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What Type Am I?: Discover Who You Really Are
by Renee Baron
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used psychological indicator in the world. Millions of people take the test annually. Now a family therapist explains this fascinating system of ideas to the public in a way that is entertaining and easy to absorb. Based on the work of Carl Jung, the MBTI is a system that discusses people's individual preferences on ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Penguin Books
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Aug 01, 2012 Jasmine Teed rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This book really helped me to understand the different types more than any other books or websites I read before. I've been interested in Myers - Briggs types for a while and had done a lot of research, done online tests and even a professional administered one, but after reading this book I finally felt like I really understood what the different modes meant and how to best use my own instinctive ways of reacting, taking in information, relating, organizing myself etc. It's also great for under ...more
Great insight on Jung, Myers, and Keirsey. Specifically geared toward teenagers. Excellent reference to have. Includes what I've seen to be the best and most accurate temperament sorter. Sorter is especially good for people who have not studied psychology and so don't recognize the context of words used in KTS-II or MBTI. At least I've found it to be the most accurate for my friends, family, and colleagues. The descriptions though are definitely geared to teenagers.
Jun 22, 2013 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I got What Type Am I? Discover Who You Really Are by Renee Baron out of the library before I went on vacation and read it at the beach. I love personality theories; they're fascinating to me. Baron's book is an easy-to-access version of David Keirsey's Please Understand Me II, which was based on the classic Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator. Please Understand Me II was my first introduction to personality types when I borrowed it off of my dad's bookshelf when I was in junior high. It is a fascinatin ...more
Dec 23, 2007 Ellen rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens and families and students of pyschology, relationships
This book helped me understand the basics of Myers-Briggs, but I found it somewhat limited. I still have not accounted for why I am Introvert dominant, but often have extrovert tendenies. I plan to read on in this subject area. The author also introduces a little bit of David Keirsey's theories on personality (Please Understand Me, etc.), as well as the more ancient study of the Enneagram, which I knew very little about. Older readers and students of psychology and personality will enjoy the app ...more
This is an interesting, fairly casual introduction to Myers Briggs Personality Types, mixed with Temperaments. I'd never come across the Temperaments approach before, but it doesn't add a whole lot - just categorizes types into four archetypes. The information is geared to families, although it does include some reference to work impact as well. There's also a section at the very end about Enneagrams that just kind of feels thrown in. Again, somewhat useful but not deep enough to really go anywh ...more
This was, like, the dreamiest textbook you'd ever want: easy-to-read, informative enough though not too in-depth, illustrative and straight-forward. The preference tests made it easy and fun to pinpoint specific types for different people in my life (which really appealed to the non-dominant Thinker in me!), and the "suggestions" and comics were useful and amusing. A small criticism would be that I wish it'd had a deeper analysis or perhaps a bit more science without becoming too obtuse. But as ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nicole by: myself
so far ive only read about myself and my boyfriends types but they are either dead on or kinda off. i really like it tho because it gives u tips with how to get along with that type of personality. the pictures are also great and give me a good understanding of things lol. i think i will read the rest of personalitys and try to think of people who are like them. i am ISTJ!
For anyone interested in human nature (why we act the way we act)... and behavior, this is the book for you. Written in layman's terms, you don't need a degree to follow through each section. I use it for reference in my creative writing, but anyone who reads it will walk away with a better understanding of 'what makes us tick'.....
I am a psychotherapist and a certified MBTI practitioner. I often recommend this as one of the first MBTI books to read, because it is concise, easy to understand, and has helpful illustrative cartoons.
Renee Baron, a writer and therapist who uses the Enneagram in her counseling practice, she is the author of The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the Nine Types of People. She lives in Berkeley, CA.More about Renee Baron...