What can four letters tell you about someone (including yourself)? It turns out quite a lot.
“The Personality Puzzle” is the new e-book from Pick The Brain contributor Hunter Nuttall. Back in August we published Hunter’s first article for this blog: Introverts And Extraverts: Can’t We Just Get Along? If you enjoyed this article (and it seems many of you did – it received 90+ comments and 1119 votes on Digg), this book will be of immense interest to you.
What’s the book about?
“Sometimes I just don’t understand human behavior.”- C-3PO
“The Personality Puzzle” aims to help you understand what “makes people tick” via the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI originated from the ideas of revolutionary Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. His work was continued by an American mother and daughter team, Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, and resulted in the MBTI being published in 1962. The MBTI did gain some popularity in the 1980s, but according to Hunter the usefulness of it is grossly underestimated.
What’s so good about the book?
One of the best aspects of Hunter’s e-book is the way he combines psychological research and real-world examples. Here are just a few of things you will discover in “The Personality Puzzle”:
- Why Democrats and Republicans tend to disagree on drilling for oil in Alaska
- Why you may be getting paid less than a colleague for doing the same work
- Why a packet of M&Ms can tell you more about yourself than you ever thought possible
The book also introduces a potentially addictive new hobby: typewatching. This hobby simply involves trying to determine someone’s type from their behavior. Hunter shows you how to determine the type of both real people and fictional characters, including Albert Einstein, Forrest Gump, Randy Pausch and Darth Vader. Of course once you have read “The Personality Puzzle” and are armed with a newfound knowledge of the MBTI you will be able to typewatch any person you so choose. But be warned: disagreements are common when trying to determine the type of certain people (eg Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama).
As I hope you can see, Hunter has put a lot of effort into making this book fun. But I should also note that the MBTI has some important practical applications – eg it could help save a marriage or avoid conflict with a co-worker. You may laugh at this, but think about it for moment: if we each better understand the ways we’re similar to and different from others, we will then know how to better get along with each other.
Is it worth buying?
If you are like me you will find the book fascinating. The tests that Hunter links to in the book identified me as an INFP, so I was curious to find out 1) whether this indicator was correct and 2) what this could tell me about myself. As I read through the book I didn’t have any doubts that I was indeed an INFP, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with the insights this gave me about myself.
The 67 page e-book is normally $27.00, but Hunter is offering Pick The Brain readers 50% off this price for a limited time only. To find out more about the e-book and details of how take advantage of this offer follow this link:
If you’re still not sure whether or not the book is for you, Hunter has kindly made available a preview copy:
Finally, if you have any questions or comments about the MBTI and/ or “The Personality Puzzle” please share them below.