Recognize your temperament type (emotion)
While studying the seven parts of soul, the temperament and different temperament types were mentioned concerning to the emotion level of soul. In this exercise, you will find out what kind of features your temperament type includes. Your task is to consider your own temperament from the Thomas and Chess theory’s point of view. Please give yourself a grade in the scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is very little that certain tendency and 10 is a lot.
|Feature of the temperament||Scale 1-10|
|Activity level (are you basically industrious or not)|
|Rhythmicity (meaning regularity; Do your biological functions such as sleep and eating follow certain rhythm)|
|Approach (10) or withdrawal (1) in new situations (e.g. facing the new people)|
|Adaptability (e.g. when your plans is forced to change into something else)|
|Threshold of responsiveness (e.g. do you hear things at the first time, and do you believe in warnings)|
|Intensity of reaction (is it emotion inside of you or drama-queen that everyone can see)|
|Quality of mood (e.g. usually positive (10) vs. normally negative (1))|
|Distractibility (can you focus on your task no matter what happens next to you)|
|Attention span and persistence (can you focus on something only for a minute or several hours)|
After the evaluation it’s time to analyze the results. Please take another look for all of your answer one more time, but at this time demand actual proofs from yourself. For example if you claim to adapt in all situations, now you have to give some examples from your actual life to support this claim. When you last time got fired, got ticket from police, faced huge problem, chanced career, or got divorced, did you then adapted into this new situation remarkably well? Here you can understand that the adaptability does not concern how your own plans will take place, but your skill to adapt when nothing goes as you would wish.
If you made this test correctly and honestly, majority of your answers should agree with those stories that your parents told about your childhood and what kind of baby and child you were. As you may remember: the temperament is quite permanent and without real mental efforts, like walking the Way of Truth, it is almost certain that your temperament has not changed since your early childhood. Pay attention also to the fact that chancing one’s temperament is not something that measures success in spiritual growth. In the Way of Truth, your temperament will chance, if it has to, and it will remain, if that is okay.
Please hear another advice for this topic: don’t believe psychologists too blindly, because they can claim almost anything about you in the shadow of your temperament. Also the temperament can be twisted in your unconscious mind to meet the absurd expectations and requirements of the modern society. The company owners, university study guidelines and society have “dream temperament”, which is then forced to everyone – to every employee, student and member. These kinds of actions are in contradiction with all the laws of the universe and thus people have begun to feel anxious. When you begin to understand your own temperament, you will need to give it all the time and space it needs to grow and flourish – the denial in this phase would only stop the development process. Meeting the truth, consciously, is always a great thing. The temperament is relevant part of your unconscious will – it is that important.
In the light of your new self-discovery, consider the following things:
- Are you in the business or industry, where you have to fight against your personal temperament, or can you work in congruence with yourself?
- Are there people near to you, who judge you because of your natural behavior (because of your temperament)? This is sort of serious question, because you probably will not reach the peace with them without that they would actually chance into more tolerant or leave your inner circle of life. Another option is, of course, that you will enlighten yourself, but it is quite sure that also this option will lead to the point, where you walk out of these toxic relationships.
- Do you accept yourself as you are? This means that do you accept also your temperament as it is, or do you fight against it?