Personality Adaptations Audio


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Personality Adaptations Audio

With Vann Joines, Ph.D. 

This personality adaptations video offers an overview of the theory. Personality adaptations is a different theory of personality. You can tell, directly from the words and labels that each adaptive style offers a range. The descriptive range includes both key assets and key drawbacks. No matter what your particular personality adaptation profile, at every moment you have a range of options to choose from. The six adaptive styles are:

  • Creative-Daydreamer, originally called Schizoid
  • Charming-Manipulator, originally called Antisocial
  • Brilliant-Skeptic, originally called Paranoid
  • Playful-Resistor, originally called Passive-Aggressive
  • Responsible-Workaholic, originally called Obsessive-Compulsive
  • Enthusiastic-Overreactor, originally called Histrionic

You will learn: 

  • List the six core personality adaptations
  • Describe how the adaptations develop
  • List the therapeutic doors for each adaptation
  • Explain the difference between the surviving and performing adaptations
  • List the primary drivers for each adaptation

Continuing education credit is not offered with this video. 


Dr. Vann Joines has more than 40 years of clinical experience.  lectured and taught workshops throughout the United States including Hawaii, in Canada, Mexico, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil, Aruba, Japan, Korea, Thailand, England, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, the Check Republic, and Russia. He has been the Keynote Speaker at conferences of the Transactional Analysis Association of Japan, Brazil, and the International Transactional Analysis Association. He has been featured on videotapes by both the Transactional Analysis Association of Japan and the International Transactional Analysis Association.

Clinical Psychologist; President and Director, Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy; International Psychotherapy Trainer, Supervisor, and Consultant; Certified Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and 1994 Winner of the Eric Berne Memorial Award, International Transactional Analysis Association; Diplomate, Redecision Therapy Association: Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Licensed Psychologist, State of North Carolina; Certified Group Psychotherapist with the National Registry of Group Psychotherapists; Certified EDxTM Practitioner; Certified Practitioner and Teacher in Advanced Integrative Therapy; Member, North Carolina Psychological Association and American Psychological Association; Life Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association; and Member, Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychotherapy. Co-Author, TA Today: A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis (Lifespace Publishing, 1987, 2nd Edition, 2012), Personality Adaptations: A New Guide to Human Understanding in Psychotherapy and Counseling (Lifespace Publishing, 2002). Author, Joines Personality Adaptation Questionnaire and the JPAQ Administration, Scoring, and Interpretative Kit (Southeast Institute, 2002).

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