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The Artisan Temperament is one of the Four Temperaments defined by David Keirsey

Artisans correlate with the SP Myers-Briggs types.


Artisans are observant and pragmatic. Composers, Crafters, Performers, and Promoters are the role variants contained within this temperament. Their greatest strength is tactical variation. Their most developed intelligence operations is either expediting or improvising. Artisans take pride in their ability to be graceful, are confident in their ability to adapt, and respect their ability to be daring. In education, they desire to learn arts, crafts, and techniques that they can use in a career. In careers, they want to do operations work. Artisans have sensation seeking personalities. They are often spontaneous, pleasure seekers that prefer to live one day at a time. They are often cynical about the past and optimistic about the future. They are concerned with their ability to make an impact on others and are usually playful in their interpersonal relationships. They are play oriented as children and spouses and tend to be permissive parents. (Footnote reference)


As artisans feel a need to make an impact and to be spontaneous, they become stressed when their ability to do these things becomes constrained. Boredom is another source of stress for artisans. When under stress, artisans can become reckless and they may retaliate against the source of the stress. Providing artisans with options such as new ways to make an impact and new activities can relieve the stress.[1]


Artisans desire teachers who are interesting, active and playful. They will avoid sedentary forms of learning and uninteresting learning assignments. They will also avoid reading assignments that are not succinct, practical and relevant. Artisans desire to demonstrate their learning through actions.

Things in Common

Artisans and Guardians are both observant. Artisans and Rationals are both pragmatic. Artisans and Idealists both focus on people’s motives.