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    I am going on vacation next week and will probably have some time to kill so I would like to do some MBTI related reading.

    I have read Please Understand Me II recently and now I would like to start trying to understand the cognitive functions. Any suggested reading? I have really no idea where to start.

    I think I would prefer books (electronic or regular) but I am open to online resources too since I will have my iPad but those wouldn't be accessible while on a flight, etc.

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    Functions of Type (Gary Hartzler and Margaret Hartzler)

    Dynamics of Personality Type (Linda V. Berens)

    Personality Type: An Owner's Manual (Lenore Thomson)
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    Thanks!

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    For a more practical approach to the concepts behind MBTI (my favorite part), Gifts Differing (Briggs' thoughts), The Art of Speed Reading People (roughly, a 'typewatching' book), and 8 Keys to Self-Leadership (things to think about when 'practicing' functions) are all pretty good when taken with a grain of salt.

    Aside from that last one, though, these books don't have much to do with the cognitive functions.


    I haven't found a good Socionics book, though. Socionics Demystified evaluates everything from the author's perspective and uses MBTI's definitions for functions. I don't like that approach, and it's inaccurate. That is all.

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    I have been reading through Lenore Thomson's book recommended by paradigm-shift. Pretty interesting reading but I am kind of getting into a mode where the more I read, the less I know about myself. :sigh:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bologna View Post
    For a more practical approach to the concepts behind MBTI (my favorite part), Gifts Differing (Briggs' thoughts), The Art of Speed Reading People (roughly, a 'typewatching' book), and 8 Keys to Self-Leadership (things to think about when 'practicing' functions) are all pretty good when taken with a grain of salt.
    Thank you, I will probably end up reading some of these too.

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    Top 6 in order:
    1. Gifts Differing - Myers (classic, concise, clear)
    2. Personality Type - An Owner's Manual - Lenore Thompson (insightful, in-depth, great profile descriptions, fun to read)
    3. Was That Really Me? - Naomi Quenk (just really cool if a bit unsettling book on the not so pleasant side of ourselves)
    4. Building Blocks of Personality Type - Haas and Hunziker (great practically written book on the 8 functions)
    5. Jung's Function Attitudes Explained (early foundational book on functions - short and concise)
    6. Type Talk at Work (MBTI focus, practical advice and interesting application for work situations)

    And two that have nothing to do with Type
    1. Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell (really interesting)
    2. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (best fiction book series I've read)

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    I like Thomson's book, but it seems at odds with Keirsey (apparently, the prevailing wisdom) to the point that some would think it's inaccurate in some way. I still recommend it though.

    Oddly, Was That Really Me? wasn't that disturbing for IFPs (in my opinion).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
    I like Thomson's book, but it seems at odds with Keirsey (apparently, the prevailing wisdom) to the point that some would think it's inaccurate in some way. I still recommend it though.

    Oddly, Was That Really Me? wasn't that disturbing for IFPs (in my opinion).
    Kiersey is one of the first books that I read. There is some good stuff in there but other things - it's more like the romanticized version of type. I suppose everyone should read it, for the nostalgia if nothing else.

    Oh - if you have kids, Nurture by Nature is worth taking a look at too.

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