I just came across this temperament test created by a historian of ideas from Paris.
Her book is a history of the humours in Western medicine and culture, and that includes the temperaments.
Have a go at the test. Every test has its limitations, and I did this one a couple of times because I had conflicting responses to some questions.
Regardless, I ended up predominantly melancholic each time, as expected:
As a bonus, she offers some historical medical advice for balancing out your humours! Mine included taking a one hour walk every day, to which I had an immediate visceral reaction of opposition and incredulity. So it’s probably good advice.
This next test was sent to me by a friend some time ago. As with all tests, I found the questions a little hard to answer. For example, when it asks whether I prefer novelty or routine, my first thought is that of course I prefer novelty. But that just means I like the idea of novelty. If I look objectively at my life, I obviously don’t like novelty…I am a terrifyingly routine person.
This test was created using self-descriptions from people who already knew their temperament – which explains why I laughed so hard at some of the criteria, such as “I radiate joy”.
Yep, that’s me alright.
The actual explanations of the temperament aren’t amazing, but it’s still one of the best tests I’ve seen.