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PERSONALITY THEORY SELF COMPASS®
 

The Compass Model of personality theory developed by Psychologist Dan Montgomery offers some unique features that will be highlighted after a brief look at contributions made by other personality theories over the past one-hundred years.

Psychoanalytic theory brought to personality theory the notion of the unconscious as a credible dimension of personality that accounts for many people remaining in the dark about their motivations and behaviors.

Jungian personality theory taught that everyone’s personality has masculine and feminine components, and that the structure of the psyche draws upon the universal archetypes or common themes of the entire human race.

Humanistic personality theory suggested that human nature has positive tendencies toward self-development and self-actualization.

Existential personality theory highlighted that each person, regardless of culture, religion, or family origin is personally responsible for the self that they become.

Behavioral personality theory found that environmental pressures and reinforcements play a larger part in shaping one’s learning and behavior than previously understood.

Cognitive personality theory has emphasized that the thoughts one most frequently thinks become key determinants of one’s attitudes and behaviors.

COMPASS PERSONALITY THEORY
  A more recent development in personality theory is Dan and Kate Montgomery’s Compass Model. Anchored in a Christian perspective in which the ontology of persons and relationships are rooted in the Trinitarian God, the Compass Model of personality theory places personality dysfunction within the larger framework of spiritual and psychological health.

In this way Compass personality theory accounts for what goes wrong within the personality (often called personality disorders, inner conflicts, or psychopathology) while at the same time showing how to develop a balanced personality and healthy relationships. In the Montgomery personality theory, the Self Compass® offers concrete hope for those trapped in personality disorders, and shows how any individual can become more Christlike.

Compass personality theory is interpersonal in focus, holding that one can best understand personality in the context of how a person relates to others, rather than examining isolated drives or symptoms. Personality is seen as a complex set of behavioral processes that endure across time: a patterned set of interpersonal situations that typify a person’s life.

  The consensus of interpersonal theory research agrees that people’s recurrent styles of intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics possess two basic dimensions: affiliation and power. The affiliation dimension exists along a continuum from friendliness to hostility, from love to anger. We call this the love/assertion polarity. Love implies caring, nurturance, and forgiveness. The opposite of intrapsychic and interpersonal love is assertion, which means expressing, confronting, and challenging.

The power dimension exists along a continuum from control to being controlled, from dominance to submission. Employing terms selected from common usage, we call this the strength/weakness polarity. Strength implies power, dominance, and control. The opposite of intrapsychic and interpersonal strength is weakness, which means vulnerability, submission, and uncertainty.

The Compass personality theory locates these two complementary polar axes that are designated as the Love/Assertion and Strength/Weakness polarities within a circle representing the self. The circle stands for the singular and ineffable expression of every person. Combined, they form the Self Compass that houses the LAWS of personality and relationships.

  Patterns of personality are universal in their predictive power about how a person will tend to think, feel, and behave—regardless of that person’s ethnicity or socioeconomic status. A primary feature of the Compass personality theory is the melding of user-friendly descriptors with scientifically accurate nomenclature. Thus, the eight most common personality patterns are termed: Dependent Pleaser; Histrionic Storyteller; Paranoid Arguer; Antisocial Rule-breaker; Avoidant Worrier; Schizoid Loner; Narcissistic Boaster; and the Compulsive Controller. Note how each pattern represents being stuck on a particular compass point.

What makes these patterns antithetical to human growth is the insidious way in which they usurp human freedom with rigid templates of predetermined perspectives. Only by becoming aware of the manner in which a particular pattern constricts one’s personality can a person choose a more flexible use of the Self Compass in place of a rigid pattern.

In Compass personality theory, the healthy transformation of personality involves exchanging these rigid and predictable patterns for a flexible and creative self that is meaningfully connected to God and people.

MONTGOMERY BOOKS APPLYING PERSONALITY THEORY
  The two books that apply the Compass Model of personality theory to one's life and relationships may be ordered from Amazon.com by clicking these titles:

COMPASS PSYCHOTHEOLOGY: WHERE PSYCHOLOGY & THEOLOGY REALLY MEET, by Dan Montgomery and Kate Montgomery

“Compass Psychotheology offers a fascinating and creative perspective on how psychology and theology are necessary partners in understanding human nature, its vulnerabilities and the possibilities for transformation. One of the gems in the Montgomerys’ work is a systematic analysis of personality patterns. Attention is paid to the pattern’s interior, its origins, cognitive self-talk, emotional dynamics, and impact on others, as well as its way of relating to God.”

— Lallene J. Rector, Ph.D., Psychology of Religion Professor, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University

THE SELF COMPASS: CHARTING YOUR PERSONALITY IN CHRIST, by Dan Montgomery and Kate Montgomery

“Dan Montgomery’s Christian personality theory is innovative and biblically sound.”

— Gordon D. Fee, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies, Regent College

COMPLETE COMPASS SERIES
  The seven books in the Compass series, including a Christian fiction novel, can be ordered in print or download versions by clicking here: COMPASS SERIES.

KEYWORDS
  compass model, dan montgomery, self compass, Jungian personality theory, humanistic personality theory, cognitive personality theory, compass personality theory, personality disorders, christlike, LAWS of personality




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