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. Buy a cheap copy of Please Understand Me II: Temperament, book by David Keirsey. For the past twenty years Keirsey has continued to investigate. Keirsey, David, and David Keirsey. Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence. First ed. Del Mar, Calif.: Prometheus Nemesis Book Co.

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Ray Choiniere Foreword by. Keirsey and Bates’s Please Understand Me, first published insold nearly 2 million copies in its first 20 years, becoming a perennial best seller all over the world.

Advertised only by word of mouth, the book became a favorite training and counseling guide in many institutions — government, church, business — and colleges across the nation adopted it as Phenomenon: Advertised only by word of mouth, the book became a favorite training and counseling guide in many institutions — government, church, business — and colleges across the nation adopted it as an auxiliary text in a dozen different departments.

Perhaps it was the user-friendly way undershand Please Understand Me helped people find their personality style. Perhaps it was the simple accuracy of Keirsey’s portraits of temperament and character types. Or perhaps it was the book’s essential message: Please Understand Me II For the past twenty years Keirsey has continued to investigate personality differences — to refine his theory of the four temperaments and to define the facets of character that distinguish one from another.

His findings form keifsey basis of Please Understand Me II, an updated and greatly expanded edition of the book, far more comprehensive and coherent than the original, and yet with much of the same easy accessibility.

One major addition is Keirsey’s view of how the temperaments differ in the intelligent roles they are most likely to develop. Each of keiraey, 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. Like four suits in a hand of cards, we each have a long suit and a short suit in what interests us and what we do well, and fortunate indeed are underztand whose work kersey their skills.

But also included is The Keirsey Four-Types Sorter, a new short questionnaire that identifies one’s basic temperament and then ranks one’s second, third, and fourth choices.

Share this new sorter with friends and family, and get set for a lively and fascinating discussion of personal styles. Paperbackpleasee.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Does this one cover all the topics in the previous part? Merry Oh heavens no! This is just keirwey updated version with new material in it. In reality, you wouldn’t want to read both. Lists with This Book. Dec 19, JoAnna Spring rated it really liked it. Word to your SJ mother.

Myers-Briggs is the world’s most used personality indicator and the basis for any understanding I have of all people.


Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey covers practical aspects of the 16 Myers-Briggs types – communication style, decision making, interests, leadership style and tons more. It assumes, presumably because it is a sequel, that you have a basic understanding of MBTI and that you know your own type. I also found it helpful to think of people I know in the various types as I was reading about them. This encouraged revelations such as, “so, that is why my boss is an insane masochist.

Your family or that uunderstand jerk at Starbucks aren’t trying to make you crazy. They have logical reasons for driving you nuts that are completely consistent with how they see the world. With a little knowledge and self-awareness you can figure out why that is and see them for the valuable, well-intentioned people that they are.

That is total shenanigans. Here’s what I got out of the book And people think I’m weird. Which, apparently, according to the numbers, I am.

Keirsey’s take on Myers-Briggs is an interesting, and seemingly valid one, though he says it does contradict Myers’ uderstand Myers-Briggs analysis slightly.

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He breaks the 16 types into four main groups based on two factors: You can use words in an abstract way Ns as described above or concretely Ss. You can also use tools – and tools refers to nearly everything: Cooperative usage means you consider the morals of the tool you are using based on societal or idealized norms.

Utilitarian means you use tools in the most effective way to get the job done, whether or not it is moral. The book has convenient stand-alone chapters for each type so you can skip around to read about yourself or your spouse right from the start. Each chapter contains an introduction story of a famous person of that type, a historical retrospective Rationals were once referred to as “phlegmatics” because they are bland and detached like mucousand a breakdown of self-image and orientation in the world.

At the end of the chapters, each of the 4 variants within the overarching types is described in detail – priorities, strengths, relationships.

The format helps the reader understand what different variants have in common but also emphasizes the subtle unique qualities in uhderstand similar groupings. It helps pleaae sense of why an introvert, scheduling keirseyy anal unverstand INFJ would gravitate towards working as a one-on-one counselor, while an extrovert, scheduling idealist ENFJ would prefer the group environment as a teacher. I think the greatest value in understanding Myers-Briggs types is actually to use it as a self-discovery tool.

I’ve always known I was a weirdo, but I was still shocked at realizing things that I thought were universal are actually particular to my type. Apparently, not everyone is burdened with the nagging feeling that they aren’t living up to their full potential. The chapter on SPs my polar opposites nearly made me cry. Did you know there are people that get total and complete enjoyment out of the actual moment they are living in?!?

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.

Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence

And totally undoable for me. I love Myers-Briggs and this was a great guide to the types. Totally recommended for anyone trying underatand figure out their families or coworkers or looking for a little more self-understanding.

Jul 03, Esteban del Mal rated it really liked it Shelves: I think all this reading about the MBTI is turning me into a fascist. I’ve got this passive-aggressive co-worker and I’m finding myself muttering things like “ISTP cocksucker” under my breath more and more.


Time for a fiction break. View all 14 comments. Jul 06, Stephanie A. Higa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: One of my many obsessions.

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I did not think four letters could sum an entire personality. Little did I know Keirsey is also an INTP! So is probably definitely Thomas Pynchon! I’ve probably taken at least 30 variants of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator since, and while the one provided in this book isn’t the best, the profiles are top-no One of my many obsessions. I’ve probably taken at least 30 variants of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator since, and while the one provided in this book isn’t the best, the profiles are top-notch.

The clear, straightforward text fixed many of my misconceptions about the four personality temperaments. Now I can type anyone, anywhere, anytime!

It doesn’t mean I’m particularly interested in you as a person, in a creepy way that is; I’m merely trying to gather as much data as possible to test out the theory. This book would have been even better had it included extensive overviews of Jung’s cognitive functions and Enneagram theory, but then it would have been the size of a small dinosaur. Sep 24, Sarah rated it really liked it. This is a good one for all you Meyers-Briggs junkies out there.

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.

His explanations of the different temperaments were certainly clear enough for me to begin typing people I live and work with. In effect, I began to realize that we all have things that we are good at and not-so-good at and that the world would not turn the same way without them. I began to hav This is a good one for all you Meyers-Briggs junkies out there. I began to have a deeper appreciation for the people around me–the world needs all of us. Keirsey, I think, does well not to undercut the power of the individual.

I’ve met people of my type or of my temperament that are totally different people although we go about our utterly different lives in such similar ways. The goodness or not-so-goodness within us is determined by something deeper than temperament I’m an idealist, can you tell?

Also, one has to consider a myriad of sociological details. But by knowing someone’s temperament, it becomes much easier and more fulfilling to be in their lives. I now forgive myself when I get annoyed at my ESFP mother for bursting into my room to show me what she bought, and I forgive her for bursting into my room while I was thinking about something.

Lastly, I would say that Keirsey does well to remain descriptive and not too prescriptive. He’s not telling us what we should be, rather he’s sharing what he’s observed of what we are. I think it follows rather true-to-life. Although I’ll warn you, if you’re an ESFP or an artisan of any sortyou’ll probably get bored pretty quickly–there’s a good deal of theory in there.