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Personality Type

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The type test inside will tell you about the choices you've made and the direction you're taking—according to C. G. Jung's theory of psychological types.

For Jung, knowing your type was essential to understanding yourself: a way to measure personal growth and change. But his ideas have been applied largely in the areas of career and marital counseling, so type has come to
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Paperback, 415 pages
Published October 27th 1998 by Shambhala (first published January 1st 1998)
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Andrew Fuentes
The best resource for information on MBTI. As you should know, the test in the front is no substitute for a real evaluation and is only meant to be a precursor to get the ball rolling on your type if you happen to be new to the topic.

Thomson explains in detail the science behind the topic, which is greatly appreciated. She does not stray into pop culture's take on MBTI and thus avoids pigeonholing people in the process. Society seems to have taken MBTI too far and turned it into another social
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Kristina
I've read quite a few books on typology lately, and this one is my favorite thus far. They all have something to offer, but this one is particularly great for someone who wants to know more about typology than just how to find a companion or job. It delves into the science of typology and why we prefer certain functions. It also clears up a lot of the misinformation on brain hemispheres. I recommend this if you are at all interested in the why's behind typology.
Jack
This one came as a recommendation and I'm glad I read it. I didn't realize the Myer-Briggs personality typing isn't just some pop psychology, but is actually grounded in much of Jung's work. It was a solid read, if perhaps a bit long, but Ms. Thompson does a nice job of providing clear, socially relevant examples of each type. Plus, she's a fairly engaging non-fiction writer.
Recollectedstephanie
Best, most thorough, most illuminating read about the 16 Jungian Meyers-Briggs types.
Kelly
Lucid and thorough. Provides clear descriptions of the four functions in both attitudes and, even better, relates them to Western society (and pop media examples).
Janet
An excellent book if you ever took the MBTI personality assessment and want to know what all those letters really stand for. Thomson looks at each personality type and analyzes it in a Jungian approach. Since this is a model and not a science, its accuracy is anyone's guess, but I did find my type analysis (INTJ) accurate and useful.
Sarah V
I have read most MBTI personality books and this one is by far the best. It's a bit uneven in its coverage of the material, but Lenore has a knack for combining the technical and the anecdotal (her extensive use of pop culture references is particularly amusing). Overall an approachable guide to Jungian functional theory.
Nora
This book contains a more sophisticated analysis of Jungian personality types and the dynamics of how the different elements interact. As a bonus, it is illustrated with witty cartoons! Kidding aside, a very good book if you want to know more than just what the four letters stand for.
Elliedakota
The N/S categories don't score out right - the questions are misleading and don't take into account outside factors (ex: food allergies) - the statements are too specific. Not much new info in this book, not much I didn't already know from other books.
Levi
I didn't finish this book, but it's a great way to learn more about the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment and how it affects every day communication between everyone. I intend to read it all the way through at some point.
Sarah
I'm an INFJ. What are you?
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“For one thing, our society is relentlessly external. When we feel frustrated or dissatisfied, our first impulse is to blame our job, partner, or environment for our lack of interest. We’re encouraged at every turn to solve the problem by embarking on a new career, finding a more exciting love life, or starting a hobby. Usually, however, a feeling of restlessness or dissatisfaction occurs not because our outer situation has lost its appeal but because our unexpressed potential has no other way to get our attention. If anything, our unlived possibilities claim our attention most insistently when we’ve built an outer life strong enough to withstand their realization. The theory of psychological types offers a kind of vocabulary for recognizing and talking about the different ways this sort of thing happens to people. It tells us how our personalities take shape, depending on the gifts and strengths we put into play, and what kinds of inner possibilities may be trying to get our attention.” 1 likes
“One of the reasons for learning about type is to recognize that we are constantly motivated, simply by the way we’ve established our neural networks, to shape reality along particular functional lines. Another is to recognize the possibilities for growth and change that exist within—and apart from—the framework we have created for ourselves. Even small changes in our usual way of doing things can make big differences in the way our brain is operating. We develop the ability to think in new ways, and this stimulates creative change in all areas of our lives.” 1 likes
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