Shealan is conducting a series of interviews with John to explore the importance of understanding yourself and your temperaments. In the third episode John outlines the traits of the two introvert temperaments – the Melancholic and Phlegmatic – and gives a brief explanation of the ‘Double introvert’ temperament combination.
- The Melancholic can be a lovely person with depths of quality and creativity. He is capable of making valuable contributions to all aspects of life.
- The key is in getting into his world, taking his hand and giving him the worth and confidence to use what God has given him.
- For his part he needs the will to use the abilities that God has given him and not hide behind his negative view of himself.
- Encourage a Melancholic to develop a deep relationship with the Lord at an early age and he will find stability and security.
- Where there is damage, change will not occur overnight but if you stick with such a person you will gain a good friend.
* Loyal – does not make friends easily but is faithful when a true friend is found
* Gifted – often with exceptional talent
* Creative – can take many forms – music, art, homemaking, DIY etc
* Aesthetic – appreciation of what is good and beautiful
* Sensitive – ability to hone in on what others would miss and feel things keenly
* Analytical – always working things out, seeking to understand
* Principled – has a clear picture of the way things should be
* Perfectionist – no room for error
* Self-sacrificing – ability to give himself away
* Moody – subject to his emotions
* Rigid – inflexible because there is security in familiarity!
* Critical – tends to see what is wrong in a person or situation
* Negative – always sees the negatives before the positives
* Revengeful – strong sense of justice turned nasty
* Unsociable – happy with his own company – at least it’s not threatening or demanding!
* Impractical – emotions can impair judgments
* Subjective – turns it all back on himself
* Self-absorbed – indulges his emotions