In this chapter of “Completing The Circle”, available for free on-line, we are looking at “The Four Temperaments”. Thomas Poplawski writes:
The notion of temperament is very old, dating back at least to the ancient
Greece. Hippocrates, in the fourth century BC, spoke of four qualities or “humors” in the human being—cold, moist, hot and dry. In the second century AD, the physician, Galen, spoke of the mixing or “temperare” of these four humors to yield four temperaments. These in turn were related to the four elements yielding the fiery choleric, the airy sanguine, the watery phlegmatic, and the earthy melancholic.
Poplawski goes on to trace the idea of the temperaments through the ideas of the Greeks, and right into modern times and how the temperaments are used in Waldorf Education. The job of an adult is to help a child break out of their habitual tendencies, and lead them toward balance
Poplawski then goes through all four of the temperaments of children. Continue reading