15 Benefits And Traits Of Sanguine Temperament

By Nicole Beasley

Updated December 20, 2018

Reviewer Rashonda Douthit , LCSW

The Sanguine temperament is the most energetic and bubbly of all the temperament types. If your child has a sanguine temperament, you may have a hard time keeping up with them. As a parent, there is never a dull moment. And, if your spouse has this temperament, you may occasionally get frustrated with them.

If you have the sanguine temperament, you may often find it difficult to remain on task. You may be tempted to give in to impulses quite frequently and may become easily distracted. There are some ways you can deal with this to improve relationships and work habits. While being sanguine is likely the most fun and pleasurable of the temperament types, it is not necessarily the most productive. The most common traits of sanguines are listed below.

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Very Social

People with the sanguine temperament are extremely social creatures. They are very outgoing and will be the first to shake your hand, hug you, clap you on the back, or start up a conversation. They find it easy to make friends. They may be relationship hoppers because they have short attention spans and can easily fall in love. A pure sanguine temperament is truly a social extrovert.


Sanguine temperament people are optimistic. They prefer to see the bright side of life, and they like to live life to the fullest. They are not as likely to see the bad in a situation as they are good. They believe life is an exciting fun-filled experience that should be lived to the fullest extent at all times. They like to live their lives fast and furious and get frustrated when they become stagnant.


The sanguine is the most impulsive of all the temperaments. Because they are all about living life to the fullest and living in the present, they tend to act on impulse much more frequently than other temperaments. They do things because they sound like a good idea at the time and do not always think about potential consequences. They only want to do what appears to be fun and exciting. If they are bored and something exciting comes along, they are likely to jump at it regardless of the consequences.

Excels in Communication

Sanguine temperament people are excellent communicators. They can get the point across in a way that many other people cannot. They are great motivational speakers, and also great salespeople. The sanguine temperament can likely sell ice to an Eskimo, simply because they are so friendly and persuasive. They may not, however, be very good listeners, so when it comes to open communication in personal relationships, they may be lacking.

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Pleasure Seeking

Sanguine temperament people are always seeking out pleasure. They are more likely to do pleasurable activities than those that are boring or required. For this reason, they may not be very responsible at times. They may find it challenging to stay on task if something is boring or undesired. For this reason, sanguine temperament people may be job hoppers, always looking for the job that will give them pleasure.

Live In The Present

Sanguine temperament people tend to live in the present, instead of the past or the future. Because they do not think about the past, they may not easily learn from their mistakes. Not thinking about the past also means they are not prone to hold grudges. They also do not think about the future, instead focusing on what opportunities there are at the moment. A pure sanguine is not likely to have long-term goals or plans.

Tend To Exaggerate

People of the sanguine temperament are prone to telling tall tales. They tend to exaggerate when talking to other people and telling stories of events that have occurred. They are also prone to exaggerating their feelings and ideas, and they are frequently melodramatic in their approach to problems that may arise.

Need Constant Reassurance

Sanguine temperaments need constant reassurance from their loved ones that they are loved and thought of often. They appreciate gifts of toys and gadgets the most when it comes to methods of showing them that you care. Sanguines are more likely to stay in a relationship if they are getting lots of attention, time, and gifts. They are more likely to stay in a relationship long-term if they are constantly getting reassurance that they are loved, and the other person isn't going anywhere.


People with the sanguine temperament are so talkative that when you find information about sanguines the trait is often listed more than once. They will talk to anyone and everyone. There is never a quiet moment when you are around a sanguine person. This can be dangerous for children and teens who have the sanguine temperament because they are likely to talk openly and freely to strangers.

Attention Seeking

Sanguines are seek attention. If they are not getting enough attention from their partner, they may find a new one. If they are not getting enough attention from their friends, they won't cut them off, but they will go out in search of people that will give them the attention that they crave. Sanguines are the class clowns, the jokers that are always trying to take center stage.

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People of the sanguine temperament are extremely expressive of all of their emotions. If they are angry or frustrated, you will most definitely know it. If they are happy, they are going to be extremely bubbly and energetic. If they love you, they are going to tell you and show you in a million ways every day. They are most likely to be open and honest about their feelings because they are unable to hide how they feel even if they try, which most likely they won't.

Sense Of Humor

A sense of humor is inherent in all sanguine temperament people. Their sense of humor is most likely going to be light. However, because they are often blunt, some temperaments can take their jokes the wrong way. If they do offend someone with a joke, they are quick to apologize and make it right. They prefer to laugh and smile and they want the whole world to laugh and smile with them.

Forgive And Forget

Because sanguine temperament people live in the present, they are quick to forgive and forget. However, they expect the same treatment. They will apologize and expect to be forgiven, and the incident will be forgotten just as quickly as they would do so.

High Self-Esteem

Sanguine temperament people tend to have high self-esteems. While good self-esteem is important and generally seen as a good thing, sanguines can sometimes be seen as too full of themselves or selfish.

Intense Emotions

Sanguine temperament people feel emotions intensely and are not afraid to show their emotions. However, they can be fickle, and their emotions can change rapidly. Living with a sanguine can be like living in an emotional rollercoaster. They feel and express all emotions intensely until the moment passes, then they move on to the next thing or emotion that has distracted them.

Getting Help With Sanguine Temperament

If you have a pure sanguine temperament, you may find it easy to make friends and find partners but difficult to remain in relationships. You may also have difficulty creating and sticking to goals in your personal and professional life. A therapist is a great option to get help with coping skills, bring balance to your life and help you to be more successful.

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If you are the parent of a child with sanguine temperament, you may find that you are constantly out of energy. You may not know how to deal with their ever-changing and intense moods, or how to keep their attention and focus for learning and education. A therapist can help you, and your child finds some balance and help you find ways to cope with your active child or teen.

If your spouse or partner has a sanguine temperament, you may have experience challenges keeping their attention or meeting all of their needs. Couples therapy can help you both understand how the sanguine temperament is affecting you and help you find ways to cope with it so that you can maintain a healthy and long-term relationship.

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