Understanding Temperaments

The Understanding Temperaments IQ Matrix explores the ten inborn temperament traits that shape the foundations of our personality. A temperament is not a personality, however they are related. A temperament is a cluster of inborn traits that have genetic origins. These traits effectively influence how we respond to people, events and situations, while also directing our natural preferences and inclinations. On the other hand a personality refers to the individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. In other words, a personality is made up of very specific temperament traits that when mixed together with an individual’s qualities and life experience help shape that personality.

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Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Understanding Temperaments IQ Matrix:

The first branch of Understanding Temperaments IQ Matrix breaks down the difference between a temperament and a personality. The remaining three branches of the map explore the nine inborn temperament traits that lay down the foundations for our personalities.

Each of the nine traits have two distinct variations of behavior. In all cases each behavior variation has its strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, there is no positive or negative temperament trait variation. Each trait variation has both positive and negative behaviors associated with it. It’s therefore up to each individual to make the most of their inborn traits in order to help them get through life in the most optimal way possible.

The temperament traits include: The Activity Preference, the Intensity Response, the Regularity Preference, the Distractability Response, the Sensitivity Response, the Approachability Preference, the Persistence Response, the Adaptability Response, and Mood.

Reading through this map and familiarizing yourself with these traits will help you to better recognize the various temperament traits within yourself as well as within other people. With this knowledge you will be better able to adapt your own behavior in order to work to your natural strengths and abilities. Moreover, by recognizing these temperament traits in others you will be better able to influence them and their behavior.

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