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Recommended readings and reviews of Books and Publications on understanding the MBTI ® assessment, Myers Briggs, and Personality Types . . . plus some books on applying these personality concepts to real world situations

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I've organized and reviewed here a number of books and booklets on the MBTI, Myers Briggs and Personality Type for those who would like to expand their understanding of the MBTI assessment, other assessments of Personality Type or explore some applications . . . plus I've also included some recommended resources for professionals who would like to apply these concepts to their work situation or their professional practices. Many of these print publications are also available in a digital or e-reader format for kindle's and other e-readers.

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Introductory Myers Briggs & MBTI Books

The 16 Personality TypesThe 16 Personality Types, Descriptions for Self-Discovery.

I like this booklet by Nardi and Berens. About 50 pages, reasonable price, and an easy read for the person wishing to better understand his or her personality type . . . and the overall concepts surrounding Personality Types. [Ordering Info Here]

Life Keys: Discover Who You AreLifeKeys: Discover Who You Are

Sandra Hirsch and Jane Kise have developed an introduction to MBTI ®Personality Types that is integrated with a spiritual message and applications especially relevant to the Christian and faith-based Communities. [Ordering Info Here]

LifeKeys Leadership Resource Notebook: Discovering Who You Are, Why You're Here, and What You Do Best (Lifekeys). A Companion Leader's Guide for Christian and Faith-based Study Groups. [Ordering Info Here]

Gifts Differing - Myers-Briggs Personality TypeGifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type. Isabel Myers

The original book, by the creator of the MBTI, that explains the Myers & Briggs personality types typology and celebrates the diversity of personality types. While other books and booklets are possibly a better intro for the "type newbie," I look on this book as a required reference on Personality Type . . . as it was completed near the end of Isabel's life and thus contains the summation of a lifetime exploring differences in personality types. [Ordering Info Here]

Type TalkType Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work. Otto Kroeger

Otto and Janet's classic remains an important introductory and reader-friendly book on personality type. Kroeger is one of the most influential MBTI communicators and interpreters of Myers work. [Ordering Info Here]

Roger Pearman The real meaning of the 16 personality types
"I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just Not You: The Real Meaning of the Sixteen Personality Types
" By Roger Pearman

While not strictly an introductory book, it is an easy read for the lay person with an interest in learning about Personality Types and applying it to every day situations at home or work. Roger Pearman is one of the giants in the field of teaching practical applications of the MBTI & Myer's Personality Type. [Ordering Info Here]

Lenore Thomson Personality Type an Owner's Manual
"Personality Type: An Owner's Manual" by Lenore Thomson

A layman's guide to understanding Personality Type and the theory of Psychological Types originally proposed by C. G. Jung. Lenore Thomson was formerly the former editor of the Jungian Journal Quadrant and a lecturer with the C.G. Jung Foundation in New York City. [Ordering Info Here]

What Type am I


What Type Am I? Discover Who You Really Are

This is a good book for younger people to introduce them to the basic idea of personality type differences. Also tips for each type on getting along with other types.

just your type


Just Your Type: Create the Relationship You've Always Wanted Using the Secrets of Personality Type.

Paul and Barbara-Barron Tieger are well known for their books on career choice and communication (speed reading people). Here they turn their talents to helping people in romantic and committed relationships.

career match

See our recommended Books, E-Books & Kindle Books on using Personality Type in your Career Decisions, in your Working Environment, and in your Relationships

Personality Type Applications to Teaching and Learning

People Types & Tiger StripesPeople Types and Tiger Stripes

Gordon Lawrence's book is mandatory reading for any educator, teacher or trainer interested in using an understanding of Myers-Briggs Personality Type to improve their effectiveness. Because Lawrence practiced what he preached, this book is organized in a fashion that is easy read for "all personality types." it also does a nice job of including both introductory material on understanding Personality Types and extensive material on applications to the classroom and learning environment. It is jam packed full of useful advice. [Ordering Info Here]

Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers ChangeDifferentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change

This is an ideal handbook for instructional coaches and those responsible for teacher staff development. It applies the latest research and theory of personality types, multiple intelligences, experiential learning models, and mind styles models to create a differentiated approach for staff development. Jane Kise has worked with teachers and school districts helping them apply the concepts of Personality Type to enhance their teaching style and techniques. [Ordering Info Here]

Differentiated Teaching through Personality TypeDifferentiation Through Personality Types: A Framework for Instruction, Assessment, and Classroom Management

A practical guidebook for teachers - ". . . . an absolute goldmine for teachers. Each page delivers a nugget of insight, understanding and guidance . . . ." This is Jane Kise's companion to her earlier manual directed at those who coach & teach the teachers. This one is for the teaching practitioner: ". . . Every teacher—beginning, experienced, urban, suburban, rural, and private—will find examples and ideas that they can use immediately.""[Ordering Info Here]

Learning for MasteryOrganizing Classrooms for Small-Group Instruction: Learning for Mastery

Carolyn Lawrence used her understanding of Personality Types to develop a teaching method she calls "Learning Centers." These centers assist students in applying whatever is their unique learning style to the educational task at hand.


Differentiated School Leadership:Differentiated School Leadership: Effective Collaboration, Communication, and Change Through Personality Type

Jane Kise and Beth Russell have produced another winner in their series of books on applying Myers Briggs & Personality Type concepts in an educational environment. This one is an ideal resource for principals, lead teachers, school superintendents, board members, and others involved in school leadership concerns. [Learn More Here]

Neuroscience of PersonaltiyNeuroscience of Personality: Brain Savvy Insights for All Types of People

Among some people the Myers-Briggs and Carl Jung personality models gathers a cult-like following . . . and tends to be discounted as pop-culture. In this book Professor Dario Nardi provides the scientific and neurological basis of the brain and mental processes that make up the MBTI model. Drawn from insights from his brain research lab and studies at UCLA, he explains in layperson terms the differences in how our brains work and how we can make best use of these differences.

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Other Applications of Personality Type

The 8 Colors of Fitness
The 8 Colors of Fitness - Discover Your Color-Coded Fitness Personality and Create an Exercise Program You'll Never Quit!

Suzanne Brue has created a program that customizes advice on exercise and fitness to Myers-Jung Personality Type. As in so many aspects of life, one size does not fit all; it is different strokes for different folks. This book covers an introduction to Personality Types and has chapters on exercise and fitness for each of the 16 personality types. It is a book for people wanting to improve their own fitness routines and a book I highly recommend to all physical therapists and fitness coaches & trainers.

Health Care Communication Using Personality Type: Patients are Different!

Judy Allen and Susan Brock have developed a practical handbook directed at Health Care Professionals. Using a knowledge of Personality Type differences, successful health practitioners can learn to vary the way they approach patients, more effectively break bad news and better encourage clients to follow clinical advice. [Ordering Info Here]

Dr. Kushner's Personality Type DietDr. Kushner's Personality Type Diet

This is not a book that has a sophisticated treatment of Personality Type. However because it recognizes that different folks need different strokes it offers diet tools and advise for a variety of personality types. If you've had problems following other kinds of diets, Kushner may have the kind of prescription that fits you and your type. [Ordering Info Here]

For Professionals: Counselors, Coaches, Psychologists, Educators & those who want to administer the MBTI to clients and students.

MBTI Essentials -Using the Myers-Briggs Indicator AssessmentEssentials of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment (Essentials of Psychological Assessment)

Author Psychologist Naomi Quenk is on the Board of the Myers & Briggs Foundation and eminently qualified to offer guidance to mental health practitioners who want to use the MBTI instrument in their professional practices. "This book is designed to help busy mental health practitioners quickly acquire the basic knowledge and skills they need to make optimal use of a major psychological assessment instrument." [Ordering Info Here]

Critical Reflections on MBTI theory and practiceIdeas and Evidence: Critical Reflections on MBTI Theory and Practice. Rowan Bayne, Ph.D.

Book Description: "Author Rowan Bayne evaluates and explores theory and practice in the works of the MBTI instrument. Bayne delves into a variety of type-related topics and prompts readers to examine the research personality terminology and descriptors. Discover how Myers-Briggs MBTI theory relates to critical thinking and research skills. Bayne's challenges and insights will prompt MBTI professionals to stretch and examine their understanding of the indicator."

Bayne is widely respected in the MBTI community for is knowledge of psychological instrumentation and of the MBTI in particular. [Ordering Info Here]

Building Blocks of Personality Type

Building Blocks of Personality Type: A Guide to Discovering the Hidden Secrets of the Personality Type Code
Leona Haas & Mark Hunzicker

While there is a solid introductory section on the MBTI and the Myers-Briggs Personality Type model, Hunziker and Haas have written a book that will be best appreciated, due to its depth and breadth, by more serious students of Personality Type and by those who use Personality Type and the Myers-Briggs model in their professional practices.

Book Review: Personality Patterns: Building Blocks of Personality Type


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List of Resources to learn more about
Myers Briggs, the MBTI & Personality Types

Recommended Articles for Educators & Students on the Myers Briggs & MBTI ®

A Basic Introduction to the MBTI & Myers Briggs ®

More Introduction to the Myers-Briggs MBTI Model of Personality Type

Your best fit - Profiles and Characteristics of the 16 Myers Briggs Personality Types

Your best fit - Understanding the Mental Functions & the 16 Personality Types

Type Dynamics: Interpreting the MBTI ® Personality Type Code

The Hidden Letters in the MBTI ® Personality Type Code

Some Personality Trait Correlates of the 8 MBTI preferences

Some Practical Applications of the Myers-Briggs Model

Career Planning & Career Management and the MBTI

Our Recommendations of worthwhile books on the MBTI, Myers Briggs, & Personality Type

* While sometimes referred to as the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, the Briggs Myers personality test, Myers Briggs Test or the MBTI test, the MBTI ® is not a personality test but a personality inventory or instrument in which there are no right or wrong answers.

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