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 Temperament and Personality Type

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The Art of Speedreading People, by Barbara Barron-Tieger and Paul D. Tieger. Part of a series by the authors that explores the implications of temperament in our everyday lives (see the relationships page in our reading room for others). Based on the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator ™, these books not only explain temperament and how it affects us, but also give concrete and useful ways we can use the knowledge of temperament to better communicate with, and relate to, others of differing types.  While the theory behind their typing system ( and Keirsey's) differs somewhat from that of archetypal psychology which uses the gods and goddesses as archetypes, both involve similar systems that use personality typing and temperament to assess individual differences. 

Goddess Gift: A Woman's Guide to Discovering the Goddess Within, by Sharon Turnbull, author and webmistress of this site.   Using the myths of many goddesses as models, Goddess Gift gives women concrete images and specific ways of thinking and being; ways to grow and to be strong while remaining fully female. Whether you want to address a specific issue or to explore the enigmatic areas of your psyche, Goddess Gift will help you understand the patterns of your life and plant you firmly on the path to your personal fulfillment.

Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type--Revised and Updated Edition Featuring E-careers for the 21st Century, by Barbara Barron-Tieger and Paul D. Tieger, Best-selling guide  helps people find the job that best suits their personality type. Provides specific job search strategies and  lists a wide array of occupations that are popular with each  personality type. The authors  highlight the strengths and pitfalls of each personality type and provide career advice using real-life examples.

Please Understand Me, by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates, Prometheus Nemesis. A "classic" book explaining the theory and implications of personality type and temperament. Clear illustrations of how temperament produces individual difference, and how understanding  and valuing differences in the personality type of yourself and others can result in greater understanding.

Type Talk:The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work, by Otto Kroeger and Janet Thuesen. A layman's introduction to personality typology using a personality typing system based on the work of C. G. Jung. Sixteen personality types are described in detail,  and the authors illustrate how the different types are revealed in everyday life.

The 16 Personality Types, Descriptions for Self-Discovery by Linda  Berens and Dario Nardi.
After providing an introduction to temperament  that gives you a vocabulary for understanding individual  differences and similarities, the authors present a method of identifying personality type that combines how others see you and how you see yourself. They supply descriptions of the sixteen  personality types and ask you to choose the one that best describes you.  Their  insightful descriptions of people sharing each type can assist you to develop  new views of yourself and to further develop your personality in ways consistent with your personality type.

The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, and Sue Viders.
Although this book was designed for writers to help them develop believable characters, it is a delightful read for the general public. The authors present several archetypes that frequently appear in works of fiction, and relate these archetypal patterns to their associated personal characteristics.

What Type Am I?: Discover Who You Really Are, by Renee Baron. Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™ of temperament. If you don't already know your Myers-Briggs Type, you can take the four 20-question quizzes for each of four categories to get an estimate. Then read on to find numerous tips for improving your life by using your knowledge of your personality type.

Your Shadow Side, the Fourth Function, by Terrence Duniho.  Although written primarily about the missing goddess, the neglected or disowned side of the personality,  this book provides a good general introduction to the use of temperament or personality type.

Gifts Differing, by Isabel Briggs Myers and Peter Myers.  The classic publication that introduced the popular Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator  (MBTI)™ that has been widely used in personal and career counseling. The MBTI instrument yields a classification of personality into 16 different types and was the most widely used instrument in personality research until the recent introduction of the IPIP questionnaire.

What Color is Your Personality? by Carol Ritberger. Well-written book contains a self-assessment test, and outlines the 16 personality types based on the work of Jung. Each of the four major categories is typified by a different color, and the characteristics of each type are discussed. Section on dealing with stress and health issues is particularly interesting.  Ritberger's other book, Your Personality, Your Health: Connecting Personality with the Human Energy System, Chakras, and Wellness, explores the relationship between personality type, the human energy system, and the nature of illness and healing, identifying the power of individuals to heal themselves.

Beside Ourselves: Our Hidden Personality in Everyday Life, by Naomi Quenk. Insightful discussion of how our personality types as described by the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator™   influence our  personality makeup. Focuses on the issue of what happens when the "shadow" (as described in the psychology of Jung). . . the weak, neglected, disavowed part of the personality creates havoc in our lives when it emerges unexpectedly,  when we are "beside ourselves".

The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love and Act the Way You Do, by John Oldham and Lois Morris. Identifies 14 personality types and discusses each in  terms of: typical behaviors and traits, advice for how to "get along" with that type, and activities to develop weak areas. Includes a personality quiz to identify your type. The types were derived from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that is used by psychologists and psychiatrists to diagnose mental disorders, and the authors list danger signs that can indicate the presence of a personality disorder, as opposed to a "normal" personality type.






































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