Summary of Gifts Differing

Understanding Personality Type

Nicholas Brealey Publishing,
First Edition: 1980 more...

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Gifts Differing book summary
Unlock the mystery of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator by understanding its results.


7 Overall

8 Applicability

10 Innovation

5 Style


Isabel Briggs Myers, who had no training as a psychologist, broke new ground when she applied Carl Gustav Jung’s psychological types to healthy individuals. She writes that each person has unique innate gifts, and that makes human interaction singular and challenging. This classic textbook – though repetitive, scholarly and laden with technical tables – can help you understand how to deal with personality types that differ from your own. Briggs Myers (in collaboration with her son, Peter B. Myers, who wrote the preface) developed this text as an outgrowth of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which she created with her mother, Katherine Cook Briggs, to help place women in jobs when World War II took most able-bodied men out of the US workforce. Most of its information is enduringly useful, though the chapter on marriage seems mired in an earlier time. getAbstract recommends this book’s insights and communication lessons; it can help readers better understand themselves, their bosses, their staff and their loved ones.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to identify and define different personality types,
  • Why people behave differently and decide differently, and
  • How to understand people with personalities that differ from yours.


“An Orderly Reason for Personality Differences”
People behave differently in similar situations because they “perceive” and “judge” events in two unique ways: “Two ways of perceiving” – According to the pioneering psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung, people view ...
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About the Authors

Isabel Briggs Myers co-created the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a popular personality measurement tool. Her son Peter B. Myers, researches the development and application of personality type. Former staff director of the National Academy of Science, he is extending the use of the MBTI(R) instrument worldwide.

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