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- Publisher: Thought Catalog Books (September 30, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2015
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- Language: English
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1. It isn't ridiculously short! The stand alone books and the sections for any individual type within a larger book all seem somewhat lacking in depth due to lack of content.
2. This book seems to really dish out the positive and negative aspects of this personality type. In turn it explains how to work towards strengths and manage weaknesses.
3. The author has really constructed something which hits you from many angles. There are cited aspects for how ENFP people develop over their lives. There are layers of other personality subsets using other personality profiles, and suggestions for looking further into this new info. There is a lot of input from other fellow ENFPs.
4. In every section the info seems so valid, but beyond that there have been many quotes, suggestions and descriptions that have really hit home and given me "the feels" or made me laugh out loud. Obviously I can't guarantee you will feel the same but if you are an ENFP it's probable you will and that you will love feeling understood and validated! ;-)
I will gladly update this review when I have finished the book, but I wanted to put something out there to encourage people to give this book a go if they are looking for more information on the ENFP personality. This book is much better than the cheapies or the freebies or the "one chapter" in any of the bigger books like "What Color is Your Parachute?", etc. Well worth $4.99!
UPDATE: Sorry I forgot to update this when I finished reading the book. That said, I am not sure there is that much more to be written which I haven't already covered. I've read a lot of published material on the personality types, and ENFPs in particular, but this book is hands-down my favorite ENFP resource out there as it is thorough, comprehensive, affordable and well-written. There are a lot of self-published books out there that make the inner-editor in many of us cringe, and this isn't one of those books. My hope is that all the types get a book as great as this one, as it is a valuable resource. Thanks, Heidi Priebe!
This guide by Heidi Priebe covering one of the 16 types, ENFP, is one-of-a-kind.
I've been interested in the MBTI for more than 30 years. A strong ENFP myself, I've read just about everything I can find for personal understanding and betterment (coincidentally, the kind of thing ENFPs eat up). A couple MBTI sites linked to Priebe's _ENFP: The Comprehensive Survival Guide_ and noted that it had unique insights into the actual thought processes of ENFPs, so I bit.
After I bought the Kindle version and started to read, I immediately regretted my purchase because it was clear the author was a terrible writer. Every sentence ended with an exclamation point too. Ugh, e-books! Why should I have thought any better?
BUT, I then realized I was mired in a foreword by someone else and not by the actual author. Once I got past the abysmal foreword by Moonglow Starchild, or whoever the forgettable foreword writer was, Priebe stepped on stage and everything got great fast.
The key to this book (which I will not spoil) is to understand the four processing steps the ENFP brain works through when confronted with everyday life--and how that plays in both normal and stressful situations. These steps pair introversion or extroversion with thinking/feeling or with intuition/sensing in specific cognitive orders. Author Priebe then unpacks the steps and orders to show how ENFPs make sense of the world and what happens when the monkeywrench of stress falls into the works.
This cognitive explanation is not something I've encountered in any depth before, and it's a revelation. I found myself misty-eyed in one section because I finally understood WHY I do what I do, and not just the who and what of being an ENFP.
Sure, Priebe goes through some of the typical ENFP as friend, lover, parent, worker, and such that you've read in similar books, but the four-step cognition process undergirds it all. That WHY comes through in everything, and that alone justifies purchasing this book.
In additions to those mentioned, other topics covered include the following:
ENFP at every stage of life
Mood management & self-care
Dealing with conflict
Compatability and win-win with other types
25 struggles only an ENFP will understand
The Kindle edition runs to 257 pages. Despite that length, the quality of Priebe's breezy writing makes for a swift, smooth read.
If I have any beef with the book, it's that it's easy to lose track when the various pairs are tossed around in an explanation. Readers will need to concentrate to follow some unpackings. In addition, a few spots show that while Priebe grasps the occasional discrepancy in MBTI theory, communicating that to readers sometimes gets short shrift. Re-reading helps.
Despite its few flaws, _ENFP: The Comprehensive Survival Guide_ manages to be exactly what it claims. If you're hoping to understand yourself (or the ENFP in your life) better and discover what creates success in some situations and an epic fail others, no MBTI book I've read satisfies as much as this one.
Great book for a great price. And you're an ENFP, so you're worth it!
And then you'll read it and you'll KNOW you're crazy. The thing about this book is it helps you deal with it as a person, you can be crazy and still have a happy place in this world. That's the best revelation it gave me. Very comprehensive. Totally worth the read. Brought me tears and smiles.