TEMPERAMENTAL BY TEMPERAMENT?

Do you know you? Knowing who you are and how you appear to others strengthens you Emotional Intelligence.  What many call self-awareness. This post begins a series of posts designed to improve your self-awareness. Lots of people do not think about their temperament or know it is genetic.

Not familiar with temperament? Here is a quick introduction. When trying to figure out someone’s temperament, the experts look at these nine traits:1. Activity level, 2. Regularity of bodily functions, 3. Sensitivity to stimuli—what some call pain threshold, 4. Response level (do you shout out at the smallest thing or hold back), 5. Approach to other people (shy or bold), 6. Response to change, 7. Ability to persist, 8. Ability to stay focused, 9. Mood (sad, happy, or irritable.)

Here is a quick test to help you think about about your temperament. Five is always the mid-point between the two extremes. What describes you best?

  1. Low energy     1   2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9     High energy
  2. Regular and predictable bodily functions   1   2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9    Irregular

  3. Sensitive to stimuli   1   2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9    Not sensitive

  4. Quiet reactor   1   2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9    Loud reactor

  5. Cautious (Shy)       1   2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9    Bold

  6. Does not like change   1   2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9     Eager for change

  7. Gives up easily    1   2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9    Doesn’t know when to quit

  8. Easily distracted      1   2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9  Highly Focused

  9. Sad or irritable most of the time       1   2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9   Mostly cheerful

Once you figure out your ratings, ask some people you trust to rate you. Then compare your ratings and theirs. If you see yourself very different from how  others see you work to integrate both views. I am often seen as Bold, my feelings are Shy and Shy is probably my temperament over-ridden by my mother’s pushing me to try things. Her favorite comment to me was “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

For all you do, thank you

Practice kindness by reading , liking, commenting or sharing this post. Stay strong.

Katherine

These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.

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