Four Temperament Ensemble Music Discussion

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03:32:14 PM Nov 30th 2013
edited by AceDetective
I believe these are the more accurate personalities for The Beatles:

  • John was sanguine/phlegmatic because of his pessimistic and insecure yet charismatic nature along with his tendency to be a brooder at sporadic moments. He was especially very witty and had his moments of having his head in the clouds. He himself stated that he had a big mouth and was once considered by a reporter as lazy and disorganized. He also had moments where he would have random anger outbursts, but was able to forgive and forget. He was an impatient and sarcastic man who would be happy one day then cruel the next. He had a habit of exaggerating his accomplishments and being vain, arrogant, and a narcissist. He was classified as the agitator of the band since he was a total dick to a lot of people (including his family and bandmates) and was willing to leave the band by 1966 when he made the "Bigger than Jesus" remark.

  • Ringo is phlegmatic/melancholic because of his easygoing yet neurotic personality although he has his moments of mood swings and having a bit of an inferior complex in the band. According to the book by Geoff Emerick "Here, There, And Everywhere", Ringo was actually the quiet one in the band who said very little, always seemed to have his guard up, and his lack of confidence in his drumming abilities. He was also very uptight and nervous when it came to singing since he was not much of a vocalist. He's the only ex-Beatle who collaborated with all the other Beatles, which shows signs of potential leadership that Ringo unfortunately failed to attain. The reason why could be because as previously stated, he was the quiet one of the band or he just never even bothered to care.

  • Paul is sanguine/melancholic because of his happy-go-lucky and bubbly nature yet domineering personality. According to the travelling journalists, Paul and George were known as the pranksters of the band. He has a massive ego so he can have moments of being a control freak who wanted things to go his way, and a perfectionist towards a lot of his songs (Maxwell's Silver Hammer anyone?). He is the only ex-Beatle who hardly ever collaborated with the others (if he did, it's mostly with Ringo) and he has a habit of being thin-skinned or sensitive to criticism. Despite his flaws, he was classified as the diplomat of the band since he only wished to keep the band going even though he knew that the band's dissolution was inevitable (according to John, Paul was only keeping the band going for his own sake, not everyone else's).

  • George was phlegmatic/sanguine because of his immense need to be independent, stubborn and sarcastic yet friendly nature and indifference towards fame. He had a fearsome temper, started fights with policemen and photographers during his early years touring with The Beatles, and was a red-blooded man. According to a biography by Bob Spitz, George was very stubborn and despised authority figures. He was the one who argued a lot during numerous sessions like the White Album and Let It Be sessions. He almost got into a fist fight with John because he acted rude towards his wife Yoko Ono. Another thing was his nearly life-long resentment towards not only Paul for "ruining him as a guitarist", but his overall experience as a Beatle almost to the point that he possibly suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. The people who knew him clarify that he hardly was the "Quiet Beatle" fans view him as! In fact, some of his friends recalled how he would never stop talking, which probably has to do with his secondary temperament being sanguine. Altogether, he was more of the "Stubborn Beatle" than anything else.
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