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Character Styles Hardcover – 8 January 2010
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- Publisher : *Norton agency titles; 1st edition (8 January 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393701719
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393701715
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 3.05 x 24.38 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 57,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And this is really one of best about personalities that i have read.
I guess i like his style.
Very imformative, descriptive, without loosing touch with earth, it stays human.
I dont like to dwell on one simple view on things, I pull information from many sources. And Stephen M Johnson seems to have done the same while being objective and critical. I also think he mentions this in the book. Putting everything together.
And it has not been made confusing, or any less serious because of that.
But every book to its own right.
The first book i read was "Narcissism - Denial of the true self" by Narcissism: Denial of the True Self: Alexander Lowen , who has a bioenergetic point of view.
This is also incorporated into "Character Styles". And while i think it is important to remeber the body, and not get lost in the head.
It can make it feel abit too loose, since you cant really draw exactly lines between body and character/personality.
Then perhaps i like "Psychoanalytic Diagnosis... " by Nancy McWilliams. Better because she leaves this part out.
I for example was born with a sunken chest, that changed my posture. But you cant deny it, you can look at someone if they are burnt out, and have they been that way all their life, it would proberly have made big impact on the body. etc.
And, of course, my first reading helped me to see aspects of my own character that I had not recognised before. So Johnson has been as important in my work on myself as in my psychotherapy practice.
I wish I'd known about it years ago. It's written in a user friendly form, offering more than just theory. It offers how you can incorporate the theory in to working practice.
I love it and highly recommend it. I have been a therapist for over a decade and have read and re-read this book, getting something more out of it every time.