How social distancing effects people of different temperaments?
We’re all in this crisis together, but you’ll notice that people react differently. Most reactions are driven by the deepest needs of our inborn temperament.
MELANCHOLY: Feels vulnerable; is careful about following rules and gets angry if others don’t; is fearful of economic failure but has no problem isolating; withdraws under stress; feels less social anxiety during isolation.
SANGUINE: Feels positive; is oblivious to rules unless being criticized; feels invincible; pushes boundaries to be with other people; if distancing, fills time with phone calls, entertainment and social media; volunteers for exciting assignments; lashes out under stress.; talks about experiences.
CHOLERIC: Feels essential; organizes teams; may use crisis to advance own goals; pushes harder under stress; holds onto whatever control is possible; doesn’t mind social distancing but finds ways around it if it interferes with own goals.
PHLEGMATIC: Feels calm in crisis; is unemotional; maintains sense of humor; may be cynical; withdraws to rest, enjoys social isolation.
SUPINE: Feels disoriented in isolation; finds ways to help others; may lose motivation when not around others; loves when others initiate connections; needs to alternate between focusing on assigned tasks and focusing on people through social media, entertainment or phone calls.
These are temperament tendencies that are valid feelings and pressures. They can be mastered through love, maturity, and a sense of community.