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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
Paperback, 415 pages
Published October 27th 1998 by Shambhala (first published January 1st 1998)
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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. ...more
Sarah V
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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. ...more
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Best, most thorough, most illuminating read about the 16 Jungian Meyers-Briggs types.
A primer for MBTI - the sixteen basic patterns for approaching the world:
Sensation and Intuition for direct experience (where the form focuses on what's right in front of us and the latter sees other possibilities in our imagination), Thinking and Feeling for organising experience rationally (the former by analyzing impersonally and the latter to evaluate personally), Introverted meaning involving the person we are inside and Extraverted involving our relationship to others.

Some of my favourite
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much better than a lot of the MBTI books I have read; I'm not sure I agree with the 8 functional use stacking per type or the technical jargon, but she does a nice job outlining the basic thought processes and defense mechanisms for the 16 types. I also have to admit, this is the first time I have ever wrapped my head fully around Se (Extroverted Sensing) but I still don't 'get' Ti (and that's not her fault). My only issue is the test. I got the wrong type, as usual -- I just don't think there a ...more
Haniko Tio
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Enjoyable ride at the beginning but too much theory especially for someone that are not in psychology study. Very comprehensive though is those book that you will someday open up again to find reference even though you did not enjoyed it
Ferruccio Fiordispini
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
For those who love classifying people according to Jungian theory.
This is a book that describes the very well-known MBTI method.
It makes its job, but it is also quite heavy and results a boring experience. Probably this is due to the fact that this book is set up as a descriptive synopsis of individual psychological types, based on the combination of the many letters of the alphabet that explain the individual cognitive-behavioral dimensions .
The problem, however, is that the method itself, bein
Andrew Fuentes
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one is dense, but it's probably the most thorough and helpful book you'll find on MBTI. It is by far the most detailed in explaining what the functions are and are not. It's also helpful for personal development as Thomson delineates what each type is like at its best and worst.

I wouldn't recommend this as a first read for those just beginning to explore MBTI. Leona Haas' Building Blocks of Personality Type is a better primer. Thomson's guide is for the MBTI devotee who wants to delve deep
Amr Abughazala
I was surprised to find that some definition I say about specific people is exactly used in the book. The book is pretty good yet it is not so basic specially when you read about each category on a separate and definitions would seems a like. You would need a pen and paper sometimes to track the differences.

I read it and live in my domain of thinking of people while reading trying to match what is in my mind of pattern to the definition specified per type. I am actually enjoying the book.
Sep 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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).
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
One of the best MBTI books on the market, and the one to get if you want in-depth function descriptions and examples. Pop culture references are a bit dated.
Nov 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm an INFJ. What are you? ...more
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