Temperament Basics – The Sanguine

Sanguine (Extrovert)
The Sanguine is a very social person who likes to be with people. Of all the temperaments, the Sanguine is the easiest to be around socially. They are n outgoing, handshaking, touching person. They bring life and energy into a room by their very presence. Their cheerfulness and humor brighten everyone’s life. They are an optimistic type of person who believes life is an exciting and fun-filled experience that should be lived to the fullest. Inactivity causes them stress because the pace at which they like to live their lives is fast and furious. The Sanguine is the most impulsive of all the temperaments. The Sanguine Swing usually happens when approval is given or withheld. They will swing potentially from highly dependent to highly independent sometimes in seconds.

The Sanguine excels in communication-oriented things, (but they don’t necessarily communicate clearly or well), and they do not relate well to tasks. They are the least disciplined and organized of all the temperaments. While they are outgoing, enthusiastic, warm, compassionate, and seem to relate well to other people’s feelings, yet they can be rude and uncaring. They tend not to be faithful nor loyal friends, since they do not want to be “burdened down” with commitments; they just want to have fun.  They live as though they have no past or future, the Sanguine rarely learns from their past mistakes. They are prone to exaggerate. They never recognize their failures, but exaggerate to make themselves appear to be more successful than they truly are. The Sanguine’s major weakness is that they may adopt severe and destructive behavior due to the Sanguine Swing.

This person will volunteer for difficult tasks and they can and will complete the project so long as their ego is being fed. However, at the first sign indicating that they are not “the greatest thing that ever happened to the world,” the quit! They just stop and walk away and inwardly turn into themselves – caring nothing about the project or those depending upon them.

Easily devastated if not constantly reassured they are loved and appreciated. Very demanding of other people for love and affection, plagued with feelings of jealousy when the love and attention they feel belongs exclusively to them is given to others.

Friendly, outgoing, inspiring to others, relationship oriented, enthusiastic, warm, optimistic, ability to see the bright side of life and the good in other people. They genuinely like people, are rarely found alone, and freely interact with people.

Talkative, always the center of the conversation, apt to take on behavior and morals of the people around them, impulsive, undisciplined, rude, prone to exaggerate, need to appear successful (even to the point of exaggeration), will ignore responsibilities in order to be with people.

Lacking persistence and weak-willed, solicitous, caring person who will do things for other people, almost to the point of servitude. A very charming, gracious person. Takes on responsibilities and makes decisions very well (to a point).

Able to express and receive large amounts of love and affection. They are warm and easy to get to know and emotionally open.

Sanguine Swing.

Appealing personality
Talkative, storyteller
Life of the party
Good sense of humor
Memory for color
Physically holds on to listener
Emotional and demonstrative
Enthusiastic and expressive
Cheerful and bubbling over
Good on stage
Wide-eyed and innocent
Lives in the present
Changeable disposition
Sincere at heart
Always a child

Volunteers for jobs
Thinks up new activities
Looks great on the surface
Creative and colorful
Has energy and enthusiasm
Starts in a flashy way
Inspires others to join
Charms others to work

Makes friends easily
Loves people
Thrives on compliments
Seems exciting
Envied by others
Doesn’t hold grudges
Apologizes quickly
Prevents dull moments
Likes spontaneous activities

Compulsive talker
Exaggerates and elaborates
Dwells on trivia
Can’t remember names
Scares others off
Too happy for some
Has restless energy
Blusters and complains
Naive, gets taken in
Has loud voice and laugh
Controlled by circumstances
Gets angry easily
Seems phony to some
Never grows up

Would rather talk
Forgets obligations
Doesn’t follow through
Confidence fades fast
Priorities out of order
Decides by feelings
Easily distracted
Wastes time talking

Hates to be alone
Needs to be center stage
Wants to be popular
Looks for credit
Dominates conversations
Interrupts and doesn’t listen
Answers for others
Fickle and forgetful
Makes excuses
Repeats stories

Remember: You may have a temperament in one area and not the other. Additionally you may have a blended temperament. This series is designed to provide a temperament overview, not a determination of your temperament. To determine your temperament please seek a professional Temperament Specialist. ( All EIS counselors are APS Temperament Certified)


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