Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type
by Isabel Briggs Myers and Peter B. Myers
Palo Alto, California: CPP Books, 1993
Gifts Differing is a book about human personality — its richness, its diversity, its role in affecting career, marriage, and the meaning of life itself. It was written by a woman for whom the observation, study, and measurement of personality were consuming passions for more than half a century.
The conceptual framework by which Isabel Myers has organized her sensitive and optimistic observations is the typology of Carl Jung, slightly modified and elaborated by Myers and her mother, Katharine C. Briggs. Jung’s theory, once mastered, provides a beautiful structure for understanding both similarities and differences among human beings.
Isabel Briggs Myers became recognized as a giant in the field of personality measurement for her creation of the most widely used personality inventory in history — the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.?She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1919 and began her career as a writer, publishing a prize-winning mystery novel in 1929. She completed Gifts Differing just several months before her death in 1980.
Peter Myers, Ph.D., is staff director at the National Academy of Science. He continues active involvement in the development and application of personality type.