This temperament is identified as the
most powerful (and destructive) of the temperaments. It is
not unreasonable to state that the world’s greatest feared
dictators and diabolical criminals were perhaps Choleric.
However, when this person truly comes to know Jesus Christ
as their personal Lord and Savior, and uses their strengths
for the glory of God they make some of the greatest leaders
in Christianity. The Apostle Paul was in my opinion a
Choleric. Prior to his conversion on the Damascus Road Paul
used his temperament strengths to advance the cause of
Judaism, self interest and terrorizing Christians. After
Paul’s salvation he soon became the Apostle to the Gentiles.
Paul’s example demonstrates that a person’s spiritual
rebirth does not change their temperament. The individual is
transformed in the sense of their temperament strengths
being used for a different purpose as they feast on the Word
of God and grow as a new creation in Christ. The Choleric
remains a Choleric before and after their conversion /
Cholerics are extremely tough-willed. When they have made up
their minds they rarely if ever change it, even if they are
wrong. Cholerics will seldom listen to the advice of anyone
else. They want to have total control over themselves and
anyone around them. Cholerics are of the opinion and belief
that they know what is best for those around them, and what
is acceptable behavior according to them. They have a severe
problem with anger; “the angry temperament”. Cholerics have
a tendency to seldom express other emotions such as love,
tenderness, warmth and compassion. When other people express
these emotions they consider them as unnecessary and
Cholerics believe that no one else can carry out a task as
well as them. They have a tendency to overwork themselves,
and are prone to burnout. When carrying out various tasks to
accomplish goals they are capable of undertaking any
behavior necessary to get it done. Unlike the Melancholy,
who is capable of seeing the pitfalls of a project before
taking action, Cholerics refuse to see any pitfalls. The
Choleric will forge ahead regardless of the cost, the end
justifies the means.
The Choleric is extremely self-centered and the needs of
others do not matter, they are perfectionistic and even
their own flaws are flawless. When they are wrong they will
not accept it, their’s is the only way that is correct and
matters. Yet, when the Choleric is brought under the
authority of Jesus Christ, greatness can be accomplished for
the Kingdom of God.
Facts to remember, there are 3 areas of the temperament:
Inclusion (social interaction, surface relationships and
intellectual energies), Control (decision making abilities,
willingness to take on responsibilities, and the need for
independence) and Affection (the need for love and affection
and for deep personal relationships).
Inclusion Strengths of The Choleric: Being open,
friendly, confident, outgoing, optimistic, tough-minded,
task oriented, perfectionistic with a good mind for
envisioning new projects, and an extrovert of a highly
Inclusion Weaknesses of The Choleric: Hot-tempered, a
people user, although everyone uses people to some degree,
the Choleric in Inclusion “carries the red flag”. They think
of themselves as people motivators. They become easily
frustrated in their attempts to “motivate” people. They
harbor anger and can be cruel and abusive.
Control Strengths of The Choleric: Tough-willed, a
good leader, capable of making intuitive decisions, capable
of taking on responsibilities, usually done in an efficient,
well-disciplined military fashion. They possess the will
power to carry through to completion.
Control Weaknesses of The Choleric: Anger, cruelty,
capable of undertaking any behavior to keep control. They
associate with weak people and then resent their weaknesses.
To them, the end justifies the means; so they are capable of
very poor behavior. They are highly susceptible to burn out.
Affection Strengths of The Choleric: Being open,
optimistic, outgoing, express a great deal of love and
affection, and approach only select people for deep
Affection Weaknesses of The Choleric: Extremely
self-centered (although they do not appear this way),
indirect behavior, reject people, reject the love and
affections of people (they will accept love and affection
only according to their terms), are usually cruel to those
who reject their manipulation for love and affection.
What a wonderful temperament the Choleric is, when they are
submissive to the Lord Jesus Christ. As is with any
temperament living in their strengths and not their
weaknesses. All things are possible with God, and what a
blessing the Choleric can be (living in their strengths and
not their weaknesses) for the Kingdom of God. In
Hebrews 11: 32-34 we see some
good examples from the heroes in the faith.