Temperament Therapy

Temperament Therapy utilizing the Temperament profiling system identifies the individual temperament traits of each person we couch.  This immediately provides a comprehensive portrait of your unique, inborn strengths, weaknesses, and needs.  The weaknesses are a result of unmet needs, or needs met in unhealthy ways.  When the needs of a person’s temperament are met in unhealthy or unproductive ways, that individual will experience great interpersonal stress and lack healthy emotional intimacy with themselves and with others.  

Understanding Temperament will help you learn to live healthily by exploring new, productive ways in which you can get your temperament needs met.  We also help you uncover false beliefs you may have about yourself. “As a man thinks, so he is.”  Therefore, we must uncover false beliefs about God and about ourselves, and replace them with truth.

 When we have false beliefs about God and about ourselves, we tend to make bad choices.  When we choose the truth about who we are, we begin to make better choices with better results.  You will also gain insight into the differences in other people’s temperaments, providing a greater appreciation for both yourself and others,as well as a greater ability to forgive and let go.

The Temperament questionnaire measures the your needs, natural traits, strengths, and weaknesses according to temperament.  The computerized report provides in-depth information, along with the best way to counsel and encourage you in your unique circumstances.  This system enables us to identify your root problem much faster and more accurately.

The temperament identification provided in the report identifies three separate human interactions:

  • Inclusion
    • Mind (how many people do you approach for socializing? and how many people do you want to approach you?)
  • Control
    • Will (how many people do you want to control or direct? and how many people will you allow to control or direct me?)
  • Affection
    • Emotions (how much love, affection, and deep approval do you express to others? and how much love, affection, and deep approval do you want expressed to you?)

It also identifies each one of these interactions in two ways:

  • Expressed (what you say or imply that you want)
  • Wanted (what you know you really want)

Traditionally, there have been four temperaments:

  • Melancholy
  • Sanguine
  • Choleric
  • Phlegmatic

In 1981, Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno established the National Christian Counselors Association and began seven years of research, with over 7,000 individuals in the counseling setting.  Their purpose was to develop a therapeutic counseling procedure that was fully comprehensive in revealing the core or center of a person’s inherent temperament posture.  While researching the temperament models currently available, they identified a fifth temperament.  The fifth temperament is called the Supine.

The Supine has similar traits to the other temperaments, but truly deserves a classification of its own. The Supine identification describes a person who, by their very nature, is a servant and feels that they have little or no value. They have a gentle spirit, and are very social only when they know they have been accepted.

The analysis identifies a person’s temperament in each one of the three interaction areas mentioned earlier.  For example, a person may be a Sanguine in the Inclusion (social) area, a Melancholy in the Control (decision making) area, and Supine in the Affection (deep relationships) area. This is known as a blended temperament, which may present specific challenges to a person, making it crucial to understand ones temperament.

This report does not measure a person’s behavior, like a personality test does, which can change throughout the person’s life. Rather, it identifies a person’s inborn temperament.

Many times in response to the uncovering of temperament, people say things like, “no wonder I always act that way in these situations.”  I always wondered why I did those things. I thought something was wrong with me.”

Understanding temperament gives the coach insight that can save literally months of counseling and uncovering root issues in ones life.

At EIS, we offer temperament analysis as a core element on our coaching approach.  Along with other techniques, we can tailor a plan of coaching that will help you achieve the greatest degrees of self awareness, as well as help in uncovering root systems in your life that continue to fuel poor choices, dysfunction, and many relationship issues, and leadership abilities. This helps us to discover our true selves; free to be, become, and function in healthier ways in life, relationships and even our vocational lives.


“The temperaments have really opened my eyes to a new level of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation for every relationship in my life… including the one with myself. 

Now, I live my life with a light and open heart and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

– Sia Boehler



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