- Paperback: 52 pages
- Publisher: Radiance House; 1 edition (July 19, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979868424
- ISBN-13: 978-0979868429
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 16 Personality Types: Descriptions for Self-Discovery 1st Edition
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After 10 Years of working with personality type, I have finally read a description of myself I could have written! --Karen Welcome, Staff OD Specialist, Adanced Micro Devices
By far the best type descriptions written. Finally, a resource that makes the differences between EXXX and IXXX easy to understand! --Laurie Duckworth, Trainer, Eastman Chemical
These are the best descriptions of the sixteen personality types I have seen. --Franklin D. Brown, Outplacement Director, Technifind Outplacement
About the Author
Linda V. Berens Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. is the Director and Founder of Interstrength Associates, which provides organizational consulting. She is the author of Understanding Yourself and Others, an Introduction to Temperament, among other titles and numerous training materials. As an organizational development consultant, she applies systems thinking and understanding individual differences to solving organizational problems. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Educational Psychologist, and has over thirty-five years experience using temperament and type with individuals and teaching these theories to professionals. Linda is recognized internationally for her contributions to the field of psychological type, for integrating temperament and Jung's typology, and for developing user friendly training materials for practical application of those theories. Dario Nardi Dario Nardi, Ph.D. teaches social science and computing at the University of California (Los Angeles) in the Human Complex Systems degree program. He has been working with type and temperament since 1992, and has been intimately involved in innovative product development with Interstrength Associates. He is the author of various books including 8 Keys to Self-Leadership and Multiple Intelligences and Personality Type. Dario received his degree in systems science from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton's Watson School of Engineering. His background in systems thinking, linguistics and artificial intelligence, undergraduate curriculum design and writing has led him to breakthroughs using multiple methods and models for getting at the "true self," as well as for restructuring academic courses to suit all learning styles.
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Maybe you've never thought of it like that.
Linda Berens and Dario Nardi want you to think again, and to discover yourself in the profiles they've developed and invited you to try on. Their paradigm is the well-known Myers-Briggs assignment of four letters to a temperament, each of them a choice between two options. If you run the math, you'll quickly discover that there are sixteen possibilities, thus the title of this book. (Full disclosure: I'm an INTJ, so I'm really enjoying systematically reporting on this book, gentle reader.)
Berens and Nardi have made this guide user friendly and it is not necessary to have taken the Myers-Briggs 'test' in order to use it. In my opinion, the reader will greatly benefit from having done so. There are so many 'hooks' that one finds to hang one's temperament on in just about any prose description, that I find the M-B system is almost necessary in order to inject some element of objectivity into the process.
The great value of Berens' and Nardi's work is their trademarked (yes) two-word description of each of the sixteen types (INTJ: 'Conceptualizer Director') *and* the one-page 'Self-Portrait: What's it like to be you?'.
The latter is distilled from interviews with individuals belonging to each personality type. I have checked this against a number of friends in the presence of family and peers and found an extraordinary degree of confirmation that this is how the typed individuals actually feel about the world and their selves in it.
This book could serve as good introduction to the modern practice of temperament/personality classification. I also find it helpful in a business/organization context, where mutual understanding (without the touchy-feely excesses that lead so predictably to the gag reflex) is often essential to accomplishing shared goals and avoiding hallway assassinations.
For those interested in personality type that either want a reference book or an overview plus a little extra, this is an excellent piece.