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Personality Type: An Owner's Manual (Jung on the Hudson Book Series) by [Thomson, Lenore]
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Lenore Thomson has written a book that includes the best descriptions of what the functions mean of any book I have read. -- Myers-Briggs Personality Type on the Web, April 12, 1999

The theory is made clear by great stories that catch the reader's interest and imagination, and give a chuckle at the same time. -- The Enneagram and the MBTI, November 1998

Thomson's type descriptions are unusually full and can be mined for information and suggestion even by seasoned practitioners. -- Bulletin of Psychological Type, Summer 1999

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As readers of "Personality Type: An Owner's Manual" will discover, despite the myriad books, monographs, and articles on the subject of psychological type, Ms. Thomson's work stands in a category of its own when it comes to originality and depth. Drawing on her strong background in such fields as psychology, literature, and popular culture, utilizing her knowledge of computer technology, and injecting a most impressive creative element in the combination of thought and image, Lenore Thomson has given us a rare gift. This book will close the door to such arguments that one need be a particular type or from a specific field to understand, appreciate, and most important, apply Jung's concept of type to one's daily life and professional activities. --Aryeh Maidenbaum, Ph.D., Director, New York Center for Jungian Studies

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  • File Size: 4648 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications; 1st edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 27, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KLFBMKG
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By A Customer on March 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
Hello. As an INTJ/INFJ ... I found this book to be fascinating, and of course, extremely useful. I completely share the view that this is not a good introduction to MBTI, if only because (especially if you're a pretty strong J like me) you need to have some headspace around the terms and concepts in order to really dive into this amazing book.
There are a few truly remarkable things about this book that I'd enjoy pointing out here to possible readers...
Some MBTI books out there do not focus enough on the basic fact that we are often our own worst enemies in a very predictable sense. We all have our own version of enjoyable living, and while our Dominant (1st) Function is on autopilot to take us there, if left UNCHECKED, it will INEVITABLY run out of control and float too far from shore, and take us to our own private living hell... it is rather terrifying, when you think of it. According to Ms. Thomson, the remedy for this is your Secondary (2nd) Function, which intervenes to regulate your Dominant Function's Dictatorship of you.. however, what usually happens (and has happened to me - it hurts to think of this) your Tertiary (3rd) Function steps in to tell you that the world is against you, and then (this is where it gets really freaky) your horrid Inferiour (4th) Function, which certain people refer to as your 'beloved child' but is really a self-destructive mutant waiting to ruin your lifestyle, finds an opportunistic hole and takes over. According to my research, somewhat irresponsibly, some MBTI books either imply or directly counsel people to develop their inferiour (4th) function in order to achieve a kind of personality 'wholeness'. Ms.
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Most people who know their Myers-Briggs type don't have a valid understanding of what it means. They interpret INFP to mean Introversion+iNtuition+Feeling+Perceiving, when it REALLY means Introverted Feeling with Extraverted Intuition. These are known as "functions", and up until this book, I never understood them. Functions like Introverted Feeling are difficult to understand, hence the simplification of seeing your MB type as simply four variables. With this book, you will understand much more than just what your behavior shows, but in HOW you THINK and UNDERSTAND. This is probably the Deepest book on the subject I have yet to see. It is definitely not for beginners, however for the advanced student of Myers-Briggs, it is definitely a treasure to keep. For a REAL understanding of the Myers-Briggs types and yourself, read this book immediately.
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When I first read David Keirsey's "Please Understand Me" it was eye-opening, but now looks simple compared to Lenore Thomson's book. Excellent descriptions of the real meaning of extraversion and introversion. I found the effect of inferior and tertiary functions under stress particularly enlightening. Her use of cartoons and pop-culture references as examples helps keep things understandable, but make no mistake that this is still a pretty heavy read.
The chapters on types, categorized by dominant function, were dead-on for ISTJ and ESFJ and likely are for the others as well - I found myself shaking my head and thinking, "So THAT'S why they act that way!!!!!" I've personally observed those types in action the most and can attest to their worldview and the influence of their tertiary function.
The only fault I found, if it can be called that, is the lack of a section on intertype relations, but there are other books on that.
For the territory Thomson covers, this book is an excellent reference and I'd highly recommend it to the hardcore student of type. Those unfamiliar with Jung or MBTI may want to read a more basic introduction to the concept first.
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As an INTJ I have been fascinated by MBTI for over 10 years and I have read many books. I highly recommend Lenore Thomson's book because she takes a biological left brain / right brain approach and combines it with a deep understanding of Jung and personality evolution. I especially appreciate that it is normal to turn to your lesser functions to re-evaluate your life periodically, especially at times of perceived "crisis." This is not a book for beginners, the subtle differences in functions are used with laser precision and require a good understanding of MBTI. She uses interesting examples drawn from the funny papers and Star Trek. In a society of extraverts (75% of the American population), this book helps to clarify the strengths of a society which values the diversity of personality type rather than one which values conformity.
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If you are after a simple introduction to personality type, then I suggest you read up to page 55 and no further. Thereafter, buckle your seat belt for another 350-page-long ride that reaches parts of the Jung/Myers-Briggs theory that other books do not reach.
Lenore Thomson has two unique talents that are evident in this book. The first is that she understands Jung's theory of psychological types like no other. The second is that she is able to explain complex psychological concepts in terms that the layperson can easily understand. "An Owner's Manual" pushes back the boundaries of our understanding of Jung's theory and makes it relevant, applicable and meaningful to the reader.
If you are a fan of Isabel Briggs Myers, her contemporaries and followers, then this book will take your understanding a step further. If you are a fan of Keirsey's writings on temperament, then you may find "An Owner's Manual" seems to come from an unusual angle. This is because - and not a lot of people know this - the Jung/Briggs-Myers theory differs from Keirsey's in some key respects (even though they use the same letters). In that case, my recommendation would be to read Linda Berens' writings on temperament - they are more up to date than Keirsey's, more relevant to most modern experts' understanding of personality type, and she explains temperament in a way that fits much better with the exposition of Jung's theory of personality types in "An Owner's Manual".
If you only want your car to take you from A to B, and expect others to service it, then an "Owners' manual" is irrelevant to you. But if you want to look under the hood of your personality, then this is a "must have" book.
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