Updated: Jul 18
This fun little story and game help children understand the four main personality types and how each type has strengths and weaknesses. The game introduces each of the types, traits of each, and how to recognize a person's personality style. Knowing how someone is wired allows better understanding and aids in communication and expectations.
The monkey represents the Sanguine personality type. These are outgoing, playful people. They love to be the center of attention and usually do not like to be alone. They tend to be irresponsible and will procrastinate on getting things done. Fun is their top priority.
The gorilla represents the Choleric personality type. Choleric people are natural-born leaders. They want to be in charge and have strong leadership skills. They are not afraid of confrontation and love to face a challenge. These kids are often described as "strong-willed." Choleric people make good CEOs because of their fearless leadership and the ability to make hard decisions. However, they can be insensitive to the wants and needs of others and will not hesitate to delegate work to anyone who will do it.
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The Sloth is the most common personality type, also known as Phlegmatic. These are generally happy people who like to go with the flow. They usually do not like to be in charge and make decisions and want someone else to take responsibility. They are typically kindhearted, compassionate people. They will rally behind a leader and are usually loyal. They can be lazy and slow-moving at times. They do not like confrontation and will avoid conflict.
The beaver is the Melancholy personality type. These are highly organized, task-oriented people. They are great at keeping precise records, priding themselves in their work. They are known for having a planner on hand and want to know what to expect before starting something. They often struggle with last-minute changes, wanting to be prepared for all possible outcomes. They usually are introverted, preferring alone time or small groups.
Most people are a blend of 2 or 3 personality types. This leads to many different combinations of traits and values. People also typically fall somewhere in the middle of the scale between introverts and extroverts.
This book/game helps children become more aware of why they have their own traits and why others behave as they do. It helps them grow in confidence as they recognize their own traits, but it also helps them understand why others behave as they do. The book and game discuss the difference between introverts and extroverts and the needs of each, and how most people fall on the scale somewhere between the two extremes. It also addresses boundaries and that some people enjoy physical affection and others want their personal space.
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