The more things change the more they are the same: the Ansir classification

When you ask two random people who have looked at a sports match what they thought about the game; they will give you partly different accounts. Different writers have different styles; and its not a question of 'which one is better' but more of personal taste. I like Oldham's succinct style; the ratio essential information/number of pages is very good. However 'feeling' based people might find Oldham, DSM and my reviews sometimes look a bit clinical and detached. Since 1998 there is also a more 'sugar coated' version of the 14 Oldham/DSM types which also has some interesting observations on the types not mentioned in Oldham. The writing style is very positive and empathic with the 'core' feedback carefully wrapped in fluffy and pleasing poetic sentences. When you want things about you told in a very considerate way; go to the Ansir site . When you are ready for the confrontation and look into the mirror cold blooded; go to Oldham (Link for an Oldham test). I advise reading both texts; they are complementary; both contain good stuff for your personal development. Remeber however that there is one dominant style and there are at least two supporting character styles which are also very important for you.

I don't try to make a match with the MBTI-system; which is an 'outside' describing system; and not directly related to underlying basic emotional inclinations. Only Claudio Naranjo's version of the Enneagram is clinically sound and meets my standards of professional psychological profiling.

I'll provide you with the 'secret' translation table 'by approximation'. Don't tell anybody else about it…….

 

DSMIII-R/IV

(designed by Theodore Millon; describing people who are extreme in their character style)

Oldham's DSM-version adapted for people with normal behavior

Ansir's classification

Don Riso.s enneatypes

Obsessive-Compulsive personality

Conscientious Style

Diligent

1w2, 1w9

Compensatory Narcissistic personality (not in DSM-Axis II)

Variant of Self-Confident Style

-

3w4

Phallic Narcissistic personality

Self-Confident Style

Visionary

3w2

Dependent personality

Devoted Style

Kinsman

6w7

Borderline personality

Mercurial Style

Eccentric

7w6

Paranoid personality

Vigilant Style

Sentinel

6w5, 8w9

Passive-Agressive personality

Leisurely Style

Philosopher

9w8

Anti-Social personality

Adventurous Style

Extremist

7w8

Schizoid personality

Solitary Style

Sage

5w6

Schizotypical personality

Idiosyncratic Style

Evokateur

5w4

Hysterical personality

Dramatic Style

Healer

2w3, 4w3

Avoidant personality

Sensitive Style

Scintilator

4w5

Masochistic/Self -defeating personality

Self-Sacrificing Style

Empath

2w1

Sadistic personality

Agressive Style

Realist

8w7

Depressive personality

Serious Style

Idealist

9w1