Let’s Learn About Personality Blends

Although we all have a dominant personality (sanguine, choleric, melancholy, or phlegmatic), we also have a secondary one. The specific percentages of our dominant and secondary personalities varies, but sometimes they are equally distributed (a 50/50 blend), or they may be more disproportionate, as when the dominant personality occupies 90% of the person’s make up with the blend influencing only about 10% of their behavior.

Unnatural Blends

Before going into the natural blends, it is less confusing to share which personality types do not go together because they are so opposite each other. A sanguine/melancholy combination is an unnatural blend. It is difficult for a person to be both a bright, lively, and demonstrative sanguine AND the quiet, analytical, and undemonstrative melancholy. They are just too opposite.

The other unnatural blend is the choleric/phlegmatic. Again, these two personalities are so different that they don’t mesh well. It’s hard for a hard-charging, mission-minded person to fit into the peaceful, laid-back world of the typical phlegmatic. Space prevents me from going into too much detail in this area, but feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Natural Blends

Now that you know which personality types don’t work together, let’s look at which ones DO mesh.

  • Sanguine/Choleric – These are the two active personalities so it makes sense that their energy would go well together. If you are familiar with the hard-charging, full-of-energy Energizer bunny, you have a pretty good illustration of this blend. These personalities accomplish a lot and usually have a lot of fun doing it.
  • Choleric/Melancholy –  This personality is corporate America’s favorite person: they get things done AND they get them done right! My husband is this blend and he can do anything he sets his mind to . . . and he does it well. Whether he is at work or doing things around the house, he operates like a well-oiled machine. This blend is the ultimate “task-oriented” beast.
  • Melancholy/Phlegmatic –  This is an interesting blend. The melancholy portion of this individual can actually get some things done, but it constantly wrestles with the bubble-bath loving, phlegmatic portion. Lucky for the phlegmatic part, the melancholy traits help get the daily “to-do” list half done before bedtime. And, the phlegmatic part tones down the relentless pursuit of perfection that often plaques the melancholy.
  • Phlegmatic/Sanguine – This blend is everybody’s favorite person. They are a great mix of “go-with-the-flow” and fun. The down side to this blend, however, is that they do not have a task-oriented bone in their body (all that went to the choleric/melancholy blend). They have to dig deep to get even the simplest tasks completed (trust me, being this blend, I know!) However, when they don’t meet deadlines or get things done, between the charm of the sanguine and the diplomacy of the phlegmatic, it’s hard for anyone to stay mad at them for too long.

No two personalities are the same and the blends add a whole new dynamic to the way a person attacks and/or enjoys life.


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