Posted by Rich (220.127.116.11) on July 28, 2003 at 17:00:18:
In Reply to: one style IS paramount (but hard to get at) posted by Jan (18.104.22.168) on July 28, 2003 at 14:09:46:
> Dear Rich,
> Oldham and Millon describe motivations/fears as well. As you have seen, I tend to focus on identifying the main style. Because even when there are 3 style dominant; only one can be paramount. When letting clients discover their life line by using biography-excercise (workbook); the paramount style pops up from the background. I tend to compare it to looking at those 3D pictures by getting your eyes unfocussed. From a confusing mix of shapes suddenly you can see the pattern appear.
> I am a part time teacher at a career councellors college; they use the biography technique together with other techniques like visualisation. For people who really want to discover themselves these things are really good, and have more impact on people than doing tests and talks.
I agree that there is one strong/central style, but the whole point of Millon, Oldham, and even the Enneagram, is that no one style is all controling, that even the central style is nothing like 100% pure ( The Millon quote that you have in your intro! ) I find that the 3 main styles/Riso wing types, seem to give a much better rounded picture of the personality. In my case, the fact that I am am narcissisitc depressive, makes me something very different from the clsssic low energy. Just as you being Idiosyncratic, and having the Conscientious Style makes you much different than a Riso 5W4....
As a historian, Saddam's Aggressive style explains alot of Middle Eastern history, 1970-2003. But, his Leisurely Style, building pleaure palaces for himself, and bankrupting his country also has grave historical consequences! ( The country is falling apart, the economy is a complete shambles, but Saddam's palaces are everywhere.... ) Rich
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