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Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types [Paperback]

David Keirsey , Marilyn Bates
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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Nemesis Book Co, US; 1984 Fifth Edition edition (Dec 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960695400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960695409
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book provides a useful vocabulary and phraseology for applying the Jung-Myers concepts of type"

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Know thyself.. and thereby know the world.. 5 Jan 1999
By A Customer
I ran into Keirsey accidentally last year, having over the years read much of Freud and Jung. There are both limitations and useful applications to Kiersey's development of 16 'standard' personality types. The compilation is clearly a result of widescale sampling and extrapolation based on Jung's development of 'components' of personality set out in his 'General Classification of Personality Types'. The result is a highly practical guide to looking at 'types' of personalities in relation to societal norms, how they interrelate to society as a whole, what interests them vocationally and avocationally; and how they view love, responsibility and destiny. One should take out of it a sence of equilibrium of personality both at a personal and the societal level. It is a very valuable tequnique of seeing yourself in relation to others and in understanding other's motivations. This book does not convey the deep introspection and intuition of the writings of the fathers of psychological categorization and the psyche's construction, which should be read by those interested the subject, but it is an excellent way to look at one aspect of yourself and the world around you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great expansion of MBTI 30 July 1999
By A Customer
I first read this book after I had already familiarized myself with Isabel Briggs Myers' work. The constructs that Keirsey invented -- most notably, the temperament groups SP, NF, NT and SJ -- are a very helpful expansion of the MBTI theoretical base. I believe Keirsey's portrait of an ISTP is the finest summary I have ever read for that type. It fits my brother to a "T". I identify most strongly with the ISFP, and Keirsey's characterization of that type is surely the most flattering ever penned. Though some will not agree with Keirsey's speculations about the temperaments of long-dead historical figures, there is much to admire about this volume. I did feel that the book is quite verbose, and needed stronger editing, but this complaint didn't detract from my enjoyment of Please Understand Me. This book will help you figure out so many people in your life. Read it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over whelming sense of comfort 26 Sep 1998
By A Customer
When I took the temperment test, then read what the initials meant, I could not believe the over whelming sense of comfort I found.
Most of my life, I felt like the swan in the duck's home. I knew no one who seemed to know what I was "feeling." My personality type is one the smaller percentages in the human world; therefore, I finally found out I'm not "strange" or "crazy" as people who loved me often verbalized even in jest.
A must reading for any one who is a misfit in today's work world, or problems with marraige, or raising children. As a Pediatric nurse, I have often recommended parents reading this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and amazingly accurate 13 May 1998
By A Customer
I'm a sucker for "personality type" quizzes, but this is a winner. The test went quickly, and was so astonishingly accurate about me that I found myself reading everything else I could get my hands on about the Myers-Briggs theory of personality types. Later I took the full test and had it interpreted by a qualified professional -- and the results were exactly what I discovered from the self-test in this book. The Myers-Briggs is a great tool for understanding yourself and others, and, on the basis of my experience and my reading, I'd recommend this book as the best place to get started.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource 30 Dec 1996
By A Customer
This book helps the reader understand why people behave the
way they do. It uses the Myers-Briggs type indicator to
define sixteen different personality types. It describes,
in detail, the sixteen different types. The reader may
take the test at the beginning of the book to discover his
or her own type. A person can be either an extrovert (E)
or an introvert (I), intuitive (N) or sensing (S), thinking
(T) or feeling (F), and judging (J) or perceiving (P). The
book emphasizes that no personality type is better than
another. This book suggests good professions for each type
of personality and tips for dealing with people of different
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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There are a lot of self-help books out there, all of which promise to give you the tools you need to maintain and improve the quality of your life. _Please Understand Me_ delivers on that promise.<BR> This book has two separate, but related, virtues. First, it contains some of the best descriptions ever written of the sixteen types defined in the Myers-Briggs personality model. Unlike astrological descriptions, which tend to offer useless generalities ("Today you will breathe air!"), Keirsey's portraits of the sixteen types are written clearly and specifically, allowing readers to recognize their individual types as distinct from others and thus leading to real self-understanding. This section alone makes _Please Understand Me_ worth its cover price, but the truly unique aspect of this book is its description of Keirsey's theory of temperaments.<BR> According to Keirsey, the sixteen types can be further grouped into four temperaments: the NF "Idealist" (consisting
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly accurate 3 May 2000
I am using this book as the basis for a personality experiment for my dissertation. So far, EVERYONE who has taken the questionnaire has been amazed at how accurately the personality descriptions have fitted them. I know there must be more than 16 different types of people in the world, some may argue that it oversimplifies the issue, but I feel it has provided the people I tested with useful insights about their character, which might help them to understand their behaviour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful read.
I thought this book, and its content, totally fascinating. A very useful read.
Published 12 days ago by Pat Harrison
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book, bad condition
Good book, shame about the state of it. Pages written on and spine cracked.
Was a waste of money as is now fit for the bin.
Published 4 months ago by Victoria Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights
As a Myers Briggs fan it explains a lot! Enjoyable read and fills in some of the blanks in other books.
Published 9 months ago by Peter CAMPION
2.0 out of 5 stars Circular thinking
Much like astrology seems initially intriguing but is really self reinforcing. For all it's acclaimed intent to facilitate understanding I feel it just constrains people to boxes... Read more
Published 12 months ago by RebeccaL
5.0 out of 5 stars The Famous Four
This is a terrific book, a real addition to the MBTI literature and a completely different angle on type (it's not really Jungian). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Simon Loveday
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably only for the MBTI aware
I would not recommend this work for a someone with a casual, passing interest in MBTI or someone looking to discover more about their own personality - there are more accessible... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rosalind Healy
5.0 out of 5 stars A real help
I found this book really useful in working out what I should do going forward in life, when I had a dilemma about whether to continue on a course where I had been happy for 20... Read more
Published on 5 April 2011 by Dave the engineer
2.0 out of 5 stars Very general
Okay as an introduction/overview of each of the four temperaments although not as useful and comprehensive as the sequel, but then that's probably why it was written. Read more
Published on 26 July 2010 by M. Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Really accurate and helpful
Answer the questions honestly!! Quiz your friends too! This is a great book to help you understand how you deal with life and those around you and how to do it better. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2008 by eva452
4.0 out of 5 stars Good... entertainment value (at least)
Well, okay, I didn't exactly read the entire book; I just came across it (a friend had it and was raving about it) and I've read about a third of the book. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 1999
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