Personality Sarfari

Who needs a real-life vacation to Africa when you can take a personality safari and visit multiple  continents without leaving your computer? Personalities are ALL over the world and worthy of a safari all their own. So, without further ado, let’s visit personalities around the world.

The Cheerful Chimp

Smiles and giggles are universal, and Mother Nature provides many fun sanguine wildlife examples. On of the most notable is the cheerful chimpanzee. They are true clowns, true sanguine personalities.

cheerful chimp

Chimpanzees originate in Africa, but are easily seen in zoos around the world. They are described as curious, social, and tend to live in groups as large as 80. Typical of the sanguine personality, they are very social. Chimps also have the distinction of being  the noisiest of all animals. As is also indicative of this personality, they are very affectionate. It is not uncommon for chimps to great one another with a kiss and they are known for  constantly touching. Plus, we often see them at play with one another. Sanguine personalities love to play, socialize, and show affection.

Back Off Badger

Hands down, the best example of this is the honey badger found in Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. This animal is one tough cookie! Tenacious, mission-minded, and fearless are just a few choleric traits that describe this tough as barbed-wire mammal.


I don’t do this very often, but rather than write about the honey badger I’m providing a link that provides a true picture of this choleric creature. Check out this post called “The World’s Most Fearless Creature.” I promise you will not only learn a lot about the honey badger, but you will get a whole new understanding of the tenacity that IS a choleric.

Perfect Peacock

Nothing says melancholy detail like “da tail” of this beautiful bird. That fits right into melancholy territory: lovers of beauty, and detail oriented. All those things describe this breath-taking fowl. You can find peacocks all over the world (and occasionally on my blog.)


Peacocks don’t get along well with other birds. This is a trait that many melancholy personalities share . . . they tend to enjoy solitude, you know, being by themselves rather than hanging out in a large group. When I see the exquisite markings that characterize this bird it makes me think of the well manicured melancholy who loves beauty and tends to be well put together no matter what time of day it is.

Go With the Flow Mole

What moves slow, is usually incognito and considered shy? A MOLE! This is a great parallel for the phlegmatic personality. This photo of is a mole. Isn’t it cute with its fluffy fur and half-closed eyes? That is much like the phlegmatic: they tend to be like friendly little fur balls . . . doesn’t that mole photo make you just want to hug it? Phlegmatic are very observant, but because they are so low-key people may mistake them for near-sighted and far-sighted mole. Moles can be found all over the world . . . and today you can find them on my blog.


One night my husband found a mole rat in our bedroom. We both thought it was someone’s hamster because it was so friendly and enjoyed the gentle rub Warren gave it. We put it in a box with a few soft cloths and some food and sat it in our garage. We wanted our new little rescue to stay safe and secure until we could decide how to reunited it with its human family the next morning. It wasn’t until our oldest son got home late and identified our cute little visitor as a mole rat. (We all had a good laugh over that!) As are most phlegmatic personalities, this mole rat was easy to like and very low-key. It was also a nice house guest that didn’t make any noise and happily enjoyed whatever accommodations we provided it.

Personalities are everywhere, even in the animal kingdom. What personalities can YOU match with different animals?

© 2013 Shona Neff

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