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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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  1. #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    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
    I can agree with this to an extent. When reading a book everyone will get their own personal interpretations, although they will still have some foundation in the original definitions.

    But how people bring out those definitions when applied to the observable traits of those around you is more important. They do still need to adhere somewhat to the functional descriptions though, or else it just becomes a mash-up of interpretations ending in the theory being pointless.

    I think books help a great deal however, although this might just be me, but since reading Lenore's book and Gifts Differing and even a bit of a foray into Jung's Psychological types, ive realised that all of the descriptions of the various functions are just tendencies id already been observing my entire life, it merely gives name to traits that are readily observable.

    But it is done in a concise and fairly understandable manner, at least that's how I see it. As a young child I noticed that there were certain types of people in terms of their actions and mannerisms, but this was too generalised for my tastes, so as I got older I started to see things in a more individualistic way, by about 9 id already started working on my auxiliary function, (this was long before id read or even heard about this theory of course), but I recognised a problem in my communication with others and I realised that the only way to bring this out was to interact with others, to gain a better understanding of how to align myself with someone elses point of view so that I could then show them mine.

    The only way to do this was with physical interaction and experience, there was no escaping it. So that's what I did. Years later I found out about this theory and read up on the cognitive functions, only to realise that id already been taking a beneficial route without realising it.

    However the books helped focus this, helped me understand it and lead to more interest in psychology in general.

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    Please Understand Me 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    What is your favorite book on typology or MBTI and why do you think it is the best?
    Guess who voted for Principles of Typology?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal12345 View Post
    Guess who voted for Principles of Typology?
    I assume Solitary Walker voted for his own book but wonder who the other one was. I would guess this would come out differently now. The Owners Manual book doesn't seem as popular at the moment.

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    The only book I've ever read on the MBTI is this one here.

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