Please Understand Me has ratings and reviews. Julia said: I I just finished reading a book called Please Understand Me by David Keirsey. It is about. The Keirsey Group publishes and distributes books and other related resources by David Keirsey and associates. The Please Understand Me® series, and other . During his time there, he published his theory in the book, Please Understand Me ® (), where he publicly introduced the Keirsey Temperament Sorter®.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Understane to Book Page. Professor Keirsey is a long time clinical psychologist of the gestalt-field systems school.

After 30 years of treating hundreds of teaching, parenting, marriage, and management problems, Dr. Keirsey now challenges the reader to “Abandon the Pygmalion Project”, that keirdey and fruitless attempt to change the Other into a carbon copy of Oneself. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Please Understand Meplease sign up. Does the book contain a list of references or statistical experiments? Josh The book does keirseh studies and experiments.

However does not allows provide a reference. See 2 questions about Please Understand Me…. Lists with This Book. Jun 18, Julia rated it liked it Shelves: I have been using the 16 types as an analytical social tool for over a decade, as taught by my Jungian-influenced father.

The authors here do credit Jung at moments, but they tend to ignore, underestimate, or occasionally outright reject many Jungian principles in favour of other theories. These newer theories and analyses nearly always felt wrong to me, and didn’t fit with my empirical understanding of those around me. Written in the late 70s, the te I have been using the 16 types as an analytical social tool for over a decade, as taught by my Jungian-influenced father.

Written in the late 70s, the text also suffers from some rather outrageous to the modern, sexually liberated female reader, at least sexism. Overall I found the section on mating habits and motivations to be wildly inaccurate, and far too forgetful of Jungian origins. According to the authors, types match up best with their polar opposites – I don’t find this to be remotely true in reality, not does it make logical sense, so their explanations were painful to read.

The insistence on outdated sexual mores women don’t care about orgasm, only want to please their men, are nearly always ‘happiest in the home’, and so on riled me further.

The dated approach towards sexuality in general came through so strongly in this section that I felt I gained almost nothing from reading it – not even a majority of it resonated with my own thoughts or logical analysis.

Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types

I agree as well with other reviewers who have criticised the clumsiness of the mythological association and naming of the great 4 types SP, SJ, NT, NF ; I have a substantial background in Greek mythology, which one wouldn’t expect from an average reader, and I still found that the approach added nothing, regardless of the power of long-held archtypes.

If anything, these classical trappings cluttered what should have been a more systematic and clear-cut explanation of the types. Even had that occurred, I am not sure that looking at those four specific uber-types as being the most important distinctions is accurate.

The book was instructive in some ways, despite these flaws; in particular, I found the sections on temperaments keirsej childhood and development very useful and accurate relative to my own observations and conclusions.


I have observed that people who focus strongly on self-improvement – especially common in the N types, if we talk about IDENTITY rather than more tangible things like skills – can be difficult to type. But there is a difference between your innate temperment, ynderstand I think is quite firm very early on, and the desire for another temperament.

This can botch the questionnaires, too, unverstand a subject answers questions in a way which reflects how he WISHES he were, instead of how he actually is. My point in bringing up these who grow away from understahd fundamental temperament: This information along with current questionnaire results should determine a solid base temperament.

Again, the use of the 4 uber-types muddles these ideas to an extent, but not too much. I still found these parts useful. Most useful of all, however, were the initial breakdown of modalities in the first section, and the more in-depth Portraits of each of the 16th types in the last section. These are the most clear-cut and logically laid-out, and a strong majority of what I read resonated with plrase. I changed my assessments of various people’s types based on these two sections, and I feel I now have a better understand of the modalities themselves, as well as how llease combine.

My next goal is to pursue the earlier, Jungian analysis in formal textual detail, because I suspect I will find that much more useful and illuminating. Still, I learned something here, and I’ll keep the book on hand for reference to the type Portraits. Even if flawed, I’m glad to have the extra data and different perspectives. Aug 17, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: My particular temperament INFJ is one of those who is naturally interested in undderstand stuff, so there’s only so much I can say.

It’s not dabid the world is stacked against you, it’s just that there are areas where you shine and areas where you need to work to make yourself shine. I recommend it to everyone on the planet – even if you only look at your own combination of drives and tendencies, you’ll have a much more comprehensive understanding of the smaller society in which you live.

Keirsdy 27, Maureen rated it did not like it Shelves: I doubt his sorter will help many people find their real types, nor will it give them much in the way of new understanding of themselves and others if they do. It pleaee far easier to fall into stereotyping with Keirsey’s schema, and his profiles are particularly unflattering to SJs. Contrary to popular belief, SJs can be creative, fun, even progressive.

The cognitive function plwase to personality unedrstand for greater flexibility and complexity, and I think that makes it more useful. There is undefstand section in this book that I recommend: I think it may be helpful to parents, teachers, and anyone else who works with children. The temperament approach makes sense for children because cognitive functions usually do not become clear until an older age, but different temperaments can be recognized at an early age.

Skip the section on “Mating and Temperament”; it is drivel, and clearly dates this work with its stereotyped notion of gender. Jun 23, Esteban del Mal rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me! Subsequent events tend to bear them out, however. View all 4 comments. Feb 02, cizi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Favourite of so far. I especially enjoyed the “Temperament in Children” and “Temperament in Leading” sections which covered the learning, teaching, and managerial styles of the various temperaments.

I found it helpful that the temperaments were grouped in 4 categories: If you have an interest in MBTI, give this a gander. Mar 06, Esra rated it really liked it Shelves: Being a typical INFJ, I strive to do my best at all meirsey, learn as much as I possibly can about everything, and try to make a real difference in the world.


Pleease incredibly creative with a rich and understajd inner life, we have trouble connecting with people on a personal level, and even figuring ourselves out.

Being private people, we are sociable and talkative, but very rarely express our true Being a typical INFJ, I strive to do my best at all times, learn as much as I possibly can about everything, and try to make a real difference in the world. Being private people, we are sociable and talkative, but very rarely express our true thoughts and feelings. We are essentially people people, who enjoy working to better the lives of those around us, and even have the reputation of being “psychic” for the uncanny way we ravid and understand people, and how they think and feel.

This book provides a wonderful analysis into the sixteen personality archetypes, and offers a guide to how each function in various aspects of life, work, and love.

I do, however, wish it did provide a deeper look into the arch types keireey focused more heavily on the possible interactions and interpersonal relationships. Nov 26, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: I first read it in the late 80s, and it has remained one of the most influential books in my life.

I’ve found very few areas of life where it does not apply. I never tire of discussing it, although I’v I first read it in the late 80s, and it has remained one of the most influential books in my life. I never tire of discussing it, although I’ve tired many others kkeirsey discussing it.

Jul 16, Auntjenny rated it it was amazing. This book is wonderful! Take the quiz at the front of the book at find out which “type” you are. I have a bad habit of labeling people based on this book I should probably stop doing that, but it is helpful when trying to understand someone who isn’t like you.

The book has also helped ddavid recognize some of my own strengths and weaknesses. Jul 30, Charlie Hecke rated it it was mme. Personality is one dimension of psychology that is both interesting and practical. One immediate gain you will get is a self-test non-computerized that is easy davir grade. This book is recommended for: That is a tendency of an extrovert, but the real way to understand either an Extrovert or an Introvert is to understand how they recharge their batteries.

In my family, we have two extroverts and two introverts.

All four members of the family enjoy friends, family and parties. Each member of the family mixes at a party; engages in conversation and would be described as friendly. The two introverts are drained after hours of interaction and need time alone to get recharged. But extroverts get drained as well by having long periods of solitude, paperwork or individual assignments. By taking time to understand and discuss our differences, you can be more considerate. As an extrovert, my adjustment would be to tame the socializing and leave the party at a decent hour.

The very fact that you have taken an effort to learn and adapt to family members is a goodwill gesture.