The Otter (or Sanguine) Temperament

By Michael Christian

The Otter (Sanguine, Influencer) 

Motto: Life should be fun. Favorite saying, “Lighten up.” “Don’t be so serious.” Or, “Trust me. It will work out.” 

One Word Descriptions: Popular, “The Talker.” Extrovert. 

Otter Strengths: 

  • Charming, friendly, excitable, impulsive, fun-seeking, people-loving, schmoozer. 
  • Makes friends anywhere, never met a stranger. 
  • Loves to talk and be the life of the party. 
  • Loves bright colors, is great on stage. 
  • Wonderful storyteller and captivating public speaker. 
  • Very curious. 
  • Spontaneous, creative, enthusiastic. 
  • Great salesman and networker (He/she knows people who know people.). 
  • Strongly influenced by environment and peer pressure. 
  • Desires to be popular and accepted. 
  • Will touch or hold on when talking to you. 

Otter Weaknesses:

  • Lacks organization and discipline.
  • Impulsive and excitable.
  • Great starters—poor finishers.
  • Talks too much.
  • Avoids fine print.
  • Forgets details (where the car is parked, to pick up the kids).
  • Always wants something new in his/her life, changing jobs, moving.
  • Forms many but shallow friendships.
  • Quickly attracted to the opposite sex.

Balancing the Otter:

  • Force themselves to be organized.
  • Follow through on what they’ve started.
  • Talk half as much as before.
  • Become sensitive to others (better listeners).
  • Work on developing lasting friendships.

The Otter’s Gift:

  • Making life and work fun. Let’s enjoy life!

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