Temperament Basics – Choleric

Choleric (Extrovert)
This temperament is identified as the most powerful (and potentially destructive) of the five temperaments. It is not unreasonable to state that the world’s greatest feared dictators and diabolical criminals were perhaps Choleric. However, when this person truly comes to know God and His purpose, and uses their strengths for the glory of God they make some of the greatest leaders. The Apostle Paul was likely a Choleric. Prior to his conversion on the Damascus Road Paul used his temperament strengths to advance the cause of Judaism, self interest and terrorizing Christians. After Paul’s salvation he soon became the Apostle to the Gentiles. Hitler would undoubtedly have been a Choleric, but never achieved God’s purposes.

Paul’s example demonstrates that a person’s spiritual transformation does not change their temperament. The individual is transformed in the sense of their temperament strengths being used for different purposes. The Choleric remains a Choleric before and after their transforming experience.

Cholerics are extremely tough-willed. When they have made up their minds they rarely if ever change it, even if they are wrong! Cholerics will seldom listen to the advice of anyone else. They want to have total control over themselves and anyone around them. Cholerics are of the opinion and belief that they know what is best for those around them, and what is acceptable behavior according to them.

They have a problem with anger; “the angry temperament”. Cholerics have a tendency to seldom express other emotions such as love, tenderness, warmth and compassion. This is often offset with a secondary temperament. When other people express these emotions they consider them as unnecessary and useless.

Cholerics believe that no one else can carry out a task as well as them. They have a tendency to overwork themselves, and are prone to burnout. When carrying out various tasks to accomplish goals they are capable of undertaking any behavior necessary to get it done.

Unlike the Melancholy, who is capable of seeing the pitfalls of a project before taking action, Cholerics refuse to see any pitfalls. The Choleric will forge ahead regardless of the cost, the end justifies the means.

The Choleric is extremely self-centered and the needs of others do not matter. They are perfectionistic and even their own flaws are flawless. When they are wrong they will not accept it, theirs is the only way that is correct and matters. Yet, when the Choleric is brought under the authority of God in their lives, greatness can be accomplished for worthy purposes.

SUMMARY
Being open and friendly, if it advances their cause. Confident, outgoing, optimistic, tough-minded, task oriented, perfectionistic with a good mind for envisioning new projects, and an extrovert of a highly selective nature.

Hot-tempered, a people user, although everyone uses people to some degree, the Choleric in “carries the red flag”. They think of themselves as people motivators. They become easily frustrated in their attempts to “motivate” people. They harbor anger and can be cruel and abusive.

They’re open, optimistic, outgoing, and approach only select people for deep relationships.

Extremely self-centered (although they do not always appear this way), indirect behavior, reject people, reject the love and affections of people (they will accept love and affection only according to their terms), are usually cruel to those who reject their manipulation for love and affection.

Tough-willed, a good leader, capable of making intuitive decisions, capable of taking on responsibilities, usually done in an efficient, well-disciplined military fashion. They possess the will power to carry through to completion.

Anger, cruelty, capable of undertaking any behavior to keep control. They associate with weak people and then resent their weaknesses. To them, the end justifies the means; so they are capable of very poor behavior. They are highly susceptible to burn out.

What a wonderful temperament the Choleric is, when they are submissive to God, and as is with any temperament living in their strengths and not their weaknesses. All things are possible with God, and what a blessing the Choleric can be (living in their strengths and not their weaknesses) for God’s purposes.

STRENGTHS
Emotions
Born Leader
Dynamic and active
Compulsive need for change
Must correct wrongs
Strong-willed and decisive
Unemotional
Not easily discouraged
Independent and self-sufficient
Exudes confidence
Can run anything

Work
Goal oriented
Sees the whole picture
Organizes well
Seeks practical solutions
Moves quickly to action
Delegates work
Insists on production
Makes the goal
Stimulates activity
Thrives on opposition

Friends
Has little need for friends
Will work for group activity
Will lead and organize
Is usually right
Excels in emergencies

WEAKNESSES
Emotions
Bossy
Impatient
Quick-tempered
Can’t relax
Impetuous
Enjoys controversy and arguments
Won’t give up when losing
Comes on strong
Inflexible
Is not complimentary
Dislikes tears and emotions
Is unsympathetic

Work
Little tolerance for mistakes
Doesn’t analyze details
Bored by trivia
May make rash decisions
May be rude or tactless
Manipulates people
Demanding of others
End justifies the means
Work may become his god
Demand loyalty in the ranks

Friends
Tends to use people
Dominates others
Decides for others
Know-it-all
Thinks they can do everything better
Is too independent
Possessive of friends and mate
Can’t say, “I’m sorry”
May be right, but not necessarily popular

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