Toward Self & Sanity: On the Genetic Origins of the Human Character
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by Anthony M. Benis, Sc.D., M.D. This is a paperback Second Edition of the version published in 1985 by Psychological Dimensions Press, updated to 2008. It is the original version of the NPA personality theory derived from the ideas of Karen Horney. The NPA traits, posited to be of genetic origins, are narcissism, perfectionism and aggression. The text is written in question-and-answer (Q & A) format. Book properties: Oversize paperback (7.4" x 9.7"), 521 pages, 19 figures, 7 tables, 48 plates, glossary, addendum, index. Glossy cover: the front and back covers may be seen [here]. ISBN 978-0-615-26214-7
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Oct 15, 2009"Toward Self and Sanity" Here is a theory which explains both oneself and others. If you don't want to understand the "how" and "why" of life, then this isn't for you. But if you do, here is your chance. Science and philosophy merge in the theory to leave one convinced that this is the road to take for those who want to know more about who we are and who we can be. If you want to see yourself as you appear to others., if you want to change yourself and your relationships, if you want to understand your parents or your children this is for you. If you are a historian and want to really experience historical figures as real people, if you want to really understand and know better someone who has passed away or has otherwise gone from your life, if you want to rethink every person in your past and present as to their impact on you, then this is the theory you'll never forget and whose quthor you will thank for formulating it and sharing it through his... More > writings. Your occupation will benefit greatly from your reading this book because you will be able to assess and know better the people you work with and for. If you are a teacher, you can truly reach each student because you will truly know each student as you have never known them before. If you are a salesman, you will be able to maximize your chances at making a sale by deeply understanding what the customer needs and wants and thinks. If you are a minister, you will use this rather medical take on human nature to add to your theological knowledge for I think you'll see the theory as completely compatible. If you are a health care professional, you'll not only be able to understand the patient as a scientific challenge but as a whole person, and you will even be able to diagnose problems better by using the theory. If you are a parent, you will benefit yourself and your children by "reading their minds" if you can't already, but you will also see which relative each child is more like and therefore be able to predict some of their pitfalls, joys, vulnerabilities and therefore prevent many things as well as augment many things for your children's experiences. Perhaps the parent benefits most of all from reading this book. The NPA Personality theory explains the 9 or so basic types of people as well as explaining what in their bodies makes them as they are. While some readers will have perhaps already formulated their own theory which may be similar to the NPA Theory, they probably haven't understood the mechanism of the types and the genetic implications. And, even if one has intuited much of this theory, one probably hasn't analyzed the implications of personality type on such important life events as choosing an occupation or choosing a mate. Most of us have probably taken a personality test such as Briggs-Meyers or the Enneagram. The NPA personality type, unlike conventional personality categories, is a genetic type. The conventional personality tests assess how one interacts with others and what ones social roles are, but the NPA personality type is simply who your are. Just as one can say, "I am a brown- eyed person," one will be able to say, "I am an N, or an A, or an NA, or an NPA, or an NP, or a PA, or an NPA, or an NA- or an NPA-. If one studies this theory, one will know that it is correct. I hope you'll take that as a promise. But, I'd enjoy hearing any other reviews that did not recognize the ring of reality in every line of the book. It's not surely the final destination in understanding how we inherit our personalities, but it's a solid first map. Speaking of that, check out the "Out of Africa" section to understand how we all are alike and how different. Welcome.< Less
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- A.M. Benis, New York (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- A.M. Benis, New York
- November 21, 2008
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 2.27 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 7.44 wide x 9.68 tall
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