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† "Let this mind be in you,

which was also in Christ Jesus:
† Who, being in the form of

God, thought it not robbery

to be equal with God:
† But made himself of no

 reputation, and took upon him

 the form of a servant, and was

 made in the likeness of men:
† And being found in fashion as

a man, he humbled himself, and

 became obedient unto death,

 even the death of the cross."

     Phillipians 2: 5 - 8  

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The Supine:

The Supine temperament is new to the list of temperaments. The other four temperaments have been known for about 2,400 years. However, during the 7 years of research conducted by the National Christian Counselors Association on about 5,000 people, the evidence of the fifth temperament was discovered and founded. Up until that time in 1984 there were people that didn’t “fit” into any of the other four temperaments.

The dictionary definition of Supine is “lying on the back or with the face turned upward.” Some dictionaries go on to say “having no interest or care, inactive, negligent, listless.” It must be noted that the N. C. C. A.’s choice of the name Supine is based ONLY on the first definition of “lying on the back or with the face turned upward.”, like a servant looking up to their master.

Worth repeating... There are 3 areas of the temperament: Inclusion (social interaction, surface relationships and intellectual energies), Control (decision making abilities, willingness to take on responsibilities, and the need for independence) and Affection (the need for love and affection and for deep personal relationships). Few people are the same temperament in all three areas: a T. A. P. Is necessary to accurately identify a person’s temperament. Let’s now look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Supine in these three areas.

Inclusion Strengths of The Supine: A great capacity for service, liking people, and the desire to serve others. They possess an inborn gentle spirit.

Inclusion Weaknesses of The Supine: Indirect behavior that expects others to read their mind, high fear of rejection, and harboring anger viewed as “hurt feelings”.

Control Strengths of The Supine: Dependability, ability to enforce “the policies” set by others and to serve those they follow, their caretakers, with absolute loyalty.

Control Weaknesses of The Supine: Aggressive disorders, open dependence, defensive against loss of position, weak willpower, a tendency to feel powerless and at the mercy of others.

Affection Strengths of The Supine: The ability to respond to love and to open up emotionally when they feel emotionally “safe.” If treated properly, they are capable of absolute and total commitment to deep personal relationships.

Affection Weaknesses of The Supine: The inability to initiate love and affection. They require constant reassurance that they are loved, needed and appreciated

While this is just a brief overview of the Supine temperament, you can see the importance of learning to live in the strengths of one’s temperament instead of living in the weaknesses. The Supine temperament is a beautiful temperament; it “naturally” has “the servant’s heart.” The Supine just like the other temperaments can be open to abuse, unless they learn to live in the strengths of their temperament under the control of Christ.

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