Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Sanguine Humour: Is this You?

SANGUINE:  Bound to the red blood of the heart, and equated to air (warm and wet).  People who are sanguine are often ruled by the heart.  They can be sensual, warm, and often sweet.  The wife of Bath, that lusty wench, was a sanguine type.  So was Falstaff.   A sanguine personality often seems to lack weight and seriousness; it can be seen as too sprightly and naiive or in extreme cases, inconsiderate of others and the reality of their cares.

Words that describe the sanguine temperment include:

Blithe
Buoyant
Cheerful
Contented
Enthusiastic
Expectant
Glad
Happy
Hopeful
Jolly   
Jovial
Merry
Optimisti
Radiant
Spirited

SANGUINE:  IS THIS YOU?

Well, wake up and smell the coffee, Pollyanna.  Not everyone is out there gathering ye rosebuds while ye may.  Some people don't have a bright side to look on, and all your good cheer does is remind them of how miserable they truly are. 

So the next time you feel like shouting "there's a bright golden haze on the meadow," keep it to yourself and read one of the books on the list.

RX SANGUINE
Bitter Books (To support the MELANCHOLIC or to correct a SANGUINE temperment)

Sobering literature, including:

All Quiet on the Western Front
Catch-22
The Man with the Golden Arm
Most Russian novels, including Crime and Punishment
Les Miserables
Madame Bovary
Jane Eyre
Oliver Twist
The Good Earth
The Gulag Archipelago

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