PERSONALITY TYPES, the first book by Don Richard Riso, has become the leading guide to the Enneagram, as well as a cherished classic in the literature of personal growth around the world. This is the groundbreaking book that set the standard for insight and accuracy about this ancient symbol of human personality. UNDERSTANDING THE ENNEAGRAM soon followed and has since become another indispensable reseource, teaching readers not only how to understand this psychological framework in daily life but how to use it in many different settings. Don Riso and Russ Hudson have now fully revised and updated this authoritative guide to the Enneagram, based on their continuing work in the field, which is attracting ever-increasing attention. Discover how to use the Enneagram to find fulfillment in your personal develpemnt and in all of your relationships.
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About 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 internationally 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).
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments vii
BASICS AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS 1 1. The Practival Guide to Personality Types 3 2. The Traditional Enneagram 31 3. The Nine Personality Types 66 4. The levels of Development 136
ASSESSMENT 167 5. Identifying Your Type: A Questionnaire 169 6. Misidentifications 189
NEW CONNECTIONS, NEW DIRECTIONS 7. The Centers 245 8. Psychological Categories 247 9. Advanced Topics 312 10. Recommendations 327 11. Personality, Essence, and Spirituality 355
Biography 382 Index 387
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had attended a weekend retreat where I was introduced to the Enneagram. This book was recommended. I found it to be helpful in describing the types and expanded on what I learned in the class.
I refer to this book again and again. A detailed description of each enneagram type is included,and you get an accurate picture of each type as well as the opportunity to test for your own type. The only downfall of this book is that some of the more interesting aspects of the enneagram types aren't included and there are some boring details.
These things read like horoscopes generalisations for me. I once did a blind reading of a stranger in a storytelling session which lead me to identify a poor relationship with his father and making up a story that revealed it. (Tears and hugs all round after that session!) A mixture of intuitive insight and ambiguous questions rather then practical use of a personality type. I also remain sceptical that we have a single fixed core personality as these approaches ignore that personalities also depend on social context.But use to get a discussion about what the findings mean for us is always revealing about our individual self images. I like using them when developing a character in a story to let me imagine what if