What is the PersonEssence System for Understanding People?

How does the PersonEssence system compare with other, more popular modalities?

The definitive guide to understanding the essence of personality and the personality of essence, the essential map and manual to why humans behave the way they do and how they do it.

There are a great variety of maps to the terrain of human nature, from truly excellent ones to poorly crafted ones designed by people who know little about themselves and others. If you are interested in exploring the landscape of who people are and why they do the things they do, then you will need a top notch, excellent map to keep you from getting lost or confused. Understanding people is always much easier when you have a good tried and true map that points out the major landmarks, obstacles, and clear pathways.

Maps label landmarks clearly so that you don’t get lost. Some people object to labels because they believe they are limiting and self-fulfilling and indeed, this is often a problem. But a vague map without a legend or clearly labeled landmarks is worse than useless. Although labels can be abused as humans, we cannot do without them when we are attempting to differentiate between a river and a forest or a mountain and a canyon on a map. Similarly, in order to understand people better, we need to differentiate between a pragmatist and an idealist, a cautious person and a passionate one, an intellectual and an emotionally centered person, and so on. For example, a cautious person will deliberate long and hard before making a purchase, but a passionate person might decide in a matter of seconds to buy an item. An intellectual person needs time to think about the formula that will provide the solution to a problem, but an emotionally centered person like Einstein often knows the answer before knowing the problem-solving formula. 

Unfortunately, the world of psychology has provided us with rather primitive maps to human nature and the result has been massive confusion. Too often, they are oriented toward identifying dysfunctions only so that a diagnosis can be made. Maps developed by business psychologists have improved our understanding to some degree, but they still suffer from the problem of over-simplicity. To divide everyone between introverts and extroverts just doesn’t tell us enough about the person, nor does dividing the personality into interrogation types and listening types. These simple maps do not do justice to the tremendous varieties of human behavior. People are in reality quite complex and have many layers to their personalities that require a system with more interlocking parts to work with.

Before we can understand how we are all equal, we need to understand how we are different. Once you understand the grand variety that is within the human race, you can learn to accept all people as having something to contribute, and this makes for a more cooperative world. To judge others for being different is to misuse this system.

The map I am about to present you with here is both simple to learn but complex enough to provide hundreds of thousands of variations. You can understand the basics in a single reading, yet the map is complex enough to keep you interested for many years if you choose to master its subtleties. The Personessence System presents the basic model for quick understanding and easy comprehension. To understand the greater scope of the map requires proper training and a course of study.

Many people using the Power Path Personality System have said unequivocally that there is no other map to the human personality that is so accurate nor so comprehensive in its scope and potential.

This map of personality is based on the number seven, a number easy enough to remember. For many years phone numbers had seven digits because it was understood that the average person could easily remember up to seven numbers at once. When clear light shines through a prism, the light breaks into seven colors of the color spectrum. All seven are derived from the same source, however, they have different frequencies. In the same way, humans are cut from the same cloth. They simply have different specialties.

There are seven categories, each with seven choices. They are as follows:

Values: the seven primary ways of perceiving

Roles: the seven primary character types

Goals: the seven primary motivations that lead people to seek certain experiences

Attitudes: the seven primary perspectives

Dragons or Obstacles: the seven primary obstacles or fear patterns

Modes: the seven primary methods or styles of approaching a task

Centers: the seven primary ways of reacting

In addition to these seven layers, there is one additional dimension that adds depth to our already comprehensive map of personality-the nine needs. This is the only category that has nine instead of seven aspects. 

Like the perennial favorite game of clue where you are asked to combine elements in a murder mystery, any one of the seven roles can go with any of the seven attitudes, or seven modes, or seven goals, or seven dragons and so on so the possibilities are practically endless. Yet the different categories are so simple and intuitive that just by reading the different options, you can often see yourself clearly. 

Origins of the PersonEssence System

During the late nineteen sixties and early seventies, the system was accessed by the late Sara Chambers, a public health administrator in Berkely, California, and a student of the teachings of Jorges Gurdjieff. Through countless sessions over several years, she outlined the entire system in great detail. She called the system The Michael Teachings, and it is still known by that name in certain circles. As a student of her work and her friend, I was able to use my knowledge of human personality from western psychological systems to help unpack the information and make it more accessible to the mainstream. I called it The Personessence System to better reflect the core theme of the teachings. This has been a major aspect of my life work.



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