Now that you’ve determined your interaction style, let’s continue on to find your “best fit” temperament. I use animals to represent interaction styles and colors to represent temperament.
First, here are some differences between interaction styles and temperament:
- Interaction styles indicate how you act, temperament indicates why you act
- Interaction styles indicate what others see, temperament indicates what motivates you
- You can adapt your interaction styles (external nature) to different situations without too much stress. Trying to change your temperament (internal nature) usually causes a lot of stress.
- Interaction style preferences might vary over time or based on your career, home life, etc. Temperament tends to stay the same over time, and you can usually think back to when you were a child to see clear evidence of your natural temperament preferences.
Now, let’s focus on finding your temperament preferences.