The first time I heard the word choleric was about 17 years ago. I was seated in front of our counselling pastor, T was beside me, we were in the middle of a courtship counselling session. I was furious, as my brain immediately associated the word with cholera. I hope I managed to mask my fury as Pastor D went on to explain that there were four temperament types, and choleric was one of them. Nothing to do with cholera. Before I go on, I must hasten to add that T is nothing like me. He is calm, relaxed, even-tempered, and very nice. I am nice too.
I often left those counselling sessions with red eyes, after shedding floods of tears during them. I was convinced the pastor was biased against me, he never ever seemed to take my side, and all my eloquence fell on deaf ears, or so I thought. And so I cried. Looking back now, I am thankful that I shed those tears then, as it saved me from shedding them after marrying T. One of the things Pastor D taught me is that my way is not necessarily the right way, no matter how articulately I can put it across. We are two totally different types T & I, and yet we get along.
Back to the present. I was minding my own business as always, when my friend Toks decided to update her blog. She called her blog post ‘The Personality Test’, and being the good friend that I am, I decided to read it. I was totally blown away. She had taken this test that summed her up to a t. As I read, I could see and hear her. We talked, and laughed over how true to type this personality test thing was, and then I remembered my dear Pastor D, and what he had said. I recounted my experience to her, and then casually mentioned that I might take the test too.
I had forgotten about it till tonight, when I went ahead and took the test. I actually took two different tests. Well, two and a half. I was half-way through the third when I had the nagging suspicion that I would end up with the same result, so I bailed. They both claimed I am choleric. I tweeted about it, and a kind friend gave me this definition from The Free Dictionary, I suspect.
chol·er·ic (kl-rk, k-lrk)