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Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type--Revised and Updated Edition Featuring E-careers for the 21st Century

by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara B
Little, Brown
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I've had this book on my wish list for a while, and finally found it at the library. I was very excited to read it, because I really enjoy learning more about personality types, and particularly the MBTI types, which fascinate me so much that I have a Bloginality test on my site :)

I'm an ISTJ, and so I took notes about what was interesting to me about ISTJ qualities.

Introverts try to understand the world before they experience it. "How does this affect me?" vs "How do I affect this?" (14)
Extraverts need to talk to think and Introverts pause to think first. (15)
Gift of Extraverts is BREADTH (many interests, etc.); Introverts is DEPTH (pursue few interests further) (16)

Sensing: gather data by the five senses --> CONCRETE details.
Intuatives: sixth sense --> meanings, relationships, and possibilities (big picture)

Judgers value order and structure/Perceivers are spontaneous and want to keep their options open.
Judgers have places for things on their desk, in their closet -- they appreciate the expected. (which clicks for me because I know where I put things each time, even if its not all put away)

ISTJs want everyone to be logical.
SJs = traditionalist (David Kiersey)

  • Extraversion and Introversion are the two different ways to interact with the world.
  • Judging and Perceiving are two different ways we prefer to construct our lifes.
  • Sensing and Intuition are two different ways we take in info.
  • Thinking and Feelings are two different ways we make decisions.
1st and last letter == attitudes Middle letters == functions (65)

Dominant and Auxilary functions.
I'm a dominant sensor --> pay full attention to 5 senses
I'm weakest in N --> don't like hidden meanings!

Typogram illustrates "how you face the world" I vs E
ISTJ - Introverted Sensing with Extraverted Thinking
extraverting -- use function in the outer world; so I sense internal and think external.
ISTJ is more likely to deal with facts logically -- a researcher over a physician.

Type develops through the ages

  • 6-12: Dominent starts to show (sensor)
  • 12-25: Auxilary - balance out the dominant function (thinking)
  • 25-50: Mid-life reevaluation draws on 3rd function (feeling)
  • 50+: Begin to use the 4th function more (intuition)

Current type development == Feeling. May start to think how actions impact others. Family and friends are more important. New interests might include volunteering, keeping journal.


  • innate temperment = Traditionalist - Sensing Judge (chapter 4)
  • hierchy of functions = Sensing Thinking Feeling Intuition -- Dominant Sensor (chapter 5)
  • How functions are extraverted/intraverted = Intraverted Sensing with extraverted thinking. So my thinking is used in the world and my sensing is more internal or for myself (chapter 6)
  • Age and type development places me at a stage of feeling (chapter 7)

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posted January 05, 2003
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