If you are living with a sanguine temperament, you are one of the best people to be around!

A sanguine temperament is one of four temperaments, developed from one of the world’s oldest types of personality theory.

These four temperaments are based on an ancient medical concept – humourism. Humours refer to bodily fluids that are present within the body and those different proportions of fluids defines one’s temperaments.

These four temperaments are:

  • Sanguine
  • Phlegmatic
  • Choleric
  • Melancholic

You can read more about the choleric temperament in an earlier post here.

What is a sanguine temperament?

Unlike the choleric temperament features, people with sanguine temperaments are usually very sociable. This personality type normally associates itself with air. As such, those who fall under this category are lively, sociable, carefree, talkative and pleasure-seeking.

They like to be around people and in turn, they are welcome company among others. In fact, of all of its humour-counterparts, the sanguine temperament is the easiest to be around socially. Given their sociable trait, it is easy for them to make new friends as well as be imaginative and artistic – this also leads them to have so many ideas.

Common characteristics of a sanguine temperament are talkativeness, the need to be central to the conversation, need to appear successful – even it requires exaggeration (another common characteristic of the sanguine!).

If you have a sanguine temperament, you are probably a very charming, gracious person. You are also more likely to take on the responsibilities of others or make good decisions either for yourself or on behalf of others.

Does this sound like you? If you have a sanguine temperament, you will usually display one of these signs.

1. Outgoing personality

A sanguine brings life and energy into a room through their cheerfulness and humour. A person with a sanguine temperament is often optimistic and believes life is an exciting and a fun experience. They can often be seen as living life to the fullest.

2. Always on the go

People with a sanguine temperament are usually very outgoing. A sanguine personality will often describe themselves as not being able to sit still for five minutes. This makes them seem extremely active because inactivity is more likely to cause them stress. The pace at which they like to live their lives is fast and furious.

3. Impulse

Because the sanguine does not like to be inactive for long periods of time, they are more likely to be impulsive. In fact, the sanguine is the most impulsive of all the temperaments. Their impulsive nature can make them difficult to discipline because they can live as though they have no past or future – a sanguine will often say to you “live for the moment!

4. Touchy feely

A sanguine temperament easily identifies as someone who is tactile – or “touchy feely”. While they are outgoing, enthusiastic, warm, compassionate, and seem to relate well to other people’s feelings, they tend not to be faithful nor loyal friends. This is because they do not want to feel as though they have any responsibility of commitments. They just want to have fun!

5. Likes to talk

Because of their warm-hearted and sociable nature, the sanguine finds it easy to excel in communication-oriented things. This can often cause others to look to the sanguine for leadership and they may also volunteer for difficult tasks and they can and will complete the project so long as their ego is being fed.

6. Quit at the first sign of trouble

However, beware the failures of the sanguine! They are more likely to quit at the first sign that they are not “the greatest thing that ever happened to the world.” They are likely to just stop in their tracks and walk away, not caring for those left in a project or those depending on them.

7. Over the top

What’s more, a sanguine is not likely to ever recognise their failures, but rather they will exaggerate to make themselves appear to be in a better situation than they truly are. This is one of the sanguine’s major weaknesses, that they can adopt severe and destructive behaviours.

8. Attention royalty

A sanguine can easily become devastated if they are not constantly reassured that they are loved and appreciated. They can be very demanding for other people to constantly show them love and affection. Plus, they are easily plagued with feelings of jealousy when the love and attention they feel belongs exclusively to them is given to others.

Do you have a sanguine temperament?

If you have a sanguine temperament, and you identify with one of the signs listed above, you are likely to be friendly, outgoing and inspiring to others. You are also relationship oriented and often complimented on your enthusiastic, warm and optimistic nature.

Your ability to see the bright side of life and the good in other people makes you attractive socially and you genuinely like people, are rarely found alone, and freely interact with anyone and everyone!


  1. https://www.webmd.com
  2. https://www.psychologytoday.com

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