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Understanding the Enneagram: The Practical Guide to Personality Types [Paperback]

Don Richard Riso
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Jan. 18 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Single Enneagram Resource Dec 6 2000
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The enneagram system has made a huge impact on me and been very insightful - both about myself as well as my interactions in relationships with others. I own probably 10 books about the enneagram personality type theory by a number of different authors, and I find Riso and Hudson to be the best experts in the field. Of their numerous books I find this their finest to date. It's a revised edition of the 1990 "Understanding the Enneagram" which was itself excellent.
This would make a fine introduction yet also has a lot of advanced material. The book contains a good questionnaire for finding your type, thorough descriptions of each type, insight into the levels of development (which is unique to these authors), practical recommendations, and the spiritual dimensions of the types.
Unlike other authors I've read on the subject, I find Riso and Hudson direct and easy to understand. All in all a very complete and accessible guide to the enneagram. I've also seen these authors in person and would recommend the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Single Enneagram Resource Dec 6 2000
Format:Paperback
The enneagram system has made a huge impact on me and been very insightful - both about myself as well as my interactions in relationships with others. I own probably 10 books about the enneagram personality type theory by a number of different authors, and I find Riso and Hudson to be the best experts in the field. Of their numerous books I find this their finest to date. It's a revised edition of the 1990 "Understanding the Enneagram" which was itself excellent.
This would make a fine introduction yet also has a lot of advanced material. The book contains a good questionnaire for finding your type, thorough descriptions of each type, insight into the levels of development (which is unique to these authors), practical recommendations, and the spiritual dimensions of the types.
Unlike other authors I've read on the subject, I find Riso and Hudson direct and easy to understand. All in all a very complete and accessible guide to the enneagram. I've also seen these authors in person and would recommend the experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful But Overly Long Guide To The Enneagram Sept. 4 2000
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Don Richard Riso has established himself as one of the leading developers and interpretors of the Enneagram. This new edition of a book first published in 1990 reflects his current collaboration with Russ Hudson.
The Enneagram is a very perceptive personality classification system, useful both for understanding yourself and understanding others. It posits that there are nine types of personalities. Although you will have some characteristics of all nine types, most people, according to Riso and Hudson, are strongest in one of the types and are second strongest in one of the adjacent types--so, for example, if you are a 3, your secondary type will be a 2 or 4.
One of the most useful aspects of the Enneagram as presented by Hudson and Riso is their description of three different levels within each category, corresponding to an average person of that type, a healthy person, and an unhealthy person. A healthy person is associated with yet another type, which represents the direction of integration. This means that for you to be healthy, you take on some of the characteristics of that type. Your principal type does not change: if you are once a 3, you are always a 3. But a healthy 3 will take on some of the characteristics of a healthy 6.
The book contains good information on each type, on how to determine which type you are, and makes recommendations on how each type can become healthier. The book, though, is longer than it needs to be, as it contains a lot of information of interest only to diehard Enneagram devotees. Unfortunately, the additional information makes it less accessible to the average person. As a result, it is not a good book to start with in understanding the Enneagram. For persons with previous exposure to the Enneagram, though, this book is a good additional source of information.
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2.0 out of 5 stars You Don't Need It Jan. 5 2002
Format:Paperback
The only part of this book I really found interesting was the authors' development of corresponding personality disorders with each of the types...Which I don't feel was adequately developed to be worth the buy. Basically you can see that they've managed to correspond types with personality disorders, but I think "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" is more informative in terms of using Enneagram information to stop negative patterns of behavior.
Personality Types, The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Discovery Your Personality Type (the personality test) will compose a solid library for any Enneagram/Hudson Riso ethusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to the Enneagram Sept. 27 2000
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I only wish that I had read this book before getting involved with my now ex-wife (an unhealty Three). The traits that I learned about her personality type and others has given me new insight into "sizing up" people, even thogh I was no slouch at it before.
I also was able to profit from the knowledge in this book in the workplace, and I believe that it helps one to recognize what's going on under the surface of tempermentally distinct people. My guess is that this won't replace general psychology anytime soon, but runs in a parallel path with many intersecting points of reference. Anyone wishing to glean personal insight or a quick thumbnail sketch of aqquaintances will find this book rerwarding and entertaining.
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