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Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive Paperback – July 2, 2013
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"Whether [readers] are interested in better understanding their psychological profile or in adding a little creative fun to their lives, this book has the answers they are looking for." (Retailing Insight)
“Over thirty years after his field-defining Type Talk, Otto Kroeger—with his new and wonderful coauthor, David Goldstein—has created an accessible and much needed volume on creativity through the lens of psychological type. In this age of grinding demands for creativity and change, Creative You, empowers each of us to understand and fully realize the creativity that each of us is hard wired to have.” (Hile Rutledge, president of OKA)
"Whether you've lost faith in your own creativity or are trying to help others regain theirs, Goldstein and Kroeger provide a wealth of rich examples and practical advice on embracing—and making the most of—one's own creative style." (Jane A. G. Kise, EdD, author of Intentional Leadership and founder of Differentiated Coaching Associates)
"Finally a book that explains the two types of creativity in a well researched and logical manner. Some of us excel in "adaptive" creativity, changing a few features to make something work better. Others exhibit "innovative" creativity, generating the ideas that come out of nowhere. As an artist, writer, and seminar leader I have found that both are needed and understanding one's own strength is crucial to career success and satisfaction." (Shoya Zichy, author of Career Match and Personality Power)
"This well thought out and articulate book cries out for us to re-examine the traditional notion of what it means to be creative. Using the frameworks of type and temperament, the authors challenge us to know ourselves, so that we can recognize and nurture our own kind of creativity. More than a theoretical work, the book is bursting with practical information on not only how to understand our creative nature, but how to implement what excites us the most." (Cynthia Stengel Paris, MBTI master practitioner and president of The People Skills Group)
"I found Creative You both liberating and affirming. This book has enhanced my understanding and appreciation of creative styles, and I intend to use what I have learned to paint, teach, and validate with new confidence and renewed appreciation of creative differences in both process and product. It is no surprise to see David and Otto generate, harvest, and communicate creative ideas. They are gifted, engaging men who have applied creativity to leading accomplished lives. CreativeYou is another generous contribution." (Jean K. Gill, SWA, NWS)
"David Goldstein and Otto Kroeger have performed a valuable service by helping people of all 16 personality types to understand and enhance their creative gifts. Creativity isn't just for one type of personality. Each of us has creative potential, and each personality type has a creative contribution to make. Creative You will help you find your own unique pathway to a more creative life, even if you previously thought of yourself as uncreative." (Shelley Carson, PhD, lecturer in psychology at Harvard University and author of Your Creative Brain)
"Today, your creativity is more valuable than oil or gold. It's one necessity that can’t be outsourced! This timeless, fascinating book shows you how to be more creative, boost your earning power and job security, and make the world a far better place." (Patricia Aburdene, author of Conscious Money)
"With a range of incisive, insightful, and unique metaphors, Creative You will assist experienced practitioners explain type concepts more effectively and help those new to the theory to grasp it more quickly and thoroughly. Goldstein and Kroeger have made a special contribution to the type literature—from cooking to spirituality to pop art, there is something here to stimulate the creativity of all types." (Katherine W Hirsh, DPhil, author of three volumes in the Introduction to Type® Series)
About the Author
David B. Goldstein is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® certified and has done extensive research on the connections between creativity and psychological types. He earned an MBA from The George Washington University and studied art at the Hong Kong Art School. He splits his time between New York City and Falls Church, Virginia.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book helps more clearly define what it MEANS to be introverted/extroverted, thinking/feeling, judging/perceiving, etc. by explaining how we use our energy, where it comes from and what we lead with. For example, do you lead with your head or your heart? Do you draw your energy from a group setting or do you recharge on your own? Once that has been established, the book goes into how these elements work together during the artistic/creative process.
• What parts of my personality contribute to my style of creativity.
• Where I was actually working against myself - trying to be something I am not
• New ways to understand what drives my desire to create
• How to maximize my creativity by drawing on my strengths
• Creative approaches and techniques used by famous creatives sharing my personality type to add to my toolkit.
I was encouraged by the information in this book to look a little deeper into my dominant, auxiliary and inferior expressions for an even richer understanding of how I might be more creative.
I wouldn't recommend trying to guess your MBTI type, however. This book is most useful to those who have taken the test and already know their type (all 4 letters!). There are a number of decent free tests available online and look for one with at least 50 questions or more.Read more ›
Chapter Two helped me determine that I was the ESFP type - the Entertainer (this little discovery made me giddy). Next I went to Part Two: The Sixteen Creative Types to see what this meant for me in terms of creativity. Expecting a tidy little answer I was ready to disagree with, I instead found in-depth information that was amazingly on target. The following excerpt fits me perfectly:
"What SPs create is excitement! And they are vastly different from SJs. For SJs, going to see lions and tigers at the zoo is enough adventure, but SPs are a completely different animal. As Dr. Seuss wrote, 'You see things like these in just any old zoo. They're awfully old-fashioned. I want something new.'"
After leafing through several of the other combinations, I realized a more in-depth read was definitely in order. Not only do did I feel that learning what works for my personality type would be useful; learning what doesn't work for me would be just as useful as well!
The authors wrap this up nicely with some great tips on how to apply the information in all aspects of your life in Part Three: Cultivating Courageous Creativity. Overall, a great book if you're looking for some insight on the creative process and how it applies to you.
The book that Goldstein and Kroeger have produced is easy to read, easy to understand , but quite complete in helping to understand how understanding your personality type can help you bring out the best of your own creative abilities.
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They tell stories about the processes of well-known cultural creatives (Cezanne and Motherwell, for instance, and Jung and Einstein) as well as everyday people working through their own challenges. With these stories, Kroeger and Goldstein lead the reader to nuanced insights, which I found simultaneously intriguing, challenging, and sensible (rather like my thinking type, according to their narrative).
The message: You have great reserves of untapped creative power, and understanding your thinking type is a way to start setting those reserves free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Definitely a good read. Enjoyed learning more about my personality type.Published 10 months ago by coffeecoffee
I wish I had not purchased this book. It's without a doubt the worst book I have ordered, ever. Anyone following this book's premise will spend so much time trying to figure out... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lynne Shephard
I like this book. I'm intrigued by the idea that our personality and cognitive styles effect how we think, create, process. Read morePublished 20 months ago by HeyCher
Excellent book on finding the strengths and minimizing the weaknesses of each personality type. Clear and concise, you will find things applicable to personal goals, employment,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by JP
It really helps to understand yourself and other people.
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I have taken the Meyers Briggs test at least twice and various other ones to try and find out what my personality type is. I never really felt that I got the right results. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Pamela M Roberson
This is the deepest I have ever seen anyone speak on the subjects of personality types. Although one would think it is a book about being creative and artsy I found that every time... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Erod
For most of my life, people tried to make me believe that the way I think, feel, say & do things is wrong or needs 'correction' or 'improvement'. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by A Cooper
David Goldstein’s book, “Creative You,” is a must-read. I was delighted and honored to have David appear as a guest on my global VoiceAmerica. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Deborah Jane Wells