The Please Understand Me blog

Welcome to our new blog.  Authors David M. Keirsey, Edward Kim, and Kip Parent from have been writing on Keirsey Temperament Theory in various blogs and forums for a number of years, and will now be focusing their efforts in one place – here at

While each of the authors reserves the privilege of addressing any topic of the moment, each brings a particular area of focus to this blog:

Dr. David M. (Dave) Keirsey, who has spent his entire life observing people and categorizing their temperaments, will write about famous and infamous personalities and how their temperament shapes their actions.  Dave’s first entry, on Charlie Sheen, christens the blog with observations on this (in)famous Artisan.

Edward Kim, Managing Director of Synergy Leaders, the Professional Services Division of, will focus on the application of Keirsey Temperament Theory in the workplace with an emphasis on leadership development.  His initial entries in the blog will address a backlog of questions on temperament and leadership that users of the website have submitted.  Called by Dr. David W. Keirsey, “The premier expert in Keirsey Temperament Theory and Leadership Development”, Edward welcomes the opportunity to answer questions submitted through this blog, so don’t hesitate to send them in.

Kip Parent, CEO of Keirsey Research, focuses on using Keirsey Temperament Theory to understand current events – from politics to dating habits to consumer behaviors.   His first entries will address such varied topics as “Which temperaments are the happiest?” and “Are Idealists more likely to break up a relationship via a text message?” – topics thoroughly researched via Keirsey Research surveys.

Interested in learning more about yourself and your own personality type?  Go to and take the Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II.  Find out your own temperament: Guardian, Artisan, Idealist, or Rational.

Oh, and for those curious as to the significance of the people pictured in the masthead of this page – here’s a hint: there are 16 of them. Post your ideas as to why these 16 are pictured in the comments, we’ll post the solution in a couple of days.

11 thoughts on “The Please Understand Me blog”

  1. I am retired. I would like to see some articles on temperament and retirement. I am an idealist and am still having difficulty dealing with the fact that I don’t have co-workers any more. I am single and live alone. THank you for this blog.

  2. I work in the medical field. Personality wise I am primarily an Idealist/Advocate…which does tend to get me in trouble in the workplace. Most healthcare workplaces want employees that never shake things up/just do what they’re told…even and especially if the Employer is requiring staff to violate state/federal law and standards of practice. So, my question is…where does an “advocate” work and be appreciated for the qualities they provide (which really are more profitable to a company in the end because they don’t eliminate the human equasion) and not have to risk being fired/blacklisted?
    I took the Keirsey temperament Sorter about 29 years ago and have utilized this understanding in my career and personal life ever since. I’m almost an equal mix between and ENFP/ENFJ. It’s my personal opinion that every company should use these tools (both books) so that (at the very least) they have access to each employees strenghts/gifts and can incorporate this into the goals of the company. They would absolutely see a huge financial success and the employees would be happy/content…imagine that.

  3. As I look at the pictures of the 16 people on the masthead of this page, I think, these people have all influenced the public with their charm, talent, wit, intellect, compassion, personal and professional achievement, talent. Yet they are all different. They have shaped and molded a nation, a world. These are some of the most influential people in the world. They are respected (mostly) and popular people. Maybe these are the a base for temperament? Models?

    1. Each of the sixteen, illustrate one of the sixteen types. I have been reading as much as I can to match interesting and well known individuals with my father’s models of Temperament.

      1. You know, I just took the test again, with the same result as I did years ago, and what I really like, is the information on how to use your temperament to achieve the best results you can in life and work. I am finding it spot on in the dealing with stress at work section. I haven’t had time to read all the sections. But I find it very interesting. Who wouldn’t like to better themselves? So being the expert you are then you must know I am a SJ! 🙂

  4. I am an ENTJ (extroverted,intuitive,thinking, judging) female and had challenges understanding who I was until I took the test and have lived with the understanding of my strengths, weaknesses and irritating qualities. My strong personality serves me in my work but is not easy in my love life.

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  6. Hi! I know this is sort of off-topic however I needed to ask.
    Does managing a well-established blog such as yours take a massive amount work?
    I am brand new to running a blog but I do write in my diary daily.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!

    1. Yes! Definitely. The work really isn’t that bad if you love writing since it’s mostly writing, I personally love blending images together via photoshop, to help express my writing. The main thing that I would say is just enjoy yourself, be you. Write what you want to write about, and why. If you get a lot of viewers, great. If you don’t, don’t stress yourself about it. One thing I’ve evolved a lot in doing is trying to make my pages dynamic, with comments, and a lot of different ways for the reader to interact. Essentially for each blog I run a quick intro news story, informing the reader why he/she is reading. Fluffed up with some images, you can embed any youtube video directly into a blog by covering it in [embed]youtubeaddresshere[/embed]. Poll’s are really simple just use the polldaddy client that wordpress has available. other than that write about whatever you want to write about and have fun with it. Best of luck ; )

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