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Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types

Please Understand Me Character and Temperament Types Professor Keirsey is a long time clinical psychologist of the gestalt field systems school After years of treating hundreds of teaching parenting marriage and management problems Dr Keirsey now

  • Title: Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types
  • Author: David Keirsey Marilyn Bates
  • ISBN: 9780960695409
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • Professor Keirsey is a long time clinical psychologist of the gestalt field systems school After 30 years of treating hundreds of teaching, parenting, marriage, and management problems, Dr Keirsey now challenges the reader to Abandon the Pygmalion Project , that endless and fruitless attempt to change the Other into a carbon copy of Oneself.

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    1. I have been using the 16 types as an analytical social tool for over a decade, as taught by my Jungian-influenced father. The authors here do credit Jung at moments, but they tend to ignore, underestimate, or occasionally outright reject many Jungian principles in favour of other theories. These newer theories and analyses nearly always felt wrong to me, and didn't fit with my empirical understanding of those around me. For those who care, I'm an ENTJ (close to P).Written in the late 70s, the te [...]

    2. The follow-up, Please Understand Me II, is the big seller, but this one is almost the same thing. I first read it in high school and still think in terms of extra/introvert, sensing/intuiting, thinking/feeling, scheduling/perceiving. My particular temperament (INFJ) is one of those who is naturally interested in this stuff, so there's only so much I can say. But it is PROFOUNDLY SATISFYING (especially after a rough time) to look up your own profile and that of others around you and figure out wh [...]

    3. I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!*****"INFJs can intuit good and evil in others, although they seldom can tell how they came to know. Subsequent events tend to bear them out, however.""[INFJs:] are masters of the metaphor, and both their verbal and written communications tend to be elegant and complex."

    4. Favourite of 2018 so far. I especially enjoyed the "Temperament in Children" and "Temperament in Leading" sections which covered the learning, teaching, and managerial styles of the various temperaments. I found it helpful that the temperaments were grouped in 4 categories: SP, SJ, NT, and NF--that really stuck with me, whereas dominant vs. auxiliary functions never did. If you have an interest in MBTI, give this a gander.

    5. Cognitive Function Theory > Keirsey Temperament Types. I doubt his sorter will help many people find their real types, nor will it give them much in the way of new understanding of themselves and others if they do. It is far easier to fall into stereotyping with Keirsey's schema, and his profiles are particularly unflattering to SJs. Contrary to popular belief, SJs can be creative, fun, even progressive. The cognitive function approach to personality allows for greater flexibility and complex [...]

    6. Being a typical INFJ, I strive to do my best at all times, learn as much as I possibly can about everything, and try to make a real difference in the world. Also, I am the rarest personality type, with only 1% of the population sharing this exact same type. Being incredibly creative with a rich and mystical inner life, we have trouble connecting with people on a personal level, and even figuring ourselves out. Being private people, we are sociable and talkative, but very rarely express our true [...]

    7. I first read it in the late 80s, and it has remained one of the most influential books in my life. I've found very few areas of life where it does not apply. It has been most helpful & interesting in interpersonal relationships, professional situations, & understanding a lot of religious & political differences & phenomena among individuals who otherwise share families, cultures, geographic spaces, goals, or interests. It's fascinating. I never tire of discussing it, although I'v [...]

    8. This book is wonderful! Take the quiz at the front of the book at find out which "type" you are. I'm an INFJ. I have a bad habit of labeling people based on this book I should probably stop doing that, but it is helpful when trying to understand someone who isn't like you. The book has also helped me recognize some of my own strengths and weaknesses.

    9. Personality is one dimension of psychology that is both interesting and practical. In the classic book “Please Understand Me” by Keirsey and Bates, there is support for the research conducted by Myers-Briggs. One immediate gain you will get is a self-test (non-computerized) that is easy to grade. Once your ‘type’ is identified, you can read about your tendencies and preferences.This book is recommended for:• Improving family relationships • Getting along better with the opposite sex [...]

    10. Another thing about "types" of intellects. I just finished reading a book called Please Understand Me by David Keirsey. It is about the 16 temperament types. Some of what you are describing sounds like the characteristics of a certain temperament, the sensorial judicial --"When you combine the practical, realistic, fairly cautious aspect of S (sensation) with the determined, closure-seeking aspect of J (judgment), you have a traditionalist, an SJ temperament. The SJ is driven, above all, by her [...]

    11. One thing I really appreciate about this book is how positive it is. It's not about pathologizing people or making them feel that their way of being in the world is somehow inadequate. No, this book celebrates our personality differences and how we all contribute something unique to our families, workplaces, and society.I've taken the Myers-Briggs at least 3 times over the course of my life (all in school situations), and my type has remained firmly fixed. It's a bit spooky how well the descript [...]

    12. This is my go-to book on how to learn and cope with all kinds of people. Very helpful for educators, parents, and people who just don't GET various personality aspects of others. I have read it at least 2.5 times and have several copies. I have taught a course on personality types at work and have used the testing matrix in the front of the book to have course participants gain a better understanding of who they are. One of the best NF books I've ever read!

    13. Very interesting and insightful. It relies on the Myers-Briggs typing. It will help me to understand others. I am INTJ. I have always known that I am an introvert, but I wasn't aware of the NTJ part. The book goes into a lot of detail such as mating and temperaments, children in temperament, and temperament in leading. I would recommend this book for people wanting to understand why people behave as they do.

    14. For anyone who is familiar with the Myers-Briggs tests this book helps to become more self-aware and to understand people around you. After you answer the questions and count your scores there are Four main Temperaments based on Ancient Greek Mythology and 16th Types that based on four pairs of Preferences. You read your description and the end result is amazing.

    15. This is my go to book whenever I have difficulty understanding peoples differences. Myself being an INFP. It delves into how we can work together and see where our weaknesses are as well as are strengths.I have seen people turn their lives around once they seen that their is nothing "wrong" with themselves , their just different (variety is the spice of life).

    16. ENFJ here to say that this book is extraordinary. It's like someone read my deepest most personal unexplainable thoughts and was able to put them into words. I know am able to understand how I get myself into these awful situations (not that I'm going to be able to change it) and why I never like to be alone. I am actually a 100% extrovert and I have to say this book is all around fantastic.

    17. A wonderful book on understanding and accepting people. He helps explain what makes different personalities tick, and does so in a clear, common sense way.

    18. HA! I can't believe that I have never added this to my list. I read it around 1990, and it became such a part of me that I think I stopped thinking of it as a book! This book changed how I thought of myself and others. It has probably helped me with self-acceptance more than any other book simply because it gave me a ways to talk about how I never seemed to fit with my parents. It came to my rescue again when I was struggling with depression in 2015, reminding me of why my ENFP personality is c [...]

    19. This is the book that saved my sanity as a kid. Unwittingly. In fact, I had no idea of its role in my life until much, much later. But that didn't make it any less impactful. My mother is a people person. I'm not. As a kid, I was just as happy staying home on weekends to read my books as I was playing outside with my best friends. But apparently my inclinations towards isolation and bookwormishness was an utterly foreign entity to my mother. She was afraid something was wrong with me. Maybe I wa [...]

    20. Learned SO much about the differences in temperaments -- it gives me a whole new language to communicate with regarding MBTI. I enjoyed learning about the temperaments in leading and in childhood, a great juxtaposition of how the temperaments display themselves throughout life. If you're interested in using MBTI as a foundational language to understand those you lead, parent, or work with, I highly recommend this book.

    21. I admit, I've read this book more often than a person should ever read a book. I have to say, it was really a lifeline when I was younger; my personality was very confusing to me (and everyone else) and it was really amazing to have a little sense made of it. This book just has to be taken with a grain of salt. No one perfectly fits every description in this book it is simply a springboard to understanding who you are and understanding those around you.

    22. Very much like the Myers-Briggs and the Enneagram testing and profiles.I answered the questions, added up my numbers, looked up my type and was of course stunned at how accurate the results are - once again confirming who I am in the world. I read the whole book and found myself guessing at which of my friends and associates were which combination of types. The teaching and learning sections were really interesting. I'm an INFP by the way.

    23. First read 36 years ago. Was mind bending then. I found it in my mother's small book collection. Typed myself and was fascinated with self discovery ever since. Found my new spouse were exact opposites! Typed all family members with questionnaire, others I met, on airplanes, etc, by questions I came up with, and used to hire employees. Successfully to form dynamic top producing teams. Go back to it occasionally and always get new insights. Jung is the man!

    24. A dear friend reintroduced this to me years after I first heard of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. Once my interest had been re-piqued, I took the quiz and read the book in one weekend. Introvert or Extrovert? Ruled by iNtuition or Senses? A Thinker or a Feeler? Judger or Perceiver? As an ENFJ, nothing is more gratifying than self discovery. Maybe that's why I love LOVED this book.

    25. XNTJ - what's your sign?Fun book, one I initially read in a corporate team building class. Another thing, woman love this stuff. If a woman has taken thistest, you've got a great conversation starter, you don't have tohope she's a Leo, and it may neverend. For some reason they are fascinated with the categorizationof people.

    26. I think this is a great book in trying to understand where others are coming from. To understand WHY we have hard times communicating with some people and not others and how we can adjust to their styles. Highly recommend

    27. I recall that the first time I took an MBTI exam was during in high school, where each of the personalities were divided into different fruits. Even at a science high school, there were only two of us who were INTPs in the classroom. I believe there were more SJs among us, and also a few NFs. From anecdotal experience, I think Keirsey's percentages were right. Prior to reading this book, I've read that types occasionally change, so I've been taking this test at least twice a year for the past fe [...]

    28. I got this book because a similar book was recomended by Nancy Kress in Dynamic Characters. Published in 1984, this book is all about personality types from the Meyers-Briggs questionaire. It then lists the different types of personality combinations (I think it mentioned there were 16 combinations). Because it's from the 1980s, this book tells rather than shows what characters are like, so when using it in writing, you have to imagine scenes with these characters. If you are a person that is go [...]

    29. People are too complex to fit into a box. I can literally identity with all of the "personalities" at different times of my life. Sometimes I like being around people, sometimes I want space. And I am not the only one. People's personalities are not so simple they can fit into sixteen types. To believe so, really limits us. I use to believe solidly in this book, only to grow older and realize how much I change, even in a single day! I know myself a lot better than I did twenty years ago. And thr [...]

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