The Pale Horse – Choleric
“And I beheld, and lo a pale horse; and he that sat on him was destined to be in control. Its rider is full of ambition, energy and passion but also easily angered and bad-tempered.”
Cholerics more than anything else need to have control, achievement and appreciation. Not only do they want to be in control but have little ability to catch even a glimpse of their weaknesses. We all like to accomplish our goals and enjoy being appreciated, but for the Cholerics, these become emotional needs.
Cholerics have a great bent for leadership, but a blind spot in seeing how they effect other people. Cholerics have a compulsion for constant achievement. Because the Choleric is a born leader, he has the need to see things accomplished and has a mental progress list stored in his/her brain. Where the Melancholy writes his agendas on paper, the Choleric plots his life out quickly in his head and gives instant commands to everyone in sight. The Choleric assumes others both need and want instruction and feels those who aren’t marching to his drumbeat are lazy.
Cholerics are usually married to Phlegmatics who look forward to the weekend’s rest, so their insatiable need for getting things done now is often thwarted. Choleric parents keep their children moving, use all available manpower, and get frustrated when their spouse don’t respond to their call to arms.
The Choleric workaholic nature appears self-satisfied, but much of what he/she does is inwardly a cry for recognition. If he/she has not received praises as a child, he will work to death trying to stimulate his parents to enthusiastic comments. When Cholerics don’t receive credit or others don’t thank them, they often say, “After all I’ve done for them.”
Many families are destroyed by Choleric men who feel no one at home appreciates all he has done for them and who reaches out for something to restore his slipping self-confidence. In strutting his stuff, he finds a friend who makes him feel like a man again, and he walks away from his family.
Choleric women tend to marry Phlegmatic men and unconsciously of them and the children. As long as everyone has an obedient attitude, the mother stays happy, but when anyone in the group rebels, she may become depressed.
Cholerics become depressed when they feel that they have lost control of where they are heading in life. Cholerics who are physically disabled also often get depressed.