Sunday, July 27, 2014

Supine Temperament: Strengths and Weaknesses

The original temperaments list was based on the 4 temperaments. However, the modern researchers stumble on the type of personality, which did not fit properly any of the exiting temperaments.

The fifth temperament was developed and officially introduced by Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno in 1983.

Supine - The Fifth Temperament

The Supine temperament is the quintessential model of a servant leader. They always place their own needs secondary to the good of the body. It is presented as a balanced mix between Melancholic and Sanguine temperaments, while the person may be introvert and extrovert as well.

Motivated to be useful in a larger sense, Supines are driven to serve a higher cause than their own self-interest. This can lead them to appear subservient and even deferent when it comes to their own needs, but in the interest of their chosen causes, they can be fiercely assertive. At their best, they’re caring, gentle, dependable and loyal; at their worst they can be insecure, weak-willed, and indecisive, failings which sometimes lead them to be manipulative and to hold a grudge.

Supine in Inclusion

The Supine temperament is a temperament that has many interests and cares, but little ability or need to express their needs. Being supine is like feeling having tape over the mouth. He often has a wish or desire, but is unable or unwilling to express himself. Supine people often wish that others could "read their minds.

Others may have ever observed that you are too sensitive or easily offended. Slow-paced and diligent,
Supines are not indifferent or uncaring about life. Quite the opposite, they may have strong feelings but simply be unwilling to express themselves.

Supines have a view of the world that makes them consider others to be superior to themselves. They frequently employ themselves in positions that permit them to be servants to others. The will dutifully work to please others, who they see as better than themselves.

Supine does not express much need for social contact, but the need for social contact for the Supine is very great! They look like they do not want, but the fact is they want very much! They have a great need for social relationships. They effective hide their needs and expect you to read their mind. And if you fail to correctly read their mind, they will be "hurt!"

* You like being with people, within reason.
* You like people to be real.
*You find it embarrassing when paid a compliment.
* You are kindhearted.
* You prefer to be invited rather than to invite.
* Your feelings are easily offended.

Supine in Control

The area of Control deals with decision making, willingness to take on responsibility, and the need for independence. A Supine will always be inclined to seek out others advice when trying to make a decision. Supines feel very inadequate and consider themselves incapable of making a good decision on their own. They make seek out the counsel of several, and become quite confused if they receive differing opinions. They have such an intense need to serve others, so they often become "natural born victims."

Supine individuals like to be involved in the decision making process, and will be offended if left out, but they do not want to make the final decisions or assume the responsibility for them. A supine is also like to be the type of person who harbors a great deal of anger and resentment. They are often excluded from the decision-making process, which they perceive as rejection. They also see that they live in an environment that wants them to be responsible for their lives, but they don't feel confident enough to actually do so. Other temperament types may view the Supine as a dominating individual. By all outward appearances they are. But the real truth is that they are manipulating others into taking care of them, and do no want the responsibility of actual decision making.

Life is not easy for the Supine. As youngsters, they’re often tormented and abused by other children. They are typically slow to fight back. Instead they tend to internalize their anger and hurt, actually believing they deserve the treatment they receive.

* You like to be organized.
* You wish people would read your mind.
* Sometimes you find it hard to speak your mind.
* You sometimes take on more than you can do.

Supine in Affection

The area of Affection refers to the need for close, deep, personal relationships. Because of their inability or unwillingness to express their needs, most Supines fail to get their needs met. While they appear reserved and cool, the fact is they are truly in need of a lot of close, personal affection, love, and attention. Since they find it nearly impossible to actually express themselves, they simply cannot get their needs communicated. The image of a prisoner bound and gagged is not far from the truth of being a Supine in Affection.

However, if a Supine actually feels safe in a close, personal relationship, they can respond and return expressions of caring. They can become intensely loyal, producing absolute, complete faithfulness. No temperament is more prone to this kind of intense loyalty.

* You may be emotional, crying easily.
* You experience deep affection but find it hard to initiate.
* You want honesty in close relationships.
* You sense you need attention, but find it difficult to talk about.

The strengths of the Supine

* A great capacity for service, liking people, and the desire to serve others. They possess an inborn gentle spirit.
* Dependability, ability to enforce “the policies” set by others and to serve those they follow, their caretakers, with absolute loyalty.
* The ability to respond to love and to open up emotionally when they feel emotionally “safe.” If treated properly, they are capable of absolute and total commitment to deep personal relationships.

The weaknesses of the Supine

* Indirect behavior that expects others to read their mind, high fear of rejection, and harboring anger viewed as “hurt feelings”.

* Aggressive disorders, open dependence, defensive against loss of position, weak willpower, a tendency to feel powerless and at the mercy of others.

* The inability to initiate love and affection. They require constant reassurance that they are loved, needed and appreciated.


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