Main Personality Theories

Main Personality Theories

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How Personality Theorists in the World Have Described the Four Most Common Personality Types (Correlations are approximate)

Know Your True Self® Research Foundation (KYTS Research)
Popular* (Air)
Hippocrates / Galen (Medieval Four Temperaments)
Tim LaHaye / Littaure
Perfect Melancholy Peaceful Phlegmatic Poweful Choleric Popular Sanguine
David W Merrill and Roger H. Reid. Personal Styles & Effective Performance
Analytical Amiable Driver Expressive
Carl G Jung
Thinker Feeler Director Intuitor
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Introvert / Thinker Introvert / Feeler Extrovert / Thinker Extrovert / Feeler
Peter F. Drucker
Thought Man People Man Action Man Front Man
The Stuart Atkins LIFO system
Conserving / Holding Supporting/Giving Controlling/Talking Adapting / Dealing
Copliance Steadiness Dominance Influencing
Robert E. Lefton
Submissive / Hostile Submissive / Warm Dominant / Hostile Dominant / Warm
Bird Symbols
Owl Dove Eagle Peacock
Animal Symbols
Beaver Golden Retriever Lion Otter
Other well-known expressions
Processor / Cognitive / Logistical / Copliance Helper / Interpersonal / Supporter / Submission Boss / Behavioral / Commander / Dominance Impulsive / Affective / Socializer / Inducement

PS :
  • **Excerpts are taken from the participant workshop handout material of ‘Know Your True Self‘ module of the workshop "The Strong ConnectionDeveloping The Art of Connecting with People – especially with your own self".
  • This comprehensive chart above showing the correlation among different prevailing personality theories around the globe. All the theories have their significant and less significant aspects. Few are more widely used whereas some are exclusively used.
  • *Because there are numerous personality theories in circulation throughout the world and many a time it is very confusing and even overwhelming for the practitioner or the knowledge seeker or the common man to know which theory is correct.  But here we have tried to solve that problem by taking our reference from the base of all the personality theories around the world – the ancient theory by Hippocrates, which described the four basic temperaments as Sanguine, Melancholy, Choleric & Phlegmatic.  Actually, all the theories have been derived or some kind of refined version of that basic theory.
  • Also, we want to acknowledge the influence of Florence Littauer whose book 'Personality Plus' has introduced us to this amazingly simple but profound and awesome world of personalities.
  • Our explanation of personality theory at Know Your True Self® Research Foundation (KYTS Research) has tried to keep the interpretation at the simplistic level, which we call as Observatory Identification of Personality Types (OIPT).  We have done our own research over other specialists and experts and try to make the complex world of 'knowing our true selves' comprehensible and understandable to even kids of young age.
We are still on the journey of exploring deeper impacts of "Inherent Behavior Traits"/Temperaments/Inner Personality Traits on various aspects and areas of our lives by making sure that this information, knowledge and insights will definitely help the world to build and nurture strong relationships with our fellow human beings and above all build and nurture strong relationship with our own selves. 


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