A Book for Every Type
The Paris Review endorses Maddie Crum’s “One Perfect Book for Every Single Myers-Briggs Type.” Like all Myers-Briggs related lists, it’s at once silly, entertaining, and at least partially true. Mine:
“The Thinker”Traits: Abstract, rational, ingenious, independent
Book: This type is the most likely to enjoy reading up on philosophy, as they think very abstractly (see: Mr. Ramsay from “To the Lighthouse”). Huxley’s blend of scientific insights and social commentary in the classic book, “Brave New World” would probably appeal to them.
The Mr. Ramsay comparison is unfortunately, and terrifyingly, viable. One of those personality-development-scenarios I’d do my best to avoid.
Their attempt to distinguish the “Judging” and “Perceiving” personality types–“Is your desk covered it receipts, Starbucks cups, silly putty (?), and half-finished knitting projects, or a simple to-do list with every item checked off?”–manages to capture my borderline personality perfectly. My desk is covered in all of the above–the Silly Putty and several weeks’ worth of old, crossed-out To-Do lists.