Quick Definition: The characteristics of an individual’s personality that are considered innate.
In the most simplest of terms, temperament is the way an individual usually acts and reacts to situations. Our temperament is made up of a number of different traits and are usually present from birth. Developmental psychologists are still not 100% clear on what influences the different temperaments of newborns, but agree that it could even be influenced by factors such as the season in which a child is born.
The most easy illustration of the concept of “temperament” comes from dog behavior therapy. Each dog is born with a default energy level and temperament, no matter how he or she is trained. Temperament can be changed over time with the right behavior patterns, however, at the core a dog or human will have their natural tendencies, unless a drastic event of lifestyle change forces them to adapt. Even so, core temperament tends to stay the same throughout one’s lifetime.
The 9 different temperament traits in children have been identified as follows:
- Activity Level
- Sensory Threshold
Understanding temperament is important to a pickup artist because it has a major influence on how we learn and react to situations as children. And more often than not, these leanings are carried through to our adult life. For instance, a child that reacts loudly and dramatically to even minor events is considered to have a high level of intensity. And such a child would carry this temperament into adulthood and react to situations much more intensely than his peers. So a pickup artist that showed a highly intense temperament as a child will most likely react to emotional stimuli more dramatically as an adult. Such a pickup artist would need to consciously work on strengthening his emotional resilience to prevent himself from being too emotionally affected by his in-field responses.
That said, it is also important to remember when learning about temperament that it is neither good or bad; it is simply something that we are born with. What is important is to be aware of our temperament and make a conscious effort to handle ourselves accordingly.