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  • Please Understand Me

    2 4.00%
  • Gifts Differing

    3 6.00%
  • Personality Type An Owners Manual

    15 30.00%
  • Type Talk

    0 0%
  • Principles of Typology

    2 4.00%
  • Psychological Types (Jung)

    12 24.00%
  • Type Talk at Work

    0 0%
  • Please Understand Me 2

    7 14.00%
  • Beside Ourselves

    0 0%
  • Introduction to Type and the Eight [8] Jungian Functions (MBTI) - Hartzler

    0 0%
  • Other - Please Specify

    9 18.00%
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    I didn't vote because I've only read Gifts Differing. It's a nice, simple little book that exudes care, for some reason. I just felt like it was written with a lot of love

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    The stufff in darios new book actually supports lenore thomsons book for the most part
    And it does seem like Ti and Se are the same function

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    Thanks for posting this thread, @highlander!

    I voted for Jung. But I must admit his book is very dense and at times hard to follow. (At least for me it was.) However, I've never read the Lenore Thompson book and this thread has spurred me on to actually ordering it.

    I think the low-level of response is due to the fact that most of the people on this forum haven't read any of these books. Nonetheless, for the ones who have, they'll find this very interesting.
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    Here's a question?

    What's your least favorite of the above typology books, and why?

    Keirsey bugs the crap out of me. And, his conclusions on type compatibility (e.g., that the ideal match for an ENFP is an ISTJ) are laughable to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    My current top 6 are probably:

    Gifts Differing - Briggs Meyers
    Personality Type - An Owners Manual - Thompson
    Building Blocks of Personality Type - Haas and Hunziker
    Functions of Type - Hartzler
    Beside Ourselves - Quenk
    Principles of Typology - Solitary Walker
    I'm not sure what my list would be now but I'd have to knock Solitary Walker's book off. Certainly there are some good ones on Enneagram. I'll start another thread on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esoteric Wench View Post
    Here's a question?

    What's your least favorite of the above typology books, and why?

    Keirsey bugs the crap out of me. And, his conclusions on type compatibility (e.g., that the ideal match for an ENFP is an ISTJ) are laughable to me.
    My least favorite is Jung. Way too much meandering verbosity. Also Type and Time Management just didn't seem very accurate to me.

    Some gems I would add to a the MBTI list that are very good.
    - Lectures on Jung's Typology (very good info on the Feeling functions)
    - Intimacy and Type - Jones and Sherman
    - Functions of Type - Hartzler (excellent and concise book about the functions)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arclight View Post
    I voted "other"

    I really liked Survival Games Personalities Play.

    It's full of an assortment of statistics and case studies from actual MBTI practitioners.

    This book is about the dark side of personality temperament and the games the types will play when under emotional and mental stress.
    There are no fluffy bunny INFPs , care giving ESFJs Or logical ISTP/INTPs in this book.. No Sir.

    This book has taught me more about MBTI types than all other resources combined.

    This was a phenomenal book. Definitely breaks the type book mold and full of information not covered by other books. Completely worth a read.

    Another under-rated book worthy of a dust off is Dichotomies of the Mind by Lowen. Not everything in it is accurate, but there are some gems to be mined, and the model is elegant.

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    life itself and all of the people that exist in it? why read lots and lots of literature on the fact when you can grasp the outline and flesh it out with theories derived from meeting and observing plenty of real people, as opposed to theoretical people?

    isn't a theory stronger when it's a working and living thing instead of something cold and dead on the page?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    life itself and all of the people that exist in it? why read lots and lots of literature on the fact when you can grasp the outline and flesh it out with theories derived from meeting and observing plenty of real people, as opposed to theoretical people?

    isn't a theory stronger when it's a working and living thing instead of something cold and dead on the page?
    Yup. My approach has been to use the bones of theory fleshed out by real life. Kick back with a book or two, then go out and 'play' with other people to further develop my mental models of them. And so on. (I make it seem 'drier' than it actually plays out.)

    Then again, my Ne strives for a holistic approach from a variety of sources. Because theory explains everything.

    Regarding books, I think Lenore muddies the waters but has bits and pieces worth considering. Long and short, give me the ones that focus on personal development, such as 8 Keys to Self Leadership. Then again, I'm also a fan of the book that 'started it all'--Psychological Types.

    The beginning chapters of Character and Neurosis are among the absolute best when it comes to what typology should be looking at and what it is all about.

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    real life observations and interactions mean so much more than written words on a page as far as learning and creation of things go! seeing how people think and cope in real life situations shows exactly how ambiguous things are as opposed to being clean cut like in books and makes you have to think and observe harder in order to figure things out... while books might make things simpler in a black and white manner, the sheer variety of people and experiences that you can study in real life make things significantly more applicable...

    understand the basics and then use your brain... reading books to understand things clearly will just lead you down the rabbit hole of literature and still will not clarify things
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