As stated by D. Keirsey (1998), all Guardians share the following core characteristics:
- Guardians pride themselves on being dependable, helpful, and hard-working.
- Guardians make loyal mates, responsible parents, and stabilizing leaders.
- Guardians tend to be dutiful, cautious, humble, and focused on credentials and traditions.
- Guardians are concerned citizens who trust authority, join groups, seek security, prize gratitude, and dream of meting out justice.
I find this to be a fairly accurate summary of what I see myself as. It reflects how I find myself (and hopefully others!) to be as a mother, student, friend, and practicing teacher. I believe this temperament type is one that will be a benefit to me in the classroom, will be a benefit to my students and will provide a positive learning environment for all involved.
Keirsey, D. (1998) About the 4 Temperaments: The Guardians. Accessed on 15 July 2009 on the World Wide Web: http://keirsey.com/handler.aspx?s=keirsey&f=fourtemps&tab=2&c=overview