[Ebook] ➠ My True Type Author A.J. Drenth – Writerscompany.co.uk
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 a difficult 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. 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 in than 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 it a 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. This is an excellently written book.Main stream media has picked up personality typing and unfortunately, has oversimplified it I, for one, did not know about the orientation of functions How, for example, feelers can differ greatly in how they experience feeling based on the stack position and orientation Perhaps this is why I always have been uncomfortable about typing This book has made it easy to understand MBTI without compromising its nuances.Great book for people who have little prior knowledge about typing like me. Excellent summary of MBTI and the functional stack Easy to read and sheds light on lots of nuances around personality typing Must read if you want to understand yourself and or others better. Some people collect kitschy religious objects and use them to connect to a spiritual realm Some people read self help books and use them to convince themselves that they re going to turn their lives around I read about personality type What can I say it s a sickness But in all seriousness, for some of us the Jungian MBTI concept of personality is a revelation that on some level explains pretty much all of human behavior I used to puzzled by why I loved to spend hours walking or doing simple manual labor in order to daydream I mean develop my ideas or why I could read literature and understand or excel at college testing it but fall apart at the DMV my personal idea of hell, right up there with filling out forms will sitting at the hospital But no All has been revealed to me, and it could be to you if you would just accept the True Teachings.Funnily enough, those of us who feel that way seem to be of the same personality types as the people who created the idea, namely, INFPs, INFJs, and the occasional but influential INTP Which suggests that the tests and the concepts behind them are describing something real, however skeptical those who are of the types who are predicted not to believe in the idea and who often don t might be.Anyway, My True Type is aimed at people who already have a basic concept of the MBTI types, and want to dig a little deeper into the functions Like a lot of books of its type haha , namely, the popular non fiction self help genre, it s short and simple and easy to read Jung was a thinker of astonishing depth and erudition who synthesized massive amounts of information to create a theory that is almost as impenetrable to the casual reader as it is enlightening to the determined reader who wishes to wade through it Those who have followed in his footsteps in order to create and refine the MBTI have taken his complex theories and adapted them for popular consumption, and this book is no different As an introduction and discussion to the functions it s simple yet comprehensive, although it may seem a little light for the reader hungering for meatier fare.However, it s a very enjoyable read if you like that kind of thing , and it includes what for me were some genuinely fascinating insights It focuses a lot on the dominant inferior function struggle, something that interests me greatly and that once again I am using to gain a greater understanding of my authors and the inherent tensions in their works Are they Fi types struggling to resolve the conflict between Fi internal, personal morals and values and Te external, impersonal systems and rules , like, I would argue, Politkovskaya and Alexievich Or are they Ni symbolic vision and deep insights types trying to embody their visions in an Se physical reality medium, like, I submit, Prilepin My True Type goes into a fair amount of detail about those kinds of conflicts, which is helpful if you are struggling to grasp your real type Because let s face it, the critics of the MBTI are absolutely in saying that a yes no questionnaire is not an infallible instrument for capturing who YOU really are But thinking about the central conflicts and tensions of your inner self probably is.The book also contains some interesting insights about the work processes and behaviors of some of the different basic divisions, dividing them into EJ and IP, who much as they might hate to admit it have much in common, and EP and IJ ditto There s a short but interesting discussion about how EJ IP types, as dominant Judging types, tend to not have a problem starting projects, but then have to work in a diffuse, seemingly random style as they take their basic idea through their Perceiving functions, which can derail them, while EP and IJ types can have trouble sorting through all their dominant Perceiving options and getting started on projects I know that s a problem for me , but then once they begin, they tend to finish their projects swiftly and decisively also true for me A very helpful thing to know when trying to do projects either on your own or with other people, and important to keep in mind when giving other people suggestions or directions on how to work I know my IP colleagues, who are legion universities are full of them are always in a sweat to get started on projects and have badgered me in the past about my foot dragging to get started, while I as an IJ struggle to keep from screaming, JUST FINISH THE DANG THING JUST FINISH IT WHY DID YOU START IF YOU WEREN T READY TO FINISH IT AGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH Okay, venting session over But you see my point a knowledge of type can be very useful for starting and completing projects All the advice about working creatively that is obviously generated by and for NP and EF types brainstorming, outlining, collaboration, reworking and revising, etc etc seems anathema to me, while my IJ work process think, think, think, worry, stress, feel like a failure, think some , then JUST DO IT is apparently not as universally applicable as I used to think.So in short, if you re interested in personality type and especially in the functions, this is a nice, readable, interesting addition to the genre. Finally know my type I have taken the MBTI at least 10 times over the past 30 years I have received results as diverse as INFP and ENFJ None of the explanations and descriptions have ever rung true with me Until now After studying the functions, I understand myself I took a comprehensive test to confirm what I discovered while studying I am an ENFP Thank you excellent book covering the 8 jungian functions.however, as English is not my native language, I struggled translating words. Alternate Cover Edition For ASIN B00LKRXH8E 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 E.g., 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 Types.My 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 E.g., 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 E.g., ExFP Are Some Types Or Functions Right Brained Or Left Brained How Does Gender Affect Personality Type, Especially T F Differences Anyone unsure of his or her MBTI type or just interested in typology in general should consider reading this. The sections explaining common mistyping errors are particularly useful.