The introverted melancholy is often referred to as the ‘dark’ temperament. Actually, this is the richest of all the temperaments, analytical, self-sacrificing, gifted, perfectionist type, with a very sensitive emotional nature.
The melancholy temperament is naturally prone to be an introvert, but sincere in their feelings. They can be predominate, given over to a variety of moods, gloomy and depressed, withdrawn, and can be quite antagonistic.
The person with a dominant melancholy spirit is a very faithful friend, but, unlike the sanguine, does not make friends easily. Perhaps the most dependable of all the temperaments, their perfectionist tendencies, do not permit them to be a slacker or let others down. Occasionally, when they are in one of their great moods of inspiration, they may produce some great work of art or genius. Melancholy dominant spirits usually find their greatest meaning in life through personal sacrifice. As a general rule, no other temperament has a higher IQ or more creativity or imagination than a melancholy, and no one else is as capable of such high-quality ‘perfect’ work.
STRENGTHS: A high percentage of genius-prone people are melancholy. There is a tendency to excel in arts and the appreciation for life’s true values. A standard of excellence exceeds that of others. They are inventive and creative. They have few friends but are faithful to those they do have. Such a person tends to know his limits.
WEAKNESSES: This is the most self-centered of the temperaments. Because of their perfectionism and self-analysis, they are prone to be pessimistic. This makes them indecisive and fearful of making decisions. They are intolerant of others who fail to live up to their expectations of them. No one is prone to greater mood swings than the melancholy person.
Melancholy (Introvert) Description
This temperament type tends to have the greatest strengths and potentials but is also inclined to the greatest weaknesses.
A melancholy can become easily isolated. It’s a good thing to keep in touch and give them a lot of positive feedback and personal affirmation. The Bible character that fits the characteristics of a melancholic best is probably the Apostle John for a few reasons:
- The Apostle John was very intolerant and revengeful. Mark 9:38-39 tells of his forbidding someone to cast out devils because he did not follow Christ as he was teaching.
- “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followed us not: and we forbad him, because he followed us not. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me” (Mark 9:38-39).
- Luke records the occasion when John wanted to call fire from heaven to consume those who would not receive Christ (9:51-56).
Let us with dominant melancholy personalities be encouraged today by John. You are incredibly intelligent and faithful. With training and encouragement (which we all need), your genius and faithfulness can be used by God. When we focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses we develop our authentic flow – our gifts.
- Great and faithful prayer warrior
- Self-sacrificing and discerning servant
- Creative for the Kingdom
- Self-disciplined, inventive and loyal making good teachers of HIS WORD
Prayer: Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. I command my spirit to choose only Your way so each step that I take will lead me closer to You. Help me to walk by the Word and not my feelings. Let me embrace what comes my way as an opportunity to serve and glorify you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
*Stay tuned as we continue covering all four temperaments and the fruit(s) of the spirit throughout this series and how we can apply them to our lives. If you are joining in on the Spirit Controlled Temperament Series for the first time, please view part one, part two, and part three.
In His Loving Service,
Afua R. Jones