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Do you ever just look at the character mix that this world is and wonder how AWEmazing it is that one human is radically different from the next. I do that a lot of times. In fact, I love to meet and sometimes, muse over the fact that a person has totally different views from the next. Anytime I pick up a new book and travel through it, I tend to dissect different characters and laugh about what makes them unique and how well an author has studied humans for him or her to describe them so well. Sometimes I joke that I love exotic and weird people… I love moments where I can go “how can he think like that!”

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This will bring me to the real issue I’d be discussing in this exposé. TEMPERAMENTS! Yasss! I said it… temperaments. The beautiful inborn traits that make up a person. What makes a person uniquely him or her. The reason why Chukwuchalamuluzor cannot be Penelope. The exact reason why dear old father Abraham cannot be sweet nice David.

Hipocrates said there are four major types of inborn traits to wit:


The Happy-go-lucky SANGUINE

The Thoughtful MELANCHOLY

And the, Cool headed PHLEGMATIC.

Really, one cannot exactly categorize complex humans into watertight compartments; this just means that a human can be a mix of even three temperaments to varying degrees. I have found out that at different times, depending on the circumstances, I may be a siren Sanguine and at other times, my melancholic traits rear their head.

So let’s dive straight in and get to understand what these temperament traits are:

Sidenote: this piece is not for us to judge people and put them in different boxes, or make us feel like we are better than other people. All temperaments have their strengths and their accompanying weaknesses. Thanks to the HOLY SPIRIT who can live in us and renew us into fresh yummy humanbeings.

  1. THE Cool headed PHLEGGIE:

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You know that sweet, good pleasant man in your street that casually walks down the pavement like he ain’t got no problem in the world especially in a what will be will be kinda way?  He looks and acts like he cannot hurt a fly.  Among his group of friends, you will find out that he is never really one to be the most outspoken, but when he does get round to talking, he has everyone in stitches but he doesn’t even as much as move his facial expression. He is the master of dry humor. Everyone says that Mr. Phleggie never really gets angry. I mean, his boiling point is at 150 thrillion degrees centigrade. You may never really catch him bursting out in an emotional fit.

Beneath the façade of these unique set of individuals described as the Phlegmatics, is a whole world of trapped emotions kept consciously on lock. These individuals carry PATIENCE as their watchword. You will often find them in jobs that require being patient and meticulous. They are ever efficient, stable and reliable humans.

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On a very good day, Ms. Phleggie is a polite, gentle, kindhearted and empathetic listener. But people that get really close to her may find out that she really may be good at being a benchwarmer in life- As Tim Lahaye has put it: A lot of unchecked phlegmatics are spectators in life, spectating on the activity filled life of every other person. They never really like to get involved in a lot of activities they probably should participate in for their own good and for the good of their family and friends. In a lot of words, they can be plain lazy.

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In fact, the only thing they get overinvolved with is trying not to get overinvolved with people and all the energy sapping activities that come with them. Don’t let them fool you into thinking that they have no ambition of their own. A phlegmatic has a double dose of the tendency to procrastinate. Funny enough, my sweet phleggie friends tend not to crack when WORKING UNDER PRESSURE. They are the ultimate NO TO RISKS! They tend to be stingy givers of both their material things and themselves, they think handing you a paltry crumb is a whole deal of giving.

In all, this rich blend of inborn traits is a loyal friend.


  • Great listeners
  • Easy-going
  • Witty
  • Dependable
  • Cheerful
  • Full of humor
  • Loyal
  • Gives profound counsel
  • Efficient
  • Slow to Anger

Phleggie has WEAKNESSES too:

  • Can be passively manipulative/ aggressive
  • Selfish
  • Stingy
  • Lazy
  • Slow
  • Indecisive
  • Stubborn
  • Procrastinator
  • People-pleaser


THAT’D BE MY NEXT PIECE. (Watch this space)

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