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Auburn
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Another way to consider what temperaments are is the difference between What and How. Temperament is “What”, but says nothing about the “How”. We can illustrate this with two individuals like so:

They share little/nothing in common in terms of their metabolism, but they have overlap in temperament. Both of them may have a:

  • Shared dislike for the warmer/gushier/feely aspects of human nature
  • Shared affinity for philosophy, science, maths, video games and technical domains
  • Shared dislike for established thought, and have an independence of mind
  • Shared difficulties with fitting in due to being too blunt about insensitive facts
  • Shared grievances with being unable to feel things profoundly, or make lasting connections
  • Shared inability to open up or to really come to care about certain things
  • Shared lack of dexterity or proficiency with kinesthetic matters
  • Shared sense of disembodiment or absentmindedness from the present

But their reasons for each (the “why”) will be very different. And so what you might see is that the two individuals above may be great friends! Same hobbies and interests, same grievances with society and a shared bantering about it. Similar experience of school or workplace. But if they interacted long enough at a very personal level, their metabolic differences would become exceedingly obvious.

For example, mismatches in communication, not “getting” where the other is coming from. Being unable to step into their shoes to understand why they “did it that way” or why they “thought about it like that.” So long as it’s kept at the domain of temperamental context, the two are very alike, but when examined under a microscope they’re coming from opposite sides of reality.

Oppositely, two people of the same type (or energetic quadrant) may have the experience of really knowing where the other is coming from, despite disagreeing with them. There’s a kind of sympathy for the “how”, and an understanding related to the formation of thought and the origin/seed of an idea, even if its execution is not how we would go about it.

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by Auburn.
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