Understanding Myers-Briggs Cognitive Functions
The key for me in getting the most out of Myers-Briggs is understanding the underlying framework of Carl Jung's cognitive functions which takes things well beyond the four-letter code that most people are familiar with. The basic theory is that you have perceiving or information gathering functions (Intuition and Sensing) and judging or decision making functions (Feeling and Thinking). Which ones you use and in which order helps define your Myers-Briggs type (and can give you a lot of insight into your strengths and weaknesses.)
I'm an ENFP, which means that my "function stack" is as follows:
Dominant: extroverted iNtuition (Ne) - making connections by being out in the world, focused on what could be
Auxiliary: introverted Feeling (Fi) - making decisions based on personal values and how something feels to you
Tertiary: extroverted Thinking (Te) - making decisions based on what works and what gets the job done
Inferior: introverted Sensing (Si) - remembering how things have been done in the past, valuing precedent, safety and doing the reliable thing
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Books - Myers-Briggs
Reading People is a good high-level introduction to various personality systems, including Myers-Briggs and Enneagram. Please Understand Me was the first book I read which contained an incredibly accurate description of myself in a positive light and is what sent me off down the path of learning more about personality types. It was a good foundation and helped me understand a lot about the various types, but I find the cognitive function framework more helpful to me now.