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Understand Your Temperament!

A Guide to the Four Temperaments: Choleric - Sanguine - Phlegmatic - Melancholic

December 1995
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    1st December 1995
  • ISBN 9781855840256
  • Language English
  • Pages 145 pp.

How can we better understand ourselves and others?

The classical concept of the four temperaments—the four personality types characterized as the fiery choleric, the airy sanguine, the watery phlegmatic and the earthy melancholic—has been revered by many significant thinkers over the ages.

In a refreshing treatment, Dr. Childs demonstrates that this ancient doctrine remains relevant to our modern lives. He shows how we can recognize the temperaments in others, as well as in ourselves, and how to understand the ways in which they function. Understanding their influences can boost personal development and help improve interpersonal relationships.

Conversational in tone and easily digestible, this book features fascinating discussions of the relationships between adults of various temperaments. Childs reviews matters of compatibility in partnership, family and workplace situations, liberally spicing his commentary with amusing examples of likely scenarios. He investigates the origins and manifestations of the temperaments in both their psychological and physiological aspects.

Also included is a section on the temperaments of children, along with helpful and practical advice on dealing with individual issues.

C O N T E N T S:

1. The Same—only Different
2. The Psychology of the Temperaments
3. The Choleric Temperament
4. The Sanguine Temperament
5. The Phlegmatic Temperament
6. The Melancholic Temperament
7. In the Workplace
8. Joys and Woes of Compatibility
9. Love—That’s Why We’re Here!

1. Hints for Dedicated People Watchers
2. The Riddle of the Four Body Types


Gilbert Childs

Dr. Gilbert Childs attended the Steiner/Waldorf teacher-training course at Michael Hall in the UK after war service. He later studied at four universities, his doctoral thesis being "Steiner Education as Historical Necessity." After teaching at state and Steiner/Waldorf schools, Dr. Childs tutored for twenty years in a continuing-education college for severely physically disabled students. In his retirement, he is a full-time author and an avid gardener.