03 April 2007

Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, and Intelligence

Please Understand II: Temperament, Character, and Intelligence
By David Keirsey

A friend who works in human resources recommended this book as I was interested in learning about how to effectively communicate with the variety of personalities found in my workplace. This book is grounded in Myers-Briggs theory and explains how intelligence manifests itself in each of the different personality types. A Myers-Briggs assessment is located at the start of the book so you can determine your profile if you don’t already know it and subsequent chapters provide detailed analysis of the four types (called Artisans, Guardians, Idealists, and Rationals by Keirsey). Background info about the Myers-Briggs method and the historical/scientific perspectives of temperament and character development are also explained. Keirsey concludes with sections about Mating, Parenting, and Leading and how the individual types typically approach these tasks.

The book is written for an educated audience (preferable with a little bit of psychology background) but it really keeps the jargon to a minimum and isn’t overly clinical. Very informative and very interesting. Definitely recommended.

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