This framework improves upon earlier personality typing systems.
While developing the Kaneros framework, its creator, Chris Charuhas, evaluated earlier personality typing systems. He found each one useful, but also flawed:
The MBTI is important, but imprecise.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI), created in the 1940s, is based on simple either/or dichotomies: extroversion vs. introversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling. Because of this, it’s too simplistic to fully reflect the complexities of human personality. Also, its type designations can be confusing. What sort of person is an ENFP, again? Nonetheless, it’s important in that it introduced personality typing to the modern world.
The Enneagram can work, but requires special talent.
The Enneagram of Personality, first used in the 1950s, is based on a nine-pointed geometric figure popularized by the mystic George Gurdjieff. It delineates nine types of personality in arcane ways, which stems from the fact that it’s an adaptation of a divination tool. In the hands of talented, experienced practitioners, divination tools can be uncannily accurate. Otherwise, they deliver random results, and this is the case with the Enneagram.
The DISC has value, but only in large organizations.
Based on the ideas of an industrial psychologist, the DiSC® behavior assessment tool, created in the 1970s, outlines four types of behavior: Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance. These have been “rebranded” in the current system, but their use remains the same: to determine who is naturally dominant, who is by nature submissive. This makes the DISC useful only within the context of power relationships in large organizations.
The KTS represents an advance, but lacks coherence.
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®, also created in the 1970s, has a conceptual void at its core: it doesn’t explain why different types of people exist. Informed by the ideas of classical thinkers who lived before evolution was recognized, it doesn’t acknowledge the evolutionary forces that spawned our different personality types. While closely linked to the MTBI, the Kiersey system improves upon it in that it’s easier to understand and use.
The Kaneros framework takes a new approach.
The KanerosTM Personality Type Framework is the first typing system to employ an evolutionary perspective. It reflects the fact that our personality types evolved to help our ancestors survive and thrive under prehistoric conditions. Since we humans lived for 99% of our genus’ history under those conditions, the Kaneros framework functions better than earlier systems as a model of human personality.