Discovering Your Personality Type: The Essential Introduction to the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
This is the most fascinating thing I’ve read in awhile on personality types.
The enneagram (pronounced, “any-a-gram”) ‘can be thought of as a treasure map that indicates where the secret riches of the innermost self can be discovered.’ There are nine types. We all have nine types within us, but one dominant is said to exist. Knowing this can be valuable, as it can help facilitate personal growth by being aware of what is most centrally driving your ego agendas in any present moment.
Inside the book, there’s a test to determine your dominant type.
Note: Buying the book would be more conducive to taking the test instead of checking it out from the library, as I did. The test is over 30 pages long and I xerox’d each one.
- What kind/type of person you are at your best, worst, and in-between.
- What differentiates you from other types and makes you stand out.
- What your hidden side is like.
- How you are in relationships.
- What your passion is.
The book also explains the different dynamics and variations of your personality; like how you react under stress, security and integration. Then there’s ‘Instincts’; your type in self-preservation, sexual and social modes.
I took the test, enjoyed the process, and was just wowed reading the results. I found myself nodding in agreement a lot.
I also got these two from the library, as I’m currently looking for work.
What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters & Career-Changers by, Richard N. Bolles.
This is an old book that is revised annually (I think there’s a 2015 version available now on Amazon). It’s supposedly a good one for job-hunters and people looking to change careers.
I’m about halfway through it and, so far so good. In the first few chapters there’s an emphasis on how the job-hunt has changed dramatically since 2008, with tips on resumes, interviewing and looking for work. Chapter 7 has some really bright ideas and exercises to help you think carefully about who you are as a person, in order to determine your dream job/career. Perfect.
Job-hunting sucks, but somehow, this book makes the start feel a little exciting.
What Color is Your Parachute? Guild to Job-Hunting Online by, Mark Emery Bolles and Richard Nelson Bolles.
This book is old (2011?) but, I thought ‘why not?‘ It may contain some nugget of knowledge. Plus, it’s nice to have a solid book on a subject sometimes, instead of combing through the sea of online articles and sources.
What are you reading now?