Happy CouplePersonality Types

There are many ways to be emotionally healthy, and many unique styles of personality - each with its own gifts, contributions, vulnerabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Understanding personality types can bring deep understanding of yourself and others. It can promote harmony in relationships, eliminate needless conflict, and trigger the powerful synergy of each person contributing their personal best - rather than the fruitless exercise of people trying to remake others in their own image.

Understanding personality types can bring new awareness and enjoyment into all your relationships - whether in marriage, parenting, friendship, worklife, or other areas. It can help you to find just the right educational and professional niche to express your individual talents. It can help you understand and resolve painful differences with your child, your spouse, your colleague. It can bring new delight, awareness, amusement, and understanding into all your relationships. 


These are our favorite books on personality types:

  1. Please Understand Me,  by David Kiersey & Marilyn Bates (best overall MBTI book)
  2. Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life, by Carrie M. Wrigley
  3. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, Ian Morgan Cron
  4. The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World, Marti Olsen Laney
  5. Nurture by Nature, by Paul Tiegar and others (MBTI insights for parenting)
  6. Just Your Type, Paul D. Tiegar and others.  (MBTI insights for couples)
  7. Do What You Are, by Paul D. Tiegar and others.(MBTI insights for career planning)
  8. The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are, by Dr. Kevin Leman
  9. Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength, by Laurie Helgoe PhD
  10. Egograms: How I See You and You See Me, by John M Dusay, M.D.





For more books on additional topics, please visit our Best Books Catalog.

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1) Understanding Personality Differences.  This full-color 8-page handout summarizes personality differences, as measured by the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.) This useful tool can help provide detailed understanding of yourself and others - and then help you strategize effective ways to use your own best talents, as well as build harmonious and happy relationships - even with people very different than yourself.

2) MBTI Results Summary   One-page handout summarizing MBTI personality preferences (type and temperament) 

3) 16 Personalities Test.   A particularly effective self-test to assess MBTI personality type.

4) HSP Test (Highly Sensitive Person).   A short self-test to assess sensitivity level.  PDF version


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