confessional blogs in cyberspace, where navelgazing is an art form and personal feelings are discussed ad nauseam (you know, the blogs that analyze how we were feeling at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, why we felt that way, and how our feelings changed to different feelings at 9 p.m., and how it relates to how we felt 20 years ago because, etc.). I would rather shut down this blog than descend into such self-obsessive silliness, and now I know why: I'm choleric-melancholic. And this is perhaps the only bit of navelgazing you will find on this site.

Inspired by a volume from Fr. M's Christmas Book List, I decided to take a quick personality test; the results were surprisingly accurate. Most of the strengths and weaknesses of the choleric-melancholic were dead on. Of course, these only reveal natural tendencies; the work of sanctity is to master the weaknesses.


Melancholic Strengths
Deep and thoughtful
Analytical
Serious and purposeful
Genius prone
Talented and creative
Artistic or musical
Philosophical and poetic
appreciative of beauty
Sensitive to others
Self-sacrificing
Conscientious
Idealistic
Sets high standards
Sacrifices own will for others
Encourages scholarship and talent
Persistent and thorough
Orderly and organized
Economical
Finds creative solutions
Makes friends cautiously
Content to stay in background
Avoids causing attention
Faithful and devoted
Will listen to complaints
Can solve other's problems
Deep concern for other people
Moved to tears with compassion

Melancholic Weaknesses
Remembers the negatives
Moody and depressed
Off in another world
Too introspective
Puts goals beyond reach
May discourage children
Becomes martyr
Sulks over disagreements
Not people oriented
Chooses difficult work
Standards often too high
Deep need for approval
Lives through others
Insecure socially
Withdrawn and remote
Critical of others
Holds back affections

Choleric Strengths
Born leader
Dynamic and active
Must correct wrongs
Strong-willed and decisive
Unemotional
Independent and self sufficient
Exudes confidence
Can run anything
Exerts sound leadership
Motivates family to action
Knows the right answer
Organizes household
Goal oriented
Sees the whole picture
Organizes well
Seeks practical solutions
Moves quickly to action
Delegates work
Insists on production
Makes the goal
Stimulates activity
Will work for group activity
Will lead and organize
Is usually right
Excels in emergencies

Choleric Weaknesses
Bossy
Impatient
Quick-tempered
Enjoys controversy and arguments
Won't give up when losing
Comes on too strong
Is not complimentary
Dislikes tears and emotions
Gives answers too quickly
Impatient with poor performance
May make rash decisions
May be rude or tactless
Demanding of others
Demands loyalty in the ranks
Dominates others
Knows everything
Decides for others
Can do everything better
Is too independent
Possessive of friends and mate
May be right, but unpopular

Take the test yourself.
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