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Our attempts to reshape others may produce change, but the change is distortion rather than transformation. David Keirsey

Please Understand Me II

Please Understand Me II

by David Keirsey

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Temperament is a configuration of inclinations, while character is a configuration of habits. Character is disposition, temperament pre-disposition.

Put another way, our brain is a sort of computer which has temperament for its hardware and character for its software.

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Clearly, what sets human beings apart from the other animals are two advantages we have over them — words and tools. And what sets us apart from each other is the way we use words and tools. The great majority of us are predominantly concrete in our word usage, the rest predominantly abstract. An...

Abstract versus Concrete Word Usage

On the linguistic side Kurt Goldstein and Ernst Cassirer thought of humans as talking animals. In his Abstract and Concrete Behavior, Goldstein had some people talking more abstractly than concretely and others talking more concretely than abstractly.

Abstract words can be used in slightly...

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