||You are a
"lymphatic" or "pituitous" Phlegmatic, with an abundance of phlegm. Phlegmatics
are characterized by the element of Water, the season of Winter, old-aged
adulthood, the colors white and green, the Moon, and the characteristics
of "Cold" and "Wet." Animals used to symbolize the Phlegmatic include the
lamb and turtle. To ehnance your Phlegmatic tendencies, listen to music in
the Hypodorian Mode; to diminish those tendencies, listen to music in the
If you were living in the Age of Faith, the career choice for you would be
a copier of manuscripts or a night watchman.
From "The Four Temperaments," by Rev. Conrad Hock:
slow in making decisions; perhaps overcautious in minor matters.
to external affairs.
Is reserved and
Is slow in movement.
Has a marked tendency
Exhibits a constancy
The soul or mind of the phlegmatic person is only weakly or not at all touched
by impressions. The reaction is feeble or entirely missing. Eventual impressions
fade away very soon.
II FUNDAMENTAL DISPOSITION OF THE PHLEGMATIC PERSON
1. He has very little interest in whatever goes on about him.
2. He has little inclination to work, but prefers repose and leisure. With
him everything proceeds and develops slowly.
III BRIGHT SIDE OF THE PHLEGMATIC TEMPERAMENT
1. The phlegmatic works slowly, but perseveringly, if his work does not require
2. He is not easily exasperated either by offenses, or by failures or sufferings.
He remains composed, thoughtful, deliberate, and has a cold, sober, and practical
3. He has no intense passions and does not demand much of life.
IV DARK SIDE OF THE PHLEGMATIC TEMPERAMENT
1. He is very much inclined to ease, to eating and drinking; is lazy and
neglects his duties.
2. He has no ambition, and does not aspire to lofty things, not even in his
V THE TRAINING OF PHLEGMATIC CHILDREN
The training of phlegmatic children is very difficult, because external influence
has little effect upon them and internal personal motives are lacking. It
is necessary to explain everything most minutely to them, and repeat it again
and again, so that at least some impression may be made to last, and to accustom
them by patience and charity to follow strictly a well-planned rule of life.
The application of corporal punishment is less dangerous in the education
of phlegmatic children; it is much more beneficial to them than to other
children, especially to those of choleric or melancholic
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