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[Read Ebook] æ My True Type: Clarifying Your Personality Type, Preferences & Functions Ø It is hard to overstate the value and importance of knowing who you are After all, who you understand yourself to be, your sense of self and identity, influences everything it is the compass we use to navigate life Your personality type is an integral part of who you are Knowing and understanding your type eg INFP can bring confidence and direction in your life s path But like countless others, you may be unsure of your true type, perhaps feeling stuck in the middle between two or three typesMy True Type was carefully researched and written to address these issues It will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to clarify and better understand your personality type, preferences, and functions If you really want to know yourself better and gain clarity in your life, this book is for you Some of its main features include Type Clarifier Assessment This brand new personality inventory is composed of two parts Part I is designed to clarify your personality preferences E, I, S, N, T, F, J, P , while Part II focuses on clarifying your functions Se, Si, Ne, Ni, Te, Ti, Fe, Fi Instructions are then provided for integrating these results in order to identify your true type Numerous tips and strategies for identifying and clarifying your type In depth analyses of each of the personality preferences and functions Identification of and explanations for common mistypings eg introverts mistyping as extraverts, etc Clear explanations of type theory, including the nuts and bolts of the functional stack and how the preferences link up with the functionsThe book also addresses a number of frequently asked questions such as Can my personality type change over time Is it possible to be an x type, to have no true preference at all eg ExFP Are some types or functions right brained or left brained How does gender affect personality type, especially T F differences Nice read to dig deeper beyond the basic 16 personalities according to Meyer Briggs, understanding yourself evenby digging into the functional stacks. This is the most helpful book I ve read about personality types, with clear, accessible explanations of each letter of the MBTI It also helped me understand the functional stack for the first time. It s hard to know where to start with this book, loaned to me by a colleague trained in the MBTI, who dabbles in visiting websites that purport to say something about personality type, usually an umbrella term for Jung s theory of psychological types, the theory s interpreter and measurer in Isabel Briggs Myers, and associated though non Jungian ideas such as David Keirsey s temperaments or models like the ones proposed by Harold Grant and John Beebe, the last two s order of type preferences bei It s hard to know where to start with this book, loaned to me by a colleague trained in the MBTI, who dabbles in visiting websites that purport to say something about personality type, usually an umbrella term for Jung s theory of psychological types, the theory s interpreter and measurer in Isabel Briggs Myers, and associated though non Jungian ideas such as David Keirsey s temperaments or models like the ones proposed by Harold Grant and John Beebe, the last two s order of type preferences being a core part of this text, although neither appear referenced.I should state at this point that I taught authorised courses on the MBTI and the MajorsPTi over a 20 year period and have researched written and presented in this area for over 25 years This probably excludes me from the market for this book, which will become apparent anyway.The author, who claims a doctorate without indicating the specialty, operates out of a site called personalityJunkie.com, where you can also compare INFJ with INFP, and INTJ with INTP, both of which i have looked at my colleague prefers INFP These comparisons have done the rounds with a selected very few people in a local type group, all formally qualified in type, to general astonishment and bewilderment i.e much didn t make sense and much was simply incorrect, at least for this group What I mean by that is that the presumptions of these documents may actually be compatible with a particular age and social group and particular behaviours, which are linked to those parameters I couldn t find anyone of these 4 types to remotely agree with what was suggested, but maybe we re too old.The above is intended as background to engaging with this book Personality Type for want of a better term, is one of those things where the basics appear very simple and so various kinds of people go online or get into print, so you can find the right type partner for a relationship for instance, a somewhat dubious activity which treats type labels as determinant of specific behaviours, not Jung s idea, or Isabel Myers, for that matter Of course if you re writing a book on type, you don t necessarily have to be guided by the past.Drenth gives some indication that the past has been consulted, with some interesting texts referenced, albeit a little scattered Robert Kagan is listed as an author of a book by Jerome Kagan, unfortunately There s a paragraph that comes from Jung, but otherwise what he says doesn t really make an appearance The author tells us that he was conflicted in his type until it was clarified for him and that he identifies as a writer, an important part of his life This is obviously a good thing, but regrettably I found his style hard going which may be because there was much to disagree with, with particular behaviour claims and theoretical statements For instance he doesn t think Feeling has anything to do with values, notwithstanding the labelling system he s using claims that as a distinction between feeling states emotions and feeling judgement The book has a questionnaire at the end, notwithstanding he decries instruments and questionnaires Jerome Kagan has a good argument on this and David Keirsey was also opposed, for different reasons, although he made up his own questionnaire to get his book published.Looking at type questionnaires is an excellent way to find out how accurate they are The Humanmetrics questionnaire for instance has clear biases that, if you know what you re looking for, exclude it as an accurate measure The questionnaire in this book also online mentions emotion inthan one place, which on its own excludes it from credibility, at least as far as Jung, Myers and others are concerned It s a fundamental Some of the questions appear lifted from the MBTI, although they re general statements To me hardly any of the statements are answerable This may relate to a limited understanding of English, or that the sample group use this language Introversion is also presented as pathological, which is interesting.As I mentioned earlier, Drenth uses the order of functions introduced separately by Grant and Beebe, for their separate reasons To me, an ourcome of using this model, which I don t think is the aim of the latter person is that personality is concretised and every function is conscious This may not have been the intention of this author, but to me it comes out clearly in the text, making ita behaviourist tome than anything else The nuance of Jung and even Myers in her unpublished writing in particular is missed.At this point I should acknowledge that I couldn t bring myself to finish the book it became too stressful Not only was my own type misrepresented INTP but the descriptions of the other types were mostly dubious and didn t reflect by any means the people I d encountered and taught over the years in several countries and a broad range of ages and educational and work achievements Of course I may be living in the wrong place at the wrong time.I can t give this book a rating, sorry I think it s misleading and inaccurate and should be rethought for the benefit of those who read such things I m sure the author and his entourage are not intending to deceive anyone and are honest in their enterprise, as they see it, but maybe they should use different labels and not claim to be associated with Jung, Myers et al.It s several months since I looked at this book, but I dd look at it again for this review on the date indicated It took me a long time to read this book, but you have to be in a certain frame of mind to absorb information it s adifficult place to get to than novel reading, at least for me.I ve always loved Myers Briggs, objections be damned, and wrote a 30 page paper for my undergrad History of Psych class on Jungian personality typing I can t begin to say I ve memorized all the info from this book even in a broad format, but I took a lot of notes and hopefully can look over things again sometime It took me a long time to read this book, but you have to be in a certain frame of mind to absorb information it s adifficult place to get to than novel reading, at least for me.I ve always loved Myers Briggs, objections be damned, and wrote a 30 page paper for my undergrad History of Psych class on Jungian personality typing I can t begin to say I ve memorized all the info from this book even in a broad format, but I took a lot of notes and hopefully can look over things again sometime the book, I got from the library It was nice to examine the functions which is something I hadn t really looked into before It was also fun to do the clarifier quizzes at the back though I ve known my type for years and years and always get the same result ISTJ , I love doing questionnaires and examining myself for the questions they ask