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Control: Melancholy Phlegmatic (printer friendly)

Control is the need to establish and maintain a satisfactory relationship with people in respect to control and power. Control asks two questions:

  1. How many people do I want to control?
  2. How many people will I allow to control me?

General description of people who are Melancholy Phlegmatic in Control:

  1. Independent.
  2. Expresses very little or no control over the lives and behaviors of others and will tolerate very little control imposed upon him/her by others.
  3. Will become angry if someone interferes with his independence, tries to control him/her or tell him/her what to do.
  4. Has moderate doubts about his/her ability to approach unfamiliar areas of responsibility.
  5. "Dry" sense of humor (sometimes witty, often sarcastic) is used as a defense mechanism.
  6. Requires ample time before making a decision in unknown areas.
  7. Moderate fear of the unknown (not as great as a Melancholy).

Melancholy Phlegmatic in Control:
Potential strengths which should be encouraged, used and developed:

  1. In known areas of responsibility, tends to be quite confident and capable of making decisions and taking on responsibilities.
  2. Inner directed, self-motivated.

Melancholy Phlegmatic in Control:
Potential weaknesses which should be considered and dealt with:

  1. Tends to procrastinate because of lack of confidence -- procrastination is ventilated in the form of stubbornness.
  2. Becomes stubborn if someone attempts to motivate him/her by promise of reward or threat of punishment.
  3. Moderate fear of being socially exposed for being incompetent and out of control of his/her circumstances.
  4. Will become angry if made to look foolish, confronted for mistakes, or made to look like a failure -- anger is ventilated by "dry" humor, sarcastic remarks
  5. Under certain circumstances, can be legalistic, rigid, stubborn and uncompromising.

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To go to the Aspect of Affection

For more information about the temperament, visit Temperaments.Info