2.6 Are they all equal?

Are they all equal?

No temperament is better than another! They are all equally strong and challenged.

Most people will find themselves to be a blend of two or even three temperaments. Unless you are extremely strong in one temperament, your second temperament will play a significant role in your behavior. It might offset some weaknesses or it can intensify them. One temperament will usually be more dominant than another but the ratio could be as close as a 60/40 combination. The intensity of a temperament will determine how much of that temperament traits you display. If your strengths are extremely strong, you are likely to have very strong weaknesses as well. It all comes down to balance.

Temperament combinations will enhance and/or offset strengths and weaknesses.

If you are, for example, an extroverted Ocean combined with an introverted Lake, these two temperaments will offset each other and your extrovert tendencies will be calmed. But when the extroverted Ocean combines with the extroverted Fountain, your volume settings can go way up! Some temperaments complement each other, while others blend and some are quite the opposite. You will find this not only in yourself but also in your partner. We all possess a toolbox of strengths that will help us grow stronger where we are weak, as individuals and as a couple.

Your profile results will tell you what your combinations are. The stronger you are in a temperament, the more you will identify with that specific temperament. Some characteristics might not seem applicable. Not everybody displays all the characteristics of a particular temperament. If you don’t believe it’s true, ask someone you trust if they see that characteristic in you. We often have blind spots in our lives. Things we don’t even realize we do but everyone else is aware of it. Be careful not to get hurt in the process of uncovering blind spots. It’s perfectly normal not to be 100% self-aware. LOFS will give you an opportunity to become an even better version of yourself.

The goal of identifying temperaments isn’t to label you or put you in a box. It helps you understand yourself and your partner better with the purpose of respecting, honoring, accepting and helping each other. Once we are able to pinpoint our strengths and weaknesses, we can live more confidently through our strengths and we can work on our weaknesses together.