Action, Variety, Fun
People of the Kangaroo temperament:
- enjoy being spontaneous and ‘leap before they look’
- treat everyone as equals, even teachers or people in authority
- dislike too many rules or regulations
- enjoy learning if it is fun, ‘doing’ projects rather than writing them
- are easily bored, can often be very restless in class
- prefer not to have to wait for things, impatient
- work best when using their senses, seeing, hearing and touching
- make up about 35% of the population
Kangaroos are playful, friendly and active and thrive on movement and change. They tend to ‘Leap before they look’ which can get them into trouble but make them fun to be around. They frequently become bored or disinterested in school and dislike too many rules or regulations or sitting still for long periods. They can be very creative when given flexibility.
When working on a project, Kangaroos don’t like others to interfere and they prefer to be physically involved. They show their enthusiasm rather than keep it to themselves and enjoy an audience. They benefit from having a greater sense of freedom; physical and emotional, with room for negotiation otherwise there can be tendency for them to become unruly.
Although they appear happy and fun-loving, they can also feel misunderstood as they struggle to come to terms with routines and containment. They like to work in an unrushed and spontaneous way allowing them to invent their own solutions and be entertained in the process.
At school, the Kangaroo is the one most likely to be berated for their behaviour, doing anything to relieve the boredom of a humdrum situation. They will work hard for teachers they respect, but struggle with those who enforce rules they don’t understand. As adults, these people prefer occupations which allow creativity, diversity and challenge.
They are drawn to roles requiring adaptability, innovation and crisis management. Reluctant leaders, they prefer to let everyone do their own thing. When forced into positions of leadership, however, they are usually very tolerant of individual differences, taking others at face value.