This is a guest post by Jeff Sexton
I bet you didn’t know that the main characters of HBO’s Sex and the City represent one of the better examples of the four personality temperaments, did you?
Just about every personality typing system—from Hippocrates’ humors to Myers-Briggs/Keirsey or DISK—groups personalities into four primary temperaments. Only the labels differ:
- sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic
- spontaneous, methodical, competitive, humanistic
- artisan, guardian, rational, idealist
and so on.
And, yes, each major character on Sex and the City typifies one of the four temperaments:
- Carrie serves as the Humanistic hub that brings all the others together, and she discusses and writes about her feelings and relationships
- Samantha, the here-and-now, “I’ll try anything,” confident hedonist, represents the Spontaneous temperament
- Miranda’s hard-edged, skeptical, career-minded “voice-of-reason” perspective corresponds to the Competitive temperament
- Charlotte’s more traditional, conservative concern for “The Rules” marks her as a Methodical
And, yes, Dorothy, this pattern applies to many more shows than just Sex and the City. Star Trek’s Bones, Kirk, Spock and Scottie also fall into this pattern, as well as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Rabbit, and even the Tin Man, the Lion, the Scarecrow, and Dorothy, herself. If four principle characters are involved, they’ll probably line up with the temperaments.