Provides a clear understanding of the dynamics of typical people and of psychological type theory, as well as their practical use in real life.
Understanding the Dynamics of Typical People is a humorous, and at the same time clear, systematic, and well-founded introduction to C.J. Jung’s Type Theory. Written in an easy-to-understand conversational style, with examples, stories, vignettes, caricatures, and cartoons, the book will help you identify patterns that exist among people, patterns that make us “typical” while preserving each person’s individuality. You will find yourself on these pages, as well as your friends, family, colleagues, and co-workers – and the clearer understanding of psychological type and dynamics gained from the book will signpost paths for continued growth and maturation. Examples of the practical applications of type theory at work and in other areas of life are provided throughout the book, as are references for further reading and investigation.
Stress is a part of all of our lives that impacts on personality, and so in addition to the four well-known dimensions of psychological type – energy, perceiving, judging, lifestyle – the authors also look at stress and how the “typical” reactions to stress depend upon our personality preferences. Learn, for example, why during times of stress some people seem to fully ignore the details while others are most absorbed in them.
This easy-to-read and humorous book provides a clear understanding of the dynamics of typical people and of psychological type theory, as well as their practical use in real life.
From the reviews:
"[Jungian] typology, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, is administered over 2,000,000 times per year ... Understanding the Dynamics of Typical People offers readers the opportunity to garner an understanding of Jungian typology theory and then to apply that understanding in the service of a self-assessment ...
This book is casually and engagingly written, and the case examples and cartoons make the complex theoretical ideas easier to understand and to use in the service of the selfassessment process."
Jerry Gold in PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 55, No. 45, 2010
"This 132-page book is a review of MTBI and offers a tantalizing introduction to the effect of stress. I would recommend this book for anyone who needs a review of MTBI and how these 'types' of people react to stress."
Leo Mallette, EdD, in Graziadio Business Review, vol. 14, 2011
"The authors provide very practical and useful insights into Jungian Type Theory and its uses in life and in business. I especially enjoyed the illustrations and examples. I highly recommend it for managers and administrators at all levels."
John Mirocha, PhD, President and CEO, John Mirocha & Associates, Inc. and Participating Faculty, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN
"Bents and Blank provide accessible and immediately applicable wisdom of personality types and how to build your success as a leader or business consultant by unraveling the mysteries of the people side of your business or organization."
Julie D. Theobald, Change Management Leader, Cargill, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; MEd, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
"Richard Bents and Reiner Blank have done a beautiful job of explaining type theory in easy to understand ways. The combination of specific examples, humor, and cartoons is very effective – and the explanation they provide of the difficult concept of type dynamics is clearer than any other I have seen."
Linda Russell, MA, College Reading Instructor and Faculty Developer, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, St. Paul, MN