Ten Recommended Books about MBTI Personality

04 April 2017

Which books about MBTI® personality theory and type have had the biggest impact on practitioners? We posted this question on one of our LinkedIn groups a while back to discover the titles that had most impressed and inspired practitioners or been a key support in their work with the MBTI assessment. Twenty books rose to the top of the pile. Here are the first ten – in no particular order – with comments from the individual reviewers. We'll be publishing the second batch later in the year.

Life Types

1. Life Types – understand yourself and make the most of who you are, Sandra Krebs Hirsh and Jean Kummerow (1989)

Type talk

2. Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work, Otto Kroeger and Janet M. Thuesen (1989)

MBTI Manual

3. The MBTI Manual, Isabel Myers, Mary McCaulley, Naomi Quenk and Allen Hammer (third edition, 1998)

Was that really me?

4. Was that really me? How Everyday Stress Brings out Our Hidden Personality, Naomi Quenk (2002)

(Note: this is an update of Quenk's earlier Beside Ourselves: Our Hidden Personality in Everyday Life, 1993)

In the Grip

5. In the Grip – understanding type, stress, and the inferior function, Naomi Quenk (second edition 2000)

Gifts Differing

6. Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type, Isabel Briggs Myers and Peter B. Myers (revised edition 1995)

Neuroscience of Personality

7. Neuroscience of Personality – Brain Savvy Insights for All Types of People, Dario Nardi (2011)

I'm not crazy, I'm just not you

8. I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just Not You – the Real Meaning of the 16 Personality Types, Roger Pearman and Sarah Albritton (1997)

The Leadership Equation

9. The Leadership Equation - Leadership, Management and the Myers-BriggsLee Barr and Norma Barr (1989)

The Challenge of Change in Organisations

10. The Challenge of Change in Organisations: Helping Employees Thrive in the new Frontier, Nancy J. Barger and Linda K. Kirby (1995)


Are there any books that you'd add to the list? What have you read on MBTI personality type that would be useful to MBTI practitioners? We'd love to hear your comments below!


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