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
It helped me to understand my personality type as well as other people's types, very well.
I was recommended to read this book to help understand my husband and his ADD, and this book has been amazing.
This book made me more tolerant of other people and I hope it helps everyone who reads it in just that way.
I have used this book for many years to help people see all the gifts they have. As well as being informative, it is very affirming.Published 11 hours ago by Don Skinner
Would have given 5 stars, but I got the wrong book. This book is a very short version of the book I meant to get. Not the books fault, I should have looked a little more closer.Published 13 days ago by SSims
Still the best version of this book - worth hunting for it instead of the updated version.Published 15 days ago by Ellie
Have had this book for years and used it so much it was falling apart.
Never thought I would find a replacement copy, but Amazon had it.
One of the basics in trying to understand ourselves and others.Published 1 month ago by Melissa Souza
This book is a lot of fun to read. It helped me gain a better understanding and appreciation of how other people think. It is based on Myers-Briggs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristen