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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User Review  - KidSisyphus - LibraryThing

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me! ***** "INFJs can intuit good and evil in others, although they seldom can tell how they came to know. Subsequent events tend to bear ... Read full review

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

Mostly a review of a variety of personality type schemes and an un-useful descriptor of why one type wouldn't understand another, with little in the way of suggestions. Obligatory self-quizes. Read full review

Contents

Different Drums and Different Drummers
1
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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