"...the understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder, and your life closer to your heart's desire."

—Isabel Myers

Like the reflections of the trees on the water, descriptions of personality type patterns are merely reflections of the human patterns of life. Sometimes these patterns are easy to see in ourselves and in others. At other times we miss important aspects of the patterns because they fall in our blind spots and are in the shadow.

The personality type code devised by Isabel Myers can be a powerful tool for explaining individual differences. And while the type code embodies a simple presentation, it was meant to represent a whole personality pattern. We are more than the letters of the code or the sum of our preferences. Once we realize that we are dynamics and constantly developing, we are freer to step outside our natural pattern, bridge communication gaps, and follow our natural instincts for developing unexplored aspects of ourselves.

Understanding Yourself and Others: An Introduction to the Personality Type Code presents a first-of-its-kind look at the sixteen personality types and takes you deep into the richness of the patterns. You will explore the whole range of cognitive processes available to you for accessing and gathering information and for evaluating that information as well as how those processes play out in your personality in both positive and negative ways.

Table of Contents

  • 1

    Getting Started

    • Important Agreements

    • About this Online Version

  • 2

    An Introduction to the Personality Type Code

    • Understanding Yourself and Others, An Introduction to the Personality Type Code—The Whole Book

    • About the Book

    • Table of Contents

    • A Word from the Authors

    • Introduction--Page 1

  • 3

    Understanding Your Best-Fit Type

    • Understanding Your Best-Fit Type--Pages 2-4

  • 4

    Cognitive Dynamics

    • Cognitive Dynamics-What to Wear--Page 5

    • Perception--Pages 6-8

    • Perception: What Fits Worksheet--Page 8

    • Judgment--Pages 10-13

    • Judgment: What Fits Worksheet--page 12

  • 5

    Preferred Processes

    • Preferred Processes--Page 14

  • 6

    Orientation to the External World

    • Orientation to the External World--Page 15

  • 7

    Your Preferred World

    • Your Preferred World--Page 16

  • 8

    Cracking the Code

    • Cracking the Code--Page 17-19

  • 9

    The Sixteen Personality Type Descriptions

    • ESTP - Promoter Executor--Pages 20-21

    • ISTP - Analyzer Operator--Pages 22-23

    • ESFP - Motivator Presenter--Pages 24-25

    • ISFP - Composer Producer--Pages 26-27

    • ESTJ - Implementor Supervisor--Pages 28-29

    • ISTJ - Planner Inspector--Pages 30-31

    • ESFJ - Facilitator Caretaker--Pages 32-33

    • ISFJ - Protector Supporter--Pages 34-35

    • ENTJ - Strategist Mobilizer--Pages 36-37

    • INTJ - Conceptualizer Director--Pages 38-39

    • ENTP - Explorer Inventor--Pages 10-41

    • INTP - Designer Theorizer--Pages 42-43

    • ENFJ - Envisioner Mentor--Pages 44-45

    • INFJ - Foreseer Developer--Pages 46-47

    • ENFP - Discoverer Advocate--Pages 48-49

    • INFP - Harmonizer Clarifier--Pages 50-51

  • 10

    The Communication Zone

    • The Communication Zone--Pages 52-54

    • The Communication Zone Worksheet #1: Page 52

    • The Communication Zone Worksheet #2--Page 54

  • 11

    Where Do You Go From Here?

    • Where Do You Go From Here?--Page 55

  • 12

    Appendices and References

    • Appendix A : Cracking the Code—Step by Step--Pages 56

    • Appendix B: Essential Qualities of the Personality Patterns--Pages 57-59

    • Appendix C: References Page 60

About the Authors

Senior Learning Facilitator

Linda Berens

Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. is a human and organizational development practitioner who has been teaching professionals since 1982 as well as helping individuals and teams recognize their strengths, transcend their weaknesses, and work together better. Linda is recognized internationally in the field of individual differences, developing an innovative, robust system of exploring CORE Personal Patterns to foster development of individuals, teams, and organizations. A warm, engaging teacher, she has contributed to the success of many professional change agents through her theoretical contributions to the field of psychological type and user-friendly training materials for practical application of understanding individual differences. She is the author or co-author of multiple books and training materials.In addition to holding a license as a California Marriage and Family Therapist and a doctorate in psychology, she also holds certification as a Holacracy Facilitator and in Integral Transformative Leadership from Pacific Integral and the LIOS Graduate College at Saybrook University.

Adjunct Instructor

Dario Nardi

Dario Nardi, Ph.D. is an international author, researcher, speaker and expert in neuroscience, personality, and body-mind practices. He holds a Senior Lecturer position at University of California (Los Angeles), where he won UCLA's Copenhaver Award for Innovative Use of Technology in 2005 and UCLA's Distinguished Teacher of the year in 2011. His books include Neuroscience of Personality, 8 Keys to Self-Leadership, Jung on Yoga, and Facets of Ayahuasca, among other titles. We writes game books and fiction. And he is the creator of the Personality Types iPhone app. Since 2006, Dario has focused on conducting hands-on brain research, utilizing insights of real-time EEG technology. Applications extend to coaching, counseling, education, games, healthcare, leadership development, yoga, and many other areas. He regularly keynotes international conferences and facilitates workshops, teaching professionals about the art and science of the brain. Dario is currently based in Los Angeles, USA and Oslo, Norway.