Temperament Corner: July/August
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
By: Dr. Phyllis J. Arno
Youth Intro Into Stress
Regarding the Youth, the Holy Scriptures tell us:
“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said,
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him illstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Matthew: 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Today’s youth are dealing with stress in their life brought on by factors such as:
exposure to pornography and violence from the internet, movies and television and video games
easy access to drugs and alcohol
killings, threats, and bombings in school
With the information from the APS report we can teach our youth how to identify stress in their life and teach them how to alleviate this stress.
During this series we are going to identify some of the “Stress Triggers” in the Inclusion area of the Choleric, Melancholy, Phlegmatic, Sanguine and Supine temperaments.
Review of the Inclusion Area
The Inclusion area is the need to establish and maintain a satisfactory relationship with people in the area of surface relationships, association, and socialization and intellectual energies.
According to Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary “stress” is defined as follows: “Stress means importance; emphasis; tension; subject to strain, distress or pressure.”
Stress can be mental, emotional, physical or spiritual.
Stress affects our youth in different ways; therefore, we must teach them how to identify this stress and teach them how to find peace in their life.
We will first teach the youth that stress:
does exist in their life.
can occur when their temperament needs are going unmet or when their needs are being threatened.
is detrimental to their life.
if not dealt with, will make the body deplete its resources, leaving “no hope at the end of the tunnel.”
factors which compound their life because of meeting their temperament needs in a non-productive way can be avoided by learning productive and godly ways to meet those needs.
comes in two forms: Stress Factors that are outside of their control—external stress. Stress factors that are self-inflicted— internal stress.
can cause physical problems such as stomach ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, chest pains, indigestion, headaches, etc.
can cause mental problems such as lack of concentration, withdrawal from friends and family, moodiness, anger, etc.
can cause spiritual problems and withdrawal from God.
can be accumulated and can come from two major sources: School or Home
PLEASE REMEMBER, THESE ARE TEMPERAMENT TENDENCIES, AND, AS ALWAYS, WHILE YOU ARE COUNSELING WITH THE TEMPERAMENTS, YOU MUST TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THEIR WALK WITH THE LORD, LEARNED BEHAVIOR, PERSONALITY AND BIRTH ORDER.
In the next issue, we will cover the possible stress triggers in school and in the home for the Choleric in Inclusion youth.