Give Yourself a Temperament Test
- Relax, get in a quiet place, and read the entire test before making any markings.
- Before each word on the test below, place a number that best describes you, 5 being most like you and 1 being least like you. Try to be objective.
- Scroll further down the page for instructions on scoring ONLY after completing the test.
TOTAL scores (see scoring instructions below)
Add only the 3-5 numbers listed on the reverse (omit the 1’s and 2’s – they are of such low intensity. Place the totals in the areas provided.
What Temperament Are You?
Assessing the results:
Your summary of the totals now contains self and friends scores. In most cases there will be some variation. However, your primary temperament should stand out as the larger score. Hopefully your self score and friend score will be similar. If they are not, something for you to think about is, “do my friends see mea s I see myself?” or “ Is there a great difference?” If two of your friends’ scores were quite similar to your own, then disregard the third score altogether. Some people read too much into a simple test like this. Consequently, their excessive scores will completely alter the averages of your other friends.
On the other hand, if your score and that of your friends is in marked contrast, then it may mean your are trying to make yourself something you are not – in which case you need to realistically face yourself as you really are and be yourself.
Further tests to give yourself: If you are not satisfied with the accuracy of the temperament score, here are some questions to ask yourself to at least identify your primary temperament.
- Are you an extrovert? if so, you are predominantly sanguins or choleric.
- If “yes” to 1, ask yourself. “Do I lean toward being a super extrovert?” That is, are you generally the first to speak? If so you are a sanguine.
- If “yes” to 1, ask yourself if you are a good salesman type. If so, you are predominantly sanguine.
- If “yes” to 1, but “no” to 2 and 3, ask, “Am I a strong natural leader?” If so you are probably a choleric.
- If you answered “no” to 1 – that is, you are not an extrovert – then ask yourself, “Am i a perfectionist, analytical, and somewhat critical?” If so, you are probably predominantly melancholy.
- If you answer “no” to 1, ask yourself if you are known by others as “very quiet.” Do you rarely get angry but experience many fears and worries? If so, you are probably phlegmatic.
The above is a very casual analysis can serve as an interesting check on the accuracy of the predominant temperament in your summary for self and friend.