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Writing With the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Writing with Psychology Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Vince McLeod

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This book is for creative writers with an interest in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a classification system for personality psychology. It covers how to use the MBTI to generate ideas for characters, and discusses the sixteen MBTI types. With this book you will learn how the four elementary dimensions of personality can lead to a range of dramatic conflicts that will invigorate your creative fiction.


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  • Verlag: VJM Publishing (20. Mai 2014)
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A bit disappointing 15. März 2015
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If you already know a fair bit about the Myers-Biggs Type Indicator (MBTI), then you can skip this one.

As an aspiring writer, and as a big fan of the MBTI, I was hoping that this would be a good resource for a novel that I am working on. I have some characters who are very much unlike myself and, having already typed these characters myself, I had hoped that this book would have more tips on character development and character interaction based on MBTI. And this book has some of that. But what I mostly got was a summary of information that I mostly already knew, and some very unhelpful "story ideas."

Let me explain. The first thing that I noticed when I received this book is that it is very, very short. There is only 53 pages of content, and the book itself is pocket-sized, and each of the 16 types only has 3 pages worth of content (8-9 paragraphs per personality type). If you have ready any other books about either writing or Myers-Briggs, you would know that most of those other books are much larger, and many Myers-Briggs books in particular are designed to be used like encyclopedias instead of a cover-to-cover book that you can read in one sitting.

Each of the 16 Myers-Briggs types is covered in sections, and in each section is a picture of a famous person (historical or current) that is associated with the particular type (for example, Oprah represents the ENFJ, Mozart the ISFP, Bill Gates the INTJ, etc), a short summary of the type, a short summary of how someone of that type may think, and "story ideas" or "interesting ways to use" a character of that type.

It's not so much that the format that the author used was wrong, I am just uncertain if the author really knows his stuff. His presentation of each type seemed extremely limited. He uses the common nicknames to describe each type, which is fine, but uses those nicknames as a means to an end. For example, he uses the ENTP nickname, the Inventor, to describe scenarios that an ENTP could be in during a story. He describes scenarios that involve the ENTP actually being an inventor, and doesn't go off into other careers or hobbies that the ENTP could be interested in. This is especially a problem for me, who is particularly struggling with writing an ENTP character, who is definitely not an inventor (and is, in fact, only 16 years old, and he doesn't even know what kind of a career he wants). I have heard this type being interested in being a lawyer, as well as an engineer. Which leads me to another point - if someone wants to write an engineer or inventor character, they don't HAVE to be an ENTP - in my personal life, I know INTPs, INTJs, ENTJs, etc who have all become engineers.

That's just one example of how limiting the content of this book is. Another is that the ISFP is called the composer - but again, not all ISFPs become artists/composers, and I know ESFPs and INTPs who have become composers! Just because Mozart was an ISFP and a composer, it doesn't mean that all ISFPs are composers, or that all composers are ISFPs. Again, it's not that the author is wrong to use these names or use historical figures to help describe these types, it would have just been more useful to use a variety of examples and a variety of historical figures or, dare I say it, FICTIONAL CHARACTERS as examples of what particular types look like.

If the author had also included fictional characters in his descriptions of types, he could have analyzed these fictional characters and their actions, beliefs, and motivations to show the reader what other authors have done to describe them, that alone would have deserved at least 4 stars from me. Unfortunately, I get the impression that the author had no desire to put that kind of effort into this book. The fact that he didn't even have fictional characters to site for a book about writing fictional characters proves that for me.

Something that the author does right is give examples of types that other types may clash with, and gives examples of scenarios of where they might clash. And while the examples, once again, don't vary, it's not difficult to come up with your own scenarios based on the few examples that he gives. What he DOESN'T do is give examples of types that other types are likely to get along with. He says at the beginning that "The essential thing to remember is that conflict is at the core of dramatic writing. To the extent that your story involves social interaction, much of the conflict will be because of personality clashes." And yes, this is true. But you can't have a story with JUST personality clashes - some of the characters need to like each other, too! Otherwise your story is just gonna look like a giant bitch-fest. Again, the lack of examples is the downfall of this book.

For aspiring writers like myself who want to dive into using Myers-Briggs as a resource for character development, I implore you to use the following resources instead of this book:

First and foremost, the Internet. I particularly recommend This website includes detailed descriptions of each of the personality types, examples of careers that each type would be interested in, and a page that explains how each type grows to be better people. There is also a section about romantic combinations that people can pay for, but I have not utilized that feature, so I cannot vouch for the quality, but if you'd like to give it a try, I don't see it hurting, since the rest of their information is pretty solid.

There is TONS of information on the Internet about each Myers-Briggs type. Just doing a Google search will bring up lots of results.

I also recommend the following blog:

For books, a combination of Myers-Briggs books and writing books is what I recommend most.

For more detailed information about careers, I recommend "Do What You Are" by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger. Another book by them, called "Just Your Type," is about how each Myers-Briggs type romantically matches with another Myers-Briggs type.

To combine your knowledge of Myers-Briggs and writing, I recommend "The Positive Traits Thesaurus" and "The Negative Traits Thesaurus" by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. What these books do is take a particular trait and they write detailed descriptions of the kinds of things that someone does to show that they possess the particular trait. Here is what I recommend doing with these books:

-Go to the personality pages website and go to the Growth section. Go to the particular type that you want to learn about
-Take note of each of the positive traits and flaws of that particular type
-Look up each of those traits in those thesauruses.

Also, you can combine the "Just Your Type" book with those thesauruses. Highlight key words that describe actions and behaviors of people in the particular relationship, and look up those behaviors in the thesauruses and use them to create not just conflict, but growth. Ackerman and Puglisi also wrote "The Emotion Thesaurus," which is also very good, and can be used to describe the emotions that certain characters feel. You can use this, too, to describe the kinds of emotions that certain personality types are more likely to feel during certain situations.

In short, do not bother with this pitiful excuse of a book. If this first book of the "Writing with Psychology" series can't even hold a candle to other resources that are already out there, then there's a good chance that none of the other books that might follow will be any good, either. It's no wonder that no one else had bothered to review this book. I probably put more effort into writing this review than the author did writing this book. The information in it looks like it was briefly researched online and written in a week.
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