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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Yet another way to approach personality
In addition to more academic psychological personality theory, we have Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, Astrology, Yin-Yang Theory, Ayurveda (in some ways like Sheldon's Somatotype/Constituional Psychology). Another is generational theory, in particular, as presented by Strauss & Howe.
William Strauss (deceased) and Neil Howe collaborated for approximately two decades, including co-authoring several books. I read the interesting and enlightening Generations (1991) a ways back, followed by 13thGen (1993) which examines my generation, more commonly referred to as Gen-X. In more recent years I returned to their work with The Fourth Turning (1997). It should be noted Strauss & Howe also focus on the sociological, historical (American history in particular) and cultural aspects of the generations. And, the material contained within their work is so vast it captures the various generational personality traits, opening the ideas to personal application.
A few resources should you be interested:
Wikipedia overview of Strauss-Howe Generational Theory:
Neil Howe's blog:
The Virginia Beach Public Library holds most of their books. Interestingly, 13thGen lacks mention in the above Wikipedia article and is not available at the Virginia Beach Library. I thought it was quite good and relevant to my generation.