10 Books About the MBTI Tool and Type That You Should Read in 2018

Posted 30 November 2017 by
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Which books about the MBTI assessment and type have had the biggest impact on practitioners? We posted this question on the LinkedIn group of MBTI certified professionals a while ago 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 piles. Here are the second set of ten (in no particular order - you can find the first ten in our April post) with comments from the individuals who recommended them. Now you can put them all on your Amazon wish list before the holidays!

Work Types – Understand Your Personality

Jean M. Kummerow, Nancy J. Barger and Linda K. Kirby (2010)

“A highly accessible and readable resource, it contains the most helpful and liberating insights into time management that I’ve seen anywhere.” –Betsy Kendall, Executive Director, COO and Head of Professional Services at OPP Ltd
The 16 Personality Types: Profiles, Theory, & Type Development

Dr. A.J. Drenth (2013)

“Easy to read, good profile descriptions – good ‘Stage 1’ introduction to the different Myers-Briggs types.” –Dianna Hillier, Global Talent Manager at Cello Group plc
Navigating Midlife – Using Typology as a Guide

Eleanor Corlett and Nancy B. Millner (1993)

“Incredibly helpful for working and coaching people in transition .” –Lynne Norman, Managing Director, equip consulting ltd
Portraits of Type: An MBTI Research Compendium Paperback

Avril Thorne and Harrison Gough (1991)

“A wonderful reminder, based on high quality research, that we don’t always have the gift to see ourselves as others see us. Representative male and female groups of 10 of the 16 types are described by people who saw them behave in a variety of situations over a period of three days. Their observations are not always flattering and can be an antidote to the corresponding pages of ‘Introduction to type’!” –Robert McHenry, Chairman, OPP Ltd

Introduction to Type and the Eight Jungian Functions

Margaret T. Hartzler, Robert W. McAlpine, and Leona Haas (2003)

“I really like the CPP book on the 8 Jungian Functions.” –Jerry Gilpin, Coach (EMCC Senior Practitioner), Supervisor, Facilitator and Trainer
Growing Spiritually with the Myers-Briggs Model

Julia McGuinness (2009)

“As a specific application, a shout out to Growing Spiritually with the Myers Briggs Model.”  –Jerry Gilpin, Coach (EMCC Senior Practitioner), Supervisor, Facilitator and Trainer
Personality Types: an Owner’s Manual

Lenore Thomson (1998)

"For getting to grips with type dynamics and how the functions interact, I recommend Personality Types by Lenore Thomson.” –Helen Rayner, Consultant, OPP

Do What You Are – Discover the Perfect Career for You through the Secrets of Personality Type

Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger (revised edition 2014)

“Do What You Are has been a really useful book for both myself and some of my younger clients. It looks at the type of work that plays to the strengths of each personality type.” –Justine Ballard, Interim Change Communications Consultant and Executive Communication Coach
The Character of Organizations, Using Personality Type in Organizational Development

William Bridges (2000)

“A fantastic little book by the author of Transitions: making sense of life’s changes. It looks at type at the whole organization rather than individual level. I love the descriptions of 16 different organizational characters and the sections on growth, change and destiny.” –Betsy Kendall, Executive Director, COO and Head of Professional Services, OPP Ltd
Shape Up Your Program! Tips, Teasers & Thoughts for Type Trainers

Margaret Fields and John Reid (1999)

“As I was developing my confidence as an MBTI practitioner, I found this a fantastic resource. It is packed full of exercises in an accessible format and a slimline size, all of which allowed me to have it with me when facilitating MBTI events as a resource to stimulate my thinking when looking for new exercises, or simply to try one straight from the book. Each exercise in the book contains all the info you need to try them out and build them into your own MBTI events. I would recommend this resource as something to add to your tool kit for expanding your own repertoire, particularly when finding your feet facilitating MBTI events!” –Alice King, Principle Consultant, OPP Ltd

Anything we missed that you'd recommend to other MBTI practitioners? Let us know below in the comments!