I'm currently geeking a new typology, the Millon personality styles/disorders, and I thought I'd share it with Typology Central.
There are 15 types, each of which overlap with one or more personality disorders of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Each type ranges from a healthy, mild version (a personality style) to a dysfunctional version (a personality disorder). The types are:
The graduation from style to disorder affords a framework for taking disordered tendencies seriously. For example, one does not need to be a full-blown narcissist with no empathy whatsoever in order to suffer from the consequences of an overblown assumption of personal superiority that prompts one to rest on one's (aggrandized) laurels.
Excellent descriptions of the clinical picture, self-perpetuation processes, therapeutic interventional goals and more of 14 of the types can be found in these two books (7 in each book): 1 2
The typology nicely supplements MBTI. For instance, I know INFJs of the following Millon types: Cooperative/Dependent, Confident/Narcissistic and Pessimistic/Melancholic. Suddenly it makes better sense why one is overly cooperative and acquiescent, yielding and placating everywhere he goes, while another can come across as proud and haughty and yet another tends to play the victim and has been known to solicit sympathy for his vulnerability through passive-aggressive means. (Uh, they're also generally decent peple - this is a negative typology, did I forget to mention that upfront? ) So even though the information about the types available online is sparse, I'm throwing up a poll.