Yesterday, I brought up a video during a conversation that had impacted my understanding of people many years ago. I was talking with my mother and sister. I’ve always had the feeling that we each found the other’s temperament a little ‘off putting’.
If you have 20 minutes to give the video below, it may help you to understand others better. That odd, ‘off balance’, feeling we can have even with people we love (and/or like) might have an explanation. [The video is quite entertaining too!]
People are FAR more than their temperaments, but our temperaments are quite a baseline measure of how we approach life.
The varying approaches of individuals are fascinating, often maddening, to us. It’s nice to consider that we aren’t just ‘doing it wrong’. We may be approaching everything with different expectations.
I think this guy (Mark Gungor) pretty much nails down the ways we vary by temperament.
I was a person from “Fun Country” sitting in the same room with my sister, from “Peace Country” and my mother, from “Perfect Country”. [BTW… I married a man from “Control Country”.]
If asked, I believe we would all admit that we’ve had moments when our understanding of each other was strained. Recognizing our differences at the elemental temperamental level gives me a better plan for making myself understood to them… and behaving more patiently while trying to understand them.
So, I ask, “Might our temperaments cause misunderstanding?”
I think so. Enjoy!
3 thoughts on “Unanswered Question: Might our temperaments cause misunderstanding?”
Interesting way to look at personalities. I liked the video. I’m definitely from peace country, and I’m pretty sure my husband is from control country. haha – somehow we’ve made it work for 52 years! 🙂
Well, obviously you worked hard to stay out of his way and smooth the ‘road’ for him too!
45 years for us. He can’t insult me (and doesn’t control me like I let him think) but I’ve learned to help him accomplish things so I can have FUN afterward. lol
Very good! 🙂