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The PCM Personality Structure and the Six Types of Personality (1/7)

This is the first of a seven-part blog post explaining in more details the concept of Personality Structure and Types of Personality according to Process Communication Model, this internationally acclaimed, highly reliable, behaviourally based management and communication model that changed my life :).

According to PCM, individual personality structure is comprised of Six separate and mutually exclusive behaviour (personality) types.

These are:

The metaphor of a condominium (in the USA a name for an apartment building) is often used in teaching PCM, as it helps us to visualise the composition of each unique personality structure.

PCM teaches us that the personality structure presents a clear order of the 6 behaviour types, indicating the relative amount of time a person experiences and demonstrates the behaviours of a given type floor without using a lot of their energy.

These second-by-second behaviours – which are categorised by words, tones, gestures, postures and facial expressions – can be observed and recognised objectively with a high level of reliability. Additionally, test-retest reliability research indicates that once a person’s condominium order is set, that order seldom changes during their lifetime.

If we want to use the Process Communication Model®, we will first need to fill in the Personality Pattern Inventory, a questionnaire which, once processed, will enable us to discover our personality structure.

The Personality Pattern Inventory measures also the amount of energy available to the individual to experience each personality floor or, how “energised” that floor (personality type) is. Correlations for each personality type include: character strengths, management styles, channels of communication, perceptual preferences, environmental choices, and personality traits.

It is very important to know that no one type is better or worse, more or less intelligent, or more or less OK. Each has strengths and weaknesses and each of them has some important characteristics to bring to the table.

Each of us appreciates values like the Persister; has some of the spontaneity of the Rebel; has the compassion and warmth of a Harmoniser; has the ability to be logical as does a Thinker; can enjoy the experience of taking a risk as can a Promoter and has some of the calm that the Imaginer shows.

In PCM we do NOT therefore, speak of types OF people, but types IN people. Furthermore, we all have one, and sometimes two personality that are better energised that the others. And through conscious practice and/or through the situations/relationships we experience, we can further energise our personalities (floors).

The next 6 blog posts will describe each of the six personality types.

Check them here:

Thinker   Persister     Harmoniser   Imaginer   Rebel    Promoter

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