Temperaments: YELLOW EMOTIONS!

Hang on, this segment will be a wild ride explaining the YELLOW temperament’s EMOTIONS!

The two strongest and loudest temperaments are RED and YELLOW.  We discussed the RED, in my last post.  Now, I will attempt to portray the YELLOW’s emotions – being as impartial as possible.




A YELLOW’S emotions go WAY up, then WAY down, then sideways and back up again! That describes how I feel some mornings before getting out of bed!

YELLOWS are vivaciously expressive. They enjoy life to the fullest. YELLOWS usually wear their emotions on their sleeves- being the most dramatically animated temperament of all four. When emotions are up, they hope the world will join in their celebrations.  When emotions are down, they expect the world to feel their pain as severely as they!


 FUN is highest on their list of to-dos; and, they are in a constant quandary as to why everyone else doesn’t agree! More than having fun, they enjoy excitedly BEING the fun! Young YELLOWS want fun all the time; and, it can be exhausting for parents! Here is an idea for moms with little YELLOWS in the house: 101 Great Games for Kids: Active, Bible Based Fun for Christian Education! (By Jolene L. Roehlkeperain)

You are welcome.

 Adult YELLOWS are the perfect guests at any party.  They are the ‘fun element’ a host wants to ensure a successful party.  YELLOWS attack life with smiles on their faces, and are surprisingly disappointed when others don’t react the same way.

I grew up in a relatively normal, sensible, Christian home. I was the only noticeable YELLOW in the home.  I was constantly hushed and told not to be so loud or show-offy. I was cautioned to mollify my behavior. I was encouraged to let others have the “floor” in conversations. It wasn’t until I left for college that I gave myself permission to be YELLOW! Wow! What fun I had in college!

YELLOW kids are the loudest ones on the playground. They believe everyone loves them – having a zillion best friends! When YELLOWS are hurt or disappointed, it just may be the most brutally, horrifically, devastating situation known to man. They truly do not know if they can live through such suffering.

And then, a minute later, it is all over.

YELLOWS are “in the moment” with their emotions. They are pretty much “in the moment” their entire lives.

This is not as negative as it may first seem.

Our YELLOW son cried, as if he was going to die, the morning he started kindergarten. His poor teacher pleaded with me for any help I could give her.  She was shocked I was going to leave him, with her, in this unspeakable condition.

However, I knew as soon as I was out of sight, it would be over. In fact, a little girl walked over to him, (She was probably a sweet BLUE) while I was still in the doorway, offering him something from her snack to cheer him up. Within seconds he had found a new friend and the tears were gone.

When I picked him from class that afternoon, he didn’t want to come home. He had made friends with all (who would let him) and couldn’t wait to return the next morning. His report cards verified he “entertained” his way through 12 years of school.

Most YELLOW children love school – at least the social part.

YELLOWS do not carry grudges. Their short attention spans don’t allow for it.

 Shockingly, YELLOWS have a negative side as well. They are born without a moral compass. As children, they lie easily – not intentionally – but, in order to make people like them.  They just say whatever people want to hear. They can cheat or break rules at school- whatever is needed to keep friends or encourage others to like them.

YELLOWS are seriously naïve. As they get older, YELLOWS are the most likely to try drugs, smoking or alcohol to be included in the popular groups. They are easily swayed into sexual situations before they realize the danger.

YELLOWS have never met a stranger. YELLOW children succumb easily to predators, because their hearts are so welcoming to anyone who seems to love them. The obvious danger is kidnapping or even worse.

Parents and teachers desperately need to be educated in the temperaments of children!

 As I describe each temperament, the more obvious it is that GOD needs to be in charge of our temperaments. It is wonderful for  people to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior; because, this frees them of their sin and assures them of heaven.  Even more critically important, in my opinion, is for each person to intentionally give his/her life and temperament to God as well. God still gives us choices. He doesn’t MAKE us live by His rules. We choose how we live each day.

I believe God is the only answer for balancing all the temperaments’ negatives and helping each one of us to live a victorious life.

As I read the Psalms, I imagine King David was part YELLOW! God knew how to speak his language:

 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!” Ps.91:14-16 (The Message)

And, David spoke to God:

 “You got me when I was an unformed youth, God, and taught me everything I know. Now I’m telling the world your wonders; I’ll keep at it until I’m old and gray. God, don’t walk off and leave me until I get out the news of your strong right arm to this world, news of your power to the world yet to come, Your famous and righteous ways, O God. God, you’ve done it all! Who is quite like you? You, who made me stare trouble in the face, Turn me around; Now let me look life in the face. I’ve been to the bottom; Bring me up, streaming with honors; turn to me, be tender to me, And I’ll take up the lute and thank you to the tune of your faithfulness, God. Ps. 71:17-24 (The Message)


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