Personality Dynamics





 


Turning blind spots into bright spots!

Personality Filter Intro

Why Learn Your Personality Filter Type? 

The first step in personal growth, to getting unstuck, is to honestly self-evaluate yourself and find out where you are stuck and, most importantly, WHY. The best tool that we have found for assisting in this is Personality Filter Types. A Personality Filter, of which there are nine types, can best be described as a deeply ingrained habit of mind.

Through a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors (especially family of origin) we each have come to see the world a certain way and we reinforce this over and over through our own self-talk. We call this the Non-conscious Core Set-up. This began at such a young age and has gone on  for so long that we may not even realize anymore that the way we are seeing things is very likely not the same way others do.  It's like being born with purple lenses over your eyes and not realizing the world is really not purple until someone tells you that, the way they see it, the world is red. You can think of it as a filter through which you process and react to information and it accounts for the "why" behind the "what" that we do.

In describing the Nine Types we talk about behavior and personality traits, but the key concept for you to "get"  is that it is the motivation underlying behavior that is the heart of the matter. By understanding why you do what you do, the power of habitual, non-conscious behavior is diminished. You cannot create change in your life by slapping a new behavior over an old one - you need to let go of the old - but you cannot do that unless you truly understand - and accept - the old. The more you resist what is, what you are and what you do, the more power it has over you. The more you understand the why of behavior, the more compassion you will have both for yourself and for others. For example, if you understand that the bully down the street is simply trying to prevent feeling vulnerable, you are more likely to feel some compassion toward his behavior and, hopefully, take his actions less seriously.

Some people resist typing systems because they don't like being "put in a box". Well, if you have a personality, you are in a box. So you are best served by learning about that box - not to use it as an excuse, not to call in an interior designer to fix it up so you can settle in more comfortably, but rather to cut some doors and windows in your box so you can move out of it from time to time. Your personality is never going to go away, nor would you want it to. The purpose of studying this system is to learn about your habitual, kneejerk reactions to life that don't serve you. Chances are you have a blind spot when it comes to these "automatic" behaviors and don't even know you do them, let alone why. Our goal is to help you improve your self-observational skills and give you some tools to assist you in moving through your life in a receptive way, consciously reacting to events around you instead of coming from a place of non-conscious reaction. If you feel some resistance to being "categorized", just note it, don't resist it - just note it and let go. It may be a clue to your Type. 

It's important to understand that all nine Personality Filter Types have their strengths as well as their weakneses and no type is "better" than another. The value of this system is not only to help you see your problem areas but also to recognize your "higher" qualities and to access them more freely and more often. People often ask if your Type changes during your life. The answer is no. However, you may, if you have done a lot of self-work, feel like quite a different person now than you were when you were younger. You may have moved to the "higher side" of your Type or learned over time to overcome the kneejerk reactions that have plagued you. But if you examine the core issue of your Type you will find that it still plays a role in your life. Speaking of core issues, it is important to note that, more than likely, you will not identify with everything that is said about a Type. But there will be one Type that describes you better on the whole than any of the other 8 Types. In determining your Type, you need to look at your life history - not just how you are now but how you were as a young child and young adult. Because Type is determined by the underlying feelings and motivations, not external behaviors, only you can determine your Type. Behaviors that don't make sense, i.e. overreactions, are often symbolic of the underlying issue and so can be helpful in finding your Personality Filter. Asking someone close to you to (gently) point these out to you can help you find yourself since, sometimes, we have blind spots about our core issues.

The Nine Personality Filters

Click on any name below to read a description of that type.

Type 1  The Reformer

Type 2  The Helper

Type 3  The Performer

Type 4  The Romantic

Type 5  The Observer

Type 6  The Questioner

Type 7  The Enthusiast

Type 8  The Protector

Type 9  The Peacemaker

 Non-Conscious Core Set-up Explanation

Through a combination of genetic predisposition, early childhood experience (particularly the family of origin) and reinforced through self-talk, each Personality Filter Type develops a filter through which s/he views the world - and the events and people in it. We call this a Core Belief because it is at the heart of what is important and motivational to the Type. Whereas the Core Belief may be true, it is not necessarily always true and it certainly is not all that is important in life. It is a perception based on circumstances and a particular way of interpreting them. The Core Belief leads to a Core Concern. For example, one of the Limiting Beliefs (that of Type 8 ) is that "the world is not fair and the powerful take advantage of the weak.” If this is your Core Belief, you have an underlying concern that you will be vulnerable and powerless. So you develop a LifeStrategy to help you deal with this Core Belief and its attendant concern. The Life Strategy is a way of thinking and behaving that helps you manage the way you interpret the world. As a result of the Life Strategy your Attention Goes to and magnifies certain aspects of life, while diminishing others. The Life Strategy has both positive and negative aspects but, either way, it can be viewed as an overcompensation for the Core Belief that has become habitual. The Life Strategy and the resulting Focus of Attention lead to getting stuck in ways specific to Type (Sticking Points). Stuck behavior accounts for a Type’s blind spots (those things others see about us but we don't), blocks (what gets in our way of doing and being what we want) and triggers (those pesky knee-jerk reactions). The whole set-up of Type is held together by a Defense Mechanism. This is the way you defend the structure that has built up around the Core Belief and the fear that it generates. As a result of the Core Set-up an essential quality of life that is necessary for you to live a full and uncompromised life gets blocked. There is also a quality that is strengthened and, if not overused, is a great asset for the Type.

The Core Set-up is not conscious. It began at such a young age and has been going on for so long that it is a kind of self-hypnosis, you could call it a Trance of Type.  The Core Set-up for each of the Types is described in the Nine Types section.

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