Temperament can be defined as “the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person” or “consistent individual differences in behavior that are biologically based and are relatively independent of learning, system of values and attitudes.”
Temperamental differences help us understand why some people are more naturally outgoing while others need a lot of alone time; why some people seem to have an endless amount of energy and spark while others are quieter and tire easily. Knowing about your own temperament can be extremely helpful in learning how to take care of yourself.
It can be extremely useful to know more about your own temperament, and there are many ways to do this. The Myers-Briggs Indicator Type Indicator (MBTI) is a well known test that many people have taken in college courses even in work settings. If you haven’t taken the Myers-Briggs test yet, there are a few ways to do so. The official website offers a longer version of the test, but there is a fee attached. Psych Central (this is one of many similar versions available) has a 16 question shortened version that should give you the same results. The results from the test sort people into one of sixteen personality types.
Have you ever been told that you are too sensitive? Do you startle easily, get overwhelmed by loud noises, too many things happening at once, or things light harsh lighting and certain smells like perfume? Do you have a very hard time concentrating when you are on sensory overload? If so, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Dr. Elaine Aron started writing about this particular personality/temperament type over twenty years ago. If you click through to the website you will find a quiz and a ton of information about what an HSP actually is.
Podcasts for Highly Sensitive People
I strongly recommend episode #65: Narcissists & HSPs, with Nikki Eisenhauer.
This is a website for “introverts and highly sensitive people”. There are some great articles and this website has an active Facebook Page, as well as a podcast.