Candidates and Characters

I’ve always been a sucker for surveys, tests, and questionnaires. I even enjoyed taking the Myers-Briggs personality profile way back when in seminary (I used to be an INFP, though years of hitting deadlines may have turned me into an INFJ).

Anyway, I recently stumbled upon two “tests” that are at the very least interesting, and I think the second one is most helpful in living an upright Christian life.

The first test involves answering 11 simple questions, and then it tells you what presidential candidates are most closely aligned with your views. To take this test, click here. I won’t tell you which candidates scored the highest, but some of my lower scores were Giuliani (24 points), Kucinich (15 points), and Edwards (10 points).

Second, this site has a test for determining one’s temperament–choleric, sanguine, melancholic, or phlegmatic–and helpful tips on developing a virtuous character in light of one’s given temperament. It even provides examples of saints who had the same basic temperament. In my opinion, this is much more useful than the Myers-Briggs.

And lastly, the “O Antiphon” for today: “O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel controlling at Your will the gate of heaven: come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead Your captive people into freedom.”

7 responses

  1. Wow! Good thing I didn’t give my enneagram number! (Lest the reader be scandalized, let me quickly assure everyone that I’m not an enneagram enthusiast, but I did have to go through the process of determining my “number” or personality type while in seminary.) For more on the enneagram, check out CUF’s Faith Fact on the subject, at While you’re at it, we also have Faith Facts on reiki, horoscopes, and other problematic practices.

  2. I guess I’m a McCain person based on this. I think its hilarious that Leon is much more of an Edwards Kucinich man than I am. Maybe its because he’s partial to lawyers and underdogs :)

  3. Edwards and Kucinich were my low scores. Richardson had a poor score as well. I had several candidates score in the 30s and 40s, including one I hadn’t heard of. My top candidates were against me on the death penalty and immigration (I guess prisoners on death row and immigrants are a couple of my “underdogs”), but with me on everything else.

  4. All of my scores were low, but then I’m all over the political radar. Even those candidates high on my list agreed with me on only half the issues. Kucinich was higher than most of the other candidates, but not the highest.

  5. I had the book on the 4 temperaments (“The Temperaments God Gave You.”) Very good little book. Unfortunately, it’s gone missing, but I do recommend it. Much better than the usual personality stuff vis a vis spirituality.

  6. Absolutely, Dismas. And it also helps my wife (melancholic-choleric) and I (melancholic-phlegmatic) understand and train our children, who run the gamut of personality types (including one off-the-charts sanguine).

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