Our personality is created by a multitude of complex factors to create a way in which we view the world and relate with others. One theory on the dimensions of our personality comes from the 19th-century spiritual philosopher George Gurdjieff. Today’s guest, John Cottone, Ph.D., walks us through Gurdjieff’s personality theory and shows us how we can apply it to ourselves and our relationships. Gurdjieff believed that personality types can be divided into physical, emotional and intellectual categories and that each person would be well-served by following the spiritual path that resonates with her respective personality orientation. We really enjoyed this conversation and hope you do too!

In this episode, we discuss relationship advice topics that include:

  • Learn about the physical, emotional and intellectual personality dimensions
  • How to determine which personality dimension you and your partner align with the most
  • Understanding if some personality dimensions are incompatible?
  • How to work with your partner’s personality
  • Why understanding you and your partner’s personality type can be valuable during these difficult times
  • And much more!

John G. Cottone, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice; a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University; and a researcher with peer-reviewed publications in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. He is also the author of a personal growth book entitled “Who Are You? Essential Questions for Hitchhikers on the Road of Truth.”

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Episode Links

John’s Blog on Psychology Today: The Cube

Article: Personality in 3D

Book: Who Are You? Essential Questions for Hitchhikers on the Road of Truth

Book: The Fourth Way

Book: The 5 Love Languages

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