Diagramming Temperament Dynamics

For most situations, having a general sense of Capacitance and Primary Energetic will serve quite adequately. However, much can be learned by looking more specifically and quantitatively at personality dynamics.

Below is an outline of one way to diagram personality dynamics when this degree of discernment seems appropriate and some of the kinds of questions to ask in doing so. Try it with three or four people you know.

1. What is each person’s Capacitance relative to the general population? ( Play with it on a scale from one to a hundred. Ultimately there is no litmus paper test here; in the end the testing instrument must be yourself. Good indicators? — the person’s capacity to tolerate uncertainty, his or her ability to establish and maintain meaningful relationships, the capacity to live life from a sense of purpose.)

person #1:


person #2:


person #3:


person #4:

2. Where along the continuum from Early to Late does each person’s personality seem most to lie.



person #1:



Early Middle Late



person #2:






3. Within each axis what is the relative balance of upper and lower, inner and outer dynamics?

Examples: Middle/Upper—








(early part of Middle)



4. Now include the amount of integration you sense present for each. I diagram integration in this way:

percent integration


5. Some people prefer to diagram in terms of the percentages present in each Axis and aspect. Although a bit more complicated, it helps distinguish between, for example, a personality that is almost entirely Middle-Axis and one that spreads more broadly across the spectrum but balances out in Middle-Axis.

a. Percentage in each axis:


b. Percentage in each aspect: