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Sunday, November 17, 2013

A friend mentioned this amazing book by Kristie Burns (linked below), called The Temperaments and the Adult Child Relationship. It's about the temperaments from a number of sources, but primarily Steiner.  There are so many cool things in this book.  One of them is a simple list of symbols for each temperament.  Notice how they are aligned a little different from what you may be used to.

Here Sanguine is East, Wood, Air, Dawn, squiggle, monkey, childhood, artisan

Here Phlegmatic is North?, Water, Midnight, Winter, cold, circle, and dolphin, (I added the adjective sacred, because I believe that's why it's with phlegmatic) *there are other sources that put phlegmatic with winter

Here Choleric is South, Fire, Noon, heat, Summer, Heart, Triangle, and bear,  interesting that the heart is given to choleric here, rather than sanguine *there are other sources that put choleric with summer

Here Melancholic is Earth, West, Dusk, Autumn?, Owl, Metal, Square, and Green *see source below for Autumn being Melancholic

The Temperaments and the Adult Child Relationship

"For teachers, parents and ALL adults that interact with children - this book is as comprehensive as a textbook but as readable as a novel. Through guides, examples, stories and lessons the reader learns how to type him/herself, family members, students, and friends and to delve into the mysteries of how the different temperaments interact with each other. Because these interactions are unique, depending on the age and relationship of the people, this book focuses only on the adult-child relationship which can differ greatly from the adult-adult relationship or the child-child relationship.

However, while this book does focus on the relationships between adults and children, one can also benefit from reading the different sections and applying some of the wisdom to his/her own relationships with other adults or by extrapolating ideas from the sections to help siblings get along better. You can find some reviews on our testimonials page and more here: (The 1st Ed.) ADDITIONAL DETAILS"  - See more at:

The Temperaments and the Adult-Child Relationship
The Temperaments and the Adult-Child Relati...
by Dr. Kristie Karima Burns


The Temperaments and the Adult-Child Relationship
The Temperaments and the Adult-Child Relati...
by Kristie Burns

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