Saturday, May 17, 2008

Body fluids influencing your personality/temperament?

There is an interesting application on Facebook where it will attempt to describe you in one word after you complete a short self evaluation quiz.

Mine turned out to be "Phlegmatic"

Sounds foul doesn't it? Makes you feel like its at the tip of your tongue literally and ready to cough out the hogwash that some applications feed you. But like some cats I guess curiosity got the better of me and I decided to look up the word with good old google and then with better new wikipedia....

Results were I had to share it.....

Turns out that the study of personality/temperamentis actually a psychological theory first developed by the father of medicine himself Hippocrates.Since then several other notable and prominent figures in the medical science and psychological world have contributed their 2 cents worth in developing and refining the whole system. has been described that the human personality/temperament stemmed from the 4 types of body fluids in our body...namely

Blood (Sanguine)
....which has been equated with the season of spring (hot and wet) and the classical element of air.

Yellow bile (Choleric)
.....season of summer (dry and hot), classical element of fire

Black bile (Melancholy)
...season of autumn (dry and cold), classical element of earth

Phlegm (Phlegmatic)
.....season of winter (dry and wet), classical element of water.

4 temperaments. Image courtesy of
Clockwise from top right - Choleric, Melancholic, Sanguine, Phelgmatic

Anyway each of those fluid filled personality has its own description and also elaborates on the strengths and weaknesses of each. It would be plain plagiary and a waste of my time to repeat everything in here...

So if you're interested to know more...follow this link

So once you've read and found out which greek mythological god you're associated with....interested to have a more detailed test then you follow this link instead....

This test at least breaks down the weight how much each personality/temperament one carries.
Mine turned out to be Phlegmatic-Choleric....
Sounds like some disease.......
But at the end of it the site also illustrates the strength and weakness of each temperament and interestingly enough for me, both had traits that cancelled out one another and has a more accurate description of me....

But like all test which is used to describe someone,take it with a pinch of salt. It may be an eye opener to know about yourself....but it's also good to know certain traits that you may not have realised about yourself until you read about it.

I enjoyed myself.....hope you will too.


nEuRuLe @z@Ni said...

i like ur style of writing.. u must be an experienced banker haha

Alistair said...