People similar to Meredith, whose main temperament is called Adaptive Supporter, share common temperament traits like empathy, compassion, and the following
- Have an uncanny inner knowing,
- Can feel other’s emotions,
- Often sense injustice
- Cheer for the underdog
- Strive for truth in an idealistic way
- Value honesty and can sense dishonesty
- Can become easily overloaded, overwhelmed, or fatigued
Meredith, a trained nurse, chose to leave a job in a hospital setting. She moved into work in the private care arena. Meredith has the ability to resonate with another person on a deep level. Such resonance is achieved through empathy– the ability to feel with her client. Resonating with her clients is an authentic intuitive knowing, which enables Meredith to predict their needs and provide an unprecedented quality of care.
The ability to resonate with others is the character strength of a person whose core temperament is called
Four Core Temperaments
Other strengths of the supporter core’s temperament are adaptability and nurturing others.. The Adaptive Supporter is one of the four basic core temperaments. The other three are called
Over the last two decades, the science of temperaments supports that each person is born with a core temperament. Temperament is nature’s approximate 50 percent genetic contribution to one’s overall personality. Our environments contribute the other 50 percent through our ability to adapt.
Four core temperaments are cornerstones of
- how people interact,
- how they best learn,
- what motivates them,
- how they act emotionally
- How their biology reacts to stress
- work or career preferences
People with supporter and influencer styles relate well to people. Thinkers are immersed in information or data. They relate well to people as team members and partners because they are sensitive to feelings of others. The achiever style is motivated by external personal goals and achievements and may be the least sensitive to other people’s feelings.
Inborn Temperament Trait of Empathy
Empathy is a natural, inborn temperament trait for the supporter. An Adaptive Supporter’s gift of empathy is akin to a musician’s creative gift of hearing music in his head and being able to translate it into notes on paper. A supporters can feel and intuit another person’s emotions and feelings. Sometimes, empathy involves taking action to help another, whether alleviating fears and pain or supporting or celebrating someone’s accomplishments.
More complex forms of empathy occur when people join together for survival of struggles or to pursue the vision fueled by emotional connectedness. These show us how capable we are of making deep connections. To feel loved, whole, appreciated, and useful, we must be in a relationship where empathy connects us.
Sensitive people like Meredith, whose profile as an empath may not be recognized as such in traditional work setting, want to help others by their nature. Meredith’s hardwired gift of empathy had become her antagonist. she was savvy enough to know their gifts and also recognize her need to connect with her tribe. Her best support came from a group of wellness practitioners, who were also empathic, and they met once a month which fit her schedule.
Adaptive supporters are hard-wired to resonate with others at profound levels, thus driving our desires to belong, connect, and find companionship and affection. Empathy clearly provides the closest we might come to “knowing” another person—feeling their pain and joys, a communing of kindred spirits. All types of empathy can be a source of insight.