Gifts Differing : Understanding Personality Type, Paperback Book

Gifts Differing : Understanding Personality Type Paperback

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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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A rather deeper than average book on the Myers-Briggs personality type system. The book looks at how and why we develop, with insights into characteristics, inherent preferences, and observed generalities. <br/><br/>Not really a good introduction to personality typing, but well worth reading for anyone wanting to understand the functions a bit better, and to know something of the history of the Myers-Briggs system.

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While ironically not as strong as Kiersey's "Please Understand Me II", this basic introduction to the MBTI by the original Isabel Briggs Myers and her son Peter is nevertheless a useful book to have on hand. Based on Jung's personality types, Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katherine Briggs developed a means of expressing and analyzing the types in relation to people's normal lives. This book pursues that aim with chapters discussing not only the various personality types, but also as they may apply to education, career, marriage and children.

Also by Isabel Briggs Myers