No individual is 100 percent one personality type, and many of us are a blend. However, when we take any of the personality tests available today, we usually discover that we possess dominant characteristics that affect how we act.
The personality system I use follows the categories established by Hippocrates when he first observed that people were different: sanguine, choleric, melancholy, and phlegmatic. Today’s post specifically focuses on the highly energetic sanguine/choleric blend.
Meet the Energizer Bunny
The sanguine and choleric personalities are both extroverts which creates a very active blend. I know several people with sharing these two traits and every single one of them is a go-getter! They are fueled by people and lots of activities.
Because this combination blends the two extroverted personalities together, it is common for the person to be a 50/50 blend. This means that their environment determines which personality comes out at any given time. For example, one of my sanguine/choleric friends ran conferences for many years. When she was in charge of running an event, her take-charge choleric surfaced. However, if she was guest speaker at an event with little responsibility, her happy-go-lucky sanguine side took the lead and focused on fun!
For many people, just watching this personality blend tires them out. Observers of differing personalities wonder how these people accomplish so much. However, it all makes sense when we understand personalities: when you take the energetic, people-loving, charming, wants-to-be-the-center-of-attention-person, and mix them with the mission-minded, leader who can accomplish anything . . . it’s humanity’s answer to a stick of dynamite!
The Good and The Bad
Anyone with this personality blend accomplishes a lot. I once had a sanguine/choleric boss. Her sanguine side took the edge off of dominant choleric and made her fun to work with. There were times (dictated by stressful days) that she would come to work in choleric mode and both guns blazing like we were in a western gunfight. Many of the younger employees were scared of her choleric side on a regular basis, but on her choleric days, she even scared me! It doesn’t matter WHO the choleric is and what blend he/she is, if things are going bad, no sane person wants to be in the same room!
As a boss her choleric side could handle any personnel situation (or difficult customers), while her sanguine side easily laughed with employees, giggled with customers. Both these extroverted personality rolled up into this woman made her one savvy and charming business woman.
The great benefit of this personality blend is that the fun-loving sanguine side helps the driven choleric relax and enjoy the “not-so-serious” aspects of life. And, it’s great that the choleric part of this blend helps the easily distracted and “I-would-rather-play” side of the sanguine actually get things done.
This is great blend that gets much done while having a good time. It’s hard to beat that combination, but we are just getting started. Throughout the week we will look at the choleric/melancholy, the melancholy/phlegmatic, and the phlegmatic/sanguine blends. I hope you’ll join me . . . you never know what you’ll learn about yourself.
©2011 Shona Neff