I’m not exactly sure why this topic is on my mind, but recently I’ve been thinking about the ancient theory of humours.
This link has a series of visual aids and descriptions of the four humours at various points in the past, and is worth a little perusal, but the quick-and-dirty version is that once upon a time, people had the idea that there were four fundamental humours, or elements, in the human body. Each of the humours had a corresponding disposition, phenotype, and good and bad characteristics. The idea was that everyone had certain innate proportions of all four elements and in a healthy person’s body, these elements would be balanced. Ill health (physical or mental) was the result of imbalance.
Here’s a nutshell chart:
|Black bile||Melancholic||Cold/Dry||Thoughtful, Depressed|
|Yellow bile||Choleric||Hot/Dry||Passionate, Cranky|
|Phlegm||Phlegmatic (duh)||Cold/Wet||Gentle, Lazy|
I used to categorize myself as primary Choleric, but the older I get, the more Melancholic I become. So I’m somewhere between the two: a depressed crank. Excellent.
So how ’bout you? For today’s FFT, tell us where (if?) you fit in this ancient schema of poor science!