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Why You Act the Way You Do

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  446 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Readers discover how temperament affects their work, emotions, spiritual life, and relationships and learn how to make improvements.
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 26th 1988 by Tyndale Momentum (first published January 1st 1987)
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Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was quite interesting. It helps you to see what makes other people tick and how differently they process the same information. Filters can be radically not aligned. People are multidimensional. More people should read this book to better understand the differences in others and their perspectives. God looks at the heart and understanding others and their hearts might help some not judge so radically when conflicts arise. Great Scriptural references to soften even the toughest souls. We ...more
Jean Wilund
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As I stated in my review of "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Smalley, understanding the temperaments and the love languages are two of the best things you can do for your relationships.

I married my exact opposite in temperaments so this book opened our eyes to why in the world we act the way we do. I'm no longer offended by things he was doing and the way he was reacting to certain things because now I know that everyone with his temperament does...he's not weird after all! And now he understan
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personality
This is one of the very few serious attempts I've seen of Christian leaders addressing the issues of the ancient theory of the temperaments. I find his take on using the weaknesses of each temperament as a way of identifying how the Spirit needs to work in our lives very interesting. His applications are not nearly as practical as the Myers-Briggs materials I've seen for vocational pursuits, but this is the best I've seen at trying to integrate this theory within the wider Christian worldview of ...more
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emanixworld
It talks about temperaments. the diff types of temperaments, how to manage and strengthen ur temp weaknesses. how to choose a vocational career, life partner based on ur temp types and so many other life enhancing topics. it has many Bible references as it discusses the diff type of temps. Therefore it is a book that i can recommend to anybody
Gina Herald
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Insight into self and others is quite helpful in a world where so much of what we say can be misunderstood. Or maybe that's "how we said it". I love to understand where others are coming from. Helps me relate to them better.
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book along with the "Spirit Controlled Temperament" helped me to change my life.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
am glad i did read the book, it enable me know more about myself and the author gave ways on how to improve oneself and that of the society. i enjoyed it all through and i think it pretty amazing
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My family hates when I read this book. I can get a little obsessed with it.
Christopher Okolo
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really revealed to me the categories of behaviors people exhibit and a better understanding why should be more tolerant and less critical of people including the author of this book!
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion, self-help
The temperment theory is very interesting, but I found the book to be a trifle boring. I ended up skimming through it rather than reading it. Perhaps in the future I will revisit the temperments through the eyes of another author.

BTW - I identified myself as a SanMel (Sanguine with a little Melancholic). :)
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! It sure gives you insight on how to deal with people and to prepare yourself for the world of work/family/friendships/dating or whatever else. I now think of everyone I know (Hmmmm... he/she seems to be choleric/phlegmatic with a little melancholy in there!)
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting book that challenged my limited understanding of our human behavior from a Christian perspective. I especially liked the exploration of traits stemming from the Adamic & Holy Spirit. I recommend this book to Christian counselors and fellow, curious behavioral analysts.
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
An awesome book - will help anyone to understand their own gifts to use them better and will help people to understand why you cant change the basic nature of anyone - a very enlightening book - a great book for any married couple or parents of children
Nov 12, 2012 added it
the book enabled me to discover myself in a way that i had not imagined before. i need to know more on the same subject but in the field of missions.
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
excellent book....I've read it several times over the past 5 years.
Audrey Jenkins
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book on relationships and choices.
Karen Trim
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Read many years ago. Much truth.
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book got my buddies and I through a semester in college. Made for some interesting conversation starters. I am phleg/san btw;P
May 18, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: self-help
Have this book
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
It seems plausible but unscientifically proven.
Ebhohimen Kizito ehiremen
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Most interesting and very useful information.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
coz im human
K.M. Weiland
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fascinating stuff. Despite a slant toward male readers, this is one of the best book on personality I've read.
Jessica Fulk
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Not the best book on temperaments, but worth a read because it's from a christian perspective.
Nov 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
I had a very difficult time "getting in to" this book. It seems redundant and actually confusing at times. I prefer The Birth Order Book by Leman personally.
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