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Dario Nardi, PhD teaches at University of California, Los Angeles where he is a founding faculty member of UCLA's Human Complex Systems degree program. Dario gained Myers-Briggs certification in 1994 and has been intimately involved in product development and research ever since. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books on personality including 8 Keys to Self-Leadership, Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types in Organizations, Character and Personality Type, An Introduction to the Personality Type Code, and the 16 Personality Types: Descriptions for Self-Discovery. He created two apps, Personality Types and Love Therapy, for the Apple iPhone / iPad, and authored Secrets of Pact Magic and Villains of Pact Magic for D&D 3.5. Dario has supervised a social neuroscience lab since 2006, with a focus on brain activity and personality patterns as described in Neuroscience of Personality. Dario is a recipient of two teaching awards: UCLA s Copenhaver Award for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom and UCLA s annual Distinguished Teaching award.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Radiance House; 1.0 edition (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979868475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979868474
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked this book straight from the very first pages. It is coherent, well phrased, and very efficient in the sense that it does not, at any point, waste you time with meaningless writing. Everything in the book is to the point.

Now, that said, the people who would benefit most from reading this book are those who are already somewhat versed in MBTI theory. I'd recommend starting off with "Please Understand Me II" by David Keirsey. While Keirsey's writing is much more complex than Nardi's, he addresses the very basics of MBTI theory, and after reading his book, one would have a good grasp of Jungian personality types. What Keirsey doesn't address, though, are the more advanced aspect of the theory, such as the relationships between the Mental Functions (Ni, Ne, Si, Se, Fi, Fe, Ti and Te). These, one better learn from reading online, and/or by reading Lenore Thompson's excellent book, "Personality Type: An Owner's Manual".

After having read all of the above-mentioned or their equivalents, then it is time to get your hands on Nardi's book. This is where the magic kicks in, as Nardi is at the cutting edge of personality psychology research worldwide, and certainly knows what he's writing about. With a language much simpler and far less intimidating than Keirsey's, he takes you on to the next level of understanding of MBTI theory. So for those of you already somewhat versed in MBTI, this book is HIGHLY recommended.
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The book is a well written, practical, report. The author, an award winning UCLA professor, shows clearly that it is plausible that there is an correlation between Myers-Briggs personality and activity in certain regions of the brain. You don't have to be an expert to understand the book from beginning to end. The correlation has been found in lab experiments.

The reader can find out his/her own personalty type and understand which brainprocesses and -regions are most probably favorite. The author suggests that by understanding the neuroscience of personality, we can improve education, work and relationships.

The book is not an final overview, but as the author states: this is version 1.0. For me, as a lecturer, it is a welcome guide to help to understand the different ways of learning and how I can motivate and stimulate students to learn. The book is inspiring and great fun to read, because the author succeeded well in translating a longterm academic (pilot)study into a very accessible practicle guide.
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This book is friendly to readers of all levels. Whether you are new to personality typing or familiar with Jung and Myers-Briggs, this book offers a basic foundation to personality typing and introduces new studies using EEG and brain mapping techniques to combine personality theory with neuroscience. Best of all, the book speaks to the reader and how this information can be applied in a helpful manner for personal development. If you are looking to learn more about personality type, basic neuroscience with an emphasis on psychology, or just general self study and improvement, this is the book for you.

Perhaps my favorite part is the integrity and utility of the research is very clear. The book fully documents how the information was gathered, addresses practical limitations to the study, and explains exactly how the data can be of use. The language is concise emphasizing quality and content. The goals, practical applications, and scope of the material covered are immediately made clear to the reader, so there is no need to filter through pseudo-intellectual garbage, an all-too common offense in many psychology books.
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As a huge lover of Jungian psychology, this book is everything I dreamed of and more. Though it is based off of what seems like sparse studies and work, the implications of Nardi's research seems pretty big, highlighting cognitive types as something both highly plastic while fixed. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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I ordered this book in October, 2012, when I knew that the author, Dario Nardi, would be coming to speak in the San Francisco area a few months later. I'm very much interested in both Psychological Type and neuroscience, so I wanted to read the book before the presentation. It did not disappoint (and neither did the presentation).

As an INTJ Myers-Briggs type, I'm always asking "Why"? I want to know the science behind the theory. Dario's project is producing new evidence to support the idea that everyone's brain isn't the same (duh!) and psychological type is mirrored in the way your brain reacts to tasks.

After I read the book I wanted to be part of the study, but at the time, Dario was only investigating college students. Imagine my delight, not quite two years later, when I discovered the study is now open to all ages. Yes! I was able to participate.

I'm looking forward to the second edition.
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In this book Dr. Dario Nardi shares with us his research into the human brain, particularly how the different sections of the brain get energized. He explores the Myers Briggs personality types, and through his research at UCLA, he shows that people with the same personality type use similar areas of their brains to process information and make decisions. My book is well dog-eared from making notes and underlining key passages. This is the book for the person that needs evidence that personality type is real.
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