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.
Basically telling me that people & their individual thought processes & how we are all different in that respect. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Larry W. Wallace
If you don't have the time to study for years to understand psychological teaching, this book packs enough information to enable you to avoid many pitfalls inherent in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eliza B.
Bought for a friend because this book gives one lots of insight into the important people in one's life and greatly aids your understanding of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Older and wiser
When received the book, it went up to page 186, then started again at 155 and the ending is missing.
The Table of Contents indicated that it should go up to page 209+
I suggest to first read "Type Talk" (the 16 personality types...)
And also buy "Creative You"
I was very excited to get this book, really I was. After taking the test and reading about "my self," I realized it wasn't very accurate. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Glenn Elliott
I would recommend this book so that you can better understand people you live with, work with and are around daily.Published 4 months ago by Libbie P. Creasy