Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence

Please Understand Me II Temperament Character Intelligence Phenomenon Keirsey and Bates s Please Understand Me first published in sold nearly million copies in its first years becoming a perennial best seller all over the world Advertised only by

  • Title: Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence
  • Author: David Keirsey Ray Choiniere
  • ISBN: 9781885705020
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Phenomenon Keirsey and Bates s Please Understand Me, first published in 1978, sold nearly 2 million copies in its first 20 years, becoming a perennial best seller all over the world Advertised only by word of mouth, the book became a favorite training and counseling guide in many institutions government, church, business and colleges across the nation adopted it asPhenomenon Keirsey and Bates s Please Understand Me, first published in 1978, sold nearly 2 million copies in its first 20 years, becoming a perennial best seller all over the world Advertised only by word of mouth, the book became a favorite training and counseling guide in many institutions government, church, business and colleges across the nation adopted it as an auxiliary text in a dozen different departments Why Perhaps it was the user friendly way that Please Understand Me helped people find their personality style Perhaps it was the simple accuracy of Keirsey s portraits of temperament and character types Or perhaps it was the book s essential message that members of families and institutions are OK, even though they are fundamentally different from each other, and that they would all do well to appreciate their differences and give up trying to change others into copies of themselves.Now Please Understand Me IIFor the past twenty years Keirsey has continued to investigate personality differences to refine his theory of the four temperaments and to define the facets of character that distinguish one from another His findings form the basis of Please Understand Me II, an updated and greatly expanded edition of the book, far comprehensive and coherent than the original, and yet with much of the same easy accessibility One major addition is Keirsey s view of how the temperaments differ in the intelligent roles they are most likely to develop Each of us, he says, has four kinds of intelligence tactical, logistical, diplomatic, strategic though one of the four interests us far than the others, and thus gets far practice than the rest Like four suits in a hand of cards, we each have a long suit and a short suit in what interests us and what we do well, and fortunate indeed are those whose work matches their skills As in the original book, Please Understand Me II begins with The Keirsey Temperament Sorter, the most used personality inventory in the world But also included is The Keirsey Four Types Sorter, a new short questionnaire that identifies one s basic temperament and then ranks one s second, third, and fourth choices Share this new sorter with friends and family, and get set for a lively and fascinating discussion of personal styles.

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    1. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - MBTI, y'all. It's Jungian.When the CERN rappers take on personality preferences, I'll totally let them use that to close out. Word to your SJ mother.Myers-Briggs is the world's most used personality indicator and the basis for any understanding I have of all people. Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey covers practical aspects of the 16 Myers-Briggs types - communication style, decision making, interests, leadership style and tons more. It assumes, presumably be [...]

    2. I think all this reading about the MBTI is turning me into a fascist. I've got this passive-aggressive co-worker and I'm finding myself muttering things like "ISTP cocksucker" under my breath more and more. Time for a fiction break.

    3. One of my (many) obsessions. Five years ago this book told me I was an INTP, and I was skeptical. I did not think four letters could sum an entire personality. Little did I knowey could and did! (Sort of.) Then I found out that skepticism is a typical INTP trait. Keirsey is also an INTP! So is (probably definitely) Thomas Pynchon! I've probably taken at least 30 variants of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator since, and while the one provided in this book isn't the best, the profiles are top-notch. [...]

    4. This is a good one for all you Meyers-Briggs junkies out there. I became guilty of this title when in high school I first took the test and began to discover why I relate to people in the way that I do. His explanations of the different temperaments were certainly clear enough for me to begin typing people I live and work with. In effect, I began to realize that we all have things that we are good at (and not-so-good at) and that the world would not turn the same way without them. I began to hav [...]

    5. Although some people make themselves annoying with this book by quickly typecasting everyone publicly (people don't like being told who they are usually), its still a really amazing premise. It really helped me appreciate people better, especially my family, and understand why they didn't understand me. This book has made my life less frustrating, and helped me with sales and the ministry, where I need to quickly read someone (or at least get a loose approximation) and what they might value. It' [...]

    6. I have used this personality rating system well over the years, good for both professional and person learning. I am a ENFJ, although sometimes the J turns into a P when I retake the assessment. I am about a 60% extrovert and 40% introvert. Definitely a N and F. Great book.

    7. So we have been having difficult with my son at school. He's smart, he's generally kind to people and respectful of adults. Yet school has been like pulling teeth since he started kindergarten. Enter an old friend of ours who happens to be a school teacher and she recommends this book to us, tells us to try and figure out what Bode is (and she has a hunch already after meeting him and hearing stories), and then we can understand better what makes him tick, what he likes, dislikes, how our parent [...]

    8. A splendid analysis of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - though Keirsey diverges from Jung and Myers, he explains his observations well without assuming his interpretations are 100% correct. He divides the types into four groups based on communication style (concrete or abstract) and how we interact with one another (utilitarian or cooperative). He dedicates lengthy yet well-written chapters to each bunch: the Artisans (SP), the Guardians (SJ), the Idealists (NF), and the Rationals (NT). Not only do [...]

    9. I've loved the Myers-Briggs Temperament Inventory since I first took it almost 20 years ago. I've found it to be instrumental in helping me understand myself in ways that I had never considered before. With the knowledge I gained, I have been able to embrace who I am instead of constantly working against myself, and have ventured on the path that has brought me to greater self-awareness and joy.Please Understand Me is the single best book I've found describing the various MBTI temperaments and h [...]

    10. Many years ago we learned about the Myers-Briggs personality typing system, and one of the books we read was 'Please Understand Me' by Keirsey and Bates. I found it somewhat useful, but a bit simplistic, and preferred other books. This sequel is a complete re-write, with new information and far more helpful descriptions. Keirsey uses the Myers-Briggs/Jungian terminology in his book, but rather than focusing on 16 different types of people he divides them into four categories, which he calls the [...]

    11. Personality theory was may favorite psychology class in college, which is where I first encountered the MBTI, upon which this book is based. FWIW, one the full test I'm a moderate I, and nearly balanced on the other three scales, though INTP seems to fit the best. To me, personality theory is a way of finding the demarcations between types of people; different theories will cut the pie differently and no one theory could ever hope to capture all variability. The MBTI creates binary scales along [...]

    12. I saw this book recommended in a book on writing--though I can't remember precisely which one and I figured I'd check it out. This book will help you build depth to your characters like you never have before. It'll show you other aspects to their personality that you've had to work hard to figure out in the past. It feels like a cheat sheet to the personality of your characters.It's also a fascinating study in human nature and you'll immediately start analyzing everyone around you, but it's now [...]

    13. At my lowest point, I read this book and found the answers I needed to keep moving forward. It is not too great a statement to declare that this book saved my marriage. Until I got to the Rational Mastermind I honestly thought my husband hated me. This book opened my eyes and helped me understand where my husband is coming from when he behaves in ways that are counter to my natural inclinations and needs. I particularly appreciated that Keirsey never presents any personality type as being superi [...]

    14. I was so thankful to read this book because it helped me to understand my family and friends better and helped me to see that differences in each person is good. God made each one of us all unique and our uniqueness is important we all have a purpose and a part to play in God's plan.It was a freeing book to read! :-)

    15. Keirsey breaks down the basic precepts of human behavior and gives an excellent perspective on understanding and effectively interacting with others. One of the best references to be able to communicate with co-workers, friends, dates, spouses, kids - anyone. If you are in a position of leadership, you NEED this!

    16. I am a psychologist, and I think it's important to say that there isn't really good science behind this book, or the Myers-Briggs. Very few things in psychology are best conceptualized as 'either or' dichotomies, and so I don't necessarily believe that people stay the same MBTI type their whole life, or are even really all one type at one time. I don't believe that people are that black and white. However, I do believe that our lives can be very influenced by the stories that we tell ourselves, [...]

    17. Great stuff. Keirsey does a nice job developing a new schema on top of the Briggs tradition. He divides up the 16 personality types (based on 4 letter variables) into 4 major sections: Artisan, Guardian, Idealist, Rational. The book starts off looking at how similar 4 divisions have been made since the start of the the western tradition. Keirsey bases his criteria on observing how people use tools and how people use language. I can't speak for the other types but the Rational section nailed me w [...]

    18. Keirsey has done a great job of popularizing the Myers-Briggs approach to personality. This book is accessible, and each personality is represented well, with plenty of interesting sociological insights.That being said, there are plenty of potential problems, and the system can obviously be abused. On the idealogical level, Keirsey seems to err on the side of genetic fatalism and a very rigid application of the 16 personalities. If you're an ESTJ, you've always been an ESTJ, and you will always [...]

    19. I read this book because I am project-oriented, because I like to put things and people into categories that I understand, and because I feel compelled to make sense of complex systems like how people are. I have been working on this off and on for many years, and this book is so much better than most of the popular "what makes you like that" personality books I have read that I wish I had read it first and saved some time! It has helped me appreciate and value the differences in others, and to [...]

    20. Okay--I got fanatical about the Jung Myers-Briggs theory of personality last year. I tested my family and many of my friends and acquaintances with an online test, and thought intensively about the theoretical and practical implications of the tool (i.e. the test) and the theory. I wanted something to further my knowledge of it and I wanted to see some ingenious ways of applying the theory--and hopefully some empirical research on such applications. Instead I found that most of the stuff Kiersey [...]

    21. This is a great book to read and learn more about the people around you. And I actually learned a lot about myself (for instance, I am not the temperament that I've been instructed to be for most of my life). I found this to be really informative, and actually a fun pasttime with my friends pointing out how closely each matched the personalities they were indicated to be. The book tends to drag a little in places, as it has some of the same basic information as introductions for the different te [...]

    22. I read the Parenting section & had my teenagers do the 16 question Four Types sorter. It was a great reminder that my children have different personalities than I do (duh!). I of course learned more about myself as a parent than I did about my children - it's always good to have some help "looking in the mirror." The personality descriptions don't fit perfectly: for example, my voracious reader of fantasy has a predominant personality type that isn't supposed to do this. But don't let that p [...]

    23. This was a really fun book club. Before we read the book, we all took this free online test humanmetrics/cgi-win/j and then sent the hostess our 4 letters and told NO ONE else. The night of book club she had summaries of all the personalities (not all 16 but the ones that at least one person at book club has) and we each had little sheet to guess who we thought matched. Then we revealed at the end. There were some surprises! It was interesting to see who is like us and who is opposite. I also as [...]

    24. Thought provoking and informative. I read it as a tool to expand my horizons for character creation, and though, as a complete approach to personality it hovers over the left-brain camp, it does provide a sure footing for leaps into the fog of the collective unconscious. In my case it will be a reference that I turn to for a glimpse of the terrain, rather like google maps, but the real understanding will be more of a dash to the destination in rush hour traffic. That being said, it was rewarding [...]

    25. There's a reason Nina says she's lost track of how many copies of this book she has purchased, lent out, and then never seen again. (I still have her copy eeek!) This book is great for helping you understand yourself and also understand why other people see/feel/think about things differently than you all the time. I am much more aware of the different ways people experience and process the world after reading this book, which allows me to be much more strategic and empathetic about how I manage [...]

    26. I recently became interested in the 16 Myers-Briggs Personality types, so I thought this book would be a good choice for myself. I was right! It was a very informative, descriptive read that explained each of the 16 Types. A nice addition was the explanation of how personalities get along in relationships (marital and friendship). Reading this book gave me a better understanding of the types, with the specific 16 and the 4 temperaments as well.

    27. The first time I took the Meyers-Briggs (which Keirsey's is based on) personality test was in 8th grade -- my piano teacher gave it to all her students in order to help her understand our learning styles. From what she learned about me, I know I gained from this personal examination. This book offers the details you want to read about when you're offered explanations from others such as, "I'm an INTP" or "I'm an ESFJ."It's about tendencies, not absolutes. Very interesting.

    28. This isn't specifically a parenting book but I tagged it parenting because there is a section on parenting with different personality types and that was the main reason I wanted to read it. This is not light reading, more like a text book (I busted out a highlighter!), but I found it helpful in understanding more about myself (rational) and my daughter (artisan). There is also a section on romantic relationships - I need to get my husband to fill out the quiz next!

    29. If half stars were available I would have given this 3.5 stars. It is an interesting view of various personality types . I find though that over analyzation of yourself and/ or others tends to put people in a box. No one fits a description exactly as we were all uniquely designed. Still, I find the book insightful and a great guide in understanding yourself and others and how you relate to each other. Plus, I find personality research to be fascinating and fun!

    30. Outstanding reference. According to my teachers, the research does not support the Myers Briggs Personality Types. All I can say is--read it because this book has the MBPT test in it and you can grade it yourself and read your type. This book is the reason I got a degree in counseling. I highly recommend this book. I have used it to assist clients in understanding their special talents and drives. It's an excellent approach to understanding oneself.

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