Steady, NF - Idealist - the phlegmatic is best characterized by the words
"easy going". He is the calm and steady person who is not easily disturbed.
He is the easiest temperament type to get along with. Life for him is happy,
unexcited and calm. Underneath the calm exterior, the phlegmatic is the most
timid temperament type. He often uses humor to make his points. The phlegmatic
is more an observer and does not involve himself in the activities of others.
Phlegmatics make excellent teachers, counselors and administrators. They are
very dependable and organized and, while they never volunteer, they make good
The weakness of a phlegmatic include lack of motivation
or even laziness; they appear to lack drive and ambition. A phlegmatic needs
to realize that he is not internally motivated and take up activities that
force him into action. The phlegmatic is self-protective and may be selfish.
He is often very stubborn, though it is hidden beneath his mild-mannered style.
He is also the most fearful of temperaments.
After defining each temperament in "black and white" we must look realize that
no one is completely one temperament type. Each of us is a blend of usually two
and occasionally 3 types. One temperament type is dominant and one is secondary.
And don't forget that training, lifestyle, upbringing and other circumstances
may have forced an individual to function "off style". The saddest people I have
seen are those who have "put on" a style that is not theirs naturally for so
long that it has become a habitual way of life