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Four Temperaments: Take the Test and Discover Your Temperament

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Capalynn has been an online writer for over 10 years. Her articles often focus on psychological and sociological issues.

Choleric, sanguine, melancholic, and phlegmatic temperaments: 17c., part of the Grande Commande.

Choleric, sanguine, melancholic, and phlegmatic temperaments: 17c., part of the Grande Commande.

How to Know Your Temperament

Some people would rather not be "put in a box." Get over your insecurities and come to terms with the fact that you have a personality, and it is likely not an assortment of every recognizable temperament. None of the temperaments that exist in the world today were ever meant to confine or restrict us from behaving out of character. They were developed in order to help us understand why we behave and communicate the way we do as individuals interacting with individuals. They also help to explain how we perceive and process information in a global world that is rapidly changing.

This is one of many helpful tools that pinpoint four temperaments to help us understand ourselves and each other. The four types of temperament are choleric, sanguine, melancholy, and phlegmatic. I have outlined them below, and encourage you to take the test to determine which one or two best define you.

Take the test and find out your results. Try to be objective as you read about your personality type as I have listed a general overview, as well as the positives and negatives of each type. You can download the following document, print the test, and score yourself. Lastly, take the poll at the bottom of this blog to show your temperament.

Four Temperaments

  1. Sanguine
  2. Melancholic
  3. Phlegmatic
  4. Choleric

1. The Sanguine


People with the sanguine temperament are easily excited by external influences, reacting quickly (although the impression is often short-lived). There is somewhat of a superficiality, or better said, lack of depth (part v. whole relationship), in the sanguine personality. The sanguine commonly follows others and has little stability as a result. Fickle in ideas, opinions, and resolutions. They change their moods often (from laughter to tears in a matter of seconds). The sanguine rarely internalizes his/her focus and instead devotes attention to the external (his/her appearance, and of others, to beautiful faces, fashions and manners). The sanguine is full of optimism.

The Not-So-Great Characteristics

  • Vanity and self-complacency, loving the appearance of his/herself and the praise of others.
  • The sanguine is very inclined to flirt, and has a great degree of jealous tendencies.
  • The sanguine cannot be left alone.
  • There is a cheerfulness and love of pleasure that accompany the desire to always have someone around to enjoy life with.
  • The sanguine's decisions are likely to be the wrong decisions, their undertaking fail easily since they believe success is inevitable and will therefore take it for granted, they are unstable, and they have little understanding of themselves since they rarely internalize conflict.

The Wonderful Characteristics

  • Everyone loves and knows the sanguine.
  • He/she has the most friends and easily makes new friends. This is the extrovert of the four temperaments.
  • The sanguine is extremely friendly, pleasant, and willing to accommodate.
  • Is often found entertaining others, is compassionate towards others, and is graced with the gift of calling others out on their faults without bringing humiliation or displeasure.
  • Very virtuous.
  • Rarely shows resentment or defiance.
  • Wishes the best for everyone.
The four basic personality types, illustrated

The four basic personality types, illustrated

2. The Melancholic


Like the sanguine, the melancholic is also easily excited by things. However, unlike the sanguine, the initial reaction of excitement is weak, but the impression remains long and grows stronger by subsequent impressions of a similar nature. A person of this temperament is inclined to deep, thoughts and reflection, dwelling on the past, looking ahead to the future, is very profound, finds meaning in just about everything, and is not satisfied with the superficial. The melancholic is driven by laws and principles. The melancholic is most comfortable alone, and in silence. He/she is very introspective and always sees life from a serious perspective, often feeling burdened and brought down by temporal affairs. Melancholies are commonly passive, reserved, irresolute, despondent, lacking courage, and slow in thought and speech. Melancholies despise the lime-light, and would rather withdraw and let others receive recognition, even when they are praiseworthy.

The Not-So-Great Characteristics

  • Easily falls into mental distress and this can be extremely intense.
  • The melancholic, more than any other temperament, has a keen awareness of moral right and wrong, and has a deep longing for morality.
  • They are inclined to despair, intense expressions of grief, and occurrences of depression.
  • This can result in self-pity, and he/she may become a burden to friends and family.
  • He/she can also lose confidence in others, specifically superiors; there is a loss of trust and respect when the melancholy becomes aware of a fellow man's weaknesses and faults.
  • The melancholy vehemently desires justice, and forgiveness of offences is hardly an option.
  • He/she is suspicious, lacks trust in people and fears that everyone is out to get him/her.
  • He/she is pessimistic about everything.

The Wonderful Characteristics

  • Loves solitude and is often productive in solitary hobbies encompassing the fine arts, liberal arts, crafts, writing, analytics, drama, contributing deep and profound thoughts and ideas to poetics, philosophy, science, legislation, etc.
  • There is a joy and a relaxation that results in the melancholic devoting time to these activities.
  • Melancholies are excellent counselors to friends, encouragers, give great affirmation when necessary, they are trustworthy and genuine.
  • They are willing to make extreme sacrifices for the sake of others.

3. The Phlegmatic


Not moved by impressions at all; their reactions are missing, or empty, and they fade quickly. They have little interest in what is going on around them. They love leisure, and are often unmotivated to work. For them, everything proceeds at a slow pace.

The Not-So-Great Characteristics

  • Inclined to things that require little to no effort (i.e. eating and drinking).
  • Is lazy, and neglects duties.
  • Often misses opportunities.
  • Has no ambition and no aspirations in life.

The Wonderful Characteristics

  • Perseverant.
  • Not easily offended, and not moved by failures or sufferings.
  • Always maintains composure, and is thoughtful and deliberate. They have a sober, objective, rational, and practical judgment.
  • Demands little in life, and has no intense passions.

4. The Choleric

An Overview

The choleric are enthusiastic, having very high aspirations and cravings for success. The choleric must be the best in everything and have the best of everything. They are extremely ambitious, having a keen intellect, a strong will, strong passions, an impulse to dominate others becoming their superior, making them subservient.

The Not-So-Great Characteristics

  • The choleric is commonly prideful, full of themselves, thinking highly of their own great qualities, and even considers their faults worthy of praise.
  • Also, is stubborn and has an opinion on everything.
  • The choleric believes they are always right.
  • The choleric is confident and believes others are weak, ignorant, incompetent, and slow.
  • Upon humiliation the choleric feels hurt, resulting in anger, deceit, and judgments towards others.

The Wonderful Characteristics

  • The choleric possesses a sharp, keen intellect and will combine with great enthusiasm.
  • Very successful in their profession, working diligently in spite of obstacles.
  • Choleric are brief, precise, and sure in their speech.


Christopher on July 23, 2020:

I want to know where temperament fall into.

Ishmael Amartey on June 25, 2020:

Thanks very much

Beauty orie on June 08, 2020:

I've taken the test and I think I'm fully choleric

Giwa Lekan on May 01, 2020:

I think am between sanguine an melancholic

Ogugua on April 28, 2020:

I am a in between pleghmatic and sanguine

Chukwuma Favour on January 02, 2020:

I'm sure I'm 90% melancholic and 10% phlegmatic

yakubu Samuel zuma "fhu ham" on October 21, 2019:

I found my self been 65% of melancholic and 35% in sanguine it is well.

Joebrainz on August 04, 2019:

I'm so furtunate to be a choleric-sanguine.

Aaron on June 09, 2019:

I am all of them at once. I have taken multiple tests and they all have the same results. What does that mean?

pinkpowder on May 05, 2019:

"The melancholic, more than any other temperament, has keen awareness of moral right and wrong, and has a deep longing for morality."

This is not a wonderful trait? This is a very good trait to have. I think you actually meant this:

"The melancholic by committing sin falls into the most terrible distress of mind, because in the depth of his heart he is, more than those of other temperaments, filled with a longing desire for God, with a keen perception of the malice and consequences of sin."

The Four Temperaments by Fr. Conrad Hock, pg. 39 - 40

In regards to the Sanguine, you state that one of their wonderful traits is that they are very virtuous. Sanguines tend to dread virtue because it requires strenuous effort on their part.

"Dread of virtues which require strenuous efforts. Everything which requires the denial of the gratification of the senses is very hard on the sanguine; for instance, to guard the eyes, the ears, the tongue, to keep silence. He does not like to mortify himself by denying himself some favorite food. He is afraid of corporal acts of penance; only the exceptionally virtuous sanguine succeeds in performing works of penance for many years for sins committed in earlier youth. The ordinary sanguine person is inclined to think that with absolution in the sacrament of penance all sins are blotted out and that continued sorrow for them is unnecessary and even injurious."

The Four Temperaments by Rev. Conrad Hock, pg. 30.

Joe on January 06, 2017:

I am a Melancholic Choleric 38% and 26% woooo

Ethan M on July 09, 2014:

Here's a mnemonic to recall the four temperaments: pumices. Phelgmatic, Melancholic, Choleric, and Sanguine.

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on January 24, 2014:

Cody, what is confusing to you about this? Perhaps I can help explain.

Fml on October 18, 2012:

I like pigs

Cody Awesomeness on October 18, 2012:

This is kinda confusing?

Laura on September 09, 2012:

Thank you so much for this post! I think I am primarily melancholy, and secondarily sanguine. How come the link for the test isn't working?

US MC Joseph on July 30, 2012:

I am i bit of all four i think but predominantly Choleric and Melancholic

does any one know were to find a test on these

susan Henderson on June 23, 2012:

Sanguine phlegmatic... talk about a torture temperament. With a lil melancholy and no choleric lol.

Chuna on June 21, 2012:

wow! it seems i have a little bit of all.

Ossai stanley emeka deco on June 18, 2012:

It seems i fall into melancholy. Please i love this topic,its unique and interesting.Every human being need to know about this topic.

Agbetuyi on May 17, 2012:

i am introvert but more melancholic. I am unable have the test but i still desire it

Tita on May 12, 2012:

I'm certainly a Melancholy, haha.

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on May 02, 2012:


I wouldn't limit a leader to any particular temperament. While a choleric can certainly delegate tasks, sanguines are great at casting vision and getting people on board. Melancholies can rise to any occasion and do the job well. And Phlegmatics are great at ensuring everyone is working together well. Therefore, any combination of these four temperaments will give you a great leader. The catch is that we all must strive to utilize our individual skills so as to lead others.

Fannie on April 30, 2012:

All leaders must be 50%choleric and 50%melancholy

jane on April 21, 2012:

pls i want to know my pemperament

Ernest Atsu Koblah on April 10, 2012:

How do i identify my temperament,but love the submission.thanks for your post

Deepti on March 27, 2012:

This is according to the Indian Vedic philosophy Vaat pitta kapha types relates more to constitution of the body.. air, water and fire r the basic elements tht constitute the body , the mind and hence the temperament.

monica on March 26, 2012:

i am a Choleric ... No need more others opinion, thank you LOL :) awesome link btw !

shovic on March 10, 2012:

i think am choleric

Don-Law on March 09, 2012:

Seem i'm 'chol-sang'. Quite talkative, unrelenting in a desired goal,competative, overly ambitious, admires beauty, a bit conservative yet radical, hates injustice and disorder, detests sanctimonious and extremist characters, formulates idea that question the validity of past results or concept, desires unlimited power, fame,influence and wealth, excellent in diplomacy, and furious with the boastful and the pompous, logical and progressive-minded, accepts correction and criticism, inquisitive and investigative, and finally, can question and oppose even my believe when presented by my opponent. A nice write-up there. Looking forward to more advanced ones(maybe more expansive next time).

opehr on March 06, 2012:

im melancholic and phlegmantic...seemz cool

Jerry on February 17, 2012:

I'm melancholic, and I'm soo proud of it. I don't wish to be anyone else, I just love being me

mark philip on January 25, 2012:

hi capalynn, an hour before this we had a personality test on our class, our teacher gave us 2 copies on which they are two indication which is the strength and weaknesses... after we total our score i got 10 to all-each of the 4 temperaments. even though our teacher began explaining the personalities, i care no more for a reason that i got them all equal. what do you think? thanks @_@

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on January 23, 2012:

I apologize for the delay in my response to all these wonderful conversations. I have been a hermit for the last five months due to school work, my PACT, and student teaching requirements (lesson planning, grading, teaching, parents, etc.).

@Justice- Not sure how I can help, and not even sure I understand your question.

@Mike- Polar opposite personalities is certainly an interesting paradox. I know a couple people who are Sang/Mel, or Mel/Sang. I do not know anyone who is Phleg/Chol or Chol/Phleg, however. Keep in mind that each of these temperaments have strengths AND weaknesses. So, while one may be strong in being an analytical thinker, (Melancholic), one may also be strong in the social aspects apparent among Sanguines. So, it is possible to have strengths in both that dominate. Likewise, it is also possible to have a weakness in one trait apparent among Melancholics while having a strength apparent among Sanguines which balances out that melancholic weakness.

@Mal- What is a Supine?

@Anna- Are those percentages? If so, I am confused because they don't add to 100???If they are points, than it makes some sense, so here is my response: It looks like you are clearly melancholic, but are tied between Choleric/Phlegmatic. It would be interesting to see what your strengths are in Choleric and Phlegmatic.

@Judelia and Kalusha- I am not a marriage counselor, or a match-maker. My preference for a spouse is someone who shares one of your two dominating temperaments. However, sharing both may be too much and cause a great deal of tension. Likewise, you may be inclined to enjoy people who have opposite temperaments because they can balance your strengths and weakness out. For example, I am melancholic, with choleric as my second. I have always been annoyed by other choleric people, I suppose because I always want to do things my own way, (which always makes perfect sense to me). And if anyone is going to do some bossing, I prefer to boss than to be bossed. Therefore, a melancholic spouse will be suitable for me. If he is Mel/Sang (or vice versa), than we will have some deep and rich conversations, and he will also motivate me to get out of the house and be social, (a great fit for me). If he is Mel/Phleg, (or vice versa), than the deep and rich conversations will still be had, but his phleg can really balance out my choleric. So, both will be great. Lucky for me, I believe my boyfriend is Melancholy/Phlegmatic, so we work very well together!

JMbr on January 04, 2012:

My temperament is sanguine-melancholic .

Kalusha Samuel on December 07, 2011:

I am a Sanquine with Choleric elements. I am aged 27, whom should I marry?

judelia on December 06, 2011:

I am a mel-chol... is that a good thing? Should i marry a phelgmatic?

levite paul on December 01, 2011:

what is a temperament , and what is it like

Anna on November 29, 2011:

I am

Sanguine 32

Choleric 43

Phlegmatgic 43

Melancholic 79!

Ok I am clearly melancholic not that that surprises me one bit. I'm an introvert, idealist, can be really shy with strangers and I like to be alone either singing or writing so creative.

I love the Four Temperaments so much- I think they explain alot for me. I'm ordering that book by Florence Littauer for Christmas! I think I'll pick up a minor in Psychology too haha. Thanks for this!

Bheki on November 14, 2011:


Hey, I'm a Melancholic Phlegmatic (though I wonder what a new test would reveal). I like what Capalynn said in response to that:


Although you mel dominates, you still have some phleg in you, which I can guess balances out your mel. I think that is a wonderful combination, and I though you aren't sang I am sure you have a great deal of friends and people in your life who enjoy being around you. The mel is the "deep thought" side of you who can engage in great conversation. The phleg is the peaceful side of you who gets along with anyone. And people love that! As for the choleric, that adds to the dynamic of the first two. So be proud of you temperament! And thanks for sharing.

See, it's not all bad.

Christopher Doughan on November 11, 2011:


Mal on November 11, 2011:

I'm sorry to see that this page lacks the Supine category.

Thom on November 06, 2011:

I think, I am the worst... Phlegmatic and Melancholic!

Mike on October 07, 2011:

Thank you for this excellent page (loved the graphic/explains why I love fall and winter as a Melancholy/Phlegmatic!)

How do you respond to people who claim to have primary/secondary temperaments that are polar opposites (i.e. Sanguine/Melancholy, Choleric/Phlegmatic). Personality Plus - and logic - dictates this isn't possible.


Justice on October 01, 2011:

I cant go with what is my personality can you help me capalynn?? thank you. .

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on September 17, 2011:

@ Levity,

Phlegmatic is a wonderful personality because they generally get along with everyone and have little to no drama in their lives. Sanguine is also great because they have and/or make friends everywhere they go. Just remember that each personality is unique and the dynamic of any friendship you have will be different because your friend will also have a unique personality that will be interacting with your own. But at least this helps you perhaps understand yourself better, as well as your friends and the reason they may see something differently.

I have a friend, a close friend of mine who is phlegmatic and sanguine. She is such a joy to be around because she is so funny and dynamic in personality. She gets along with everyone for the most part, and always has a smile on her face.

jejj on September 14, 2011:

i can perceive myself to be melancholic-phlegmatic,,,my personality and attitude is a mixture of the two temperaments.

Levity on September 12, 2011:


Just read the book Personality Plus and discovered that am a phlegmatic-sanguine...appreciate if you could share your experience (if any) with one of my 'kind'? :)

madonna on August 07, 2011:

i am surely melancholic

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on July 04, 2011:

Phlegmatic: 47

Choleric: 41

Melancholy: 35

Sanguine: 26

Thanks for the hub, I've given you a vote-up and useful.

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on June 28, 2011:

Good News Everyone!

I know the oneishy website no longer exists, making it impossible to follow the link and take the test online. However, you can take the test by following the link at the bottom of my answer. Once you get to the Ask reference page, the results will be displayed. Skip the sponsored results (highlighted in green), and scroll down until you see the one titled in all caps, GIVE YOURSELF A TEMPERAMENT TEST. It will immediately respond by prompting you to download the original version of the test from the actual book. You can print it out, take the test, score yourself, and have a couple friends take it for you also, just to be sure you have a good sample of what your personality truly is (sometimes it's hard to be objective about ourselves).

Hope this helps, and have fun!

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on June 05, 2011:


Although you mel dominates, you still have some phleg in you, which I can guess balances out your mel. I think that is a wonderful combination, and I though you aren't sang I am sure you have a great deal of friends and people in your life who enjoy being around you. The mel is the "deep thought" side of you who can engage in great conversation. The phleg is the peaceful side of you who gets along with anyone. And people love that! As for the choleric, that adds to the dynamic of the first two. So be proud of you temperament! And thanks for sharing.

Bheki Latha on April 26, 2011:

Apologies, I meant my Choleric side is at 23%, NOT 13%. Anyway, hopefully this means i can turn myself into a more light-hearted individual.

Bheki Latha on April 26, 2011:

I first did this test almost exactly a year ago (when the link was working): Mel: 33%, Phlegm: 30%, Sangu: 13%, Chol: 13%. I devoured what I learned, and sought to learn further about this material, looking all over the internet, because psychology and self-knowledge and things like that are an obsession for me. I've just realized that I've focused on just my two dominant traits, but looking at my results again, I see that I have a relatively well-developed Choleric side. This kinda changes things...

Klaude on March 10, 2011:

Well....Im a melancholic - choleric person...great...

Rebekah on February 19, 2011:

Between melancholy and phlegmatic...

nmeng85 on February 06, 2011:

Were you ever able to find another test equal to the oneishy one?

Myself and others have used that test before and wanted to pass on to friends but as it is still broken that causes something of a problem...

I will show them the paper test but since it asks for friends to fill it out as well results are not instantaneous like the online test makes them.

Any suggestions you have on where to find tests are welcome :)

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on February 04, 2011:

@ Wolfe 1319, you have a great personality, but I suppose I am partial to the Mel/Chol mix since that is also what I am.

@ Melanie, you are correct in that I don't think I have ever met a person who is 100% one temperament. People usually have two dominant temperaments, and even then, as we grow and move through life, and perhaps even mature, we change. So, often we can mellow out in certain areas, and become stronger in others.

@Lucy, I didn't write a book on this topic. Rather, I am providing a nice summation of the book, Personality Plus, by Florence Littauer. You can get the book used on Amazon for a penny.

Lucy on February 04, 2011:

I am glad you wrote a book Sarah as whilst there is a lot already written on the matter, I enjoyed your comments and style, I wanted to take the test and wasn't able to, I'll do the print option if I get to it but I'm fairly sure I would be sanguine with a choleric chaser!


Melanie on January 17, 2011:

I see myself more as melancholy but in certain circumstances or moods, I can act as a whole other temperament. I don't think anyone is strictly 100% one temperament Everyone fluctuates among the traits. People need to fluctuate in order to be adaptable.

wolfe1319 on December 22, 2010:

took the self scored one since the link was still broken. ended up being predominatly melancholy, with a prety good dose of choleric in there(64/57). fit's my personality pretty well actually. thanks for writing this up, was enjoyable to take :)

Irene cobham on November 20, 2010:

I so wanted to take the test but the link is unavailable. the web site is blocked or something. i cant seem to open it.

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on November 19, 2010:


So sorry about that. The link is down and I am trying to find another link to post. Check back in about a month and hopefully I will have found something new by then. You can also buy the book which may be a better option if you would like to learn more.


Jian on November 19, 2010:

hi there, i am so interested to take this test however when i tried to follow the link, it said...Error that site still working? just asking..=) anyway thanks for this

Clement Okolie on November 15, 2010:

...knowing who we trully are, is d key to our success. We have 2 let go of our pride and face facts as they are. I'm a melancholic person and I'm learning 2 deal wit it. We all need 2 work on our weaknesses and live am enjoyable life.

Kocil on September 26, 2010:

Hi. Great article, but IMHO, your diagram is not right. You put the elements order as earth - air - water - fire. I think it should be earth - water - air - fire. Because the elements in the opposite direction should cancel each other, like summer is cancelled by winter.

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on September 24, 2010:


Yes, but then I might actually be tempted to publish a book about it. I think one can assume what kind of boss and work ethic comes with each temperament. Nevertheless, I am sure there is stuff already out there that you can find on the subject.

Good luck!

michael on September 22, 2010:

Sarah, it will be much easier if u analyse the temperament in order to handle our human relation - i.e. control staff, handle bosses, etc.

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on September 21, 2010:


Do you mean that if only we took it seriously enough to change the weaknesses and better our character? If so, then perhaps. However, it is not in every personality to think that they need to change. Some people get the idea that everyone else needs to make the changes. We all have a bit of narcissism and pride in us.


Nwafor I. Collins on September 21, 2010:

The temperament of one truly tells who the individual is, their personalities but if only the temperament test was done with all sincerity.Indeed, it will help you to live a better life.What do you think?

Elolo on September 13, 2010:

Melancholic/Phlegmatic. Really educative.Thanks

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on September 05, 2010:


The choleric objectives are to be the best in everything they do, and often being the best is something they will make sure everyone else knows about (in other words, they do not do it quietly). It's important to recognize your choleric strengths and weaknesses, and really seek to capitalize on the strengths.

While cholerics are excellent leaders and visionaries, and while they are great at delegating tasks, strong cholerics can come across as dominating, bossy, and impatient. Be aware of this when communicating with others and challenge yourself to not just tolerate those who don't see things your way, but to connect with them.

Thanks for asking.

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on September 05, 2010:


I sort of understand that your personality has perhaps limited your possibilities with men. On the flip side though, don't be discouraged because I know plenty of choleric women who did indeed meet amazing men. It doesn't mean your man should have more choleric traits then you. When it comes down to being in love, even the sanguine and the melancholy can step up to the plate and do what is necessary to make you happy. It's really about celebrating your differences and finding ways in which you can both balance each other out.

kenny on September 01, 2010:

hi can i ask what is the main objectives of choleric personality?

Karen on August 30, 2010:

I'm 90% choleric and 10% sanguine, both my choleric side has been destroying my relationship with men. (i'm a woman)

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on August 17, 2010:

This was wonderful. Had to laugh at how accurate my personality test turned out. Thank you for a most unusual hub.

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on August 16, 2010:


Yes, you need to tolerate other people's weaknesses just in the same way others need to tolerate your weaknesses :-) and begin 99% choleric, I am certain you have a good share of choleric weaknesses to sort through. Realizing others are not like you, and they don't need to be like you is a good start.

Thanks for stopping by.


Aristotle on August 16, 2010:

Am 99% choleric. My ambitons and anger are burning me. I just started working on myself recently when i discovered we are not all d same. That i need to tolerate others weakness

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on July 28, 2010:

Hi Pinkdrama74,

Thanks for sharing. I think that retreating to an isolated place when family arrives over the holidays might be typically of all personalities. I don't know though, what do you think?

Anyhow, the best way to judge which personality comes first is to ask yourself where you get most energized. If you feel that being around people energizes you, then you are more Sanguine. If you feel that being around people exhausts all your energy and that being alone for a bit reenergizes you, you are probably more Melancholy.

Either way, the Sanguine/Melancholy mix is a great personality combo and some of the most exciting and funny people I know share that combination too.

pinkdrama74 on July 26, 2010:

Just took the test. It says I am sanguine\ Melancholy which is cool.

However I am wondering if it may not be the other way around. (Melancholy Sanguine) because although I am a people person I am also a true loner. ie, if family comes over for christmas I find that after a while I have to retreat to my own room for space.

Great test! Thanks!!!

Michael ogude on July 01, 2010:

I think am sanguine,cause i posses most of that temperament.



capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on May 16, 2010:

Hi Amanda,

Those numbers tell you that you are just about even with strengths and weaknesses for Sanguine. Some people will have higher numbers in strenghts for a personality and low weaknesses, or vice versa, which will suggest that that personality dominates in the strengths only while they may have another personality that dominates in weaknesses. I hope that makes sense. By the way, if you enjoyed this, you might also really enjoy my differentiated instruction blog where you will find a link to a some multiple intelligence and learning style tests:


Amanda K on May 16, 2010:

Hi Capalynn,

very nice overview, months ago i took the test through what do the numbers on the Strengths and Weaknesses represent? Like -

Sanguine 53%, strength 11 weakness 10

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on May 12, 2010:


I see that the link is inactive. Thanks for pointing that out. I don't know why but I have found another way for you to take the test. This is an actual document that will download into your computer. You can print it, test yourself, and score yourself.

Have fun!

yemi on May 12, 2010:

hello Capalynn, the link for the test is no longer functional. Is it closed down or something?

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on April 11, 2010:

Sue, yes, that is cool! Being a phlegmatic, you might think any personality you have is cool, and that is what is so wonderful about phlegmatics: laid back, easy going, peacemaker! We need more people like you in our world today.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing.


Sue L. on April 11, 2010:

I am a Melancholic

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on April 01, 2010:


Follow this link to take the test:

marjorie on March 24, 2010:

hai ebrione how can i can take the test?

Ann on February 03, 2010:

i cant believe i have to pay for my repport.i thought it was free. wasting my time... sigh

Lean_angel13 on January 25, 2010:

i fall in melancholic and sanguine..pls post for a new topic about that..God Bless!

On Melancholy on June 19, 2009:

Very nice and thorough overview. I myself am a sanguine, though I haven't taken the test in many years. Maybe things have changed :)

Terrah on June 09, 2009:

Whew! 45% Melancholy, 25% Phlegmatic. What a head case I am ;)

Debbie on May 29, 2009:

Hi Capalynn, I scored as a combination of Melancholy/Sanguine. It explains why I feel like a termite in a yo-yo :)

Thanks for the test!

Lilian on May 15, 2009:

Am sanguine and choleric. Very active and very much around. Thanks for writing about termperament

Tunde Kamali on April 02, 2009:

Glad i did the test. Now I know I am a Choleric Sanguine - good combination. Always thought I was plain Sanguine. Took the test twice for confirmation. Now I understand why I do things the way I do. Would make all my friens and family follow suit.

Thanks capalynn.

capalynn (author) from Roseville, CA on November 05, 2008:

Well, Karen, you seem to be strongest in Melancholic and Choleric then, with Sanguine a close 3rd. Melancholic weaknesses can be rough so watch out for them. I also am a melancholic, choleric.

Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on October 31, 2008:

P.S. I noticed you live in the Silicon Valley. I grew up in Los Gatos and lived my early childhood in the Santa Cruze Mountains. I now live in Central Oregon.

Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on October 31, 2008:

Hi Capalynn,

Took the test. Guess I'm Melancholy - but I don't think I'm lazy an unamitious. My strength is 5, but I also have a strength 5 in Sanquine and a Strength 6 in Choleric. My highest weakness is in Melancholy though at 9. Nothing else is close to that.