“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city”
Why do I behave the way I usually do? Many have asked themselves this question, but not everyone has the power and tools to find out the answer. Many of us wander in darkness without the ability to understand the inner springs of emotion, aiming for a better life, but without the knowledge of how to start. Don’t worry, everything you need is already deep down inside of you.
What is temperament? Temperament is the God-given! It is an inborn nature of each person that determents how he or she interacts and reacts with people, the world, and everything in between. Temperament is who we are on the inside, and it shouldn’t be confused with personality. We were born with a specific temperament and it remains constant; our personality, on the other hand, is the combination of our temperament, cognitive ability, value system, experiences and the influence of the Holy Spirit. Understanding the inborn temperament strengths and weaknesses can definitely provide significant insight into why we do the things we do, and feel the way we feel.
Why do you need to know your temperament?
Understanding temperament provides us with a unique knowledge of each person's inner workings. It enables us to recognize the stresses or feelings people are experiencing, and from where these emotions are coming from:
· Himself/herself; personal struggles that may not be the result of an external factor.
· The world in which he/she lives
· His/her weaknesses or desire
What is temperament therapy?
Temperament therapy is based on a profound understanding of the nature of human beings formed by God. It can help discover who you truly are, and use that knowledge to transform your life into one that’s happier for you and those around you. We were created as spiritual beings with a precise order and balance of body, soul and spirit. For years, secular psychologists for example have failed to understand temperament, because secular psychology simply denies “intelligent design” as well as the fundamental truths of creation.
The anxiety that may result from inner conflicts, combined with the stress of living in a fallen world, produce a multitude of physical, emotional, and mental problems. Temperament therapy is the key to handle theses conflicts, as it is concerned with identifying an individual’s inborn temperament and the way in which he or she goes about meeting those needs, as well as the ill effects of not meeting them. In simple terms, there are three layers to each human being, called the Building Blocks: temperament, character, and personality.
The Building Blocks
· The Temperament; it determines on the most fundamental level how a human being can relate to other people, environment, and even God Himself.
· The Character is the result of the interaction of the temperament with the environment, locking several patterns of behavior deep inside the mind.
· The Personality consists of the selected traits that are present in the different interactions with others.