The idea of the four temperaments presented below springs from the writings of the ancient Greeks, in particular Plato’s older contemporary, the “Father of Medicine”, Hippocrates (469-399 B.C.); and the “Prince of Physicians”, Galen (130-200 A.D.) – two of the physician authors of Vol. 9 of the Great Books of the Western World (1990). Galen was also heavily influenced in his treatment of psychology by “the Philosopher,” Aristotle (384-322 B.C.). The Angelicum Academy believes that an understanding of the temperaments of their children is essential for parents to guide them along the paths to maturity and perfection. We are therefore very happy to present the following text by Rev. Conrad Hock. Our thanks to Messrs. Mark Mansfield and John Lane for preparing this text for the internet.
– Elisabeth A. Carmack, PhD., N.D