Do you have a deep desire to learn more about Who you really are? These 7 great books on personality typing will help you understand yourself a whole lot better. It’s summer what better time to dive in and read a good book? Better yet, why not read a good book with life-changing energies behind it.
For the past decade, I’ve been reading every book possible on personality typing. During my Myers-Briggs® certification process, I read many books and textbooks, some good, and others, the psycho-babble makes them “meh.”
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7 Great Books to Help You Understand Personality Typing
1. Please Understand Me/Please Understand Me II
Author: David Keirsey
Why read it? It’s an informative read on personality. Please Understand Me was one of the first books to popularize the personality theory of Briggs and Myers and contains some of the best type descriptions around this theory. The book managed to sell nearly two million copies in its first 20 years of publication despite being advertised only by word of mouth, which speaks volumes about its quality.
What I love about the book is it relates theories around temperament and character. I found it fascinating as Keirsey found a way to relate personality types to historical and mythological perspectives. This in itself is like getting a type-theory hug. It allows you to imagine through other great minds that have become before you. It begs the question, how will you leave your mark in history. Additionally, the descriptions of the four temperaments (ST Guardians, SF Artisans, NF Idealists, and NT Rationals) are clearly defined; without a lot of psycho-babble — refreshingly, so
2. Gifts Differing
Author: Isabel Briggs Myers and Peter Myers
Why it’s a must-read: If you like your personality theory straight from one of the most popular creators of type theory, then this book’s for you. In Gifts Differing, Isabel Briggs Myers serves up some pretty compelling text on how the Myers-Briggs personality theory actually works, opening a fascinating window into the world of personality typology. A thorough but easy read. This book is passionate and heart-centered, reflecting the wisdom of a woman who dedicated her entire life to her work. The depth and breadth of the work are for those in need of positive self-awareness or an upbeat view of the world. This read will make you want to hug yourself!
3. Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work
Authors: Otto Kroeger and and Janet M Thuesen
A lifestyle approach to typing: The book was first published in 1988, and I love the homespun aspects. They wrote a book about people and life. They also tapped into the knowledge of Katharine Myers and Peter Briggs Myers, who supported the book and helped bring it to life. If you’re looking for an easy read with a low measure of psycho-babble, this could be the one. It’s interesting, and the information is practical. I strongly suggest this book be added to your shelves either digitally or in print.
4. Personality Hacker: Harness the Power of Your Personality Type to Transform Your Work, Relationships, and Life.
Authors: Joel Mark Witt and Antonia Dodge
A modern read: Why I think this book is worth the investment is it’s refreshingly modern. I resonate with their ideology of not just knowing typology for a career aspect but a place of loving yourself. Oh-so-essential. They also talk about today’s world and information overload, which I call choice paralysis. Thank you, Google, for that new neuroticism. The book also includes a test, reflection exercises, and more. It’s a wise choice if you desire to know yourself and how you fit into today’s modern world.
5. Personality Type
Author: Lenore Thomson
A Practical Read: Every personality type theorist will have a different take on type theory. It’s their personality type in action. David Keirsey talks in terms of behavior, and Isabel Briggs Myers analyzes the mindset behind the behavior. At the same time, Thomson focuses on the cognitive stack associated with the 16 personality types and takes our understanding of the four-letter personality code to a whole new level.
Are you new to the term cognitive functions? In the most simplistic understanding, the idea here is that we have specific modes of processing information and making decisions based on our four-letter type. These modes are known as cognitive functions. Each type possesses four (out of a possible eight) cognitive functions in a specific order, known as a stack. The functions are: Extroverted Intuition (Ne)/ Introverted Intuition (Ni); Extroverted Sensing (Se)/ Introverted Sensing (Si); Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Feeling (Fi); and Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Thinking (Ti). The ENTP stack, for example, is Ne, Ti, Fe, Si.
To break a stereotype here, I recommend you identifying functions and in what order, as this determines a four-letter type, not the other way around. In essence, we’re reaching deep into the Jungian psychology that sits behind the popular personality test. Sound complicated? It is, but Thomson does a remarkable job of keeping things clear. It’s recommended if you are at all interested in the “why” behind typology.
6. Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
Author: Anne Bogel
It’s Refreshingly Simple, yet Profound: This book was an impulse purchase, but I’m so happy that I picked it up. It’s refreshingly simple yet profound. It looks at typing from compassion, typing not as a label, from a love perspective, and more. But, what I love the most she looks at personality changes versus behavioral changes. Huge, Huge, Huge difference. And for those of you who read this blog, you know, I don’t associate the word change with personality typing. It’s a mere 211 pages a beach read for sure!
7. The Five Levels of Attachment
Author: Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
Spirituality, hello: Of course, you knew I had to offer one book on spirituality. Hell, it’s the basis of my work—personality typing, with a spiritual understanding. Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., like his father, he’s a genius. One of my favorite chapters in the book; Level One, the Authentic Self. Yes, I love it because it mirrors what I speak of discovering your TrueSelf. Ruiz uses the traditions of Toltec wisdom, which is profound, to say the least.
I use the potential of three new personality paradigms to discover the gifts of the TrueSelf; the truth of who you are. Ok, back to the book and why I highly recommend it. False attachments keep us stuck in the Matrix of fear-based living. It’s about letting go of beliefs that no longer serve us so that we can discover our TrueSelves. False beliefs are often found in inherited values and behaviors. Click here for my top 50 books on spirituality.
Recap: 7 Great Books to Help You Understand Personality Typing
So dear readers, this recap will be short and sweet.
– Skip the romance novel and instead pick up a book on personality typing; it may transform your life,
– A list of the 7 great books to help you understand personality typing,
– The importance of acceptance in regards to personality typing and your TrueSelf
– A clickable link to my top 50 spiritual reads.
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