Intuition and Bitcoin

Support of Bitcoin can be explained through the differences between Sensation and Intuition.

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If you would like an intro to Bitcoin, or BTC as it’s known to insiders, please go here.

When I am coaching my clients, to illustrate the differences between Sensation (S) and Intuition (N), I use this original infographic:

Sensing and Intuition are both Perceiving functions – or the way in which we take in information. Everyone has the ability to use them both, though we prefer to use one over the other in our most natural state. 

Jung classified these functions as irrational, meaning that they don’t have a logical explanation for how they are used. In many cases, our Perceiving functions are passive — running and refreshing in the background like an App.

Are you a Sensor or an Intuitive?

Look at this image above. Take 10 seconds to absorb it. Now, what words come to mind?

If you give me the details of the image, I would say you prefer Sensing (S).

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If you give me the themes of the image, I would say you prefer iNtuition (N).

Sensors (S) might say:

  • Raining
  • Park benches
  • Vibrant colors
  • Reflective

iNtuitives (N) might and say:

  • Date night
  • Romance
  • Dreamlike
  • Young love
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Both Sensation and Intuition “see” the same information, but take completely different meanings from the image. I’m sure you can already see where this is going.

The responses you give to this visual can correlate to the way in which Sensors (S) and iNtutives (N) differ in their acceptance of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a Concept

Sensation clashes with the idea of BTC as it’s not a physical asset that you can hold like cash or gold or even a stock. It also doesn’t have a predecessor or antecedent to look back on and evaluate. 

It is essentially a software program.

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Sensors tend to rely on the concrete and tangible as proof that a thing exists. With Bitcoin, this does not apply. True, you can see the code, but the tangibility of it still seems vague.

Intuitives tend to rely on hunches and symbols as trustworthy to them. Therefore, Bitcoin can be trusted as a concept, without necessarily knowing all the finite details of how it works.

In a previous article on the link between Introverted iNtuition (Ni) and Conspiracy Theorists, I relayed the fact that Introverted iNtuitive types tend to make giant leaps and bounds when it comes to understanding or creating something. Blanks are not filled in and details may be glossed over. Additionally, the path that was taken to arrive at the conclusion is hardly visible. Data points are often connected by loosely connected strings that are ripe for logical destruction.

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Sensor and Intuitive Communication

“Man, you need to get it together right now.”

“Man, you need to get a calendar and get organized.”

“Get it together” is an iNtuitive statement. It makes a leap that the person knows what you mean by “it.” It’s an assumption that you are both clear on the “it.”

“Get a calendar and get organized” is a sensory statement because there is less probability to misinterpret what the person is suggesting. It’s concrete, gives an actual physical object to purchase, and explains how the organization and calendar are related. 

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In the same way, it takes an iNtuitive leap and an inner feeling of trust to invest in Bitcoin. 

Sensors prefer to have the path to a goal laid out in a way that makes linear sense. This, then that, then this, then that. Boom, boom, boom.

Intuitives are OK with having limited information before making a decision, obviously for better or for worse. “Bitcoin is a digital currency that has a limited supply…” OK I’ve heard enough; how do I get it?

The Future of Bitcoin

My hypothesis is that those who are front-running Bitcoin now are overwhelmingly Intuitive types that are seeing the future in a way that may or may not happen but are trusting their “gut” that it’s the right move.

Bridging the gap to the Sensors is where the conversation falls apart. As mentioned, Sensors trust details and facts over hunches and whims. If the iNtuitive (N) cannot explain concretely to the (S) what it is that BTC does, then you are going to be talking straight past each other. 

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As it catches on, as this iNtuitive author believes it will, Sensor types will have more statistics, data, institutional support, and concrete figures to support such a move.

This fundamental issue translates over to nearly every argument, miscommunication, and cohesion issue we see in the world today.

My suggestion to the larger Bitcoin community (HODLers, if you will) is to focus exclusively on connecting the relatable to the possible and connecting a line that makes sense to someone who is either 15 or 85 years old.

Some suggestions from points I have heard:

  • The US Dollar depreciates every year due to inflation; BTC deflates and appreciates every year. Put your money somewhere it will grow.
  • There is a finite supply – supply and demand in its truest form
  • Governments cannot seize it or shut it down due to it being decentralized.
  • Fast transaction times — no more holds or disputes from your bank 
  • Bitcoin Standard – no conversion (or fee) needed to go from USD to Yen, for example.
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I show these as examples of what a Sensor would likely find acceptable, though not 100% convincing. My view is that over time, the tangible and relatable aspects of Bitcoin and the larger cryptocurrency market will align with the Sensors of our world through institutional adoption, large scale media coverage, and word of mouth reinforcement.

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Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work (1988) by Otto Kroeger and Janet Thuesen

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Best intro to Type

Knowing where to begin the journey of understanding Type can be a bit challenging. After all, there is no “right” way to look at personality, and many of us in the community have been introduced through many different doors.

Type Talk was one of the first 3 books related to MBTI that I finished, and still to this day I reference it before a session with my clients. In addition to being a fabulous reference for the practitioner such as myself, it is highly accessible to the newbie just breaking into the MBTI world. The background of personality and the history of its progression eases the reader into the Type world, and truly cannot be missed when discussing landmark personality books.

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On par with David Keirsey’s Please Understand Me, Type Talk gives a highly thorough and differentiated explanation of the dichotomies. When I say differentiated, I mean that the reader will clearly be able to delineate what the difference between a Sensor (S) and an iNtuitive (N) is based on the descriptions.

Expands understanding of Keirsey Temperaments

Type Talk takes what David Kiersey created with the 4 Temperaments and expands them into many different manifestations we see in day-to-day life. Literally, Type Talk is filled with examples of Temperament in regards to fashion, parenting, management, self-management, decision making, dating/romance, career success, etc. 

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As you become more aware of the Temperaments, you start to notice patterns. You will say, “That guy dresses like an NT…her speaking style is very SP…she expresses her feelings in a very NF way.” This is not labeling or discriminatory. This is noticing a pattern and applying a framework to it. In addition to helping you empathize and understand others to a deeper degree, this pattern recognition becomes a very fun game that helps you sharpen your typing skills.

Getting a solid benchmark understanding of temperaments is the way I personally started to cement the Types in my head. As I have mentioned previously in videos, articles, and interviews, there is no way to possibly memorize how ALL the 16 types act, speak, or react to things; especially at the beginning of understanding Type. Breaking them down by temperament is the place to start that helps encapsulate their essence.

Sex Differences in Type

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Type Talk takes a very compassionate view of the differences between gender and Type. The reality is the reality, no matter how much we rally against it in the modern age. This book recognized the reality, along with the unfairness of gender differences in Type, back in 1988 (before it was cool).

An ESTJ female is going to be received much differently than an ESTJ male, particularly in a corporate environment. According to Type Talk, the desired “femininity” that most corporations look for, is not usually present with the ESTJ female. You tend to see a much more “masculine” and driven person who clashes with the prejudiced view of what a female “should be.”

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The ENTJ female will likely experience the same kind of pushback, both from her male and female counterparts. Certainly, there will be a level of intimidation that is felt by colleagues of the ENTJ and ESTJ female, but to deny this reality is to assign blame on things that aren’t actually real. Meaning, your standard sniping remarks at sexual frustration, chip on the shoulder, daddy issues, etc.

Consider the other dynamic which would be the INFP male. The INFP male typically does not exude the standard aggressiveness that is expected of a male in Western society. To counter this, INFP males may overcompensate and attempt to exude hyper-masculinity as a means of fitting in with their male counterparts. Understanding this phenomenon in both yourself and others can help cut to the core of problems that may arise at work or in your personal life.

Concept of Typewatching

Typewatching is the practice of Typing people in your world as you start to notice patterns, as I’ve mentioned previously. You do not need to send them an assessment to know they are an ISFP. Especially with people you live or work with, observational and anecdotal data are more than enough to get a precise Typing of someone.

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As with anything we start to do on a daily basis, you get really good at Typing people, and much faster. This doesn’t mean you get more accurate per se, but that you hone in on patterns of activity that you can quickly latch onto when making Typing decisions.

My Rating

Type Talk deserves a 90/100. It’s nearly the perfect book to intro Type to the world, and it genuinely takes a broad approach to the subject. Though it does not cover the cognitive functions — and it doesn’t need to– there is hardly a topic that isn’t touched on throughout. 

Albeit written in 1988, it has stood the test of time, much like the field of personality and MBTI. 

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Introverted iNtuition and the Conspiracy Theorist

Reality Does Not Exist

Carl Jung and Intuition

First, let’s start out with what Carl Jung said about Introverted iNtuition.

“The peculiar nature of introverted intuition, when given the priority, also produces a peculiar type of man, viz. the mystical dreamer and seer on the one hand, or the fantastical crank and artist on the other.”

In modern terms, this is either the person who predicts the future with an uncanny insight, or the tinfoil-hat-wearing lunatic that has predicted the end of the world every year since 1999. The line is very thin, and in most cases they are the same person until a prediction comes true. Only then are they a “genius.”

Intuition vs Sensation

It’s best to include what the opposite of Intuition looks like to get a reference point. Sensation and Intuition are both perceiving functions, meaning that they collect information like a sponge in either an active or passive way. 

Sensors generally focus on the details as they exist in the physical or concrete realm. What it is, how it smells, the color, the texture, etc. These are descriptions of objects or events in their most overt form.

What is a Texture?

Intuitives generally focus on the meaning or theme of an object or event. What it means, what it says about humanity, what implications it yields, what the forces behind the event are, etc. These are intuitive leaps, as they say, into the essence of the object.

Though S and N both perceive the same thing, their conclusions couldn’t be more dissimilar.

Cognitive Functions and MBTI

Understanding the Myers Briggs Type Indicator: The 8 Cognitive Functions

Introverted Intuition is one of the 8 cognitive functions within the MBTI model, and arguably it is the most fascinating to discuss. It is denoted as “Ni” within the Type community, and I will write it as such for the remainder of this article.

Ni has been described in many colorful ways, and here are some of my favorites:

  • Abstract conceptualization
  • Non-linear thinking
  • Patterns within patterns
  • Dot connecting
  • Seeing the future
  • Uncanny insight

Also, do yourself a huge favor and check out one of my favorite Youtube MBTI celebs, Love Who, as he describes how the INTJ in particular manifests as a conspiracy theorist.

When you think about the list of bullet points above, you can easily see how these can be viewed with positive outcomes. But the negatives are much juicier!!

  • Abstract conceptualization
    • Not grounded in a reality that others can easily follow.
  • Non-linear thinking
    • Cannot get their point across, bouncing around from concept to concept, grasping at connections that aren’t there or are too far-fetched.
  • Patterns within patterns
    • Can become unhinged with discussions of conspiracy pyramids, Illuminati, Reptilians, New World Order, etc.
  • Dot connecting
    • Connecting dots that shouldn’t be connected.
  • Seeing the future
    • Apocalypse, dystopian nightmare, negative outcomes, dark clouds on the horizon.
  • Uncanny insight
    • Others view you as creepy and suspicious…”How did you know that…” but not in a good way.

Describing Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Now you just have to articulate it!

The way I like to describe it to others is having thousands of random data points (your experience, news articles, social media, things you see in public, things people say, facial expression, etc.) that you are accessing to merge into a single idea or theme. 

The brain of the Introverted iNtuitive (Ni) is trying to make sense of the world by connecting seemingly unrelated events together. It’s trying to distill down the world into its essential element or “truth.”

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Makes sense

I am reminded of a very random quote from an obscure Rodney Dangerfield movie called Back to School. In it, a young Robert Downey Jr. does not want to go to his college’s football game because football is a “crypto-fascist metaphor for nuclear war.” Say what now?! That’s something an unhinged intuitive would say! To come to that conclusion takes many leaps in logic and possibility to arrive where he did. Also, if you were to ask how he came to that analysis? 

“I’m not entirely sure,” would be the answer.

Conspiracy Theorist

I have seen the documents!

It’s easy to see how this style of perception can lead one down the road to crankery and tinfoil-hatism. The common theme of Ni users is that they feel like an alien in a human’s body, and the use of Ni is the reason why. It’s really no wonder that Carl Jung himself (an INFJ) went insane at the end of his life. 

However, we have to admire those throughout history who changed the world through the use of their Ni:

  • Elon Musk
  • Nikola Tesla
  • Issac Newton
  • Ayn Rand
  • Friedrich Nietszche
  • Karl Marx
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Vladimir Lenin
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…to just name a few!

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How to Read 100 Books in a Year

In 2018 I read 25 books. 2019 I read 75. 2020, I made 100 my goal. And I achieved it. Here are some solid tips for how to make it happen.

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Create more reading time by getting up 45-60 mins earlier everyday.

If you don’t have the “time” to read more books because of kids, work, or other obligations, this tells me you need to physically CREATE more time in your schedule. You create more time by getting up earlier each morning (45-60 mins) and reading. Give yourself a buffer to make coffee as well. I discovered that with a really good book, you will find yourself increasing the amount of time you give yourself in the morning to read. This creates a compounding result throughout the year.

It’s also a simple math equation. If you read 15-20 more pages a day over 7 days, then you are going to complete, on average, 140 pages per week. That’s not even including time you read before bed or during the middle of the day. This tactic can easily add 12 books a year to your total.

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Read books you actually want to read, thus making it easier to spend longer sessions in a reading flow state.

“Life is too short to read a bad book.” – James Joyce

Don’t waste your life reading a book you hate. The advice I received, and continue to pass onto others, is this: if you aren’t hooked by page 30, dump it. 30 pages is plenty to know if the book is going to be worth finishing or not. 

When you only read what you want, and thoroughly look forward to reading each day, you will spend more time reading during each reading session. You will find yourself in a reading flow state that can make 60 mins feel like 15. Once again, time is all it takes to accomplish these goals. 

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It’s not speed-reading or skimming the intro sentence of each paragraph– it’s TIME.

Stop watching sports altogether, which frees up nights and weekends.

This is going to hurt a lot of people. But notice I am not saying to give up Netflix or TV–at least right away. Sports are where I started getting back time in my day to read more. NFL and college football on Saturday and Sunday are minimum 3-hour commitments. Add in pre-game, and it’s 4 hours. If you are a multiple sport fan, throughout the week you can easily spend 5-10 additional hours watching highlights or other sports. We can comfortably say we spend 16 hours a week watching sports, and that applies all year-round. There is only a short period of time where there aren’t multiple sports being played.

Some very rough math here: 20 pages per hour X 16 hours = 320 pages. That’s a normal book length. Boom, now we just added a book per week by cutting out sports. 

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Read 3-4 books at a time to break up the monotony of the same genre.

Have a stack of 3-4 books on your nightstand from vastly different genres. I suggest fiction, psychology, history, and personal development. If you are winding down your ability to focus on one genre, you can re-energize your mind by diving into something completely different. Having too much of one genre will burn you out more than add to your fulfillment. Also, if you are reading all fiction, I guarantee you will start to mix up storylines and characters. 

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Sprinkle in shorter books (200 pages or less) to get some easy wins.

Like all long term goals, you need to get some easy wins early and often to keep the fire burning with your motivation. I blatantly admit to choosing books under 200 pages so that I could finish a book in 1-2 days and check off another tick mark towards my goal. Do not choose 900-page epics on the history of the Peloponnesian war with size 6 font and margins that are .25 inches. Do yourself some favors and sprinkle in some easy wins.

Set a reading challenge goal through Goodreads to keep track of your progress.

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I am going to shill for Goodreads for a quick second. Every year since 2018, I have embraced their yearly Reading Challenge. It’s fun to keep track of your goals and to see others you are connected with setting and striving for their own. As you update your reading goals, Goodreads tells you how far behind or ahead you are. The reason I suggest using Goodreads is that you have to measure your goals or you’ll never complete it. This is a universal fact. What gets measured, gets done. 

The other reason to use Goodreads is they have a great algorithm for suggesting other books based on those you’ve read. When you find one you want to read, you can add it to your “Want to Read” queue. This, in turn, strengthens their future recommendations for you.

Even though it is owned by Amazon, I always go to Goodreads for user reviews in lieu of Amazon. The literary pretentiousness at Goodreads is much greater than Amazon, and thus they grade books more harshly. Whereas Amazon gives nearly every book a 4.5/5, Goodreads hardly rates anything higher than a 4.0/5. The standards are much higher, thus I trust the user base more on Goodreads.

Read every day no matter what.

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The key phrase here is: no matter what. At a certain point, you will feel guilty for days you don’t read. Much like those who are gym rats and have to go every day or they immolate themselves, voracious book readers develop the same habit over time. As the comedian Brian Regan said many years ago, “There has never been a good argument against reading. There has never been a point/counter-point that debated the merits of reading.”

And just to let you know…audiobooks aren’t reading ;).

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Book Review: Please Understand Me by David Keirsey (1978)

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Please Understand Me Book Review

David Keirsey has sold over 4 million copies of his book in the last 30 years. Please Understand Me remains, to this day, as the book that best defines each of the 16 personality types.

Temperaments

Keirsey’s major contribution to personality type was his classification of the 16 types into 4 distinct Temperaments. They are:

NT: Intuitive + Thinking

NF: Intuitive + Feeling

SP: Sensing + Perceiving

SJ: Sensing + Judging

Along with those combinations, he also named each temperament using an archetype. For example, NTs are the Rationals; NFs are the Idealists, SPs are the Artisans, and SJs are the Guardians. This helps us to generally understand the mindset and structure of the types in a way that just listing the 2 letters would never allow.

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Temperaments are not new to Myers Briggs. However, the Keirsey model and the official MBTI model (called “Function Pairs”) are slightly different. The official MBTI model lists the temperaments in a different combination, instead opting for: NT, NF, SF, ST. This is a more straightforward approach to creating the temperaments, as it simply combines the 2 middle functions.

Keirsey opted to approach things differently. Instead of simply adding the 2nd and 3rd letters together in a uniform manner, for the Sensor types, he added the 2nd and 4th letters together. 

When I discuss Temperaments, I am working from the Keirsey model.

Take the Keirsey Temperament Sorter here (its 70 questions).

The 16 types

The descriptions that are given in Please Understand Me are some of the most precise and wonderfully elegant writings that I have come across in studying Typology. 

Here are a couple of examples:

“Here is the herald, the spirited bearer of tidings. But underneath this effervescent enthusiasm is a person fiercely dedicated to “meaning” in life. (page 74, the ENFP)

“INFP’s seek unity in their lives, unity of body and mind, emotions and intellect. They often have a subtle tragic motif running throughout their lives, but others seldom detect this inner minor key.” (page 176, the INFP)

“Inefficiency is especially rejected by ENTJs, and repetition of errors causes them to become impatient. For the ENTJ, there must always be a reason for doing anything, and people’s feelings usually are not sufficient reason. (page 178, ENTJ)

“INTJs need only to have a vague, intuitive impression of the unexpressed logic of a system to continue surely on their way. Things need only seem logical; this is entirely sufficient.” (page 181, the INTJ)

There are many more examples, but do yourself a favor and discover them in full when you buy this book after you finish this article.

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How to Use in your Daily Life

As professional typologists or enthusiasts, something that naturally happens is trying to Type people in your daily life. I imagine it’s just like studying psychology–now you’re diagnosing everyone’s mental illnesses. What the temperaments allow you to do, instead of trying to memorize all 16 types, is to only think of 4 possible temperaments as a starting point. 

It is much easier to start typing someone and think. “He sounds like an NF Type,” than it is to try and decipher an INFJ from an ENFP. 

My Rating and Recommendation

I can solidly make the recommendation to read Please Understand Me as the 1st or 2nd book you read when starting your typological journey. I give this book a 95/100. It can benefit anybody for any application in their life. It does not take an expert nor someone with a psych background to enjoy the description of E vs. I; NT vs. NF; or INFJ vs. ESFP. It is probably one of the rare MBTI books that can be enjoyed across the entire spectrum of personality types.

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Book Review: Gifts Differing by Isabel Briggs Myers. (1980)

There are plenty of good places to start learning about MBTI. I am often asked what books to read to begin, so I am starting a series of book reviews related to typology and MBTI.

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Carl Gustav Jung

I would actually NOT start with Carl Jung (CGJ) and Psychological Types, as it is dense, esoteric, and better reserved for the 3rd or 4th book after a more simple framework has been established. I think reading his book as your first foray into Typology might turn you away from it altogether. Even though in most cases we should always start at the beginning, this is a special circumstance where it will not serve you well.

Carl Gustav Jung

Where to Start

I recommend starting with Gifts Differing, by Isabel Briggs Myers. It is essentially the Bible for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This book had been in the making for decades before it was finally released in the 80s. Isabel and her mother Katherine, had been developing an assessment that could take the incomplete theories of CGJ and make them into a digestible format that could be taken by anybody across the world. Carl had never truly ventured outside of his clinical practice to apply Type to the world, so this mother-daughter pair made it happen!

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Book Overview

Gifts Differing, by Isabel Briggs Myers, is surprisingly technical; it contains lots of graphs, charts, and standard deviation analysis of all kinds of things such as Type and academic pursuit, Type and IQ, Type and romance, Type and career, Type and learning styles, etc. For those who need more than anecdotal evidence to be convinced, this book is shockingly dense with longitudinal studies to support the reality of Type.

The book also covers some more complicated parts of MBTI like cognitive functions, which is the true beauty of MBTI. Along with this, is how the types develop over a lifetime, another major differentiator of MBTI vs. other assessments. As all Typologists resoundingly agree, we can’t talk about personality type unless we talk about development. 

The prose is quite remarkable and is only rivaled by the great David Kiersey who wrote Please Understand Me. Because, think about it–you can only use so many words to simply describe somebody (direct, quiet, shy, outgoing, gregarious etc.); it’s when you start using allegories and poetic nuances that you truly dig down into the depths of each type. Gifts Differing contains this language. After all, Isabel Myers was an INFP, so she gets right to the heart of each type. Her connection to each Type is thoroughly apparent throughout this book.

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Please Understand Me by David Keirsey

Book Rating

I give this book an 85/100. It definitely cannot be missed when studying MBTI! I consider it essential reading for a baseline understanding of MBTI, and how Isabel and Katherine began to form their assessment over many years. It’s a healthy combination of anecdotal and statistical information that will appeal to all “types” of personality enthusiasts. 

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