Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery [NOOK Book]

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" The Enneagram is an extraordinary framework for understanding more about ourselves. No matter from which point of view we approach it, we discover fresh conjunctions of new and old ideas." So writes Don Riso in this expanded edition of his classic interpretation of the Enneagram, the ancient psychological system used to understand the human personality. In addition to updating the descriptions of the nine personality types, Personality Types, Revised greatly expands the accompanying guidelines and, for the first time, uncovers the Core ...
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Overview

" The Enneagram is an extraordinary framework for understanding more about ourselves. No matter from which point of view we approach it, we discover fresh conjunctions of new and old ideas." So writes Don Riso in this expanded edition of his classic interpretation of the Enneagram, the ancient psychological system used to understand the human personality. In addition to updating the descriptions of the nine personality types, Personality Types, Revised greatly expands the accompanying guidelines and, for the first time, uncovers the Core Dynamics, or Levels of Development, within each type. This skeletal system provides far more information about the inner tension and movements of the nine personalities than has previously been published. This increased specificity will allow therapists, social workers, personnel managers, students of the Enneagram, and general readers alike to use it with much greater precision as they unlock the secrets of self-understanding, and thus self-transformation.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A geometric figure made of nine intersecting lines, the enneagram is thought by some to represent nine basic personality types. These types, as defined here, are the Reformer, Helper (Bill Cosby, Gandhi), Status Seeker (Gary Hart), Artist, Thinker, Loyalist (Joseph McCarthy, Johnny Carson), Generalist, Leader and Peacemaker. If you're a type seven with an eight wing (like Joan Collins), then you're very aggressive and have a strong ego to back your demands. The trouble with this system is that, unlike astrology or numerology, it is speculative which personality type best fits an individual. Once you've established that, you then have to decide if the person in question is Healthy, Average or Unhealthy. Oscar Ichazo, founder of the Arica Institute, reportedly learned about the enneagram from Sufis in Afghanistan. The investigation here broadens Ichazo's framework but still leaves plenty of room for guesswork. Riso is a New Yorkbased enneagram consultant. (September 14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547525747
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/29/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 126,612
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Don Richard Riso, M.A. is the foremost writer and developer of the Enneagram in the world today. The most-published and best-selling author in the field, he is an internatioinally recognized authority on the subject. He is the president of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc., and founder of The Enneagram Institute. He has been teaching the Enneagram for more than twenty years, pioneering a revolutionary new approach to ego psychology through his 1977 discovery of the Levels of Development. His four best-selling books are available in British, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and French editions. Mr. Riso was a Jesuit for thirteen years, holds degrees in English and philosophy, was elected to the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Stanford University in communications (social psychology).
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Table of Contents

Authors' Note
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Understanding Personality Types 3
2 Origins 11
3 Guidelines 27
The Feeling Triad
4 Type Two: The Helper 59
5 Type Three: The Motivator 95
6 Type Four: The Individualist 134
The Thinking Triad
7 Type Five: The Investigator 173
8 Type Six: The Loyalist 216
9 Type Seven: The Enthusiast 259
The Instinctive Triad
10 Type Eight: The Leader 297
11 Type Nine: The Peacemaker 338
12 Type One: The Reformer 376
13 Advanced Guidelines 413
14 The Theory of the Enneagram 431
15 Postscript 455
Appendix 465
Bibliography 495
Index 499
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Midnight

    Wowzers! Meh is having da weirdest dreams evah! And its okay Blazing, I'll take that as a act of friendship.

    -Midnight
    ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Nitro

    "Don't mind if i'm in it."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Different Blazins Chapter 7

    Midnight was wondering what would happen. She started daydreaming about me being destroyed."Midnight,are you ok?",I asked.Midnight answered,"Yeah i'm ok.". We started on the path again. I said,"I think we should get some sleep.". I was really worried about Midnight. I went over to her and slept right beside her. Midnight started having those visions again. I started getting killed by changeling zecora in Midnight's dream."AAAAAAAAAAH BLAZIN!",Midnight yelled when she woke up. "What's wrong?",I asked Midnight. She told me about me getting killed in her nightmare. I said,"I dreamed that u got taken away and killed.". We started to cry and hugged each other. We were glad that didn't really happen. Then we went back to sleep.(Sorry if this was really sad or romantic,because I have a marefriend)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

    A reviewer

    Don Riso is one of the key figures and innovators in the field of Enneagram studies. This is not the first of his books (and here he has partnered with Russ Hudson), nor is it the most recent, but it does represent refinement and improvement over his earlier works. There are several other authors who have written books on the Enneagram, but I don't think anyone else has done it as well. Riso is a highly articulate guy who doesn't sugar coat things, and reading his descriptions of personality types such as the average or unhealthy three is a bit unsettling. I'd say he has, for better or worse, great insight into human nature. A minor criticism is that I disagree with his classification of certain famous people, although in most cases he seems to get it right. Anyone interested in personality and human behavior in general will find this a fascinating read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    RIGHT ON POINT

    This book is a really good book to understanding why is it that you do what you do. It gives you a better understanding of yourself and others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2003

    excellent book!

    This enneagram book is the best, it gives a detailed description of each type. After a while, the entire concept is REALLY addictive and u start to analyze everyone! But thats the fun part about it! Im a four wiht a five wing, and just by reading this, I learned SO much about myself, which I have always wanted to do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    Outstanding self-help book

    For anyone who is not a mental-health professional, this book is a fantastic chance to peel back the layers of the human psyche (regardless of whether your's, or someone you know.) This philosophy embraced in this book may be regarded as new-age by psychiatrists, but this would be a pitty, it really does work. (and might be an effective way to further help their patients) The book attempts to describe nearly all of the various personality types (not an easy task) and further explains why each personality type is the way it is. Another important thing this book does is to explain the way out of the traps that keep all of us unsatisfied about who we are. Put simply, if you are even remotely struggling with personal issues, and wondering WHY you are the way you are, this book may very well explain EVERYTHING once and for all. It also explains how to overcome those things you do not like about yourself. Most importantly, this book cuts through the lies we tell about ourselves, and shows how strongly we tend to convince ourselves that what we think is wrong with us, is not really the problem. In other words, it exposes the whole ugly truth you have been seeking about what is wrong with you, but refused to believe it. Lastly, this book is extremely useful to get into the head of those you know. For example, you may finally discover why your family members are the way they are. On a personal note, I spent two years working for a control-freak, insanity-inspiring, postal-incident-aggrivating, condescending, boss. This book gave me a clear picture of how the man's mind worked, and shortly put me in controll, allowing me to finally tame the SOB, and to fend off his attacks!!!

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    Posted March 9, 2012

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