The best books on personality and psychological type

Who am I?

I have been using and research psychological type for 45 years in my various career roles—director of a university learning center, chief human resources officer, and independent consultant. I’ve yet to find a more practical and useful model for understanding human differences. The constructive use of differences is urgently needed in our age, as well as the goal of type development: making perceptions clearer and judgments more sound.


I wrote...

I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just Not You: The Real Meaning of the 16 Personality Types

By Roger R. Pearman, Sarah C. Albritton,

Book cover of I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just Not You: The Real Meaning of the 16 Personality Types

What is my book about?

A practical guide for using personality patterns to understand oneself and others. Tips are provided for working with differences from the arenas of personal development, communication, generational differences, cross-cultural differences, and valuing differences. Additional information on the science and ethical use of personality type is provided.

The books I picked & why

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YOU: Being More Effective in Your MBTI Type

By Roger R. Pearman, Michael M. Lombardo, Robert W. Eichinger

Book cover of YOU: Being More Effective in Your MBTI Type

Why this book?

It is the only book in the industry that provides active action tips for each of the sixteen types to enhance their effectiveness at work. Based on decades of research of managers and leaders, the patterns, and tips are focused on the specific challenge of each type.


Myers-Briggs Typology vs. Jungian Individuation: Overcoming One-Sidedness in Self and Society

By Steve Myers,

Book cover of Myers-Briggs Typology vs. Jungian Individuation: Overcoming One-Sidedness in Self and Society

Why this book?

Myers brilliantly exposes the limitations of thinking about personality types as stereotypes. The book explores the nature of individuation and the steps to finding solutions for our one-sidedness.


Neuroscience of Personality: Brain Savvy Insights for All Types of People

By Dario Nardi,

Book cover of Neuroscience of Personality: Brain Savvy Insights for All Types of People

Why this book?

Ground-breaking research on the link between personality types and neuroscience. Nardi explores the dynamic nature of the use of networks on the cortex as related to personality patterns. The book provides practical tips for exercising “brain pathways” that may not be used so regularly.


Projection and Personality Development Via the Eight-Function Model

By Carol Shumate,

Book cover of Projection and Personality Development Via the Eight-Function Model

Why this book?

Shumate has masterfully integrated Jungian ideas, the history of psychological type, and recent evolutions in personality type. The book covers the depth of Jungian principles related to the psychological types and new evidence on the patterns of Jung’s eight functions.


Energies and Patterns in Psychological Type: The Reservoir of Consciousness

By John Beebe,

Book cover of Energies and Patterns in Psychological Type: The Reservoir of Consciousness

Why this book?

Jungian analyst John Beebe has put his best thinking into psychological type with this look at his conceptualization of the eight functions of type. Beebe outlines how psychological energies pay out in everyday life and how we can leverage the insight for personal growth and well-being.


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