Please Understand Me: Character & Temperament Types

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Prometheus Nemesis, 1984 - Family & Relationships - 210 pages
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After presenting a brief rundown of 20th-century psychology movements, Keirsey and Bates encourage you to take the 70-question "Keirsey Temperament Sorter," a sort of mini-Myers-Briggs test that places you in 1 of 16 personality types. Like the Myers-Briggs system, this test sorts your personality into groups of extraversion/introversion (E/I), sensation/intuition (S/N), thinking/feeling (T/F), and perceiving/judging (P/J). Unlike the Myers-Briggs system, Please Understand Me also presents four easy-to-remember temperament types--Dionysian (freedom first), Epimethean (wants to be useful), Promethean (desires power), and Apollonian (searches for self)--that underlie the 16 possible personalities identified by the test. The book then delves into a detailed analysis of each type, with sections on mates, children, and leaders. An appendix paints portraits of the 16 possible personality types.

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The essential guidebook to the "4 Letter" personality type categorization. This is a guidebook that you reference over and over; not designed for a single reading. I have had, and referred to, this book for over 10 years... Read full review

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Descriptions are spot on and practical. I really love the chapters /sections dealing with spouses and children. I mostly interpreted it as part of conflict management with colleagues at work as part of my communication and leadership graduate class. Read full review

Contents

Different Drums and Different Drummers
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n The Four Temperaments
27
Mating and Temperament
67
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About the author (1984)

David Barsamian is a broadcast journalist and director of Alternative Radio. He is well known for his interviews of Noam Chomsky, which have been collected in several volumes. These include Chronicles of Dissent, Keeping the Rabble in Line: Interviews with David Barsamian, and Class Warfare: Interviews with David Barsamian. His interviews with Edward Said have also been collected, in The Pen and the Sword: Conversations with David Barsamian.

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