Playing with Natural Talents
Quickly discover your psychological type, or that of somebody you know.
Based on the letter types of Jung and Myers-Briggs, this book uses directed reading to help you understand what makes you special and how you relate to those you love.
Just as with the online tests, you can discover your own type, but with the added bonus of getting the explanation in the process. And you can find the type of others, such as your children, parents, friends or colleagues – or your perfect job.
Cover illustration by Neil Smith.
Due to the lay-out of the book, the four chapters are separately published as eBooks under the titles: Nursery Rhymes, Musical Complement, Whistle While You Work and Sentimental Journey (see series list).
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Published by N Titi PublishingThis book is part of The Music of Life
I am always intrigued by new perspectives on Type. This book has offered me many opportunities to reflect on my own processes for explaining Type to others and how this can be influenced and enhanced by acknowledging another view. I believe that the creative process often involves ‘layering’; whether that be when composing music, creating a piece of artwork, writing novels or putting together presentations. In this book Nōnen carefully and effectively layers the input from her knowledge of the Type preferences which culminates in an expression of whole type. The difference is that she has chosen four ways to do this which reflect four different scenarios for the reader who is exploring Type. You may be wanting to understand yourself or significant others in your life, your
children, your parents or the people in your workplace. For each of these scenarios there is a different starting point for your exploration. This is not a book which is read from cover to cover but you are directed to the next page depending on your previous decision. I’ll take ENFP as an example: For self-understanding: S and N are explained, you are most likely to select N. This leads to a decision on NT or NF, you select NF. This directs you to a choice of ENF or INF, you select ENF. This culminates in a choice between ENFP or ENFJ. At each point there is a description of how these preferences work together which culminates in a whole type description. As mentioned above each scenario has a different progression. The chapter on children starts with E and I, the chapter on parents starts with T and F and the workplace chapter starts with J and P. I haven’t come across this methodology previously and I found it fascinating. It may well inform my process when coaching clients as I can see where this approach could be valuable.
The musical analogies are not overt in this book and mainly refer to the names of the emerging Type descriptions which provide some context. As always when I read books on Type I find some lovely quotes which say what I have always wanted to say only better. Here are some examples:
“Life isn’t about being right; it’s about achieving progress and living together, which is only possible if we share our differences rather than fight over them or pretend they don’t exist. Typology is the door to this sharing.”
“Typology describes tendencies not definites. It is intended to help us live together not condemn each other.”
I recommend this book to those who want to take a refreshing look at Type concepts, how it affects us in different ways in different times of life and with the wide ranging roles we play. It is well structured and thought provoking and will provide many opportunities for discussion, refection and growth.
Published in Typeface, volume 29, summer 2018.
As the mother of three homeschooling boys, each with distinctive personalities, I am always grateful for tools that explore personality traits and their impact on learning. For this reason, I was excited to pick up a copy of The Music of Life, Playing with Natural Talents by Nōnen Títi. This self-published book explores typology, a theory first conceived by psychotherapist Carl Jung and author Isabel Briggs Myers. Many readers may already be familiar with the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, in which subjects are given a questionnaire that explores how people interact with their environment. Typology's goal is similar, but accomplished through third person observation rather than first. Through an extensive list of questions, we can consider the traits of significant others in our lives. Títi divides the book into sections so that the reader can explore personality types as they relate to our children, caregivers, colleagues etc. In the end, the reader has an interesting profile of the individual they are considering. Different types have different needs and when we understand these differences, we become more effective as teachers, parents, friends and coworkers. Títi does a nice job of organizing and presenting this helpful guide. For homeschooling parents, who may not have an abundance of free time, this is a concise and user-friendly text that has much to teach about the significant and exciting diversity individuals possess.
Rebecca Pickens (HEM magazine)