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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (September 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569245622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569245620
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These two books are based on the ancient Greek concept of the four temperaments (sanguine, melancholic, phlegmatic, and choleric). First-time author Maddron refers to them as colors-orange, gold, green, and blue, respectively. Each has a "ruling sign" (air, earth, water, and fire) and is typified by physicality, high standards, intellectualism, and sensitivity respectively. Chapters cover the characteristics of each personality type as well as various combinations, and the author includes an instrument for self-analysis. Particularly intriguing is Maddron's discussion of how colors complement one another in functional society and the importance of understanding and appreciating the strengths and limitations of each. Despite the risks inherent in oversimplifying people and society, Maddron's treatment is nonetheless very thoughtful. Rolfe's passionate examination of the role and function of the four temperaments in life translates into half handbook, half treatise. Like Maddron, Rolfe (The 7 Secrets of Successful Parents) describes the traits and characteristics typical of each humor and accounts for the blending of multiple humors. Reasonable and encouraging in tone, the book emphasizes that "the humors can only add to and not detract from your deepest understanding as your life unfolds." Rolfe uses a holistic and ambitious approach that sometimes meets with uneven results. Discussing all the humors at once is often confusing, and the nutritional suggestions feel incomplete. While neither author tries to pigeonhole people, both present "a set of lenses for looking at the world" and its inhabitants. Both are recommended; Maddron's narrower scope results in a clear, entertaining read, while Rolfe is for readers seeking a serious treatment.
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I strongly recommend this...book to those who would like a unique and penetrating journey into their inner being. -- Locke Rush, psychotherapist, author of The True Marriage

You will never look at life the same way again.... An easy-to-read roadmap to a more fulfilled life! -- Ted Pollard, President, Health911.com

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I enjoyed this book tremendously.
Douglas Constable
Using questionairres and numerous easy to understand charts she guides the reader through a comprehensive tour of the 4 temperaments.
Philip H. Friedman
I have found it to be clear and precise .
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Philip H. Friedman on October 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
In "The Four Temperments" Randy Rolfe does an excellent job of integrating ancient wisdom with modern theory as it relates to the 4 classic humors. Using questionairres and numerous easy to understand charts she guides the reader through a comprehensive tour of the 4 temperaments. She writes very clearly, with excellent knowledge of her subject and a full grasp of the 4 temperaments (choleric, melancholic, sanguine and phlegmatic).
The topic for most people would be considered a difficult, complicated and perhaps a controversial subject and yet the author manages in a concise and personal style to integrate practical ways of applying solutions to life's problems with each of the 4 different temperaments. She clearly understands and explains her subject in a way which can easily be applied to one's everyday life in the areas of career, relationships, emotions, personality style, health, nutrition and even weather patterns. People will find great value in reading this creative and well-organized book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brett on March 10, 2005
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This wonderful book integrates a lot of source material into an easy to read and practical compendium of Four Temperament information. I have made use of this material and will continue to explore how it can help people in my practice. For those interested in Western Holistic Medicine, this is a must have.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Constable on April 24, 2009
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Let me start with sending out a big "Thank You" to Randy Rolfe for her inspiring book, The Four Temperaments.
Randy Rolfe has given us so much of her knowledge in a book that is easy to read, even for a foreigner like myself.
I enjoyed this book tremendously.
I have many in my circle of friends who agree with me 100%! As a matter of fact, I was told by a close friend of mine to read this book . And after I read it, I recommended it to other friends as well...
The Four Temperaments gave me such a great insight into how we are born with a set personality. It gave me understanding of how to see, within my own family but also in strangers I meet on a daily basis, whom belongs to what temperament. And it gave me tools on how to best handle those people, for us to have the best possible relationship.
I am most grateful though for enabling me to understand why certain people irritate me! Helped me understand what it is with their personality that least corresponds with my personality, and it has made me a less judgmental person.
I have a little girl now, and I am much more aware that she has her God Given personality, and that I should do as little as possible to "change" her. She will become a lot happier a person if she stays true to whom she was made to be.
I truly recommend for all to read this book, regardless of gender, age or profession. You will be given the same insight, understanding and tools on how to become a better wife, husband, mother, father, friend, boss or employee as I have been given by reading The Four Temperaments.

Ann-Christine Constable Johansson
Västerås Sweden / Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy on December 17, 2013
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I give the book a plus on giving a quiz to find out what temperament a person has; but a big minus in not researching black bile and incorrectly assuming it is stool. Since I bought the book to research black bile more than what I have learned I was very disappointed with the book.
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Randy Colton Rolfe is a world ambassador for family. Her many books, popular seminars, and radio and TV appearances have helped thousands of families to be healthier and happier. She traveled in 29 countries before the age of 20 with her physician father and sociologist mother, which gave her a unique insight into what all families world wide have in common. She became a lawyer, theologian, nutritionist, and family therapist, all to bring together the tools families need to thrive in today's complex world. Randy's books and workshops are down to earth, instructive, loving, respectful, and fun! She and her husband have a grown son and daughter and they enjoy a bi-coastal life, living in both the Philadelphia area and Bay Area California. If you enjoy her books, please write a quick review! And listen in to her weekly online radio show, Family First, at www.voiceamerica.com, on the Health and Wellness channel. Join her weekly email news update too, by going to www.randyrolfe.com.

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