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I've organized and reviewed here a number of books and booklets on the MBTI, Myers Briggs and Personality Type for those who would like to apply an understanding of MBTI Personality Type to aspects of their personal or work lives. Many of these print publications are also available in a digital or e-reader format for kindle's and other e-readers.

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Personality Type Applications to Work, Career & Relationships

Do What You Are Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

Very popular and durable career book, based on MBTI Personality Types, by Paul and Barbara Barron Tieger. It has been updated for newly emerging careers. Useful for self-study or as an aid to career counseling professionals. [Ordering Info Here]

What's Your Type of Career?What's Your Type of Career?: Unlock the Secrets of Your Personality to Find Your Perfect Career Path

A career planning book by Psychologist Donna Dunning, based on Myers Briggs Personality Type, that both mid-life career changers and new workforce entrants have found quite helpful. [Ordering Info Here]

Susan Cain Book on Introversion Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain has written a best-selling book on the barriers introverts face in a world dominated by extraversion with advice for introverts and extraverts alike for how to make best use of the skills and perspectives that introverts bring to our communities, to relationships, and the working world. This book covers only one aspect of Personaltiy Type, Introversion and Extraversion, however, this is the most widely recognized and perhaps most powerful dimension of Jung's theory of Personality Types.

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Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You'll Love to Do

Shoya Zichy, past President of APTNY, the Myers-Briggs Association of NY, is an experienced consultant & counselor utilizing one-on-one career coaching using the MBTI assessment, Color Q and the Strong Interest Inventory. Career Match includes in-depth chapters for each personality type and detailed explanations of career options to help anyone in need of direction match who they are with what they should do -- for a lifetime of gratifying work and greater success.

Guide to the 16 Personality Types and Career MasteryQuick Guide to the 16 Personality Types and Career Mastery: Living with Purpose and Working Effectively

Charles Martin has been writing about Personality Type for many years and is well recognized in this field. His new book on careers won't tell you what kinds of careers are best for your Personality Type - but rather it is a general, but very practical, guide to career planning and career management that takes into account the differences due to personality. [Ordering Info Here]

Type Talk at Work

Type Talk at Work (Revised): How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job

Otto Kroeger was a close friend and associate of Isabel Myers and was a very popular speaker and educator on applying and understanding of Personality Type to our personal and working lives.

Type Talk at Work is a classic, timeless, and easy to read. Will be quite helpful to anyone wanting to improve his or her work relationships.

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Just Your Type: Create the Relationship You've Always Wanted Using the Secrets of Personality Type.

Paul and Barbara-Barron Tieger are well known for their books on career choice and communication (speed reading people). Here they turn their talents to helping people in romantic and committed relationships.

16 Personality Types and Teamwork

Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types and Teams: Applying Team Essentials to Create Effective Teams - Linda Berens

Author of the popular Understanding Yourself and Others® series of books on Personality Types and Temperament, organizational consultant Linda Berens has spent over thirty years teaching professionals as well as helping individuals and teams recognize their strengths, transcend their weaknesses, and work together better. She is an internationally recognized educator in applying Personality Types and Temperament to individual and organizational development. I have several of her books and booklets in my personal library [Ordering Info Here]

You: Being More Effective in Your MBTI Type

Roger Pearman, Robert Eichinger, and Michael Lombardo are authors of this book on self-development using knowledge of the MBTI to build skills and improve relationships in both work and non-work roles. One reviewer noted its focus on ". . . team work with co-workers, developing effective communication skills with a work purpose in mind, and becoming a better workplace leader and team player, handling meetings with superiors and subordinates, conflict, goal setting, fitting in, etc." [Ordering Info Here]

Was that really me?Was That Really Me?: How Everyday Stress Brings Out Our Hidden Personality

Even though psychologist Naomi Quenk is only a little over 5 feet tall, she is one of the giants in the field of Personality Type! One of her prime fascinations has been with the dynamics of stress and personality type. She is well known for originating a concept called "In the Grip" to describe what happens when different types can be overtaken by an "evil twin." This book is an expansion and updating of her earlier book "Besides Ourselves." [Ordering Info Here]

Using Personality Type to discover your parenting strengthsMotherstyles: Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Strengths

Janet Penley has many years of experience coaching mothers and parents on incorporating personality types into our parenting styles. This book gathers together these experiences into a unique and useful guide on mothering. In the words of one reviewer "Motherstyles is different from anything else I've come across. After reading ONE PAGE I purchased it on the spot. A few more pages and I was already laughing and crying, feeling deeply affirmed as a mother and energized by the powerful truths this book contains. . . " [Ordering Info Here]

Facets of Type: Activities to Develop the Type Preferences

Executive coaches, personal development coaches, and individuals interested in self-development will find this a helpful workbook.

Margaret and Gary Hartzler are veteran educators and researchers of Myers-Briggs personality type and the MBIT® instrument and are among the small corp of practitioners responsible for bringing the Type Indicator and the Myers model into mainstream psychology and human relations. [Ordering Info Here]


What color is your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

While Bolles's classic career development book is strictly not a mbti applications manual, the enhanced self-understanding one gains from Myers-Briggs can be very useful in applying Bolles's advice.


"8 Keys to Self Leadership: From Awareness to Action"

Dario Nardi provides a handbook on self-improvement using the four mental functions and our introverted and extraverted selves as a template for self-development. I've also found the book helpful in understanding the "inner workings" of folks whose mental wiring is different from my own.


List of Resources to learn more about
Myers Briggs, the MBTI & Personality Types

Recommended Articles for Educators & Students on the Myers Briggs & MBTI ®

A Basic Introduction to the MBTI & Myers Briggs ®

More Introduction to the Myers-Briggs MBTI Model of Personality Type

Your best fit - Profiles and Characteristics of the 16 Myers Briggs Personality Types

Your best fit - Understanding the Mental Functions & the 16 Personality Types

Type Dynamics: Interpreting the MBTI ® Personality Type Code

The Hidden Letters in the MBTI ® Personality Type Code

Some Personality Trait Correlates of the 8 MBTI preferences

Some Practical Applications of the Myers-Briggs Model

Career Planning & Career Management and the MBTI

Our Recommendations of worthwhile books on the MBTI, Myers Briggs, & Personality Type

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Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence

One major addition of Keirsey's second edition is "how the temperaments differ in the intelligent roles they are most likely to develop. Each of us, he says, has four kinds of intelligence -- tactical, logistical, diplomatic, strategic -- though one of the four interests us far more than the others, and thus gets far more practice than the rest."

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