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The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love and Act the Way You Do Paperback – August 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Revised edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553373935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553373936
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beginning with a questionnaire based on the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-IIIR, published in 1987, the authors have the reader chart his or her profile according to 13 individual personality styles. Each following chapter describes a dominant character pattern, what jobs that person may be most suited for, appropriate personality-type mates, parenting styles, and ways of capitalizing on strengths and minimizing weaknesses. Advice is given the reader on how to deal with different styles, and a page or two describes the mental illness associated with the extremes of each dominant trait. Case histories and anecdotes make the personalities come alive to create an enjoyable and informative analysis of personality types.
- Marguerite Mroz, Baltimore Cty .
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"You cannot read this book without  attaining a deeper and clearer understanding of  yourself and the people you care about." --  Herbert Pardes, M.D., Dean of the Faculty of  Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and  Surgeons.

"Brilliantly transforms a wealth  of scientific information into an exciting and  easy-to-follow format." -- Stuart C.Yudofsky,  M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of  Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of  Medicine.

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I got the first edition of this book in 1990.
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I found this book to be very accurate of my personality type.
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This book is really help you understand yourself.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By yarden on February 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've taken the Meiers-Briggs test a few times, and the results have never stuck (which is why I've taken it so many times). Not so with this book.
Instead of focusing on ONE dominant personality style (such as Meiers-Briggs 'ENTP'), the Self-Portrait graphs your personality traits, which provides a way to visualize the way your personality works. Instead of being shoved into one of twenty personality types, you can see the different categories that are more dominant in your personality. This way, you are shown a more accurate portrayal of yourself, and the results are more individualized than a test which gives you ONE category that explains your WHOLE SELF.
Useful in each chapter: "tips" for living with persons in each category, "tips" for making the most of your personality style, and warning signs for each style's potential personality disorder (as detailed by the DSM-IV).
I was very happy with the questions in the test, with the descriptions of the personality types, and the way the book doesn't just lump you into one category. Also, I appreciated the Personality Disorder section in each category (simply as a matter of interest, if nothing else).
The only thing I missed in the book was the treatment of spirituality/religion (only slightly touched upon in ONE personality category).
Overall, I now understand my personality much more fully!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very accurate of my personality type. I am also quite familiar with the Myers-Briggs and Enneagram system, but in those they pretty much give you One type, and that leaves out a lot of information about yourself. This one however highlights the importance of your overall personality - your dominant personality style (also known as type), your leading styles, even the styles you are low on play an important role. I guess it is more so diagnosis than self-help, although it does give a good number of tips. Still, these two authors could possibly put out a book on this, except emphasizing helping yourself overcome your faults and weaknesses as presented in this book.
All and all, I highly recommend this book if you are interested in and take an appreciation for personality psychology.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By drs. Jan D. den Breejen on April 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
When you really want to know what makes you and other people tick, find out motivation factors and have a compass for personal development and handling other people, that is based on solid current psychological insights; look no further buy this book. Its the biggest bang for your bucks.
Because every character style can have many forms its necessary to get yourself familiar with it. Visit the forum on this book and the character types/styles as they appear in books and movies on the site of Personae Psychodiagnostics
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Lampe on September 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dr. Oldham's theory begins with the personality disorders listed in the DSM and waters each down to a "personality style". The theory seems to be that the personality disorders are simply exaggerations of one small aspect of our overall personality. The "styles" are combined to create a profile of your overall personality.
Although I question the scientific validity of this theory, I found the book fascinating. The book is filled with anecdotal stories about fictional(?) characters that superbly illustrate the major characteristics of each style.
I found that my profile (Leisurely, Sensitive, Idiosyncratic, Devoted) WAS very descriptive of my own self-image and that I could easily envision people I know fitting into all of the other styles mentioned.
I suspect that serious research would factor down these thirteen styles into something similar to the so-called "five factor model". However, that would only be of intersest to academics and Dr. Oldham's theory provides a very rich and detailed explanation of what really "makes us tick".
Highly recommended.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gail Burgess on July 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Since reading the book, I am much more accepting and tolerant of myself and others and can readily understand why people do the things they do. I love to figure people out--this book has taken the guess work away and makes it simple to do. No one has ever defined my true nature like this book has done. In it, is a wealth of knowledge. I want to thank the author with all of my heart for helping me to understand myself and those around me like no other. I will use this book as a reference until the pages are pulp-free.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Gilbert on March 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a layperson, I've read/browsed through several personality type books in the past but I find this is the one that I keep going back to. I've taken a lot of the self-diagnostic tests and found that on the whole, many of them seem to be generic and applicable to anyone; they're safe and not overly complex; forgettable. Many of these tests also seem to have scores that range from High (extreme) to Mid (normal) to Low (extreme) and you almost suspect that very few people would ever, ever score at the extreme ends of the scale and then of course the 'normal' range is so very comfortably normal, that you also suspect 98% of the population safely falls into that category.
Then there are the tests that have so much jargon that you're lost before page 15, the book is set to the side and collects dust on the shelf. A year later you pick it up again and realize why it's on the shelf.
The Personality Self Portrait is nothing like that. It is not so overly complex that you lose interest halfway through the book. The analyses are written for the average person, not clinical professionals but with humor and insight. It is concise yet in depth. Your results are literally charted on a graph that shows exactly what your dominant characteristics are in order of strength which makes this book uncommonly discernable and user-friendly. In addition, I found one very interesting, unique area: The Best Match for Your Personality. In other words, the kind of person you get along with best. And although it sounds perhaps sterotypical, I found that many of my closest friends actually did fall into my 'best match' categories. (I know! I made them take the test!) The one trait that seems to outshine them all, however, is the Conscientous trait.
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