Riso, D.R. & Hudson, R. (1996). Personality Types

Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery

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Personality Types has become the indispensable resource in the field of Enneagram studies, as well as a cherished classic in the literature of personal growth around the world. This second edition is not only a monumental intellectual achievement representing the culmination of more than twenty years of work, it is a landmark in the history of psychology and human understanding.

For the first time, the landscape of human personality has been completely mapped out-from the high-functioning states of ego transcendence to the depths of pathology. Unequaled in the Enneagram field, the authors provide precise and comprehensive systematic descriptions of each personality type, as well as new, expanded descriptions of each type’s two major subtypes and its Directions of Integration and Disintegration. Augmented by more than 150 pages, this entirely revised edition reveals new insights that have never been published before, including the authors’ revolutionary discovery, the Core Dynamics, which give the specific motivations, attitudes, fears, and desires at each of the nine internal Levels of Development for each types, as well as the parental influences on each type, an expanded history of the Enneagram, new material on the Instinctual Variants, and much, much more.

No Enneagram teachers I’ve come across offer such a rich and dynamic picture of how each personality type expresses itself in the world, and the process by which we can move through progressive stages of psychological and spiritual growth.

Tony Schwartz, author of What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.

I have just reread your book, Personality Types, and focused on the Levels, directions, and the relationship to parental object relations. Your work is a magnificent contribution and I have been integrating this information into my lectures on personality disorders as they play out in conflict in the courts in child custody cases. I am deeply grateful for the way you have precisely enlanguaged the interface of psyche, soul, and defense structure.

Dr. Joseph Pirone, Professor and Family Therapist, Suffern, NY


Min rekommendation är att läsa denna bok som en grundlig introduktion till enneagrammet i den tappning som The Enneagram Institute — en av de två mest tongivande skolorna i enneagramvärlden — lär ut. Vill du nå ännu djupare i din förståelse för såväl enneagrammodellen som för dig själv och andra, läs därefter den inte helt fristående uppföljaren Understanding the Enneagram och sedan The Wisdom of the Enneagram.


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