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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Totally recommended for anyone trying to figure out their families or coworkers or looking for a little more self-understanding. May 04, Maddie HedgehogBookReviews rated it really liked it.

Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence

And people think I’m weird. His chapters on the challenges faced by people paired with a different type were incredibly relevant and helpful.

On the idealogical level, Keirsey seems to err on the side of genetic fatalism and a very rigid application of the 16 personalities. And by the last chapter, I was a little worn from reading ne. It pleasse helped me appreciate people better, especially my family, and understand why they didn’t understand me. Reading this book gave me a better understanding of the types, with the specific 16 and the 4 temperaments as well.

Meirsey is total shenanigans. This is a good one for all you Meyers-Briggs junkies out there. I can’t speak for the other types but the Rational section nailed me well, as did the Idealist section for my idealist friends.

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Paperbackpages. You want to innovate something So as long as you don’t treat it like a parlor game, it can help smooth out relationships and promote tolerance and cooperation.


I often think of Edison inventing the light bulb. The book tends understadn drag a little in places, as it has some of the same basic information as introductions for the different temperaments in each chapter. Very few things in psychology are best conceptualized as ‘either or’ dichotomies, and so I don’t necessarily believe that people stay the same MBTI type their whole life, or are even really all one type at one time. Open Preview See a Problem? There are fundamental differences in what the different types value and it is folly to try and change this.

Word to your SJ mother. The night of book club she had summaries of all the personalities not all 16 but the ones that at least one person at book club has and we each had little sheet to guess who we thought matched.

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.

And don’t expect sensory people to be into it.

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A very important point that Keirsey strings through the work is the idea of the Pygmalian Project; id est, trying to shape others to be like oneself and value the the same things. May 11, David Boyle rated it really liked it. View all 14 comments. It’s also useful for figuring out exactly what’s annoying me about people, so that I can let it go, since it’s usually just a temperament difference.

May 11, Craig rated it liked it. Utilitarian means you use tools in the most effective way to get the job done, whether or not it is moral.


Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence by David Keirsey

I read this book because I am project-oriented, because I like to put things and people into categories that I understand, and because I feel compelled to make sense of complex systems like how people are. Jan 25, Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: But people are obviously more nuanced. Please Understand Me II is a sequel, whose methodology generalizes more so according to these four categories. Based upon the notion that peoples’ values differ fundamentally from one another, Keirsey drew upon the views of several psychologists or psychiatrists: 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.

This was a really fun book club. Keirsey’s practical applications will appeal to those interested in technical or business-related endeavors as well. 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.

Written more like a reference book, there is a ton of repeated information in each section. I also asked my hubby and kids to take this test so I could see where they fell and understand how to better communicate with them.

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