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George Washington - Guardian Supervisor (ESTJ) Mother Teresa - Guardian Protector (ISFJ) Albert Einstein - Rational Architect (INTP) Margaret Thatcher - Rational Fieldmarshal (ENTJ) Mikhail Gorbachev - Idealist Teacher (ENFJ) Eleanor Roosevelt - Idealist Counselor (INFJ) Elvis Presley - Artisan Performer (ESFP) Jacqueline Onasis - Artisan Composer (ISFP) Dolley Madison - Guardian Provider (ESFJ) Queen Victoria - Guardian Inspector (ISTJ) Walt Disney - Rational Inventor (ENTP) Dwight David Eisenhower - Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Thomas Paine - Idealist Champion (ENFP) Princess Diana - Idealist Healer (INFP) Charles Lindberg - Artisan Crafter (ISTP) George S. Patton - Artisan Promoter (ESTP)
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Book Reviews on Please Understand Me II

AN OWNER'S MANUAL FOR OUR MIND
Reviewer: Melinda L Stahl (see more about me) from Ravenna, OH United States I've always been the odd ball - I've even taken some pride in this. I see the world differently than most of the people I know, and I always felt that this gives me an edge! So imagine my surprise when I discovered that I'm NOT as unique as I thought! The description of my 'type' fit so well that it brought (not kidding) tears to the eyes of our dinner guests (from hysterical laughter) as my husband read it aloud. I also discovered much about my husband, friends and family. This book is easy to use, easy to read, and it will floor you with the accuracy of the type descriptions. Not only does Keirsey give you great insight to each type's behavior, but he also explores how each type interacts with other types. How we parent, who we mate and how we behave under different situations. Using the information inside this book, I've improved my working and personal relationships. This book has had a profound impact in my perspective of others. I've since purchased several great books on MBTI, but this one is by far the best!

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AN EYE-OPENER LIKE NO OTHER BOOK
Reviewer: woodworker60 from Dallas, Texas
If you are in a relationship that has its difficulties from time to time, it may be that you just don't understand what type of personality your partner is. Ever wanted to know why you think and feel the way you do? Or why your partner does what they do? This book will answer all these questions for you. I've had to buy about 20 copies in the last year because all my friends want to learn about themselves and their relationships. You'll find yourself saying WOW! over and over. You will honestly feel that this book was written just for you.

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THE ULTIMATE THEORY OF PERSONALITY
Reviewer: A reader from Houston, TX
I wish that I could give Please Understand Me II much more than five stars in this forum because such a rating does not do justice to this astouding work. Vastly superior to the excellent first version, II expands upon the ongoing research into temperament psychology with the most cogent and cohesive structure that I've seen in any book in the field. In short, IT ROCKS!!! Keirsey's volume has given me invaluable insight into the workings of the people around me that most people take a lifetime to achieve. My friends and relatives are utterly sick of hearing me talk about this book, but I just can't keep myself from applying the things that I've learned from the book to everyday life. As for claims that the book is hard to understand, if you can pass 11th grade English you shouldn't have any trouble with PUM II.

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FASCINATINGLY ACCURATE WITH INTENSELY ADVANCED INSIGHTS
Reviewer: Bitzco Fignutt, PhD. from Los Angeles, California
As a 12th year sociologist currently employed at UCLA, I was startled by the depth of this book's insightful observations and theories. Never have I seen all my years' research compounded into one volume and analyzed in such advanced extrapolation. As I read I no longer felt like a weathered university professor, but rather like a high school student enthralled by his first sociology lesson. All my previous theories were challenged as I saw every minutest detail of my research reconfigured like the pieces of a puzzle. Facts that had for years appeared completely unrelated were congealing into one great entity of enlightenment which is Keirsey's theory. The author explores the deepest reaches of the human spirit, while the vitality of the soul permeates each page of his research. I wholeheartedly bestow my professional endorsement on this newest development of Keirsey.

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A REFERENCE MANUAL FOR UNDERSTANDING OTHERS
Reviewer: St. Chris (see more about me) from Plainsboro, NJ USA
First off, I'm a skeptic, a scientific thinker in the CSICOP mold. I first encountered David Keirsey's writings on the web site, Keirsey dot com, and thought: A classification system that divides people into sixteen "personality types"? Sounds like astrology -- and I count myself among the firm unbelievers. But I was still curious, and the online questionnaires yielded a reasonably accurate description of me, so I bought the book and dove in. I went straight to the profile of my own type (INTP) to see how much of it I could write off as universal generalities.
I was stunned. Keirsey hit some crucial nerves. There's one passage especially, about the Rational temperament's perception of time, that described me uncannily and does NOT fit non-Rationals I know. It was like cracking open a fortune cookie and finding my suit measurements. This knocked down my resistance, and I began reading other profiles pertaining to people close to me -- which was easy to do, because each type has its own self-contained section with all the relevant details. Now, many personality types have details in common, and as a result, Keirsey repeats himself a lot. This can be understandably irritating if you're trying to read the book cover-to-cover, but it serves well for skipping around, for quick reference -- which is the book's greatest strength. It's not a narrative, it's a reference. In addition to laying out type and temperament details, Keirsey relates the history of four-element personality theory, starting with the ancients and culminating with Jung, Myers, and Briggs. And he emphasizes the danger of what he calls the "Pygmalion Project," our tendency to interpret others' differences (from ourselves) as faults or misunderstandings to be corrected -- to try to change other people's basic nature, an endeavor which can only cause worse problems.
Personally speaking, I've learned from Keirsey to better understand my wife (and vice versa), my mother-in-law, many friends (and I've learned why I chose these friends), my boss...once you get a feel for this stuff, it illuminates all sorts of relationships. The book has chapters on love and marriage, too, highlighting the special dynamics between particular paired types. (More often than not, one's ideal mate is NOT a carbon-copy, but a contrasting type who speaks the same language.) I've learned to ease off from struggling against people's basic ways of thinking, feeling, working, and communicating. Better to learn to speak their language and to understand their motivations, which may be radically different from yours. It makes a big, positive difference.
Admittedly, Keirsey is a Rational himself -- logical, unsentimental, about as un-Oprah as you can get -- and he unabashedly writes that way, which can make the text a bit dry and technical at times. (No disrespect to Oprah. I understand and respect her a lot more too, thanks to Keirsey.) But I believe it's worth the effort for anyone to read at least selected parts of this book, because the insights are so very useful. Consider it a reference manual for understanding other people. You might like manuals or they might drive you crazy, but when you find that one part that answers your question, the reward is worth the work.

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AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE
Reviewer: A reader from Northeast
This book provides a way to look at others with deeper understanding, in spite of how they may differ from oneself--the chapters on mating, parenting, leadership are very useful--it is easy to see the patterns of behavior in one's own life, when thinking about family and workplace, and how the various styles interact. As Keirsey says "Differences are all around us and are not difficult to see, if we look. Unfortunately, these variations in action and attitude trigger in us an all-too-human response. Seeing others as different from ourselves, we often conclude that these differences are bad in some way, and that people are acting strangely because something is the matter with them...There is much to be gained by appreciating differences, and much to be lost by ignoring them or condemning them." The best way to really utilize this method, is not only to find one's own profile, but to try to identify the temperament of those around one--looking at people with this set of lenses greatly enriches life in general. Many of the examples given in the section on "Leading and Intelligence" are drawn from the American Presidents. In this election year, with many pundits pondering the "character of the candidates", this model provides an excellent way to assess them. I recommend reading "Presidential Temperament" by Choiniere and Keirsey, to further understand how this system works. In describing 41 presidents, men who held the same job, and examining their differing temperaments, vivid examples help the reader to grasp how this model works, by seeing an Artisan like FDR in action, versus a Guardian like Truman, or a Rational like Lincoln. Whether to look at national leaders, a boss or co-worker, a spouse, child, mother, father, sibling, this system teaches the reader to understand people in enormously valuable ways.

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A WONDERFUL STANDOUT IN A FIELD OF FREQUENT FLAKINESS
Reviewer: Max More, Ph.D. (see more about me) from Marina del Rey, CA USA
The earlier version of this book, Please Understand Me, by Keirsey and Bates, sold nearly 2 million copies since its publication in 1978. The book's popularity came from its great usefulness as a training and counseling guide. Many business people are at least passably familiar with the Myers-Brigg's personality typology. This book updates and expands on the previous book, while remaining highly readable and more practical than ever. Myers and Briggs distinguished 16 personality types. Keirsey maintains this typology but groups them into four categories: the Rational (NT), Idealist (NF), Artisan (SP), and Guardian (SJ). These may not be the only possible groupings, but a great many readers have found these personality groupings to illuminate overall personality and temperament types. Keirsey has added four kinds of intelligence (tactical, logistical, diplomatic, and strategic) to the Myers-Briggs framework, with each of the personality types having a different balance of these abilities.
In a business environment, this book can improve understanding of other people in your organization. By taking the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and the Keirsey Four-Types Sorter, you will gain a better understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses. Once you have understood this framework, you will soon find that you can quickly identify the personality types of people with whom you interact. This can be an advantage in a competitive situation, as well as in fostering intra-organizational cooperation and communication. Many executives are already familiar with communication barriers between technologists and managers. This book provides a detailed perspective to recognize these and more subtle differences in perception, emotional responses, and cognitive style. One beneficial result of absorbing this book is an enhanced appreciation of the differences between individuals. Rather than seeing differences as a problem, this framework enables you to combine differing strengths within a team to form a more effective whole. We all know that each of us has strengths and weaknesses. This book helps identify them with more precision and offers insights on optimizing communication between the types. As with any intellectual construct that classifies human beings, a degree of skepticism is called for. This typology is not set in stone and there is a danger of being too quick to mentally fit an individual into one of the four temperaments or 16 types. Nevertheless, this is probably the most plausible and usable personality typing system available. This book can help everyone in an organization take practical steps to follow the frequent managerial exhortations to work as a team.

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ESSENTIAL READ, IF YOU WANT TO CONSIDER YOURSELF EDUCATED
Reviewer: econdude from The Midwest
Keirsey is sort of the Adam Smith of Social Psychology. Please Understand Me II (different and better than Please Understand Me) synthesizes and draws out what Western Civilization has known since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. All of us possess one of four general and distinct temperaments, and in turn also possess one of four specific and distinct temperaments from within one of the general groups. If such a thing as a "handbook" regarding human nature exists, Keirsey's book is it.
Please Understand Me II gives a few chapters of background at the beginning (most importantly, the propensities for tool usage and communication, resulting in a simple 2x2 matrix illustration), and then the next four chapters are devoted to each different general temperament: Artisan, Guardian, Idealist, Rational. The rest of the chapters build on the former, covering Parenting, Childhood, Leadership, inter alia.
It's difficult to emphasize how essential this book is to your personal library. The book is very approachable to the interested and intelligent reader (and according to Keirsey, who WOULDN'T that be...), especially considering Keirsey's rigorous treatment of an important and perhaps even previously neglected area of Social Science.
The book may seem mostly theoretical to some, but after reading the book you will probably have no choice but apply the theory you learned to your interactions with others. Not only is the book helpful as a guide to observing and "reading" people, it also is an excellent tool for self-understanding (and even includes tests to help you determine your specific type). Excellent resource...fascinating topic...masterful treatment of the subject matter. I wholeheartedly (and thoughtfully, and excitedly, and steadfastly) recommend Please Understand Me II.

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A "MUST READ!"
Reviewer: A reader from Midwest, USA
This book is a "must" for anyone interested in understanding how others tick, perhaps even in understanding a bit about themselves! It describes basic patterns of human behavior which are, in turn, products of innate temperament. Many specific examples from history and literature are given, to illustrate the concepts; such vivid examples make the book even more interesting, and the theoretical concepts easily understandable. (It is noteworthy that some examples involve illustrious political figures and that Keirsey is also co-author, along with Ray Choiniere, of the book "Presidential Temperaments", which describes how temperamental differences were often instrumental in political decisions in American history) In addition to the more general chapters, Keirsey also treats us to insights on how each temperament approaches leadership, parenting and mating. What you want in romance depends largely on your temperament; Cupid must use a different brand of arrow with an "artisan" and an "idealist" if each is to fall in love.

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THIS BOOK CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER!
Reviewer: agreenbank@webmd.net from Los Angeles
After reading Please Understand Me II, I found myself suspending harsh judgment toward others in favor of accepting and understanding why and how habits, behaviors, and preferences differ from mine. My ENTJ type is only 2% of the population and this book not only explains how this type fits in with all the others, but also how to apply this to both dating and leadership. Unlike arbitrary constructions like astrology, you can test and retest this science and find that it works over and over again! If you are concerned with putting people "in a box," keep in mind that the personality inventory accounts for preferences and motivation, not necessarily actions. I found this refreshing after studying a concrete business model that types people according to what they do behaviorally without considering their inherent motivations and preferences. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has ever tested as an intuitive "N", for anyone who wants to understand team dynamics in any environment, and for those of you who feel like your significant other just doesn't understand where you are coming from...

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THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE COMPLETELY....AND SOME I LOVE*
Reviewer: A reader from Ireland
I'd like to congratulate and give a warm BIG HUG to the Author of this book who has brought together alot of tough preparation and research and personal knowledge to the creation and publication of this book.
At one point in my life, I was going through a devastating time of change and suffering within myself. Not knowing who I was or where I was going. Pondering on the meaning of life and what my purpose was. I struggled to find the solutions that I wanted or needed. I was pursuing things in my life, I felt uncomfortable with and I was extremely unhappy. I engaged into events that were comforting, like chatting on the internet for hours...increasing the phone bill to a crazy amount and being bearly able to pay for it... I was a clear Mess...! Cutting a long story Short...I bought the book, and after some professional counselling at the Business Developement Centre in Glasgow. I came alive with the book. It gave me my own personal meaning, my own truth and my own self. I was one new person. I had crystallised alot of uncertain things that I had in my life. I had cleared my unhappiness and doubtness of things and life. I was re-united with my family, that I truely and awesomely always loved, even when I neglected them through my own unhappiness. I was human again, I was relieved and so relieved I cannot explain the felt experience of change that came over my life at the time of this process. In my opinion, the book is a process, a clear path to personal, individual success. Anyone can do it...If you Believe you cannot do it, then you will not, but if you believe and try you will do it...It's all in the head....control it, nurture it, love it.
After my own personal and dramatical change, I came across a person who I met in college. She was seeking help. I knew through my experience and my reading of the book, that I could help her, and I did. Finding out I was an INFJ (counselor), I approached and offered to help...she accepted and she has changed so much in the ways I did...* funny to say* she came out the same as me, an INFJ (counselor) and we had so much in common...* We share alot to this day, after meeting her 1 year ago to this day!...* I love her very much * and thank fate for guiding me to her and giving her a new gift of happiness and life...* she now has all the tools to survive emotionally and psychologically. I'm proud of her.
Finally, I'd like to say, the book has saved 2 souls and I feel when you prepare yourself to read the book. Please be sensitive about it. Many Best Wishes and Thank you for listening. Ramon de Bruijn MIWA.

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PERFECT FOR THIS ENFJ
Reviewer: brooke_erin from Indiana
This book was exactly what I was looking for and it has my interest peaked to learn more. Keirsey does an excelent job explaining personality theory all the way back to Plato and how the different theories that he presents are connected in a way that would make sense even to the beginner. His explanations of the types are both clear and detailed. Everything is layed out in an easy to understand fashion, yet there is plenty of information for the beginner and someone experienced with Myers-Briggs type tests. I understand myself better after reading his description of my type. Lightbulbs went off when I read about my boyfriend's type. Not only does he explain each type, but he also explains how the different types interact most often and best in love-relationships. He also covers parenting and leadership among types.

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INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES ARE THE KEY
Reviewer: mlajoue (see more about me) from Wellesley, MA USA
Keirsey does a good job of explaining some of the basic complexities of Jungian personality types. The key is his attitude of seeing the psychology of personality types as a plea for tolerance and understanding among individuals. American culture seems to press everyone into the same mold -- Be an extraverted, self-confident, optimist !! But individuals do indeed differ in personality, temperament, values, and social styles. It is wiser to accept that than to press for any "one size fits all" ideal way of being human. For those of us who just don't fit the cultural stereotype of the upbeat American optimist, working with our constructive pessimism is better than trying to deny it or wish it away. Psychologist Julie Norem calls this "defensive pessimism" and her book "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking" is a blueprint for how to seek and receive understanding and validation for a non-optimistic personality type. Personality psychology is complex, but the benefits of understanding ourselves and each other are real.

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YOU CAN'T READ A MORE IMPORTANT BOOK
Reviewer: Leon Marcel Bodevin (see more about me) from Austin, TX United States
Perhaps what this work will be remembered for most is that it has solved a problem that not even Jung could solve: what personality should you marry? There are a lot of books out there claiming to have the solution to this problem. But Keirsey's claim that Idealists should marry Rationals and Guardians should marry Artisans is the only theory that holds any water in the long run. This information alone makes this book worth reading. Sure, some may say this book is not as good as the first one. But I say it's better because Keirsey has expanded his temperament theory even farther.

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" Please Understand Me II" IS KEIRSEY AT HIS BEST
Reviewer: Mark B. Hammond (see more about me) from Chambersburg, PA USA
I almost didn't buy this book because I thought it was just a new version of Keirsey and Bates' "Please Understand Me." The appeal of Keirsey and Bates' original work was that it covered much of the information upon which the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is based is a very readable manner. Rather than reading like a psychological treatise, it read like a book written for the general public. I am glad that I bought " Please Understand Me II." It exceeded my expectations. Keirsey's new book is much better than the original Keirsey and Bates book. I had read Keirsey and Bates at a time when I was taking an MBTI qualifying course, and I found it had value to me because it brought the concepts of personality type more alive than the text from the Consulting Psychologists Press. Although we were also using Kroeger and Thyssen's "Type Talk" and "Type Talk at Work," Keirsey gave me an added dimension. I liked it so much that I purchased Stephen Montgomery's "Pygmalion Project: Love and Coercion Among the Types : The Guardian," to get more information.

The basic appeal of a book on personality type is to gain a better understanding of ourselves, our "significant others," and people with whom we work. You might go so far as to say that it gives us an insight into what makes people tick. However, the real purpose of the study of personality type for the layman is to develop an understanding of what Isabel Myers called the "gifts differing." Each personality type has certain qualities that are unique. An understanding of those values adds dimension to interpersonal relationships, whether they be relationships within a family, significant others, or within a work group. The strengths of some members of a group add value to that group, compensate for weaknesses of other members, and make the group more effective. Rather than work with Myers and Briggs's 16 psychological types, Keirsey emphasizes the four temperaments which he developed from the scholarship associated with the MBTI. That was the fundamental strength of Keirsey and Bates' original book, and Keirsey advances that construct one step more by including information about certain "intelligences" associated with the temperaments.

I found that " Please Understand Me II" is much more than a self-help psychology book. It goes to great lengths beyond the original Keirsey and Bates publication to provide additional depth to the concept of psychological type, both from a historical background establishing the scientific basis for the study of psychological type, but also from the point of view of the scholar in making the study of psychological type much more understandable. I feel that this book has value not just to the general public, but also to students of psychology, personnel and human resources personnel, as well as the clergy and mental health professionals.

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EXCELLENT BOOK, AND HERE IS ANOTHER INFJ
Reviewer: Len Feder (see more about me) from U.S.
The criticism of this book in other reviews is basically saying that the problem with this book is that it isn't another book. Either it isn't Keirsey's first, or it isn't something by Sandra Krebs Hirsch. While the other reviews made me curious about Sandra's books, I can't help but think it's unfair to this author that his work isn't reviewed on its own merits. Is it really necessary for me to read Sandra before I give Keirsey five stars for this effort, or for me to read Please Understand Me before I rate this one? That can't be right.

I learned a lot from this book. It's the second Meyers Briggs book that I bought, and it gives me a much better handle on the subject than the more coffee-table first book I bought. I don't often learn much of anything from "self help" books, and I'm easily disappointed. But this book taught me a lot about people.

Like most of the other reviewers here, I'm an "NF" Idealist. According to this book, we are rare, only ten percent of the population, but we are particularly interested in self discovery, so it is to be expected that we'd jump on a book like this. The main thing I learned is the system of dividing us into Artisans (which I prefer to call Action Seekers), Guardians, Rationals, and Idealists. Those familiar with astrology will quickly see a correlation to the four elements, fire, earth, air and water, respectively. The Action Seekers are fiery, the Guardians earthy, the Rationals intellectually airy, and the Idealists watery, emotional, adaptable. Keirsey doesn't mention this, and obviously believes that astrology belongs on the junk heap of superstition. Let me inform him that Sir Isaac Newton defended his belief in astrology by saying that he had studied the subject, while its detractors hadn't. One can't fall into the trap of mistaking daily horoscope crap for the real thing.

The faults of this book are nothing when compared with the knowledge offered. One can understand why the world is in the mess it's in considering that 80% of the population is either a self centered Action Seeker or an authoritarian Guardian. The idealists and the thinkers are badly outnumbered. I don't mean to insult any individual Action Seeker or Guardian, but the world could use a lot more compassion and reason, a lot less selfishness and power mongering.

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AS AN E.N.F.J. IDEALIST - - THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK!
Reviewer: James Hughes from Spokane, Washington
We see the world as WE are, not at the world is. Although we are all unique and individual humans, there are significant and observable commonalities in the way we communicate, interact, and see our place in the world. Dr. Keirsey's book is an invaluable resource when one desires to understand one's spouse, children, co-workers, boss, parents, etc. After reading and re-reading my own copy, I've purchased at least 2 dozen other copies to give as gifts to people in my life. In my personal list of favorite books, this one is in the Top 15.

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I NEVER READ THE FIRST ONE
Reviewer: Bradley Morehouse (see more about me) from Missouri
I never read "Please Understand Me" and really had no clue what the Myers-Briggs personality test was prior to a chance encounter with a test by the author. When I saw the results, my jaw dropped to the floor. There on the screen were all the traits I, an INFP, had denied and fought for years. Maybe the first one was better. Maybe there are other books on the subject that are more informative and/or are easier to read. All I know is that this book in one week answered questions that I had agonized over for years. For that reason I am recommending it.

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A MUST READ!
Reviewer: Stuart Spector (see more about me) from Baltimore, MD
This book is a must read for managers; although, it is not classified as a management book. It provides a framework to objectively evaluate oneself - a skill that very few people have mastered. By understanding temperment and character, as related to various personality types, overall communication can be enhanced. This needs to be the primary goal of management. Employees no longer work for organizations, they volunteer. Communication is the key to keep them wanting to volunteer their time!

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WHAT COLOR IS YOU'RE PARACHU. . . UM...I MEAN...PIGEON HOLE?
Reviewer: David G. from Seattle, USA
"What Color is You're Parachute?", the ever popular "self-help" book now in its 100 gazillionth printing, was primarily focused on helping an individual identify a career compatible to their personality. " Please Understand Me II", is an interesting, and seemingly accurate, methodology for identifying an individual's temperament. Are you an NT (intuitive & thinking - Rational), an NF (intuitive & feeling - Idealist)? If you are an "Idealist", have you ever heard/read the Greek mythological story of Pygmalion?

As to the issue of accuracy: A certain curious individual took five different tests, from a variety of sources, all based on this temperament methodology, and arrived at the same conclusion as to temperament every time. I was amazed (oops). Ok, is was me. So what; this is about you anyway. Each time I took the test I was in a different mood, I think, and it was at varying times of day/night. My temperament description it dead-on according to many that have known me for a while. Many issues are discussed, including mating, work, communication, and a thorough overview of the temperament orientation. This is not at all like astrology. The types are carefully defined, and divergent in orientation. And no; it is not all touchy-feely. You may not like some of what you hear. However, I promise you that everyone, in varying degrees of course, will benefit from this book. Use it to understand you relationships; your attitudes; your communication style; and for plain-old fun (and it is great fun). By the way, I am a Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judger (INTJ), a "Rational-Mastermind" temperament (wow, that's a little embarrassing to say out loud). If the book is correct, I would definitely tell you if I thought it was a load of hooey. And I am enjoying it thoroughly.

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UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Reviewer: A reader from Southern California
I recently started therapy as a means of helping myself to combat ongoing depression (in conjunction with medication). My therapist loaned me this book. I could not put it down! Now I'm ordering one for myself so that I can study it even more. It has helped me to understand more about myself, my spouse, my child, and my family relationships. It has helped me to become much more accepting of myself and of others. It has helped me to accept our differences and to appreciate the strengths and uniqueness of each individual.

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I FOUND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS!
Reviewer: A reader from Columbus, Ohio
Because my type (eNFp) is so rare (like three percent of the population), I was always wondering why I couldn't find a lady like me to have a relationship. Of course I found many different women, but never one that was like me. This explains why, and also how I don't necessarily have to be with someone just like me.

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LOOK NO FURTHER IF YOU'RE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND RELATIONSHIPS
Reviewer: Daniel Spiegel (danielspiegel@sigmabbs.com.br) from Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
The greatest thing about this book is that it can clearly explain many relationship mechanisms. That is it gives some insight as to why some relationships work and others don't. For me it showed me, very clearly, the reason why I love the person I do, and why I'm so attracted to her emotionally and intellectually. As it turns out we are both INFJ Counsellors.

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DEAD-ON
Reviewer: lestercrafton@hotmail.com from Chapel Hill, NC
My friend bought this book for me,and it is scary the accuracy with which it explains the different personality types. These traits can even be seen in the reviews written about it. Take the INTJ's review. Every word written wreaks with his personality type. If you are an NF or just interested in personal development or a better understanding of people, you should definitely buy this book.

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NOT PERFECT, BUT HIGHLY VALUABLE AND INTERESTING
Reviewer: (see more about me) from Somewhere in California
Overall, I think this is a wonderful book and I even think it should be introduced in schools. When you take the test and find out your personality type, you can then read about your type. For the most part, its quite accurate, although I was reading things that were supposedly about me that weren't necessarily true. However, I feel it would be safe to say that practically everybody fits in roughly into one category mostly. But what I think is more important than just learning about yourself, but learning about others. This book teaches you some things you may loathe in others but its not their fault, just their natural personality. Next time you run into someone who is demanding, or a neat freak, or is loud and rude, you will be more tolerant of them. I would've given this 5 stars, because I think they should've expanded on the sub-types (I'm an INFP) instead of going on at length about the main types. But other than that, excellent book!

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GREAT TOOL FOR UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF AND OTHERS!
Reviewer: rdesjardin@aol.com from Orlando, FL
The title says it all. I read the section on my type (INFJ) and I felt that, finally, someone understood me and my motivations. Being an NF, I assumed that everyone was looking for self-actualization like I was. Now I know that they're not, at least not in the way I thought. Like others have said, the people around me are sick of hearing me go on and on about "SP this" and "NT that," but that doesn't stop me because I've found it an excellent shorthand way of explaining behaviors. I would like to see a book discussing the "darker side" of the temperaments--are certain temperaments prone to certain neuroses? I recommend PUMII highly.

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ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!
Reviewer: robgol@prodigy.net from seattle,Wa
I was first intimidated by the length and outline of the book, so I read bits and pieces to get a feel for the subject matter.Then I jumped in and read it cover to cover. I learned so much about myself and my friends. My office workers are a little tired of hearing me talk about it, but I seem to be getting more into it. I committed myself to memorizing all of its details so I can inform others of it. My friends who like archetypal concepts are intrigued by what I told them about themselves and their relationships. There’s a wealth of ideas to work with and I was able to sythesize another Jungian book I once learned years ago to add to my understanding of myself and others.

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A VERY WORTHWHILE READ
Reviewer: A reader in Illinois from US
I found Please Understand Me to be very basic and not possessing the depth of the original Gifts Differing book. Please Understand Me II is a phenominal book. It provides much more in-depth coverage and insights than Please Understand Me. It contains a great deal of new and useful information on the application of MBTI to relationships and provides an outstanding conceptual framework for understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each type. If you're already familiar with MBTI - this is a "don't miss" book!! As a consultant and manager of people, I've found the insights in the book to be invaluable.

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EVEN BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL
Reviewer: Brian Sorgatz, Composer Artisan ("ISFP") from Sacramento, California
Some people will tell you that PUM II is not as good as the original. Don't believe it! In this new edition, Keirsey wisely elaborates on the important distinctions between his theory and Jungian "elementalism." He also distinguishes important terms that are interchangeable in everyday speech (e.g., the SP's "excitement" vs. the NF's "enthusiasm"). His new book is considerably thicker than the earlier one, but it's worth it: complex ideas require space for clarification. Judgments of this kind are subjective, of course, but I also found Keirsey's description of my particular temperament to be more accurate in the sequel.

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EXCELLENT FOLLOW UP TO PLEASE UNDERSTAND ME
Reviewer: 'Thena from San Diego
If you've ever felt like no one understood you, then I highly recommend this book. Once you have learned the essence of each of the four types presented (Artisan, Guardian, Rational, and Idealist) you will see the entire world in a new light. It will add a new dimension to all of your interactions with others. When I read the description of my type, INFJ, in the first book, I was astounded. Here I thought that there was no one else like me and that there was something seriously wrong with me because I didn't want to be like everyone else. The description so completely captured the essence of my character that I became hooked on the subject.

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