Deep dive into each personality., Very helpful in understanding each transformation is required
The book missed ideas on some neuroscience basics, such as why our childhood affects us so much. After some research, it is because of the conscious and subconscious mind development.
Some people like me has also done spiritual development, it will exhibit some characteristics for few personalities. They are not mentioned.
A great book overall, I have used this book 20 years ago and transform myself to be a better person.
Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery Paperback – 29 October 1996
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).
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Revised ed. edition (29 October 1996)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0395798671
- ISBN-13 : 978-0395798676
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.33 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 108,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hypnotic but disturbingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 June 2019
On reading this book - it has a somewhat a good as well as disturbing effect - kind of like what I suppose it might be to go to a psychic or an astrologer with some 'power' to see into your soul. Some helpful parts, but I really dislike the added focus of pathology in the types - doesn't sound healthy or helpful to me. I would suggest if you have any doubts about the Enneagram yourself to read online the essay: 'Tell Me Who I Am, O Enneagram.' See what you make of it. I like/prefer the Jungian and Myers-Briggs approach much better. But as always, see and judge for yourself.
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DisappointingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 March 2019
I've had Riso and Hudson's The Wisdom of the Enneagram for many years, and found it useful. However, I was disappointed in this book, for two reasons: 1) It covers pretty much the same ground as The Wisdom of the Enneagram and 2) Whilst the Enneagram itself is an amazingly accurate process and can be very helpful for personal development, I find that Riso and Hudson's overwhelming focus on the Stages of Disintegration unhelpful to say the least, and somewhat depressing. I would recommend Beatrice Chestnut's 'The Complete Enneagram' much more as an empathic, wise and grounded exploration of the Enneagram, which offers more potential ways forward into positive growth for each type.
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Very educational!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2020
Amongst the best Enneagram books on the market. One of the things I like most about Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery is that the authors give a detailed analysis of the different levels of emotional health within each enneatype. It turns out many named 'mental illnesses' are in fact the extreme end of a given enneatype's continuum. To name a few, unhealthy Twos are prone to munchausen by proxy, Threes psychopathy and Nines multiple personality disorder, while unhealthy Fives are routinely diagnosed with Aspergers and other types of autism. Such labels are absolutist and can have a limiting effect on the labelled person's life because they lack an understanding of the person's internal psychological landscape. I've been a student of the Enneagram for a long time now and it's the gift that keeps on giving. There's always more to learn from this extraordinarily comprehensive mathematical system. The legal, education and medical professions would all function more efficiently with reference to the Enneagram because it provides such insight into people's psychological architecture and resultant motivations.
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Valuable readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2018
Great read to understanding your personality. But it’s not a bible, it’s supposed to help understand and how to be our best selves
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Who am I?Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 January 2014
I've tried all sorts of personality tests and this is an excellent method to use. Very clear and full descriptions of all types under the test with a clarity of purpose. Not every word in each explanation will necessarily apply but you'll see yourself in a new way if you treat it with respect
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