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
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
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.