Personality Temperament Test

Personality Temperament Test

This is a Personality Temperament Test taken from Tim LaHaye's book, "Why You Act The Way You Do". It helps

assess your temperament of potential strengths & weaknesses. It's very simple and takes about 45 minutes to complete.

There are 4
Sections below. In each section you will find a series of descriptive words. Your job is to read each word and put a number next to it according to how well it describes the REAL you.

REMEMBER:    It's important that you be honest and objective. Don't mark a box according to how you want to be seen, rather mark it
according to how you really are. 

Some of the descriptive words below are very flattering
words and some are unflattering words. Don't answer according to how you want to be or don't want to be.

Score how each word best describes you:
1 =  That is definitely NOT me!   
2 =  That is usually NOT me.
3 =  That is usually me.   
4 =  That is mostly me.
5 =  That is definitely me!

1. emotional

2. egotistical
3. interrupts others
4. compassionate
5. impulsive
6. disorganized
7. impractical
8. funny
9. forgetful
10. easily discouraged
11. very positive
12. easily angered
13. undisciplined
14. extrovert
15. refreshing
16. lively/spirited
17. weak-willed
18. spontaneous
19. talkative
20. delightful/cheerful
21. enjoyable
22. popular
23. friendly/sociable
24. bouncy
25. restless
26. difficulty concentrating
27. likes to play
28. difficulty keepingresolutions
29. lives in present
30. difficulty with appointments

1. optimistic
2. determined
3. bossy
4. goal-oriented
5. decisive
6. frank
7. self-confident
8. sarcastic
9. workaholic
10. self-sufficient
11. practical
12. headstrong
13. activist
14. outgoing
15. domineering
16. adventurous
17. aggressive
18. competitive
19. leadership ability
20. daring
21. persevering
22. bold
23. strong-willed
24. persuasive
25. hot-tempered
26. resourceful
27. insensitive
28.  outspoken
29. unsympathetic
30. productive

1. deep feeling
2. critical
3. insecure
4. sensitive
5. indecisive
6. hard to please
7. self-centered
8. pessimistic
9. depressed easily
10. easily offended
11. idealistic
13. self-sacrificing
14. introvert
15.  faithful friend
16.  analytical
17. considerate
18. likes behind the scenes
19. suspicious
20. respectful
21. introspective
22. planner
23. perfectionist
24. scheduled
25. unforgiving/resents
26. orderly
27. creative
28. detailed
29. moody
30. gifted (musically or athletically)


1. very quiet
2. selfish
3. unenthusiastic
4. negative
5. regular daily habits
6. hesitant
7. shy
8. stingy
9. aimless
10.not aggressive
11. stubborn
12. worrier
13. spectator of life
14. works well under pressure
15. indecisive
16. adaptable
17. slow and lazy
18. submissive to others
19. easy going
2 0. reserved
21. calm and cool
22. content/satisfied
23. efficient
24. patient
25. dependable
26. listener
27. witty/dry humor
28. pleasant
29. teases others
30. consistent

After you have completed all 4 Sections go back and cancel out each description that you scored either a 1 or 2. Since that score is so low it doesn't really apply to your overall scoring in each Section. Now add up all of the 3's,
4's, & 5's in each Section and write your total at the bottom of each appropriate section. The section with the highest score is your
Primary Temperament and the section with the second highest score is your Secondary Temperament. No one is one pure temperament,
but instead we are a blend of all the temperaments.

Each section represents one of four Temperaments:
SECTION 1: Sanguine Temperament (fun-loving extrovert; outgoing; very social; "the life of the party") - EXTROVERT

SECTION 2: Choleric Temperament (focused; extrovert; goal oriented; "the achiever") - EXTROVERT

SECTION 3: Melancholy Temperament (detailed; introspective; artistic; "the naturally gifted") - INTROVERT

SECTION 4: Phlegmatic Temperament (easy going; stable; consistent; "the loyal friend") - INTROVERT

Since everyone is a combination of the four Temperaments you need to find out what your Temperament "Blend" is by assessing what your Primary & Secondary Temperaments are. The section with the highest score is your Primary Temperament and the section with the
second highest score is your Secondary Temperament. Now morph your Primary & Secondary together. In other words, if you scored
highest in Section 2 (Choleric) and second highest in Section 4 (Phlegmatic) then your Temperament Blend would be "ChlorPhleg". Or
if you scored highest in Section 1 (Sanguine) and second highest in Section 3 (Melancholy) then your Temperament Blend would be
"SanMel". If you tied in any Section then see which Section had the most 5's to determine which Section more accurately represents
you. It is also possible to be a Tri-Blend Temperament who has 3 dominant Temperaments.

Once you have figured out your Temperament Blend it's time to read about your Temperament Profile to see what some of your
potential strengths and some of your potential weaknesses are, as well as to find out what Bible character might have displayed a similar
Temperament. Read the next few lines below to get a snapshot of your Temperament Blend.

The 12 Blends of Temperaments from the book "Why You Act The Way You Do" by Tim LaHaye

The SanChlor

The strongest extrovert of all the blends of temperaments will be the SanChlor, for the two temperaments that make up his nature are both
extroverted. The happy charisma of the sanguine makes him a people-oriented, enthusiastic, salesman type; but the choleric side of his nature
will provide him with the necessary resolution and character traits that will fashion a somewhat more organized and productive individual than
if he were pure sanguine. Almost any people-oriented field is open to him, but to sustain his interest it must offer variety, activity, and

The potential weaknesses of a SanChlor are usually apparent to everyone because he is such an external person. He customarily talks too much,
thus exposing himself and his weaknesses for all to see. He is highly opinionated. Consequently, he expresses himself loudly even before he
knows all the facts. To be honest, no one has more mouth trouble! If he is the life of the party, he is lovable; but if he feels threatened or
insecure, he can become obnoxious. His leading emotional problem will be anger, which can catapult him into action at the slightest
provocation. Since he combines the easy forgetfulness of the sanguine and the stubborn casuistry of the choleric, he many not have a very
active conscience. Consequently, he tends to justify his actions. This man, like any other temperament, needs to be filled daily with the Holy
Spirit and the Word of God.

Simon Peter, the self-appointed leader of the twelve apostles, is a classic example of a New Testament Sandlot. He obviously had mouth
trouble, demonstrating this repeatedly by speaking up before anyone else could. He talked more in the Gospels than all the others put together -
and most of what he said was wrong. He was egotistical, weak-willed, and carnal throughout the Gospels. In Acts, however, he was a
remarkably transformed man - resolute, effective, and productive. What made the difference? He was filled with the Spirit.


The SanMel

SanMels are highly emotional people who fluctuate drastically. They can laugh hysterically one minute and burst into tears the next. It is
almost impossible for them to hear a sad tale, observe a tragic plight of another person, or listen to melancholic music without weeping
profusely. They genuinely feel the grief's of others. Almost any field is open to them, especially public speaking, acting, music, and the fine
arts. However, SanMels reflect an uninhibited perfectionism that often alienates them from others because they verbalize their criticisms. They
are usually people-oriented individuals who have sufficient substance to make a contribution to other lives - if their ego and arrogance don't
make them so obnoxious that others become hostile to them.

One of the crucial weaknesses of this temperament blend prevails in SanMel's thought-life. Both sanguines and melancholies are dreamers, and
thus if the melancholy part of his nature suggests a negative train of thought, it can nullify a SanMel's potential. It is easy for him to get down
on himself. In addition, this person, more than most others, will have both an anger problem and a tendency toward fear. Both temperaments in
his makeup suffer with an insecurity problem; not uncommonly, he is fearful to utilize his potential. Being admired by others is so important to
him that it will drive him to a consistent level of performance. He has a great ability to commune with God, and if he walks in the Spirit he will
make an effective servant of Christ.

King David is a classic illustration of the SanMel temperament. An extremely likable man who attracted both men and women; he was
colorful, dramatic, emotional and weak-willed. He could play a harp and sing, he clearly demonstrated a poetic instinct in his Psalms, and he
made decisions on impulse. Unfortunately, like many SanMels, he fouled up his life by a series of disastrous and costly mistakes before he
gained enough self-discipline to finish out his destiny. All SanMels, of course, are not able to pick up the pieces of their lives and start over as
David did. It is far better for them to walk in the Spirit daily and avoid such mistakes.


The SanPhleg

The easiest person to like is a SanPhleg. The overpowering and obnoxious tendencies of a sanguine are offset by the gracious, easygoing
phlegmatic. SanPhlegs are extremely happy people who carefree spirit and good humor make them lighthearted entertainers sought after by
others. Helping people is their regular business, along with sales of various kinds. They are the least extroverted of any of the sanguines and are
often regulated by their environment and circumstances rather than being self motivated. SanPhlegs are naturally pro-family and preserve the
love of their children - and everyone else for that matter. They would not purposely hurt anyone.

The SanPhleg's greatest weaknesses are lack of motivation and discipline. He would rather socialize than work, and he tends to take life to  casually. As an executive remarked about one, "He is the nicest guy I ever fired." He rarely gets upset over anything and tends to find the bright side of everything. He usually has an endless repertoire of jokes and delights in making others laugh, often when the occasion calls for seriousness. When Jesus Christ becomes the chief object of his love, he is transformed into a more resolute, purposeful, and productive person.

The first-century evangelist Apollos is about as close as we can come to a New Testament illustration of the SanPhleg. A skilled orator who
succeeded Paul and other who had founded the churches, he did the work of stirring the churches with his Spirit-filled preaching and teaching.
Loved by all, followed devotedly by some, this pleasant and dedicated man apparently traveled a great deal but did not found new works.


The ChlorSan

The second-strongest extrovert among the blends of temperament will be the reverse of the first - the ChlorSan. This man's life is given over
completely to activity. Most of his efforts are productive and purposeful, but watch his recreation - it is so activity-prone that it borders being violent. He is a natural promoter and salesman, with enough charisma to get along well with others. Certainly the best motivator of people and one who thrives on a challenge, he is almost fearless and exhibits boundless energy. His wife will often comment, "He has only two speeds, wide open and stop." Mr. ChlorSan is the courtroom attorney who can charm the coldest-hearted judge and jury, the fund-raiser who can get people to contribute what they intended to save, the man who never goes anywhere unnoticed, the preacher who combines both practical Bible teaching and church administration, and the politician who talks his state into changing its constitution so he can represent them one more time.
A convincing debater, what he lacks in facts or arguments he makes up in bluff or bravado. As a teacher, he is an excellent communicator,
particularly in the social sciences; rarely is he drawn to math, science, or the abstract. Whatever his professional occupation, his brain is always
in motion.

The weaknesses of this man, the chief of which is hostility, are as broad as his talents. He combines the quick, explosive anger of the sanguine (without the forgiveness) and the long-burning resentment of the choleric. He is the one personality type who not only gets ulcers himself, but gives them to others. Impatient with those who do not share his motivation and energy, he prides himself on being brutally frank (some call it sarcastically frank). It is difficult for him to concentrate on one thing very long, which is why he often enlists others to finish what he has
started. He is opinionated, prejudiced, impetuous, and inclined doggedly to finish a project he probably should not have started in the first place. If not controlled by God, he is apt to justify anything he does - and rarely hesitates to manipulate or walk over other people to accomplish his ends. Most ChlorSans get so engrossed in their work that they neglect wife and family, even lashing out at them if they complain. Once he comprehends the importance of giving love and approval to his family, however, he can transform his entire household.

James, the author of the biblical book that bears his name, could well have been a ChlorSan - at least his book sounds like it. The main thrust of the book declares that "faith without works is dead" - a favored concept of work-loving cholerics. He used the practical and logical reasoning of a choleric, yet was obviously a highly esteemed man of God. On human weakness he discusses - the fire of the tongue and how no man can
control it (James 3) - relates directly to this temperament's most vulnerable characteristic, for we all know the ChlorSans feature a razor-sharp, active tongue. His victory and evident productiveness in the cause of Christ is a significant example to any thoughtful ChlorSan.


The ChlorMel

The choleric/melancholy is an extremely industrious and capable person. The optimism and practicality of the choleric overcome the tendency toward moodiness of the melancholy, making the ChlorMel both goal-oriented and detailed. Such a person usually does well in school, possesses a quick, analytical mind, and yet is decisive. He develops into a thorough leader, the kind whom one can always count on to do an extraordinary job. Never take him on in a debate unless you are assured of your facts, for he will make mincemeat of you, combining verbal aggressiveness and attention to detail. This man is extremely competitive and forceful in all that he does. He is a dogged researcher and is usually successful, no matter what kind of business he pursues. This temperament probably makes the best natural leader. General George S. Patton, the great commander of the U.S. Third Army in World War II who drove the German forces back to Berlin, was probably a ChlorMel.

Equally as great as his strengths, are his weaknesses. He is apt to be autocratic, a dictator type who inspires admiration and hate
simultaneously. He is usually a quick-witted talker whose sarcasm can devastate others. He is a natural-born crusader whose work habits are
irregular and long. A ChlorMel harbors considerable hostility and resentment, and unless he enjoys a good love relationship with his parents,
he will find interpersonal relationships difficult, particularly with his family. No man is more apt to be an overly strict disciplinarian than the
ChlorMel father. He combines the hard-to-please tendency of the choleric and the perfectionism of the melancholy. When controlled by the
Holy Spirit, however, his entire emotional life is transformed and he makes an outstanding Christian.

There is little doubt in my mind that the Apostle Paul was a ChlorMel. Before his conversion he was hostile and cruel, for the Scripture teaches
that he spent his time persecuting and jailing Christians. Even after his conversion, his strong-willed determination turned to unreasonable
bullheadedness, as when he went up to Jerusalem against the will and warning of God. His writings and ministry demonstrate the combination of the practical-analytical reasoning and the self-sacrificing but extremely driving nature of a ChlorMel. He is a good example of God's
transforming power in the life of a ChlorMel who is completely dedicated to God's will.