For anyone acquainted with the ubiquitous Myers-Briggs personality test, Please Understand Me will be familiar territory--but gone over with a fine-toothed comb. And for the uninitiated, this book will be a quick introduction to personality typing the Myers-Briggs way--with a Jungian accent. After presenting a brief rundown of 20th-century psychology movements, Keirsey and Bates encourage you to take the 70-question "Keirsey Temperament Sorter," a sort of mini-Myers-Briggs test that places you in 1 of 16 personality types. Like the Myers-Briggs system, this test sorts your personality into groups of extraversion/introversion (E/I), sensation/intuition (S/N), thinking/feeling (T/F), and perceiving/judging (P/J). Unlike the Myers-Briggs system, Please Understand Me also presents four easy-to-remember temperament types--Dionysian (freedom first), Epimethean (wants to be useful), Promethean (desires power), and Apollonian (searches for self)--that underlie the 16 possible personalities identified by the test. The book then delves into a detailed analysis of each type, with sections on mates, children, and leaders. An appendix paints portraits of the 16 possible personality types.
Unless you're already a true personality-typing devotee, this book may seem a little esoteric, especially the somewhat "in" references to psychological theory that few laypeople will be likely to understand. But give it a chance and you may find that you'll begin to understand why you always know where to find Anna Karenina on the shelf (you have an ESTJ husband), why your boss is sarcastic one day and praises your achievements the next (she's an NF), and why knowing the reason that the sun comes up in the same place every day is important to your little one (he's Promethean). You may even find that once you accept quirks and ticks in others, they will understand you a little better, too. --Stefanie Durbin
This book is written very well; simple, easy to follow and understand.
I took the Kiersey Temperament Sorter in the front of the book, and found that I am split between INTP and INTJ, two of the rarest personality types.
I was recommended to read this book to help understand my husband and his ADD, and this book has been amazing.
As a Social Worker I use this book often when speaking to groups. It is loaded with wonderful information about the human personality and temperament.Published 29 days ago by Healthier Me
This book was written very well, with good explanation of the character types. The author did a great job making sure you were tested thoroughly and your type was broken down... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leah Rodriguez
In my opinion, if you want to understand your personality, or that of others in your life, then read "Personality Plus" by Florence Littauer or "Spirit Controlled... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. Einstein
The book I got wasn't edited at the printing phase. At 3/4 of the way through the book the pages start over again and are missing that last 1/4 of the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa Cobbs
The Greeks offered four basic personality types...a good start...but when you've read this book and taken the test, you will find HUNDREDS of categories... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lucy Hartman
OMG, I give people personality assessments. One of the them is the Myers-Briggs, so I use this book as a back drop to help people understand themselves and how being who they are... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Harvey Johnson