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"...anyone stuck in a mental rut will appreciate Goldstein and Kroeger's eclectic and provocative guidance." (Publishers Weekly)

"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

Otto Kroeger is a bestselling author and expert in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Assessment. He served as president of the Association of Psychological Type International and is a current member of the National Training Laboratory Institute of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Kroeger has coauthored four leading books on personality: Type Talk, Type Talk at Work, 16 Ways to Love Your Lover, and Personality Type and Religious Leadership.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words; Original edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582703655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582703657
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With all the trends trying to put people and creativity into a box or formula, this book is a refreshing reminder of how we are all creative in our own unique ways. It is a great place to begin for those armed with their MBTI type and gives a great grounding for further research into how our individual tendencies contribute to how we solve problems and, more specifically, make our art.

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.

I learned:
• 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.
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The first thing I did when I opened up my copy of Creative You was to scroll through the table of contents to get right down to business. I like to fancy myself as a creative type with a slight obsessive compulsive bent, so if there was even the slightest chance of my having some undiscovered creativity lurking in my DNA somewhere, I needed to find it.

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.
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The four letters of my personality type, INFJ, have always suited me - but what to do with them, especially as it relates to the creative aspects of my life, have always baffled me. This book does a wonderful job explaining the meaning of the individual letters and the combinations from a different perspective. I understood how to use them to relate to other people, but this gives great insight about how to use your strengths to be creative and fulfilled in a world where creativity isn't always appreciated. I highly recommend this book.
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I've known my Myers-Briggs profile for many years. And while many large companies I have worked for tried to make use of these results to help me in executive interactions, it was not until reading Creative You that I found a way that the understanding of my personality type could be used by myself to help fully develop my creative side. How I could use these understandings to improve my creative performance and what pitfalls to watch out for.

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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I doodle book reviews. Yup. Doodle. If you want to watch some doodling and learn why I think Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive is a useful, well-written book, take a peek! Original shown via Artist Think: http://artistthink.com/2015/03/30/book-review-creative-you-by-david-b-goldstein/
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"Creative You" does a thorough job of explaining the subtleties of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, providing a primer for those who haven't taken it, and a refresher for those who have. Yet the book really comes into its own with its exploration of "Courageous Creativity," the authors' prescription for working with (as opposed to against) your type in the pursuit of generativity and self-expression.

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.
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