How Personality Theorists Have Described the
Four Most Common Personality Types

(Correlations are approximate)

Main Personality Theories

Know Your True Self ™  Research & Training Academy
Perfcet * Peaceful * Powerful * Popular *
Hippocrates / Galen (Medieval Four Temperaments) Melancholy Phlegmatic Choleric Sanguine
Tim LaHate / Littaure Perfect
David W Merrill and Roger H. Reid. Personal styles & Effective Performance Analytical Amiable Driver Expressive
Carl G Jung
Thinker Feeler Director Intuitor
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Introvert / Thinker Introvert / Feeler Extrovert / Thinker Extrovert / Feeler
Peter F. Drucker
Thought Man People Man Action Man Front Man

The Stuart Atkins LIFO system

Conserving / Holding Supporting/Giving Controlling/Talking Adapting / Dealing
Copliance Steadiness Dominance Influencing
Robert E. Lefton
Submissive / Hostile Submissive / Warm Dominant / Hostile Dominant / Warm
Bird Symbols
Owl Dove Eagle Peacock
Animal Symbols
Beaver Golden Retriever Lion Otter
Other well-known expressions Processor / Cognitive / Logistical / Copliance Helper / Interpersonal / Supporter / Submission Boss / Behavioral / Commander / Dominance Impulsive / Affective / Socializer / Inducement


PS :

  • Excerpts taken from the participant workshop handout material of 'Know Your True Self' module of the workshop The Strong Connection – Developing The Art of Connecting with People – especially with your own self.
  • This comprehensive chart showing the co-relation of different prevailing personality theories around the globe. 
  • * There are numerous personality theories in circulation throughout the world and many a time it is very confusing and even overwhelming to know which theory is correct.  But here we have tried to solve that problem by taking our reference from the base of all the personality theories around the world – the ancient theory by  Hyppocrates, which described the four basic temperaments as Sanguine, Melancholy, Choleric & Phlegmatic.  Actually all the theories have been derived or some kind of refined version of that basic theory.
  • Our theory at Know Your True Self Research & Training Academy has tried to keep the interpretation at the simplistic side, which we call as Observatory Identification of Personality Type

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