Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive

Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive

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ISBN-13: 9781582703657
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 291
Sales rank: 747,805
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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lizzybee More than 1 year ago
INTP disclaimer: I had really high hopes for this book so I may not be as unbiased as I'd wish in reviewing it. Pros: * SPs who are uncertain of their creative gifts (likely most) will find useful information and receive a lot of encouragement in this book. * NFs who need a little creative ego boost will find a lot of that here. * xSTJs who can set aside their umbrage at being called boring might find something useful as well. * The 14 differing "two-letter" combinations and their creative challenges were probably the most enlightening aspects of the book. Cons: * NTs are stereotyped throughout the book as "nerdy and scientific," while the SJs are considered "conventional and stodgy." * INTP profile is just bizarre, seeming to center on how good we are with spreadsheets(?) * The 14 additional creative groupings don't include Extraverted and Introverted Thinking, though Feeling (both introverted and extraverted) gets a full analysis. * If you've read any recent creativity research, the general information sections won't be news. * There really aren't any in-depth discussions of type-specific pitfalls anywhere in the creative process and tactics to combat them. * The temperament lens is too widely focused to truly delve down into what makes each personality type tick creatively. Now to the personal stuff... This book was Debbie Downer dousing my flickering creative flame. See, I'm trying to become a novelist, a course the book essentially tells me I shouldn't even attempt. NTs aren't novelists, really. We're the kind of people who, when asked to describe the weather, supposedly describe things in terms of Doppler Radar readings (paraphrasing from the book). We think everything should be programmable, including our characters. You plug a thought into our brains and code comes out instead of humanity. We mechanize emotions and find everything that isn't logical to be incomprehensible. Hence, if we bother with fiction, it should be science-based. Because we're computers. Human computers. My personal Doppler Radar points to "wrong!" And you can see I don't have the faintest clue how to read one; I'm a failure as an NT. Because, really, whether we emphasize introverted or extraverted Thinking, Feeling, Intuition or Sensing, we use all of these functions on a day-to-day basis. Just because you're more familiar with your primary and auxiliary cognitive functions (Se and Fi in an ESFP, for example), that doesn't mean you shouldn't use your tertiary and inferior functions when you create. In fact, engaging those functions when painting or writing or drawing can help you more fully develop those lesser-used parts of your personality in a safe and healthy way. Envisioning worlds and characters in all their inner contradictions and detail has really helped me develop my sensing and feeling sides. If I were to listen to the advice in this book, I'd shove myself into logical box, and I'd never break free to reach my full potential. I know that isn't the message the book is trying to convey, but it's what was suggested through some truly unfortunate stereotyping. Meanwhile, I'll wait for a book about challenges each personality type has in dealing with creative projects. About how I can motivate myself to start, to keep the momentum going in the dull middle, and how I can deal with the boring minutiae of polishing the finished project. I can't be the only INTP with those
Lynn_Doupsas More than 1 year ago
At last, a go-to guide for helping individuals understand their own unique creative gifts. As a coach, I have longed subscribed to the view that creativity is a valuable currency that makes us each unique. Goldstein and Kroeger clearly articulate this and help the reader understand how to embody this in life, art, school and work. If you are a leader, coach or individual looking for inspiration in your immediate creative circle, family or team pick up ten of these! Packed with great observations and insights for all types.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), I remember reading my results with alternating currents of recognition, disbelief, and ultimate acknowledgment: Wow, that really describes me/Could that really describe me?/Hmm, maybe it does. I felt this same tangle of feelings—and gathered some choice ideas on how to understand my own motivations, encourage collaboration, and create more confidently—reading "Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive." More than a book for painters and writers, the authors of "Creative You" explain how everybody—from all the various MBTI types—can more effectively relate to the creative process. Once that’s made clear, Kroeger and Goldstein suggest how you can you use your findings to enhance your creativity and encourage it in others. The key to reaping the rewards of creative discovery, the authors suggest, is understanding the way we see the world and act in it. By using the lens of MBTI, they reveal their vision of creative insight as a gift everyone can share.