originally posted by dfgray44
If I'm working with it correctly, one way to say it is that, in the case of a low temperament person, the central fixation isn't such a God-awful imperative. Which doesn't mean that, then, other aspects (tritypes, wings, Instincts) rush in and take over the core fixation's centrality, but that the personality, as a whole, has something of a muted quality.
The idea brings to light observations about an sp/sx 4w3 ex-gf who, for the most part, "just happened to be a 4", as opposed to the more agitated energy that comes off in higher temperament 4s, and which makes an observer think "wow, that person's a flaming 4".
Just as one example among many (regarding her), to give a feel for the concept, she had fantasies of leaving the corporate world and living on a Caribbean island where a friend had a home she could stay in, and pursuing an artist's life there as a photographer, but that stuff was never gonna happen, and my sense of it is that it wasn't just because sp-first had her mind-on-her-money and her money-on-her-mind (or other sp stuff, like having trouble with making big changes, environmentally). It's that there wasn't enough agitative/catalytic energy to force that kind of move, even though it was within her means. There was a type of overall mildness (within the context of her being a 4), and I wouldn't assign her a 9 Gut-fix; easily a 1.