Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Is There One “Best” Type of Temperament? Or Tendency?

July 17th, 2016

Episode 310 of 376 episodes

“Temperament does not predestine one man to sanctity and another to reprobation. All temperaments can serve as the material for ruin or for salvation…It does not matter how poor or how difficult a temperament we may be endowed with. If we make good use of what we have, if we make it serve our good desires, we can do better than another who merely serves his temperament instead of making it serve him.” –Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude This passage from Merton caught my attention, because of my Four Tendencies framework for personality. In that framework, I divide all of humanity into four types: Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, and Rebel. (Want to find out what you are? The Is There One “Best” Type of Temperament? Or Tendency? appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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