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Determine your personality using a scientifically validated method based on the work of C.G. Jung and gain insight into why others behave the way they do, and why you are the person you are.


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Determine your personality using a scientifically validated method based on the work of C.G. Jung and gain insight into why others behave the way they do, and why you are the person you are.

30 review for Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work

  1. 5 out of 5

    mlady_rebecca

    My favorite book on Myers-Briggs temperament sorting. I love the insight into what motivates and energizes different types of people. No specific type is considered "better" than another, although some combinations are more rare. Personally, I'm an INTJ - Introvert/ iNtuitive/ Thinking/ Judging. Introversion/ Extroversion - how you gain energy. iNtuitive/ Sensor - how you perceive the world. Thinking/ Feeling - how you make decisions Judging/ Perceiving - how you organize your world. INTJ INFJ INFJ I My favorite book on Myers-Briggs temperament sorting. I love the insight into what motivates and energizes different types of people. No specific type is considered "better" than another, although some combinations are more rare. Personally, I'm an INTJ - Introvert/ iNtuitive/ Thinking/ Judging. Introversion/ Extroversion - how you gain energy. iNtuitive/ Sensor - how you perceive the world. Thinking/ Feeling - how you make decisions Judging/ Perceiving - how you organize your world. INTJ INFJ INFJ INTJ INTP INFP INFP INTP ENTP ENFP ENFP ENTP ENTJ ENFJ ENFJ ENTJ P.S. Just bought my 3rd copy of this book. (11/29/2013) Lost the first one. The second is buried in storage. Found the third on Kindle.

  2. 4 out of 5

    M

    The most readable, engaging introduction to Myers' theory of type I've come across. Type Talk is to Myers-Briggs what I'm O.K., You're O.K. is to Transactional Analysis. When you finish reading it you'll have the satisfying illusion that you understand it thoroughly. The most readable, engaging introduction to Myers' theory of type I've come across. Type Talk is to Myers-Briggs what I'm O.K., You're O.K. is to Transactional Analysis. When you finish reading it you'll have the satisfying illusion that you understand it thoroughly.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bucket

    Kroeger and Thuesen write in-depth about the practical applications of the Myers-Briggs type indicator, which is based on Jungian personality types. Basically, they take a complex, philosophical subject and break it down in ways that help people apply it to their own lives and relationships. They discuss the implications of personality type in all aspects of life: work, marriage, parenting, school, etc. For my graduate school leadership class I took the officially-facilitated test and came out wi Kroeger and Thuesen write in-depth about the practical applications of the Myers-Briggs type indicator, which is based on Jungian personality types. Basically, they take a complex, philosophical subject and break it down in ways that help people apply it to their own lives and relationships. They discuss the implications of personality type in all aspects of life: work, marriage, parenting, school, etc. For my graduate school leadership class I took the officially-facilitated test and came out with the personality type: INFJ. The first thing I did was read the profile in chapter 10 of this book, and it's accuracy in 95% of what it said nearly reduced me to tears. Reading the rest of the book gave me a lot of insight into interpersonal dynamics I see and experience at work and at school. It also put into clearer form many of the ways that my husband and I have worked out to understand each other's different needs and goals. I was excited to see that much of what the two of us have discovered about each other and compromised on over the years of our relationship falls right in line with Kroeger and Thuesen's suggestions. What really made me think more than anything else in the book was the little bit of information tacked on the end in Appendix 2: that extroverts show their best/dominant quality to the world and introverts actually keep their best/dominant quality to themselves and show their secondary quality to the world. This has definitely shifted somewhat the way I work on being a more socially engaged person. I have definitely been going at it using my F trait (my secondary trait) and keeping my N trait to myself until I really, really feel comfortable. Themes: psychology, Jung, leadership, relationships, communication, practical self-help

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Whitman

    Fascinating! I love how they discuss "type watching" and teach how to guess someone's personality in a matter of minutes (although some personalities may not be easy to guess and require many interactions). I also appreciated how they clarified that personalities are complex and they aren't suggesting that we are strictly one personality. Rather, we have "preferences." The way we reenergize, take in information, make decisions, and what we do with that information, can help to determine which le Fascinating! I love how they discuss "type watching" and teach how to guess someone's personality in a matter of minutes (although some personalities may not be easy to guess and require many interactions). I also appreciated how they clarified that personalities are complex and they aren't suggesting that we are strictly one personality. Rather, we have "preferences." The way we reenergize, take in information, make decisions, and what we do with that information, can help to determine which letters represent our personality types. I'm an INFJ - the one quirk is that, at times, I can be incredibly indecisive, which does not match the description of an INFJ.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miles Wen

    It’s good to know Myers Briggs Personality Types and how different people might fit into different personality categories. However, feels like that such “categorisation” serves more like an assurance to one’s prior judgement on an individual rather than providing practical insights on how to work with people in general.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emilie Belisle

    This book was a pretty interesting read although I found a bit of the information quite redundant. It would be better suited for someone who is just starting to get into MBTI!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Victor Ruiz

    Very good insights Great book talks about personalities and how they help us relate to others and explains a lot to why I’ve had conflicts and differences with others. It’s an introductory book and if you want more details (like cognitive functions) there are more resources outside the scope of this book

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    It's definitely an introductory book -- which is a shame since I picked it up after already exploring this subject for weeks and weeks on end. That's not the book's fault though. Honestly, if it wasn't stuff that I already had a grasp on, I would have given this a higher rating. I didn't like how the final type-descriptions in the back were extremely short. Fleshing out each type would have been a lot more interesting to read. It was pretty fragmented. Also being able to see the combination of al It's definitely an introductory book -- which is a shame since I picked it up after already exploring this subject for weeks and weeks on end. That's not the book's fault though. Honestly, if it wasn't stuff that I already had a grasp on, I would have given this a higher rating. I didn't like how the final type-descriptions in the back were extremely short. Fleshing out each type would have been a lot more interesting to read. It was pretty fragmented. Also being able to see the combination of all of these letters (E/I, N/S, T,F, J/P) finally meshing together at the end of the book would have been much more fulfilling. We could have seen everything we were reading about come together. I suppose one can still do a rougher-version that themselves though. What really stood out to me were the examples sprinkled throughout the book. Theoretically, I understand/understood the concepts, but seeing real situations really made the content stick. Prime examples come from the open-door policies in the office, the husband asking his wife if she wanted a peach as well as her response, the handedness analogy in chapter one, etc. I would recommend this book to anyone. Even if you aren't a subscriber in type-casting or MBTI, gaining insight into how people interact was worth the read (especially if someone were to apply it to the workplace).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kev Willoughby

    Type Talk is a very insightful book that helped me to understand myself and those that I work with more clearly. I was not surprised to learn that my "type" is INTJ. What was surprising and helpful was finding out what effect each of those characteristics within my profile has on my interaction with others at work. The Type Talk personality theory is built around four tendencies that are natural parts of an individual's personal traits. Each individual has a natural propensity to lean toward one Type Talk is a very insightful book that helped me to understand myself and those that I work with more clearly. I was not surprised to learn that my "type" is INTJ. What was surprising and helpful was finding out what effect each of those characteristics within my profile has on my interaction with others at work. The Type Talk personality theory is built around four tendencies that are natural parts of an individual's personal traits. Each individual has a natural propensity to lean toward one preference in each of the following pairs: Introvert or Extrovert; Intuitive or Sensing; Thinking or Feeling; and Judging or Perceiving.

  10. 5 out of 5

    February Four

    I liked this for the comprehensive overview of all 16 types as well as some things on what to look for, but Typewatching is not just about people on the extremes--people who are close to the center of the spectrum between their E and I, for example, don't act like the E or I types described in the book, and it is very difficult to get at other subtle differences like that. Overall, though, this was a positive read. I liked this for the comprehensive overview of all 16 types as well as some things on what to look for, but Typewatching is not just about people on the extremes--people who are close to the center of the spectrum between their E and I, for example, don't act like the E or I types described in the book, and it is very difficult to get at other subtle differences like that. Overall, though, this was a positive read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adrienna

    In general, I took brief notes on my personality traits as a INTJ. I learned there are more males in this personality trait/characteristic and lines up with the fields I have done already...just one more to go and hope I do well based on this book and others in relation....

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Pietzsch

    I mostly skimmed through this book to the parts that go into detail about my specific results, INFJ, from the MBTI. I also may have forced my significant other into taking the questionnaire and read more about how we interpret and handle situations as well as how we communicate.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Downing

    LOVED this book. It was very good and it told me a lot about the MBTI that I previously didn't know. I would say, though, that although it does introduce the topic from the beginning, having some background knowledge about the Type Indicator certainly came in useful. LOVED this book. It was very good and it told me a lot about the MBTI that I previously didn't know. I would say, though, that although it does introduce the topic from the beginning, having some background knowledge about the Type Indicator certainly came in useful.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    I didn't read this entire book - maybe read half and certain sections. Highly recommend it tho as it explains the Myer Brigg personalities SO well 👏🏻 I didn't read this entire book - maybe read half and certain sections. Highly recommend it tho as it explains the Myer Brigg personalities SO well 👏🏻

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    An old but still readable presentation of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator of personality. A helpful focus on its relevance to interpersonal and workplace relationships

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Actual: 3.5 stars Really insightful guide to how each and every person ticks based on 16 personality types. I have found through online research that I am considered an INFP (Introvert, iNuitive, Feeling, Perceiving). When I went to the sections in this book about my personality, it was basically as spot on as I could get, especially when they mentioned people who have had similar situations and experiences to me. This was a really helpful guide and I hope if more people check this book out, they Actual: 3.5 stars Really insightful guide to how each and every person ticks based on 16 personality types. I have found through online research that I am considered an INFP (Introvert, iNuitive, Feeling, Perceiving). When I went to the sections in this book about my personality, it was basically as spot on as I could get, especially when they mentioned people who have had similar situations and experiences to me. This was a really helpful guide and I hope if more people check this book out, they too can get some insight into their own unique personality.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Rae

    Didn't really explain dominant and auxiliary functions well. Its material on the four temperaments SP SJ NT NF was decent. Made me think about how different personalities are related to the conflicts I have with people in my life. Made me hate S (sensing) people with a burning passion. (putting a name to the feeling. I think ive always kind of had a feeling of animosity towards S people.) Didn't really explain dominant and auxiliary functions well. Its material on the four temperaments SP SJ NT NF was decent. Made me think about how different personalities are related to the conflicts I have with people in my life. Made me hate S (sensing) people with a burning passion. (putting a name to the feeling. I think ive always kind of had a feeling of animosity towards S people.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ayelet

    I found the first part of the book to be the most interesting. I related to the generalizations about types but then got bored when they started talking about workplace, dating/marriage and raising children. I just stopped caring. I do think that it can be useful for understanding the differences between people.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lacy Lovelace

    I really liked this book for MBTI! I learned a lot from it. I did feel like it focused on the individual letters more than the 4 letter personalities. I liked the way it was laid out and how typewatching was applied to so many facets of life. I feel like I have an even better understanding of MBTI!

  20. 5 out of 5

    KSmall26

    I had to read this book for school, and it was pretty good. It was informative and had some good information, but it didn't have anything that really made me want to read it. However, I can start to see how "Typewatching" shows up in the real world. This book is a decent read, but I probably wouldn't read it by my own accord. I had to read this book for school, and it was pretty good. It was informative and had some good information, but it didn't have anything that really made me want to read it. However, I can start to see how "Typewatching" shows up in the real world. This book is a decent read, but I probably wouldn't read it by my own accord.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nikita

    actually suuuuper helpful to learn about yourself and your strengths/weaknesses as well as other people and how to work with them & their strengths and weaknesses now whenever I meet someone, I instantly try to determine their type XD

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anysa

    It's a good book if you want to read and learn about personality types.But it's also very boring.For you to finish this book,You need to be REALLY interested in learning about personalities and people reading. It's a good book if you want to read and learn about personality types.But it's also very boring.For you to finish this book,You need to be REALLY interested in learning about personalities and people reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Arthur H. Guinn

    Bullshit pseudoscience

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mihai Adrian

    “As we've said many times before, Introverts get ulcers; Extroverts give ulcers.” 😅 P.S.: INFP for life XD “As we've said many times before, Introverts get ulcers; Extroverts give ulcers.” 😅 P.S.: INFP for life XD

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tori Johnson

    This was so informative, straight-forward, engaging, and simple: all that I needed. For anyone wanting to use Myers-Briggs as a tool but not look too deeply into it, this is a good guide.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    A good introduction to the concepts of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. This is where I started, and I usually recommend this book as a starting point to people when they want to know more MBTI and personality typology in general. As I said, it introduces the concepts in a way that's written in an engaging and easy language. However, I think the book's main flaw is that it encorporates too much from Keirsey's work, e.g. Please Understand Me II. I am highly critical of Keirsey's work, and I belie A good introduction to the concepts of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. This is where I started, and I usually recommend this book as a starting point to people when they want to know more MBTI and personality typology in general. As I said, it introduces the concepts in a way that's written in an engaging and easy language. However, I think the book's main flaw is that it encorporates too much from Keirsey's work, e.g. Please Understand Me II. I am highly critical of Keirsey's work, and I believe that this book suffers from drawing too much on Keirsey's temperaments, which leads to more stereotypical content. However, in spite of this flaw, I still recommend this book. I still go back to it from time to time to refresh myself and to use as an example of how to convey the information about personality typology to people unfamiliar with the concepts.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

    This book had a lot of information to offer-- some of it interesting, some of it very drawn out. There were a few chapters I skimmed because they just didn't seem relevant for me, but there were some chapters I read in one sitting because I was so curious about the topic. I think it might be a good little resource for people who are just starting to get into MBTI. I've been studying MBTI for a while so a lot of it was like a review for me, but I still grasped a few new, interesting things. It wa This book had a lot of information to offer-- some of it interesting, some of it very drawn out. There were a few chapters I skimmed because they just didn't seem relevant for me, but there were some chapters I read in one sitting because I was so curious about the topic. I think it might be a good little resource for people who are just starting to get into MBTI. I've been studying MBTI for a while so a lot of it was like a review for me, but I still grasped a few new, interesting things. It was just boring for me overall. Two little disclaimers to keep in mind: 1) It was published in 1988, so some of the information/examples are a bit dated. 2) Sometimes the descriptions of the different functions sounded like they were written by someone biased against those functions, which I was not a fan of.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah DiPascal

    I would recommend this book to anyone being introduced to the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) world. Or you know...any of you personality type/psychology dorks like me. ;) This book is very insightful, walking through what makes each individual type tick and how they can reach their full potential in their relationships, careers, and daily lives. Side note: These "types" aren't meant to put anyone in a box. The things written about your type shouldn't be the deciding factor for your life. Whil I would recommend this book to anyone being introduced to the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) world. Or you know...any of you personality type/psychology dorks like me. ;) This book is very insightful, walking through what makes each individual type tick and how they can reach their full potential in their relationships, careers, and daily lives. Side note: These "types" aren't meant to put anyone in a box. The things written about your type shouldn't be the deciding factor for your life. While the MBTI types can be amazingly accurate, each person is completely unique. Personally, I simply find this type theory very interesting. Learning about my type has confirmed a lot of things about my personality that I never understood, and it's been quite a relief to know that there are others out there who think and function in similar ways that I do. As always, happy reading.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Lynne

    BEWARE. If you read this book, you will find yourself sucked into a Typewatching spiral. IT NEVER ENDS. Still. You should read it. Especially if you are a writer, because it will help tremendously with characterization. Also provides hours of entertainment when it comes to Typing your favorite TV characters. A word of caution, though -- don't try to read it all in one go. Grab a copy from your local library, read a few sections at a time, and renew it if you have to (I did). The Is and Es and Fs BEWARE. If you read this book, you will find yourself sucked into a Typewatching spiral. IT NEVER ENDS. Still. You should read it. Especially if you are a writer, because it will help tremendously with characterization. Also provides hours of entertainment when it comes to Typing your favorite TV characters. A word of caution, though -- don't try to read it all in one go. Grab a copy from your local library, read a few sections at a time, and renew it if you have to (I did). The Is and Es and Fs Ss Js Ps Ts and Ns can get a little overwhelming if you try to blaze through 280+ pages in a single week. This isn't meant to be an easy read, but it is infinitely rewarding, if you put in the effort.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Frei

    Type watching is a a characterisation of the ways we perceive and relate to our world. It is a judgement-free psychological system, a way of explaining "normal" psychology (and not abnormal psychology). There are no good or bad "types", only differences. Typewatching celebrates those differences, using them creatively and constructively. The book contains many practical situation studies, demonstrating the different reactions of people of different types, in the same life situation (at home, rel Type watching is a a characterisation of the ways we perceive and relate to our world. It is a judgement-free psychological system, a way of explaining "normal" psychology (and not abnormal psychology). There are no good or bad "types", only differences. Typewatching celebrates those differences, using them creatively and constructively. The book contains many practical situation studies, demonstrating the different reactions of people of different types, in the same life situation (at home, relationships, work, career, money, parenting, etc.). I believe that knowing about these differences is a great help to understand, and most importantly, to accept ourselves and other more. It is a great instrument to solve problems in a creative, understanding way.

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