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Character Styles in Movies, Literature, and Public Life

WHY STUDY CHARACTER STYLES?

This forum has the purpose of helping you to see the basic drivers of human behaviour in yourself, your partner, your friends and collegues. There is a limited set of basis drivers - also called motivation factors, needs, fears, thinking styles - which are the unconscious basis of your daily behaviour. We have many of these drivers active in our mind. However there is one very dominant driver that is the trigger for everything we do: reacting to situations, choosing a job, choosing a partner, conflict management etc. So we want to get to know this unconscious personal driver!

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO LEARN PROFILING PEOPLE ?

The best way of learning to identify these behavioural drivers is watching and listening to people in a new way, by using the psychological reference classification called the DSMIV. The problem with the DSMIV some time ago was that it described disorders. A disorder is not illnes; but a person who is extreme in his personality style. Most people's character however is NOT so extreme. For some time the popular typing system called the Enneagram (as described by Claudio Naranjo and many other commercial 'lite' authors) has been a solution to this problem. However now in 2000 the solution has become a problem itself. The many versions of 'the' enneagram are not compatible in definitions. This lack of standard with enneatypes causes a Babylonian communication problem. Since people don't bother to mention their 'guru' when saying for example that a person is an 'type 2'. It could well be that a person using another enneagram book will describe the same person as 'type 9'. Both persons are right within their own ennea-reference book but often problems arise when they start communicating about 'which'is the E-type; as can be seen on the other boards of this site. Also the 'wings' and 'stress points' , in fact the complete graphical symbol of the enneagram is not endorsed by ANY university or faculty. The enneagram is a mix of truth and 'belief'; which is not a bad thing as long as you are aware of it.

When you want to use your precious time to learn how to profile people's characters, you'd better use the new personality system for profiling 'normal' people written by Dr. Oldham. Its scientifically validated and an universally accepted language in the world of psychology because it's based on the DSMIV classification of which Oldham has been a main contributer:

Oldham, John M., and Lois B. Morris. The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love, and Act the Way You Do. Rev. ed. New York: Bantam, 1995.

A creatively elaborated version of Oldhams work can be found on Dave Kelly's site called PT Types.

JUST DO IT!

However you won't learn anything by just reading theory. Just like when learning to drive a car, you have to combine theory with your own learning experience. With human behaviour this is: observations of people. Because movies and celebrities are highly profiled characters which can be seen all over the world; they are good learning stuff for beginners. The fantastic thing of Internet is that you can communicate with other students of personality profiling all over the world to exchange views, make errors and improve yourself.

My basic type is Idiosyncratic/INTJ. The core personal competence that comes with these is that of monitor/evaluator i.e. being good at/enjoying analysing. However my postings on the forum are still MY personal observations seen from MY point of view! It's not mathematics and we often have to work with impressions of people based on few facts. However: as Sherlock Holmes knew; you don't allways need many facts to make a good analysis!

Therefore I welcome your comments on my observations. Don't hesitate to react on the bulletin board if you disagree with my typing of the characters or if you can type characters I have not included in the analysis. Let's make this bulletin board a learning network for people who are interested in human behavour

Feel free to add your own movie and celebrity observations also. Please supply arguments WHY a character is a certain enneagram type. Just mentioning the number does'nt help other visitors to learn about the enneagram and also makes discussion impossible. Please supply specific behavioural 'symptoms' or sentences which validate your opinion.

ETHICS

Currently the Internet is used by people who want to remain anonymous. The problem with this is that boards often get cluttered with messages reflecting negative emotions of the sender. These harm the learning process since often 'flamy' messages escalate. I think it's silly to make a list of prohibited writings since you are a grown up.

It's so simple. Imagine that you are on a 'real world' conference meeting and talk with people; then you behave responsible and constructive. When you are a guest at my forum and behave politely your message wil not be removed. Discussion about any removal: not on the Forum: use my e-mail address.

Jan D. den Breejen M.Sc.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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jdb_rotterdam@wxs.nl)


CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM USED BY JAN - OUTLINE OF MAIN CHARACTER STYLES

(Source: Oldham, John M., and Lois B. Morris. The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love, and Act the Way You Do. Rev. ed. New York: Bantam, 1995. )

Conscientious personality type / DSMIV Obsessive-Compulsive

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Conscientious personality style. The following eight characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Sensitive personality type / DSMIV Avoidant

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Sensitive personality style. The following six characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Vigilant personality type/DSMIV Paranoid

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Vigilant personality style. The following six characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Dramatic personality type/DSMIV histrionic

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Dramatic personality style. The following seven characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Aggressive personality type/DSMIV Sadistic

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Aggressive personality style. The following six characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Idiosyncratic personality type/DSMIV Schizotypical

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Idiosyncratic personality style. The following six characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Solitary personality type/DSMIV Schizoid

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Solitary personality style. The following six characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Leisurely personality type/DSMIV Passive-Agressive

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Leisurely personality style. The following seven characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Serious personality type/DSMIV depressive

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Serious personality style. The following seven characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Self-sacrificing personality type/DSMIV Self-Defeating

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Self-sacrificing personality style. The following seven characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Devoted personality type/DSMIV Dependent

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Devoted personality style. The following seven characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Self-confident personality type/DSMIV Narcissistic

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Self-confident personality style. The following nine characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Adventurous personality type/DSMIV Anti-Social

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Adventurous personality style. The following eight characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Mercurial personality type/DSMIV Borderline

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Mercurial personality style. The following seven characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

 


And there's more….

Jan's recommendation for students with a cultural focus:

Read

Gods in Everyman. A New Psychology of Men's Lives and Loves (1989) isbn 0-06-250098-8 written by dr.Jean Shinoda Bolen, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco,

The archetypes of our most revered Indo European ancestors, the Greeks, are perfect metaphors for our 9 basic drives/fears/needs. 3000 years of civilization changed culture, legal systems, technology, economy, geography but the 9 basic human talents stayed the same during evolution. Dr. Bolen is master in describing the historic context of modern psychology. And: who doesn't like to compare himself to a Greek god?

The author states that our patriarchal culture is changing towards a more matriarchal culture as symbolized by the Metis goddess. I agree with the growing importance of empathy based traits in our society. We live increasingly in a service based economy and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is what needs to get more important.