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Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type [Kindle Edition]

Paul D. Tieger , Barbara Barron-Tieger
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Do What You Are has already helped more than 750,000 people find truly satisfying work. The book leads you step-by-step through the process of determining and verifying your Personality Type. Then it provides real-life case studies of people who share your Type and introduces you to the key ingredients your work must have for it to be genuinely fulfilling. Using workbook exercises and explaining specific job search strategies, Do What You Are identifies occupations that are popular with your Type and offers a rundown of your work-related strengths and weaknesses. It also shows how you can use your unique strengths to customize your job search, ensuring the best results in the shortest period of time. Whether you are a recent graduate, a first-time job seeker, or a midlife career switcher, this lively guide will enable you to discover the right career for you.


Helps readers discover and identify their personality "type" and use this information to find the appropriate career.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1593 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (15 May 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and easy to read, but not stand-alone 13 May 1998
By A Customer
This book is well written, fun, and a great source of ideas if you already know your Myers-Briggs type. If you don't, the section on identifying your type is weak; I recommend Kiersey's "Please Understand Me" instead (or inquire at your local educational institutions: I took the Myers-Briggs, had it professionally interpreted, and got loads of helpful reference material from a $40 seminar at a community college).
The book is most useful if you're discontented with your present career (or have qualms about the career you're preparing for, if you're a student). I was railroaded into a career that didn't suit me because of my family's expectations, although I was determined and intelligent enough to become moderately good at it. But I never felt comfortable with it, and it was only after many unhappy years that I realized I was in the wrong job and broke away to find a more congenial career path. I wish this book had existed 30 years ago!
I agree with other readers that the book is short on practical guidance as to WHICH career you should choose -- I've found Barbara Sher's books much more helpful. Nonetheless, this is a good place to start, at a reasonable price, and it's excellent as far as it goes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Have you ever wondered why many people act differently at work than
they do at home? They usually reply when asked, "It's only my game
face. I'm not really the person I portray at work." Instead, wouldn't
you like your job to "adjust" to you? By reading "Do What You Are,"
anyone can achieve this goal. Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger
take their readers on a journey to meet face-to-face with their homunculus.
Please note, LSD is not required for this trip. :-)

They provide each reader with a way of analyzing his or her personality
without much of the technical jargon one receives while lying on a doctor's
couch. However, they take the time to thoroughly explain personality
characteristics and how those characteristics, in specific combinations,
define each personality type. Note: Anyone who has ever taken a
Myers-Briggs exam will feel right at home with this book. They give new
meaning to the word "maturity" by talking about the development path
each of us takes as we move through life. Because of the accuracy of
each of the personality type sections, I find them to be the most exciting.
Everyone I asked to read this book, myself included, quickly identified
with a personality type and found that they had worked in (or have
contemplated) a job in one of the careers listed with their respective
personality type.

After reading this book, you should have no problem in finding a job that matches
"who you are." Overall, this book is not a panacea for preventing you from
being downsized or developing an ulcer from your job stresses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This easy-to-read book is very useful to both young adults and seasoned workers. It focuses on the heart of a career--doing what you love and what feels natural. It is only under these circumstances that one can be excited about the work they do and do it well. Even skeptics of psychology and personality typing will learn to appreciate this other dimension to career satisfaction that has been largely ignored. You will find that you better understand yourself, your needs, your interests, and ultimately what will probably make you happy. At the very least it makes you appreciate that every person is different and their career choices are too. It gives hope to those who are in a dead-end career and don't know what will make them happy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I was so excited to read this book that I spent an entire Sunday doing so. I did my exercises, rechecked my type, and definitely found a match. My only problem was that there wasn't a place to go from here. Ok, they list possible job types, but I need a way of getting even more specific. The job types listed ran a generally wide gammut. I was left feeling like, SO WHAT'S NEXT??
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important for the job hunter 12 May 1999
By A Customer
The book is very good at giving the reader a sense of their personality type and explaining what it means and what you should do about it. Its a very quick read and easy to understand if you want to get a quick understanding of personality and use it. It helped me to have the courage to get out of my field and jump into one more suited to my strengths.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked This Much More Than Most Reviewers 25 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Frankly, before this book, I considered most if not all psychological testing, or at least the various theories of psychology, as largely "bunk". The single most important lesson I derived from the reading was that people do not receive, process, or articulate information identically. A typical, blunt, INTJ (after reading the book, I actually took the MB which served to confirm how I had tested in the book), after reading the book I was able to "detect" to some degree the way others were processing information and tailor my interactions to what I perceived individual types to be. While not a trained psychological observer by any means, by relatively simple guesswork and trial and error I was very often able to improve upon existing relationships that I had previously thought to be hopeless as well as blunt my bluntness as new relationships took form. This has helped me at both work and in my personal dealings with others. I have become much more aware of the perceiver whereas before I simply considered knowledge and facts as data to be fed into mental calculations that could hardly vary from person to person unless the data varied.
Is this a work of vast and original erudition?
Perhaps not.
If one wishes the most precise understanding of any topic, one should go to the source directly. Go to Plato for philosophy, Hawking for physics, Meyers & Briggs for personality typing if depth is what one seeks.
As a practical application for people who actually have to work for a living and lack the time or passion for such depth, "Do What You Are" is both an excellent personal & professional resource, and that rarest of "literary" rarities: a self-help book that actually HELPS!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helped me
I picked this book up in America a year or so ago and it was the first Myers Briggs book I had read. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing - read Please Understand Me instead
I bought and read this book on the recommendation of a friend, while getting back into Myers-Briggs after a longish absence. Read more
Published on 31 May 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS!!!! *****
This book is very accurate and helpful if you take a look at your personality traits in an objective light.
Published on 3 Jan 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adjunct to Kiersey & Bates' Please Understand Me
I had done a Kiersey & Bates' analysis of my personality type almost three years ago and found then that on a couple of aspects I was close to 50/50 so I wasn't quite sure... Read more
Published on 24 Dec 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on finding the career that "fits" YOU.
I have read and re-read this book many times, each time finding new ways to enjoy my own job more by focusing on those aspects which most match my Meyers-Briggs type. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable information with sharp, real-life application
Do What You Are is a well prepared book that anyone in search of a well-fit career should read. It was extremely understandable, and not only explained why personality type is so... Read more
Published on 26 July 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars As a career counselor I like it new approach to a job search
Easy to read, a very comprehensive book without being preachy or too professional oriented. Well done...all of us should choose our careers so thoughtfully.
Published on 1 July 1998
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Personality Testing, but what's next?
The personality testing in this book is very interesting, but a single personality test does not necessarily reveal what a person's career should be. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 1998
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor repeat of Myers-Briggs and David Keirsey's books.
I think books should contribute to advance the body of knowledge instead of just using other people's previous hard work (in this case Isabel Myers-Briggs), rephrase everything and... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 1998
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