If you’re at all like other PersonalityJunkie™ readers, you probably recognize 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 all use to navigate life. And because your personality type is such an integral part of who you are, knowing and understanding your type (e.g., INTP) is essential and can furnish much needed direction in a world of seemingly infinite options. But like so many of our readers, you may be unsure of your true type, perhaps feeling like you’re “stuck in the middle” between two or three types.
My True Type was carefully researched and written to address these issues, equipping you with the knowledge you need to clarify and better understand your personality type, including your type’s preferences and functions. If you want to know yourself better and gain clarity in your life’s path, this book is for you.
Numerous tips and strategies for identifying and clarifying your true personality type.
In-depth explanations of all the personality preferences (E, I, S, N, T, F, J, P) and functions (Se, Ne, Si, Ni, Te, Fe, Ti, Fi).
An examination of common “mistypings” (e.g., INFPs mistyping as INFJs, etc.).
Discussions of current scientific research regarding the brain activity associated with each personality function.
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,” i.e., to have no true preference at all (e.g., INxP)?
Are some types (or functions) more “right-brained” or “left-brained?”
*Books come in 3 file formats (pdf, epub, mobi) for compatibility with all devices, including Kindle & Apple products.
“Drill Down Your Type”
This book will help you drill down and better understand your own personality type (and how that fits into the larger world). It also provides a lot of comparing and contrasting that helps illustrate the difference(s) between similar personality types. For instance, if you’re not sure if you’re an INTP or an INFP, the book provides many different examples and avenues by which you can clear up any confusion about your personality type…
“Really Clarified My Type for Me”
I have read just about every MBTI book out there, and even the most useful ones generally review the same basic information in different ways. This one actually added new information and new interpretations that I hadn’t seen before. In the past, I’ve gone back and forth between two types that seemed to fit me equally well, but this book made it clear, first of all, why that doesn’t really make sense, and second, why I was confused (generic type descriptions in most books and websites, for one thing–among others). This really clarified my type for me and actually helped me in a job choice I was making. The “clarifier” quiz at the end is useful and simple, and the information is detailed and definitely worth the price.
T. Cleary writes:
I am a budding student of typology, and have read a lot of the available literature on Jungian typology. This book had a profound influence on me and on my understanding of the Jungian functions. Many other works I have explored are burdened with superfluous information, which, especially for an autodidact trying to get an accurate grip on typology, can cause needless delays and confusion. This book drills right to the essence of each function, explaining them with breadth, insight and concision in a way that allows one to feel they are walking away with a better understanding of how to use and apply the functions…I would consider it “required reading” for the professional and amateur typology enthusiast.
Dr. Timothy Wise writes:
“A Must-Read for Students of Temperament”
After studying the MBTI and Keirsey for years, I thought I’d pretty much read it all, but this book gave me a fresh perspective and a deeper understanding of the overall concept of temperament. It explained some of the things I had found confusing like why some introverts seem like extraverts because of their auxiliary functions. A must-read for students of temperament.
Why It’s Important to Know Your Type
What is a Personality Type?
A Brief History of Type
The Functional Stack
Purpose & Overview
Part I. Effective Typing: Barriers & Strategies
1. Barriers to Effective Typing
The Confounding Role of Nurture
The Inferior Function
Shortcomings of Personality Assessments
2. Strategies for Accurate Typing
Explore Childhood Patterns
Which Type(s) are You Least Like?
Which Function(s) Do You Use the Least?
What is Your Enantiodromia?
Put Inconsistencies in Perspective
Avoid Over-Focusing on Particulars
Part II. Clarifying Your Preferences
3. Introversion (I) vs. Extraversion (E)
Jung’s Theory of Introversion & Extraversion
Independent (I) vs. Collective-Minded (E)
Reflection (I) vs. Action (E)
Strangers (I) vs. Citizens (E) of the World
Sensitive (I) vs. Uninhibited (E)
A Mixed Bag
Common E-I Mistypings
4. Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)
What Exactly is Intuition?
“All on the Table”
Potential (N) vs. Actual (S)
Connections (N) vs. Particulars (S)
Common S-N Mistypings
5. Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)
Overview of Thinking
Overview of Feeling
Taste & Style: S, F, or Both?
What about Values?
T-F & Gender
Common T-F Mistypings
6. Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)
Structured (J) vs. Unstructured (P)
Planned (J) vs. Open-Ended (P)
J Types: Conviction & Convergence
P Types: Exploring & Experimenting
Seeking vs. Experiencing Closure
The Laws of Js & Ps
Are J Types More Responsible? Moral?
Restlessness & Breadth of Activities
J-P & Work
Learning & Teaching Styles
Common J-P Mistypings
Part III: Clarifying Your Functions
7. Introduction to the Eight Functions
Introverted vs. Extraverted Functions
Judging vs. Perceiving Functions
Overview of the Eight Functions
8. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
The Visual Nature of Ni
Deep Theories, Timeless Truths
Ni & the Brain
Ni & the Eyes
9. Extraverted Intuition (Ne)
Doubting & Dithering
Ne vs. Ni
Webs (Ne) & Hierarchies (Ni)
Art, Nature, & Lifestyle
Ne-Ni Skepticism & Envy
Ne & the Brain
10. Introverted Sensing (Si)
Dotting i’s & Crossing t’s
Si & the “Inner Body”
Si & Images
The Si-Ne Function Pair
Si vs. Ni
Si & the Brain
11. Extraverted Sensing (Se)
An Eye for Detail
Image & Appearance
The Se-Ni Function Pair
Se vs. Ne
Se vs. Si
Se & the Brain
12. Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Subjective Methods & Strategies
Deep Skepticism & Reductive Thinking
Control, Freedom, & Autonomy
Ti & the Brain
13. Extraverted Thinking (Te)
Defining & Measuring
The Te-Fi Function Pair
Te vs. Ti
Te & the Brain
14. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
Refining Tastes & Values
Marginalized & Misunderstood
Combatting Injustice & Defending Individuality
Fi vs. Ti
Fi & the Brain
15. Extraverted Feeling (Fe)
The Interpersonal Nature of Fe
Fe & Social Norms
The Fe-Ti Function Pair
Fe vs. Te
Fe vs. Fi
Fe & the Brain
Part IV. Additional Clarification
16. Type Structuring: What It Tells Us about EPs, EJs, IPs, & IJs
EJs & IPs: “J-P-J” Types
EPs & IJs: “P-J-P” Types