ISBN-10:
1885705026
ISBN-13:
9781885705020
Pub. Date:
06/28/2006
Publisher:
Prometheus Nemesis Book Company
Please Understand Me II: Temperament Character Intelligence / Edition 1

Please Understand Me II: Temperament Character Intelligence / Edition 1

by David Keirsey, Ray Choiniere
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For the past twenty years Keirsey has continued to investigate personality differences — to refine his theory of the four temperaments and to define the facets of character that distinguish one from another. His findings form the basis of Please Understand Me II, an updated and greatly expanded edition of the book, far more comprehensive and coherent than the original, and yet with much of the same easy accessibility. One major addition is Keirsey's view of how the temperaments differ in the intelligent roles they are most likely to develop. Each of us, he says, has four kinds of intelligence — tactical, logistical, diplomatic, strategic — though one of the four interests us far more than the others, and thus gets far more practice than the rest. Like four suits in a hand of cards, we each have a long suit and a short suit in what interests us and what we do well, and fortunate indeed are those whose work matches their skills. As in the original book, Please Understand Me II begins with The Keirsey Temperament Sorter, the most used personality inventory in the world. But also included is The Keirsey Four-Types Sorter, a new short questionnaire that identifies one's basic temperament and then ranks one's second, third, and fourth choices. Share this new sorter with friends and family, and get set for a lively and fascinating discussion of personal styles.

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ISBN-13: 9781885705020
Publisher: Prometheus Nemesis Book Company
Publication date: 06/28/2006
Edition description: REV
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 40,204
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Please Understand Me II: Temperament Character Intelligence 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Seghetto More than 1 year ago
Professor Keirsey has written quite a provocative book. I took the Keirsey temperament sorter twice and ended up as scoring as an ESTJ and then I took it the test again after I had finished the book as an ESFJ. I found what Keirsey had written about my particular personality type (Guardian) as very true. What was particularly prescient were the discussions of the different types of intelligence. Keirsey claims there are four different types of intelligence: Tactical, Logistical, Diplomatic, and Strategic. The descriptions of the particular types of intelligence are not very in depth, but they are quite illuminating for the purposes of introspection. This book is very good in terms of trying to understand those in your life and those that you may interact with in the workplace. This book is not meant to be read like a novel. The first two chapters explain Professor Keirsey's approach to the temperaments and defines some of the terminology the book contains There is also a discussion of how this work builds on Isabel Myers' and Paracelsus' work. The following chapters deal with the different types, a chapter on mating, parenting, and leading. This book is highly recommended if you are in business or like understanding personality types.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. An easy book to read that will open your eyes to your personality type and understanding others around you. I am a psychology student and personality psychology interests me greatly, but I was extremely impressed with the value and insight I found in the pages of this book. It was shocking to read with much amazement my personality type and finding myself nodding in agreement that Keirsy hit the nail on the head and was able to descriptively describe my motivations in life and who I am at the core of my being. Not only did I confirm my personality type but I was able to understand what drives those closest to me and find a greater depth of understanding and acceptance. I highly recommend this book!
ieJasonW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll keep this brief because I suspect many people like this book. I like it because it helps people articulate what it is about them that makes them click with some people and repulsed by others. Read it to learn about yourself. Read it to learn about how you tend to interact and understand others. Then try to grow from that perspective...
gbill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can it really be possible to put every person under the sun, all of humanity in its myriad forms, into one of 16 categories? This is what the Myers-Briggs system attempts to do, and despite it being fairly well established, I confess I was skeptical about how accurate it could be. I suppose I¿ve always believed in the uniqueness of the individual. I thought it ironic that the book started with the quote from Thoreau which I love and have in my office, and which to me has always underlined the value of individuality (¿If a man does not keep pace with his companions...¿). How could a system that tries to put people into 16 bins be embracing that quote?Casting that aside, I eagerly took the test and had my family take it as well. For the record we have two guardians (a ESFJ `provider¿ and a ISTJ/ISFJ `inspector/protector), as well as two idealists (an INFP `healer¿ and a ENFJ `teacher¿). And in (breathlessly) reading the descriptions for those personality types, a lot of them seemed quite accurate, though I¿ll spare you the details. It was a bit maddening in doing this because the book is poorly organized. Instead of the test followed by 16 simple sections explaining each type, the information is spread across sections that are common to the 4 major types, often with tables that are less than clear, and then into separate sections for `mating¿, `parenting¿, and `leading¿, with the result being a lot of thumbing around. It wasn¿t nearly as bad as reading characteristics of the Zodiac which one then reads into and begins seeing in oneself, but I did get that feeling at times, because it seemed like a lot of positive, general things were described. The book also didn¿t answer a lot of questions that occurred to me: What is the distribution of personality types, and does it vary across cultures? Are parents of a certain personality type prone to have children of a certain type, either because of the genes they pass on or the environment they provide? Can personality type change over a person¿s life, either in early childhood or because of traumatic events? What types of variations are there in reality, e.g. if we looked at 100 INFP¿s, how many would correlate to those characteristics, and where would the biggest `errors¿ be? Are there other possible metrics that may lead to 32, or 64 types? What would `bad¿ versions of these types look like, or put another way, what are more of the potential negative behaviors of these personality types? (There is some but not much of this). What is the distribution of careers or criminal behaviors by personality type? Instead of these types of things, interspersed in the book are somewhat odd things like predominant personality types of leaders in the feminist movement in the 60s; these feel not only dated but unquantified.On a personal level, yes, I see myself in the description of my type, but can that explain my own behavior, good or bad, or explain the difficulties I have had as type ABCD while dealing with type EFGH? And here is where I think the value comes in. Is this absolutely accurate, or a predictor of behavior? Of course not, humans are far too nuanced. But the system raises awareness into the fact that the people around us are, well, different, that they don¿t see events and actions through the same lens that we do. They are not ¿better¿ or ¿worse¿ for this, they are just different, and we should be more understanding when they react differently in cases that we might otherwise think ¿well I wouldn¿t have thought or done that¿.And this takes me back to the quote. It¿s not about the categorization into the 16 types per se, although that is the framework and major content of the book, it¿s about the acceptance of others for who they are. It¿s about the ¿Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.¿ Anything which helps us do that has got to have some goodness in it.
JoS.Wun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found David Keirsey's take on 'personality types' resonated much more closely with the way I think about such things than the 'Myers-Briggs Type Indicators' I'd encountered previously. The Myers-Briggs stuff was a little too 'clinical' for me. Keirsey categorises and sub-categorises using descriptive words which I can relate to much more readily. But then I am a Rational Architect.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an underground classic for understanding personality type and putting the strengths of your personality to work for you. I highly recommend it as well as a new book that came out last week called The Personality Code. It's a more modernized version that includes an online test to measure your personality type, and it shows who your anti-type is so that you can get along better with the people you clash with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book with lots of insights as to who people are and how they communicate best. I read this with my family and it gave me great understanding as to how we relate to one another. A great Christian supplement to this book is Transformed Temprament by Tim LaHaye, it was written in the 70s but it is a great way to view your personality in light of the Holy Spirit's work in your life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book helps you not only accept yourself, but accept others for who they are. The test will only come out accurate if you are truly honest with your answers, so you must be prepared to be brutally honest with yourself (the good and the bad). The crazy part of different personalities is that you aren't wrong for being who you are, and yet sometimes we feel as though we are wrong for prefering justice over mercy, or for being spontaneous instead of deliberate/scheduled. But that just means we are different than someone else. And the world is a better place because of it. If we were all the same, what a boring place it would be!! Thanks to this book, and to those who made it available, we can improve our relationships with others and embrace our true selves. We don't have to feel the need to change others, or become irritated with them, if we appreciate our differences and see them as the positive traits they truly are. Fortunately, there is someone who understands us and realizes that none of us are crazy.. we're just different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only informative....but very entertaining....You will see everyone from your school teachers to your parents to your first boyfriend and be able to understand them better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very helpful to me as a beggining into self awareness. I'm 16 (INFJ). This book did have a very accurate description of myself. It aids in discovering things about your self you never realized before, but slightly suspected. There are a few problems that I latter discovered. The test that the book offers to discover your personality type is not 100% accurate, well your lucky to get 50% acccuracy. The book does not mention this, but sites that relate to this field of work do. Also the profiles in the book are a bit aged since it is a couple of years old, but if you simply go to google and type in the four magical letters of your type, chances are you'll find a more current updated profile for your type. As I said the test is not 100% accurate and the only way to know for sure what personality type you are is to read each profile carefully and decide which most relates to you. For example I know I am an INFJ, but the first time I took the test it called me an INTP, which is not correct at all, and when ever I take the test I never get the result of INFJ, at best it's INFP. Also another thing the book does not mention is that one person can be right on the border of two personality types such as myself. I am mostly and INFJ, but 1/3 of the time I am more of an INTJ. This makes me more of an INXJ, the x used to replace the letter that cannot truely be defined. Still I would recoment this book for everyone, and if I had the money I'd buy thousands of copies and give them away on street corners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has done more to help our marriage then any other. Now we have the freedom to be who we are and express our true feelings without the frustration of being misunderstood. It has also been invaluable in our day to day lives as we interact with the people around us giving us understanding of who they are and why they do the things they do. We have recommended this book to countless couples and will continue to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not a word usually used to describe an analytical book, it almost made me cry at one point because I felt so deeply understood. I finally feel justified in my thoughts and feelings and am better able to respect and understand others'. Matt (INTJ)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best book on human character read so far. I would loved if he showed more how the different personality types interact with each other. Sort of a roadmap or guide to use when dealing with people from the perspective of the particular personality type Perhaps in Please Understand me III :-) Great book, Already recommending it to people
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not read the whole thing but an excerpt from the book was given to me in one of my classes: Different Drummers. I must say when I read this, words could not even come to my mind on how to describe how close this was to how I feel. I am getting the whole book because just that little part helped take away so much pain in my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can always tell whether the author of a temperament-type book is a Rational or an Idealist. Just look at the way they treat the Rationals. The Idealists have very little nice to say about Rationals. To them, a Rational is an antisocial, sometimes bullying, argumentative, perfectionistic nerd. Fellow rationals, however, know better... Please Understand Me II is delightful (especially for us poor, misunderstood Rationals).
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an excellent book. I have heard sooooo many faulty explainations of the MBTI, it's purpose, uses, meaning, interpretations... It was down-right healing to read this book. I think there's a lot of truth to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the first book and thouroughly enjoyed it. This second one is updated and expanded with the same excellence. The book does go into great detail on each of the personality/character traits - it is very valuable and insightful to those who wish to understand themselves and others better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿ve discovered I¿m an ENTP, which gives me great comfort. It was also good to read about the other temperaments so I can better understand the motives and internal priorities of others with whom I have to deal. However, I found the book a bit cumbersome to read. I thought it went a bit overboard on the theoretical side and was short on practical suggestions as to how I could better get along with others. However, I just read a book called WINNING WAYS, by Dick Lyles and my need for practical application was satisfied. I highly recommend reading it as a companion work to PLEASE UNDERSTAND ME II. It may be unfair to ask one book to do so much, but I wish the author had gone more in the direction of practical application and less in the direction of theory in volume II.