- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Lantern Books (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590563530
- ISBN-13: 978-1590563533
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,127,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Personality: How It Forms
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The usual explanations for how a person s personality develops is some combination of nurture and nature, that is, the influence and experiences with other people combined with genetic factors beginning with gender. In Personality: How It Forms, author and psychologist Henry Kellerman focuses upon the psychology involved with personality development and personhood formation. Twelve distinctive styles or categories of human personality are identified and illustrated through case examples. Of special note is Kellerman s commentary on the role of emotions, such as anger, are an organizing principle for personality development and maintenance. Enhanced with an extensive glossary, Personality: How It Forms is especially recommended for non-specialist general readers with an interest in personality development." --Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch August 2012
About the Author
Henry Kellerman, Ph.D., psychologist/psychoanalyst, is the author and editor of more than 20 books. He has held professorial and clinical staff positions at several universities and hospitals, and was the director of the Columbia University Press book series―Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives. His psychology book for the reading public, titled The 4 Steps to Peace of Mind: The Simple Effective Way to Cure Our Emotional Symptoms, is the first of its kind to present a blueprint that a person can follow to cure their own emotional symptom. Dr. Kellerman is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis of The American Board of Professional Psychology. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in New York City.
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At the same time of the AMHF celebration, renowned psychologist Henry Kellerman, Ph.D., launched his 13th book entitled "Personality How it Forms" published by AMHF, New York.
I first learned about this author on the radio listening to NPR /WAMU's the Diane Rehm Show.
When I heard him speak about the importance of learning how to cope with anger "understanding that anger is a negative trait that is almost always deeply repressed," I ordered the book on Amazon and I have been quoting important excerpts of his book on this blog.
Anger has been an important feeling that I had always wondered about especially happening within my most intimate family and friends.
Dr. Kellerman asked a preeminent open question with various possibilities for our own reflection:
"Are you born genetically that way or did your personality just merely happened on its own–perhaps bit by bit as you got older and maybe in a kind of random fashion? Or, do you think your personality is written in the stars based upon your birth date [natal chart]? Or, are you reincarnated, and thus your personality only formed throughout your childhood because of your experiences as you matured?," Kellerman writes on his book.
We can recognize self-defeating personality habits and styles in others. We can also sometimes recognize them in ourselves.
Dr. Kellerman says that although our personalities are set early in life, we can change as adults, but only if we understand how behavior patterns are formed.
Our individual personalities are, he says, directly related to how each of us learns to cope with anger -- anger that is almost always deeply repressed.
And why do you think is it deeply repressed?
Well, go and buy Kellerman's book and understand why.
I was fascinated to learn how wishes gets us in trouble, the personality and profile of anger, the wiring of personality, anxiety, impulses and control.
In the second part of his book, I was thrilled to discover his list of basic personality styles that he divided in four groups: the emotion-controlled style (Obsessive-compulsive, paranoid, schizoid); the emotion-dyscontrolled style (Histrionic/hysterical, narcissistic, pyschopatic/antisocial); the emotion-attached style (Dependent, passive-aggressive, inadequate); and the emotion-detached style (Borderline, depressed, avoidant).
Moreover, I learned which aspects of those styles are present within myself and by such deep understanding I was determined to put an end to whatever instances were doing me bad.
As spiritual master Sri Prem Baba says "Identifying the negative aspects of the personality is like opening up a window to brighten a dark room. When you open it, the darkness disappears, but you see that the room is dirty. The light comes in to illuminate your perception, but it’s not enough to remove all of the impurities. If the floor is very dirty, then it might have to be cleaned several times. You keep cleaning until it is very clean. The same thing happens with the heart."
Learn more on http://thespiritualjournalist.blogspot.com