• Michael Wood and Ricky Britner

The Supine


In our last blog entry, we started to delve into the temperaments. We started to discuss the melancholy and the task oriented-ness of it. Let us, now, go further into the temperaments and introduce the supine. The supine temperament was added by Dr. Arno in the late 1980's after several years of research and many counseling sessions. The term supine is defined as lying on the back or face turned up. Though thee definition refers to a physical posture, it perfectly represents the emotional and temperament traits found within the supine. Identifying this temperament has made a huge impact in the lives of counselees because it has shown that they have a temperament designed for them by God. Even though the supine has similarities with both the melancholy, and as you'll see later, the sanguine temperaments--supines have their own individual traits. Supine Supine in the area of inclusion (inclusion - social interaction, surface relationships, and intellectual energies) They are relationship oriented and they have a high need to relate to people. Supines are both extroverts and introverts...meaning they want to interact with people but don't have the natural abilities or confidence to do so. People who are supines in inclusion can struggle with loneliness because they don't assert themselves. It's often that they will wait and hope others will invite them to be involved. A great trait that stands out in a supine is the large capacity to serve others. It's natural for them to have a very gentle spirit and typically take a liking to people. While the supine in inclusion has a lot of strengths, they also have some weaknesses, which include: indirect behavior and a problem with communication. They tend to need others to read their minds, have a high fear of rejection masking anger with "hurt feelings", and they can lack confidence as well as have low self-worth issues. Supine in the area of control (control - decision-making ability, willingness to take on responsibilities, and the need for independence) A person who is a supine in this area is a team player and doesn't feel comfortable making decisions nor taking on the responsibility for those decisions. Supines struggle with thinking they are adequate to take on leadership roles. They fear being left alone and constantly seek for others to take care of them. They are easily manipulated by guilt (people getting them to feel sorry for them) and manipulate others by guilt (getting others to feel bad for them) in attempt to avoid responsibility. Supines can tend to feel used and taken advantage of. Their strengths are that they are extremely dependable, follows the rules, great support people, and very cooperative and flexible. Their weaknesses are that they're weak-willed and find it very difficult to say "no" when they really need to do so. They feel powerless which leads to them developing co-dependency characteristics (either becomes a fixer or responsibility avoidance). Supine in the area of affection (affection - love, affection, and deep personal relationships) It's common for supines in affection to struggle with not being able to communicate their need for love, affection, and approval for others to understand them. They will show they need very little; however, they have a great need for love, affection, and approval. Supines believe others should know and read their mind these things without communicating. This oftentimes leaves a person who is a supine frustrated and unhappy. Supines don't initiate, act, or show affection due to a high fear of rejection. In turn, they respond greatly to love, affection, and approval as well as be emotional when they feel safe. They're extremely committed to their deep relationships and have a high capacity to serve those deep relationships. Within this area of affection, supines have a great need for reassurance that they are loved, accepted, appreciated, and needed. Yesterday's, an hour ago, reassurance means nothing.

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