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« 20. Reading list on MBTI personality types  »

Written by Rachel Green. Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute. MBTI coach with over 25 years MBTI experience, and author of the new book: "INFJ: What's it like to be one."

There has been a great deal written about personality types and emotional intelligence and it can be difficult to know what are the best books to read. We hope to make it easier for you. As a follow-up to our MBTI workshops we recommend you read more about your type.

Here is a suggested reading list for you. It is only a sample of the books available but we have tried to select out some of the absolute best books and some of the standard classics, which are quite old but invaluable and still available.

The best books for you will depend upon your type and which area you are most interested in, so we have divided the books into different areas of interest for you.

Essential reading for everyone - stress and type

Quenk, Naomi: Beside Ourselves, Our Hidden Personality in Everyday Life, CPP books, California, 1993. ISBN: 0-89106-062-6. (There is an updated version "Was that really me?").
Brilliant insights! Describes what stresses each type, how each type behaves when stressed and why, and how each type can return to balance. There is a second edition now on sale.

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Recommended reading on type and careers

  1. Tieger Paul & Barron-Tieger B: Do What You Are: Discover the perfect career for you through the secrets of personality type, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1995. ISBN: 0-316-84522-1.
    Career possibilities for each type and how to get the right job. Comprehensive.
  2. Dunning, Donna: What's your TYPE of career? Unlock the secrets of your personality to find your perfect career path, Davies Black Publishing, 2001. ISBN: 0-89106-154-1
    Encourages you to find the career best suited to your type and to take advantage of your natural way of working. Groups the types into 8 groups, in contrast to the type and career book by Tieger who treats each of the 16 types individually. Both are useful for those wanting to work out a new job.

Different types have different aspects of emotional intelligence they find harder and easier. However, developing their emotional intelligence is vitality important for each type. Come join with me in this exciting new emotional intelligence coaching package and I will make sure it is personalised to you and your type.

Recommended reading on relationships and type

  1. Jones, Jane & Sherman, Ruth: Intimacy & Type, A Practical Guide for Improving Relationships, Centre for Applications of Psychological Type, Florida, 1997. ISBN: 0-935652-23-X.
    Strengths and weaknesses of each type in personal relationships with the same/similar types and then with opposites. Lots of handy hints on coping.
  2. Kroeger, Otto & Thuesen, Janet: 16 Ways to Love Your Lover: Understanding the 16 Personality Types, Delacorte Press, New York 1994. ISBN: 0-385-31031-5.
    Fascinating! Describes preference clashes on everything from money to sex and communication.

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Recommended book on type at midlife

Corlett, Eleanor & Millner, Nancy: Navigating Midlife Using Typology as a Guide, Davies Black Publishing, 1993. ISBN: 0-89106-061-8.
Essential reading for 35 - 60yr olds. Has a whole chapter on each type at midlife and describes how each type can cope with and grow through midlife.

Books on type at work

  1. Benfari Robert: Changing Your Management Style: How to evaluate and improve your own performance, Lexington Books, New York. 1995. ISBN: 0-02-902635-0
    Helpful insights into the management and stress styles of the 16 types.
  2. Brock, Susan: Using Type in Selling, Building Customer Relationships with the MBTI, Consulting Psychologists Press, California, 1994.
    Outlines ways to adapt your sales or marketing interactions to meet the needs of different personalities.
  3. Demarest, Larry: Looking at Type in the Workplace, Centre for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT) Gainesville, Florida, 1997. ISBN: 0-935652-32-9.
    A basic introduction to the ways the eight preferences (E/I; S/N; T/F; J/P) present at work, and the characteristic requirements and style of each of the 16 personality types. Also in this CAPT series "Looking at Type and Spirituality".
  4. Hirsh Sandra: Introduction to Type and Teams, Consulting Psychologists Press, CA. 1992.
    Briefly describes how each type functions well in a team and the problems their styles may cause. Excellent starting point.
  5. Hirsh, Sandra & Kise, Jane: Work it Out, Clues for Solving People Problems at Work, Davies Black Publishing, 1996. ISBN: 0-89106-088-X.
    There are a number of recent books on the applications of type at work. All cover very similar areas, e.g. meetings, communication clashes, time management, stress. This is one of the them.
  6. Kroeger, Otto Thuesen, Janet: Type Talk at Work: How the 16 personality types determine your success on the job, Dell Publishing, New York 1992. ISBN: 0-440-50699-9.
    Fascinating! Considers goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and more at work and gives profiles for each type at work.
  7. Kummerow, Jean M, Barger, Nancy J & Kirby, Linda K. Work Types, Consulting Psychologists Press, California. 1997. ISBN 0-446-67217-3.
    Covers issues such as time management, running meetings, communication and conflict, leadership, change, etc.

Different types have different aspects of emotional intelligence they find harder and easier. However, developing their emotional intelligence is vitality important for each type. Come join with me in this exciting new emotional intelligence coaching package and I will make sure it is personalised to you and your type.

Recommended reading on type and parenting

Tieger Paul & Barron-Tieger B.: Nurture by Nature: Understand your child's personality type - and become a better parent, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1997. ISBN: 0-316-84513-2.
16 types in children with practical ideas on how to raise them! Comprehensive.

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Other books on type

  1. Rachel Green, "INFJ: What's it like to be one." New 2018. ISBN: 978-0-9580272-7-4
  2. Martin, Charles: Looking at Type, The Fundamentals, Centre for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT) Gainesville, Florida, 1997. ISBN: 0-935652-31-0.
    A good introduction. Provides a brief history and outline of the MBTI, explains what the scores mean and provides details of each type.
  3. Myers, Isabel Briggs: Introduction to Type, 6th Edition, Consulting Psychologists Press, California.
    A 43 page booklet explaining each preference and type, and background to the MBTI. An original by the founder of MBTI. This is often given in the workshop "Getting on: MBTI Team building"so you may already have a personal copy of it or the equivalent.
  4. Hirsh Sandra and Kise Jane: Soul Types: Finding the spiritual path that is right for you, Hyperion, New York 1998 ISBN: 0-7868-8289-1
    Comprehensive descriptions of the spiritual paths most typical of each type.

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Other resources on type

  1. The Myers & Briggs Foundation
    This provides a register of materials available from a variety of sources.
  2. MILO MBTI Bibliography
    The CAPT MBTI Bibliography has been maintained since 1976 and now contains more than 11000 entries on the MBTI. You can search this extensive bibliographic database on an extensive range of MBTI topics, e.g MBTI & ADD, MBTI and conflict, MBTI and health, MBTI & Leadership, MBTI and teams, MBTI & job satisfaction, and many more.

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EQ at work, INFJ: Get to know your type, increase communication effectiveness and lower conflict

There is so much that you or your team can learn so that you develop greater understanding of, and skills with, your communication, personality and relationships at work and home. The EI Institute has a number of options to help you:

  1. If you are an INFJ or live or work with one, or live or work with Introverts or Intuitives, then this 2018 book by Rachel Green, our Director, is a must read: "INFJ: What's it like to be one."
  2. If you are in Western Australia, a high energy, MBTI interactive team-building workshop can be organised for you: "Getting on: MBTI Team building".
  3. Meditation appeals to many introverts and we have a very popular audio-download on meditation called: "Happy Not Hassled". A perfect way to introvert and stay healthy.
  4. There is superior 1-1 coaching; and the MBTI is included as part of our smart leadership coaching package. You can find out your MBTI type and develop the skills you need, with Rachel Green.

For more details or to make a booking e-mail us now or pick up the phone and call us.