I am undoubtedly classified as melancholic. The short description is this: "Melancholic people are emotionally sensitive, perfectionistic introverts."
That pretty much says it. Both "emotionally sensitive" and "perfectionistic" play into self-doubt. Last week, during an icebreaker exercise, group members were asked to list three things we're really good at. Any idea how hard that is for someone with a melancholic temperament?
Well, I like to bake, but I know people who are better than I am. I like to write, but I know a lot of people who are better than I am.
The leader of the activity changed the question to "List three things you like to do," and that I can answer.
But I am often doubting myself. I second-guess my decisions and I question my abilities. "Is it good enough?" is often in my mind, and it's hard to say Yes, it's good enough!
I forget which show it's from, but I know a show tune that goes, "Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you." I don't think anyone with a melancholic temperament has ever said that!
If you feel like taking the Four Temperaments test and you're willing to share your result in the comments, I'd love to hear it! Have a blessed weekend!
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