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Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types is a psychology book written by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates which focuses on the classification and categorization of personality types. The book contains a self-assessed personality questionnaire, known as the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, which links human behaviourial patterns to four temperaments and sixteen character types. Once the reader's personality type has been ascertained, there are profiles which describe the characteristics of that type.
Based upon the notion that peoples' values differ fundamentally from one another, Keirsey drew upon the views of several psychologists or psychiatrists': Ernst Kretschmer Erich Adickes, Alfred Adler, Carl Jung and the layman Isabel Myers which are all mentioned as predecessors in the psychology of temperament or personality.Of these methods, preference is given to the Myers-Briggs test when determining personality type.
Keirsey, David & Bates, Marilyn Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types. Del Mar, California: Prometheus Nemesis. ISBN 0960695400