I have, and like, this book: Life Types. You can get it from www.Amazon.com
(Copy & paste that long address into your web-browser).
We all have different personalities. Some people we really "click" with. Others, can be difficult. Our differences can make it hard to communicate. Therefore, understanding each other better is a good thing. This book, Life Types
is a good tool for that. At least it can give you more insight into why people are the way they are. No, I don't think this "has all the answers". For example: There are 16 personalities. Each one has 4 letters. Example: ISTP. (Introvert, Sensor, Thinker, Perceiver). There is a "profile" for all 16 types. And for me, that's the problem. 2 or 3 of them seem to fit me about 75%, but there's usually also 1 or 2 things that dont fit or are way-off. Still, I think this is all useful and good to know about, anyway. Insight & understanding are good things. They help us communicate better.
The Types, deal alot with our Preferences. Examples:
Are you more of an Extrovert, or Introvert? E vs. I (1st letter of the 4). Are you more Big-picture and possibilities or are you more just-the-facts and here-and-now. N vs. S (2nd letter of the 4). Do you make decisions MORE on logic and efficiency (thinker, T) or more by how everyone will feel about it (Feeler, F). Note: for all of these, it is NOT a matter of being one or the other. We all CAN do both/either. Feelers can think and Thinkers can feel. It's about Preferences and what we usually do, what we naturally gravitate towards when we can freely choose. And (last letter) are you a J or a P? Judger vs. Perceiver. The names to all these can be a little misleading. If you are a Judger, you likely are structured, like closure and schedules. If you are a Perceiver, it does not mean you perceive better, it's that, unlike the judger, you are less scheduled, "like to stay open to whatever comes next."
But strengths, if overdone, can become weaknesses. A Judger may roll up his/her sleeves and get-it-done. But others can see them as inflexible and too stiff if everything doesn't go according to plan. A Perceiver can be easy-going, less hasty in decisions and more willing to look at more data, but too much of that can result in not coming to a decision or meeting deadlines. So, it's a matter of which way do we lean to more often--and--to what degree do we do it? Again, the book is called: Life Types. A good read.
There are also websites on this. One that I liked reading was: www.personalitypage.com/html/portraits.html However, I would ignore those "words/"Names" that you see beside each of the 16 portraits. I feel these are arbitrary and subjective. i.e. who wants to be "just": the Mechanic? And wouldn't it seem really cool to be: the Visionary? I don't go by those. I'm more interested in what is said about each type in it's profile, and how that was arrived at. Also, I like the book Life Types better than websites I've looked at. My opinion.
I hope all this didn't sound "too Nerdy." I like the outdoors, too. Sometimes I like good music and a cold beer. I read quite a few things. I may or may not believe them. I like to hear opposing views. Pro and Con. Even if something isn't perfect or still-needs-some-bugs-worked-out, it can still be useful. Insight is good and curiosity keeps Life interesting.
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