Aren’t you glad you use bile?

I suspect that not every evocation of the four Greek temperaments matches up on every minor detail. Then again, this (originally posted 15 March 2003) does sound rather like me:

Your dominant humour is CholerYour humor is: yellow bile
Your personality is: choleric
Your season is: summer
Your element is: fire
Your qualities are: hot and dry
Your color is: yellow
Your organ is: the liver
Your lunar phase is: the full moon
Your opposing humor is: phlegm

When yellow bile dominates, an individual is quick to anger. Choleric personalities (cholera meaning yellow as in yellow fever) are often violent and vengeful.

Black Hellebore, which is known for its laxative properties, purges lower tracts of phlegm and choleric humors.

Avoid herbs with a bitter taste, as they are most likely to promote yellow bile.

Let the record show, however, that 13 years later I took the same test Fillyjonk did, and it scores me as 4.3 melancholic, 4.1 choleric, 2.7 sanguine and 2.1 phlegmatic. Obviously I need to work on my phlegm.


  1. ETat »

    15 October 2016 · 9:13 am

    I took the test @your link; it doesn’t give me percentages, but proportionally it’s the same result as yours.
    Which I rather doubt.

  2. fillyjonk »

    15 October 2016 · 9:30 am

    I didn’t get percentages, but was highest on Melancholia, with Phlegmatic a close second. (Choleric was lowest. I do probably need to get better about expressing anger when there are things to be angry at.)

  3. CGHill »

    15 October 2016 · 10:10 am

    They don’t spell out the points; but you can derive them from the URL of the results page, which contains them unencrypted.

  4. McG »

    15 October 2016 · 10:23 am

    Phlegm first, choler second. Must be the J in my Myers-Briggs result.

    I think one’s humor should be assessed according to how much one cares about one’s M-B result. Then I’d be drowning in phlegm.

  5. Tim »

    16 October 2016 · 9:04 pm

    Choleric 3
    Phlegmatic 3.1
    Melancholic 3.7
    Sanguine 2.6

    Does that mean my katra is in balance? Yep, I didn’t think so.

  6. CGHill »

    16 October 2016 · 9:17 pm

    My attitude toward my MBTI result — INTJ — has always been “Well, duh.”

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