Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Typeby Isabel Briggs Myers, Peter B. Myers
Like a thumbprint, personality type provides an instant snapshot of a person's uniqueness. Drawing on concepts originated by Carl Jung, this book distinguishes four categories of personality styles and shows how these qualities determine the way you perceive the world and come to conclusions about what you've seen. It then explains what they mean for your success in school, at a job, in a career and in your personal relationships. For more than 60 years, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool has been the most widely used instrument in the world for determining personality type, and for more than 25 years, GIFTS DIFFERING has been the preeminent source for understanding it.
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I have found the Myer-Briggs psychometric test to be incredibly insightful; really the best test out there. The results captured my personality outstandingly well. I would recommend this book to just about anybody; you can learn so much about yourself, that you may be shocked at how well the book knows you. However, it can be difficult to maneuver the book because the sections are not well organized-- it would be best if there were a section on determining your personality type and then a separate section for each of the 16 types. Also, I felt that it lacked clarity in many parts. For example, I wasn't sure if i was Sensing or Intuitive because both sounded like they could apply to me. Other than that, it's a great book, and the research within it has become quite famous.
Isabel Briggs Myers, who had no training as a psychologist, broke new ground when she applied Carl Gustav Jung’s psychological types to healthy individuals. She writes that each person has unique innate gifts, and that makes human interaction singular and challenging. This classic textbook – though repetitive, scholarly and laden with technical tables – can help you understand how to deal with personality types that differ from your own. Briggs Myers (in collaboration with her son, Peter B. Myers, who wrote the preface) developed this text as an outgrowth of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which she created with her mother, Katherine Cook Briggs, to help place women in jobs when World War II took most able-bodied men out of the US workforce. Most of its information is enduringly useful, though the chapter on marriage seems mired in an earlier time. getAbstract recommends this book’s insights and communication lessons; it can help readers better understand themselves, their bosses, their staff and their loved ones.
If viewed as supplemental to understanding the personalities around you, not as a fixed slate of conformity, "Gift Differing" is extremely interesting and insightful. It is based on the theories of Carl Jung, yet more humanized in many respects, it could be read to improve understanding of his theories also. Overall, if you are interested in gaining insight into other(possible0modes of thought, the book is great. I found it useful for finding new character traits in Novels as well.