Temperament Sorter


The 4 Temperaments

See the temperaments and consider how these relate to your research and writing process.

What are your strengths for research and writing?

What are your weaknesses going into a masters thesis/project?

Guardian: stable, dependable, protector, staid, risk-averse
Supervisor (ESTJ)Inspector (ISTJ)Provider (ESFJ)Protector (ISFJ)

  • Guardians pride themselves on being dependable, helpful, and hard-working.
  • Guardians make loyal mates, responsible parents, and stabilizing leaders.
  • Guardians tend to be dutiful, cautious, humble, and focused on credentials and traditions.
  • Guardians are concerned citizens who trust authority, join groups, seek security, prize gratitude, and dream of meting out justice.

Writing with humility is a strength, especially when working with people from other cultures. Cautious and thoughtful in language use, and concerned about social justice are especially important for this sort of project. Organization and being deadline driven allows you to complete projects on time. Perfectionism may get one stuck and unable to move forward and being too conservative may lead to closed mindedness, which could close off possibilities for interesting research.

Artisan: optimism, reality-based, entrepreneurial, creative, spontaneous, desire for freedom, risk-taker
Promoter (ESTP)Crafter (ISTP)Performer (ESFP)Composer (ISFP)

  • Artisans tend to be fun-loving, optimistic, realistic, and focused on the here and now.
  • Artisans pride themselves on being unconventional, bold, and spontaneous.
  • Artisans make playful mates, creative parents, and troubleshooting leaders.
  • Artisans are excitable, trust their impulses, want to make a splash, seek stimulation, prize freedom, and dream of mastering action skills.

Strength is the ability to jump in, start writing, and get it done–in the 11th hour and under pressure. This is also a weakness when there is no organization and structure, and when there is no impending deadline. Strength in being unconventionality may help to find something original and dynamic. Stimulation seeking and easily distracted may get in the way of completing a lengthy project. May be tempted to change one’s mind when new information comes along.

Idealist: emotional, spiritual, seekers, connection-driven, inspired/inspiring
Teacher (ENFJ)Counselor (INFJ)Champion (ENFP)Healer (INFP)

  • Idealists are enthusiastic, they trust their intuition, yearn for romance, seek their true self, prize meaningful relationships, and dream of attaining wisdom.
  • Idealists pride themselves on being loving, kindhearted, and authentic.
  • Idealists tend to be giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on personal journeys and human potentials.
  • Idealists make intense mates, nurturing parents, and inspirational leaders.

Personal drive, enthusiasm and seeking knowledge help one to start a project of this sort. Getting wrapped up in emotions can make it difficult to have enough distance to be appropriately subjective. Always seeking can be a problem because it becomes difficult to narrow one’s focus and stop collecting or analyzing one’s data.

Rational: focused, independent, problem-solving, systems-oriented. 
Fieldmarshal (ENTJ)
Mastermind (INTJ)
Inventor (ENTP)
Architect (INTP)

  • Rationals tend to be pragmatic, skeptical, self-contained, and focused on problem-solving and systems analysis.
  • Rationals pride themselves on being ingenious, independent, and strong willed.
  • Rationals make reasonable mates, individualizing parents, and strategic leaders.
  • Rationals are even-tempered, they trust logic, yearn for achievement, seek knowledge, prize technology, and dream of understanding how the world works.

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