How to use your Temperament to Choose the right Career

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By Chimeremma Nwadialor

You have your own shadow and you know you can’t run away from it, but if you get closer or further from the light you alter her shape and size, the same goes with your temperament.

It can be defined as the Individual differences in behavior and inclination that are biologically based and are relatively independent of learning, attitudes and system of values.

You don’t need to move past yourself to prevail at work. Consider the qualities of your person and make them work to help you choose your right career or climb the ladder of your present career.

Four major types of temperaments exist, and they are as follows:

Sanguine (energetic, dynamic, and social)

Choleric (irascible, quick, and irritable)

Melancholic (wise, analytical, and calm)

Phlegmatic (relaxed and tranquil)

This order comes from Hippocrates who accepted the idea of humourism and joined those four temperaments into four natural fluids (“humors”) influencing human practices and character qualities.

He proposed that temperament and feelings relied upon an overabundance or absence of those fluids in individuals’ bodies.

Afterward, clinical analyst Galen depicted four temperaments as the order of hot/cold and dry/wet characteristics from four components. Searching for physiological reasons of human practices, he considered the ideal character as one with each of the four attributes adjusted.

Galen named them sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic after the real humors like blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm.

These four are standard yet not by any means the only characterization of human temperaments.

The introverts and extroverts can also be helpful in characterizing human beings.

An introverted person is one who is considered more thoughtful than social, with a personality more inwardly than outwardly directed and often prefers to have time in non-social situations.

An extroverted person is one who is outgoing, sociable, and concerned with outer affairs.

Most of us give off an impression of being ambiverts consolidating the provisions or both mental sorts.

Ambiverts is one who is neither clearly extroverted nor introverted, but has characteristics of each. But then, the dominance of one over another impacts our choices and profession decisions definitely.

Temperament shows consistency across circumstances and over the long run, so it’s coherent to expect it impacts profession decisions we make today and tomorrow as well.

The issue is, certain individuals overlook their singular eccentricities, attempting to lose trace and track of what’s most important and, in this manner, making incorrectly strides at proficient ways.

Applying temperament provisions to work, proficient abilities to create, and climate to feel generally good while building a profession gives room to fulfilment.

The dopamine framework in an outgoing person’s cerebrum eagers for oddity, dangers, adventures and amazements.

They think that it is invigorating to have a go at something exceptionally animating; else, they don’t feel “typical” and roused.

Stimulated by individuals, extroverts pick careers which: offer choices, support cooperation and coordinated effort, permit investigating things and taking difficulties, acknowledge excitement, create relational and initiative abilities, adaptability, and efficiency support.

Specialists report that “extroverts are just more happy and cheerful.”

Individuals of sanguine and choleric temperament types have a place with extroverts.

In contrast to extroverts, introverts have a higher essential pace of excitement, which clarifies their inclination for less animating conditions: their minds need to go through a long pathway for arranging and taking care of issues.

It is important to note; personal time and space are charming for introverts.

Introverts pick careers that; try not to need a lot of exposure, try not to request severe cutoff times, permit them to foster new abilities secretly, let them notice and look at circumstances prior to deciding, anticipate little interruptions, etc.

Melancholics and phlegmatics are introverts.

As regards Ambiverts, the clinician, Brian Little says,  “we should not disregard ambiverts who can take the best of the two introverts and extroverts.

The individuals who are ambiverts have preferably more levels of opportunity to shape their lives over the people who are at limits of different finishes.

Your temperament is your mental and behavioural nature deciding and reflecting how you think, feel, and connect. It reflects choices and conduct, so knowing your capacities and attributes could assist with profiting from them.

The following are the different Temperaments, attributes and ideal careers.

  1. Sanguines are agreeable, adaptable, and dynamic individual, task-arranged. They are self-assured, possess relational abilities and uplifting outlook to manage everything well with friends and customers.

Ideal careers for Sanguines are sales, PR, customer care, advertising, travel, sports, and entertainment.


  1. Choleric are serious, objective situated, inspirational, and frequently moving into places of administration. They are ever active, insightful, and direct.

Ideal profession for cholerics: business, law, innovation, security, management, engineering, and statistics.

  1. Phlegmatics live in amicability with others. Top qualities of this temperament are restraint, persistence, fixity of propensities, and high viability.

Phlegmatics are the most useful workers and are consistent and calm.

Careers ideal for phlegmatics include nursing, instruction, psychology, office work, colleague jobs, human or social administrations.

  1. Melancholics don’t like when someone interrupts or distracts them, so they often prefer careers allowing them to show their creativity with less publicity and unnecessary pressure.

Careers that fit melancholics include research, art, science, accounting, administration, and social work.

In Conclusion, Now you know the careers that fit your Temperament, it is best to hone your skills and talent accordingly.

Do not fall into the trap of trying to be like another, or trying in run away from your shadow, rather embrace yourself and get the best out of your strength. Now, choose the right career path for you.

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