Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive

Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive

Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive

Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive


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No matter what your passion is—business, technology, science, or plumbing—this practical guide will enable you to unleash your innate creative skills based on your unique personality type and succeed in everything you do.

Whether you can admit it to yourself or not, you are creative.

In today’s complex world, creativity is the key to finding and living your passion. Whatever that passion is— cooking, technology, writing, or even plumbing—Creative You reveals your own personal style of creativity to help you build an environment of innovation at work and home.

Discover your creative personality type with a simple quiz and detailed descriptions of the sixteen person­ality types. Plus, tools and techniques show you how to apply creativity to your everyday life. Drop excuses like I’m too old to start being creative and creativity is only for artists. Confidently use creativity to live your passion by using your natural style. Whether you are starting from scratch or enhancing an already developed skill, discover the creative you that you’ve been searching for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582703657
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 291
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Otto Kroeger is a bestselling author and expert in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Assessment. He served as president of the Association of Psychological Type International and is a current member of the National Training Laboratory Institute of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Kroeger has coauthored four leading books on personality: Type Talk, Type Talk at Work, 16 Ways to Love Your Lover, and Personality Type and Religious Leadership.

David B. Goldstein is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® certified and has done extensive research on the connections between creativity and psychological types. He earned an MBA from The George Washington University and studied art at the Hong Kong Art School. He splits his time between New York City and Falls Church, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xv

Introduction xix

Part I Meeting Your Creative Self 1

1 Casting Light on Creativity 3

Common Myths About Creativity 4

2 What's Your Creative Type? 13

The Four Questions of the Personality indicator 15

3 Creative Profiles of the Eight Preferences 25

Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)-Your Energy Flow 26

Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)-The Complete Picture or Big Picture 35

Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)-Decision Making with Your Head or Your Heart 49

Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)-Your Public Face 58

4 The Four Temperaments of Creativity 69

Intuitive Feelers (NF)-Poetic and Personal 71

Intuitive Thinkers (NT)-Experimental and Complex 75

Sensing Judgers (SJ)-Realistic and Traditional 78

Sensing Perceivers (SP)-Dramatic and Flexible 82

Other Pairs of Preferences (NJ, ES, IN, EF, IS, FP, TJ, NP, IF, IP, EN, EJ, EP, IJ) 88

Part II The Sixteen Creative Types 95

5 Your Creative Type: Finding Your Glass Slipper 97

The Organizer (ISTJ)-Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging 102

The Facilitator (ISFJ)-Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging 106

The Visionary (INTJ)-Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging 110

The Inspirer (INFJ)-Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging 113

The Crafter (ISTP)-Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving 116

The Dreamer (ISFP)-Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving 120

The Idea Mill (INTP)-Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving 123

The Muser (INFP)-Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving 128

The Realist (ESTJ)-Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging 131

The Teacher (ESFJ)-Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging 135

The Commander (ENTJ)-Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging 138

The Persuader (ENFJ)-Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging 143

The Adventurer (ESTP)-Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving 146

The Entertainer (ESFP)-Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving 150

The Brainstormer (ENTP)-Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving 155

The Socializer (ENFP)-Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving 158

Part III Cultivating Courageous Creativity 163

6 Using Your Creative Type for Maximum Effect 165

7 Collaboration 169

8 How to Interpret What Critics Say 175

9 Art in Yourself: More Creative Outlets 181

10 Using Your Creative Type to Succeed in Work 203

11 Jung at Art: Encouraging Children to Stay Creative 227

12 Accounting for Audience Taste and Your Appreciation 247

13 The Creative Spirit 253

14 Courageous Creativity 261

Acknowledgments 267

Notes 271

Glossary 285

Selected Bibliography 291

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