Reviews


In their ground-breaking work, Oldham and Morris demonstrate the individual differences in personality according to which practically every personality type can be construed in positive terms such as the Devoted Style, Idiosyncratic Style, Mercurial Style, and Leisurely Style. They also show that the hypertrophy of these personality types can lead to handicaps in interpersonal relations and self-fulfillment. In other words, the types all have intrinsic value if not viewed as precursors of personality disorders.

Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
President Emeritus, The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Developer of the Beck Depression Inventory and the Beck Anxiety Inventory
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The New Personality Self-Portrait is a useful tool for identifying personality styles or traits. I took the self-assessment and I was amazed at the accuracy of identifying many of my personality traits. I have since suggested it to my leadership team and other colleagues.

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H.

Dean, School of Medicine
CEO, Clinical Affairs
University of California, Riverside

The personality self-assessment system developed by Oldham, Morris and Madan provides an easy-to-use way to get a self-portrait which is informative and for some, transformative. It is based on years of ground-breaking scientific study and can help in figuring out personality styles and ways to improve interpersonal relations.

Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
Director, PsychOncology Program, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Secretary for Scientific Publications, World Psychiatric Association
Ann Arbor, Michigan

You cannot read this book without attaining a deeper and clearer understanding of yourself and of the people you care about.

Herbert Pardes, M.D.

Executive Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, and Former President and CEO,
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, New York

One of the leading figures in developing our modern understanding of personality disorders has turned his attention to the universal personality styles that shape our lives. The New Personality Self-Portrait makes the best thinking of modern psychiatry available to a wide audience.

Robert Michels, M.D.

Walsh McDermott University Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Dean and Provost for Medical Affairs
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

The NPSP is a very accessible, easy to use instrument, which many who are interested in learning more about themselves will find very engaging. The resulting report is information-rich and thought-provoking. The examples of stressors and challenges for each type are very helpful, along with other observations on strengths and tendencies. A great tool for enhancing self-understanding!

Donna S. Bender, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

Eminently readable, The New Personality Self-Portrait tracks the range from personality style to personality disorder and offers well-aimed tips on dealing with each personality type.

Kenneth Z. Altshuler, M.D.

Stanton Sharp Distinguished Chair in Psychiatry
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Brilliantly transforms a wealth of scientific information into an exciting and easy-to-follow format. The New Personality Self-Portrait is the best first step that I know to transform your personality style from a liability into an asset.

Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.

Distinguished Emeritus Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

This book is a most welcome departure from the superficiality of much of modern pop-psychology literature. The descriptions are clear, and the advice is solid, practical, and nonpatronizing. Highly recommended.

Stanley Turecki, M.D.

Author of The Difficult Child and Normal Children Have Difficulties, Too
New York, New York

As entertaining as it is well informed and useful. Anyone who reads this book and answers the questionnaire will be fascinated by the complexity of his or her personality.

Ethel S. Person, M.D.

Author of Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters
Former Director, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
New York, New York

 

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