Co-Developer of The New Temperament
Dr. Susan Edelstein
is a clinical psychologist with twenty-five years experience in psychological
in both clinical and organizational settings. Since the publication
of her dissertation in 1992, “The Relationship Between Insight and
Outcome in Three Brief Psychotherapies,” Dr. Edelstein has developed
a particular interest in the therapeutic effects of temperament awareness
and its relationship with insight. In addition to individual clients,
she works with leading physician groups and law firms in the Bay Area.
As a co-developer of The New Temperament, Dr. Edelstein identified
those elements of typological theory that could offer the most insight,
ensuring they were presented in an accessible and supportive manner.
In addition to contributing to The New Temperament, Dr. Edelstein's
interest in group dynamics and temperament has led to the development
Workplace trainings that incorporate the mapping of New Temperament
and Emotional Intelligence capabilities, helping propel individuals
and companies to new levels of achievement. Dr. Edelstein is also a
widely sought-after clinician who has maintained a private practice
in San Francisco since 1992, when she received her PhD at The Wright
in Berkeley, California.
“I’ve been a practicing clinical psychologist in California for
25 years. During this period, I’ve observed the enormous influence
of temperament in the lives of my clients. There are other important
factors, of course. But nothing informs their outlook, affects the
way they accept and listen to advice, or influences their choices in
and careers quite like temperament.
Because an understanding of temperament can contribute in many significant
ways to someone’s success and happiness, I saw the need to develop
a new approach to temperament that would not feel so confining or prejudicial
in its conceptions about people’s skills and abilities.
I’m an Advocate, for example. While my feelings are of paramount
importance to me, that does not mean I do not possess strong reasoning
abilities, as some personality assessment might have you believe. That’s
the beauty of The New Temperament. It shows the interconnectedness of
all temperaments. It was designed to allow individuals to see their temperament — and
not feel constrained by that awareness. People gain an understanding
of how their temperament influences them at almost every moment. And,
in the process, how their very strengths can obscure other dimensions
of their personality, which are now more available to them through
the insight they gain.
This amounts to a new opportunity. Because every day forward you’ll
have the chance to incorporate others aspects of your being, or use
those you already rely on in a more efficient capacity, to achieve
your personal goals.”
Senior Project Manager
Melissa joined The New Temperament in 2013 as Senior Project Manager with more than fifteen years experience planning and supervising successful healthcare programs. Melissa’s expertise in growing companies that bring leading-edge approaches to many of today’s pressing issues — including childhood development, academic performance and social competency — has given her unique insight into the application of New Temperament principles. A graduate from Susquehanna University, Melissa is currently completing her Masters degree in psychology and behavioral analysis at Western New Mexico University.
“What first appealed to me about The New Temperament is its ability to quickly identify my core disposition. And because the process is so friendly, it allowed me to gauge the veracity of that insight with a sense of both curiosity and confidence. Building on that recognition was for me just as exciting as the initial discovery. When I understood how my temperament influenced every part of my life, it was easier to acknowledge and connect with other people. Starting with how one perceives oneself, I thoroughly enjoy sharing this insight with individuals and businesses. Temperament awareness is vital to improving human interaction, and bringing calm and clarity to many challenging situations.”