Buy a cheap copy of Please Understand Me II: Temperament, book by David Keirsey. For the past twenty years Keirsey has continued to investigate. International Best Seller. Please Understand Me II is an expansion and successor to David Keirsey’s widely acclaimed book, Please Understand Me. It is a Followed by, Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence. Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types is a psychology book written by David Keirsey and.

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It’s also a fascinating study in undegstand nature and you’ll immediately start analyzing everyone around you, but it’s now my ultimate textbook in character personalities.

Keirsey llease room for this in his theory he even has graphs displaying itbut he doesn’t discuss enough how this affects what it actually means to be one of the four personality types.

At the end of the chapters, each of the 4 variants within the overarching types is described in detail – priorities, strengths, relationships. I recently became interested in the 16 Myers-Briggs Personality types, so I thought this book would be a good choice for myself.

It feels like a cheat sheet to the personality of your characters. I found this to be really informative, and actually a fun pasttime with my friends pointing out how closely each matched the personalities they were indicated to be.

The sets of indicated preferences create sixteen types:. Did you know there are people that get total and complete enjoyment out of the actual moment they are living in?!?

There is also a section on romantic relationships – I need to get my husband to fill out the quiz next! That being said, there are plenty of potential problems, and the system can obviously be abused. I can’t speak for the other types but the Rational section nailed me well, as did the Idealist section for my idealist friends.


Here’s what I got out of the book The first time I took the Meyers-Briggs which Keirsey’s is based on personality test was in 8th grade — my piano teacher gave it to all her students in order to help her understand our learning styles. My mom gets super annoyed at the whole personality typing thing. It’s well worth the investment in yourself.

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Oct 29, Judy added it. May 04, Maddie HedgehogBookReviews rated it really liked it. It’s a good, easy-to-understand way to analyze your personality type on these scales, je see how that type fits in with the others.

I became guilty of this title when in high school I first took the test and began to discover why I relate to people in the way that I do. Keirsey bases his criteria on observing how people use tools and how people use language. For example, all people develop skills and attributes from all of the four main personality types. Keirsey’s take on Myers-Briggs is an interesting, and seemingly valid one, though he says it does contradict Myers’ of Myers-Briggs analysis slightly.

Please Understand Me II : Temperament, Character, Intelligence

His methodology emphasizes the four temperaments, as he defines them, to generalize about different aptitudes and needs. It really helped me appreciate people better, especially my family, and understand why they didn’t understand me. But what an illuminating book for me. Yet school has been like pulling teeth since he started kindergarten. I did not think four letters could sum an entire personality. Open Preview See a Problem? Johnson Limited preview – I enjoyed studying it along with its earlier edition, but number II is definitely more clear and easy to remember.

Keirsey breaks down the basic precepts of human behavior and gives an excellent perspective on understanding and effectively interacting with others. They feel free to just do whatever makes them happy without any concern about whether they have to go to work tomorrow or if it will piss of their mother.


And it makes sooo much more sense now. His chapters on the challenges faced by people paired with a different type were incredibly relevant and helpful. Perhaps it was the simple accuracy of Keirsey’s portraits of temperament and character types. It’ll show you other aspects to their personality that you’ve had to work hard to figure out in the past. One of the best references to be able to communicate with co-workers, friends, dates, spouses, kids – anyone.

Each of us, he says, has four kinds of intelligence, tactical, logistical, diplomatic, strategic, though one of the four interests us far more than the others, and thus gets far more practice than the rest. May 11, Craig rated it liked it.

HOWEVER, if you just want an initial grounding in Jung Myers-Briggs theory and its general application–this is packed with it all, and the theory in my opinion is salient and powerful stuff. This was a really fun book club. It assumes, presumably because it is a sequel, that you have a basic understanding of MBTI and that you know your own type. If half stars li available I would have given this 3. Okay–I got fanatical about the Jung Myers-Briggs theory of personality last year.

This sequel is a complete re-write, with new information and far more helpful descriptions.