Sanguine Temperament

The Sanguine is an extroverted, fun-loving, social person who is activity-prone, entertaining, persuasive, easily amused, and optimistic. People with a Sanguine temperament are receptive and open to others and build relationships quickly. They are animated, excited, and accepting of others. The Sanguine personality type is energized by being with or near someone else. They don’t need a reason to be around other people.

Sanguines will smile and talk easily and often. It is not unusual to feel as if you have known them for years after only a short while. The Sanguine temperament is so people-oriented that they easily forget about time and are often late arriving at their destination.

People who have a Sanguine temperament fear rejection or not making a favorable impression. They also fear others viewing them as unsuccessful.

The Sanguine is a “now, in the moment” person. They can get bored easily because of their orientation to social involvement, activity, and general dislike for solitude.

The attention span of the Sanguine personality is based on whether or not they are interested in the person or event. They can change their focus or interest in an instant. Sanguines are competitive and like to win. They usually like sports of any kind because of the activity and involvement with others. They are fun to be around and can be very entertaining.

Sanguine Personality Type

The Sanguine personality type is naturally people-oriented. Of the four primary temperaments (Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic, and Melancholy), the Sanguine is by far the most versatile.

The Choleric, Phlegmatic, and Melancholy are all limited in what they can do, but the Sanguine is not. The Sanguine has the potential for the widest range of behavior due to possessing the widest range of emotions. This allows them to participate (based on their second temperament) in many different types of activity.

They often like to participate in, or change, their environment. The areas of business, politics, sports, and entertainment, to name a few, are dominated primarily by the Sanguine personality type.

What is Sanguine?

People often ask, “What is Sanguine?” This is a great question.

The Sanguine is often characterized by their influence, natural smile, and talkative nature. They are social, playful, and very active.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Sanguine as, “marked by eager hopefulness: confidently optimistic.” The Oxford English Dictionary states the Sanguine is “cheerful and confident about the future; optimistic.”

These definitions are true of the Sanguine, supported by decades of verifiable research and thousands of interviews that we have conducted.

Generally, when you encounter a Sanguine person, you will notice how optimistic, hopeful, and cheerful they are. Many times, their tone of voice conveys excitement and warmth. They not only enjoy being with people but look for opportunities to regularly engage with others. Sanguines typically build relationships quickly and have many friends.

To fully understand the Sanguine, it’s important to know that there are different expressions of the Sanguine based upon their unique temperament combinations.

Sanguine Temperament Combinations

A person’s behavior is always influenced by a combination of the four primary temperaments: Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic, and Melancholy.

Although everyone has traits of all four temperaments, not all four are present with equal influence on behavior. It is the primary and secondary temperaments that create the greatest influence on a person’s normal, usual, and daily behavior.

The Sanguine temperament has three different combinations: the Sanguine-Choleric, Sanguine-Phlegmatic, and Sanguine-Melancholy.

Each of these Sanguine temperament combinations have similarities but also key differences.


The Sanguine-Choleric combination, also known as the Negotiator, has a primary need to be accepted socially and a secondary need to get results. They are natural negotiators and naturally try to persuade others to their point of view.


The Sanguine-Phlegmatic combination, also known as the Relater, has a primary need to be accepted socially and a secondary need to accommodate others. They love to build and keep relationships, and often have many friends for life. People enjoy having a relationship with them because of their warmth and acceptance.


The Sanguine-Melancholy combination, also known as the Performer, has a primary need to be socially accepted and a secondary need to do things right. They are the most creative of all the temperament blends. Their creativity can be in art, music, decoration, problem solving, etc.

Take our Temperament Assessment today to find out if you are a Sanguine and what combination you are.

Sanguine Personality Test: Find Your Temperament

Many people want to better understand themselves or the people around them. This is a great endeavor, and one that is worth pursuing!

When you learn more about how you are wired and what drives you, you will naturally be more fulfilled and better equipped to get the results you are seeking in life, both personally and professionally.

You may be wondering, “What is my personality type? Am I introverted or extroverted? Am I really a Sanguine?” These are great questions!

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