As a Christian counsellor I have met many people who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME. Over the years I have found an understanding of the four main temperament types to be very useful.
I would like to share with you some observations that many people have found helpful. The first observation is that all the people I have known who have CFS/ME have had one of the temperaments in common – the one that Hippocrates called the Melancholic.
The second observation is that this particular temperament is coupled with one or other of the two outgoing temperaments, making a combination of extrovert and introvert – in one person.
These observations fit what is generally known about ME/CFS, namely that it often affects people with drive and ambition, people who are capable, at least at times, of being outgoing.