Temperament Tip #1
The Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Most world religions teach this rule, or a version of it, as one of the keys to finding true joy and happiness.
In the world of psychology we also have a version of this rule which says, “Treat other people the way they want to be treated.” Notice the shift in focus from giving others what YOU want, to giving others what THEY want.
Psychologists think this small change makes a lot of sense once you understand the core values of each of the different temperaments. It encourages us to treat Gold people in Gold ways, Blue people in Blue ways, and so forth.
Treating other people in ways they want to be treated shows that we are earnestly trying to ignore our own self interests and focus on the other person and what he or she values. I’m not sure there is anything that shows more love than that.
Of course this is easier said than done, which is why the Insights blog is dedicated to helping you work your way towards this level of understanding and love.
Jesus taught his followers that the second great commandment was to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I’d like to suggest that we can’t really love someone until we first get to know them. And figuring out their temperament will accelerate our understanding of other people faster than just about any other tool. So this week’s assignment is very simple:
Identify one person you would like to love more fully and figure out their temperament.
If you would like some suggestions on how to identify someone’s temperament, I’d encourage you to listen to an audio recording entitled, Insights on Discovering Someone’s Temperament.
This recording, found in the Media Room>Insights Podcast section at www.insightlearning.com, is normally available to people who have a paid membership to our website.
However, this week it will be available to you free-of-charge! It reveals the top seven secrets for identifying someone’s primary color. Click the controls below to play the podcast.