Just My Type

Understanding Personality Profiles

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

For thousands of years, philosophers and scientists have searched for the keys to human personality. Today, personality testing is a multibillion-dollar business. Many people take personality tests online just for fun. Whether silly or serious, personality testing can be an eye-opening way to better understand yourself, your family, and your friends. Just My Type introduces readers to the history of personality profiling, ranging from ancient Chinese astrology, to Freud and Jung, to the modern-day Myers-Briggs and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) assessments. Examine the world of online personality assessments through mini self-administered quizzes. Learn how to distinguish useful applications from biased typecasting.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 80
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 11.8
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN052050, YAN052060
Dewey 155.2'8
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1190
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2017



“Examples [of personality tests] are sprinkled liberally throughout the text . . . adding an appealing level of interaction. . . . Ultimately, a fascinating guide to a high-interest topic.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Rosen’s slight and engaging text would make a fine unit in philosophy or life skills classes. . . . The tone is light yet serious, and the information is unexpectedly fascinating. . . . [An] exploration of the role of personality in science and pop culture.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Each point is countered with leading criticisms, encouraging readers to weigh information to draw personal conclusions. . . . Prompts and activities throughout make the content more relatable. . . . A helpful introductory resource to the topic.”—School Library Journal

Author: Daniel Carlson

Author: Michael J. Rosen

Michael J. Rosen is the acclaimed author of some three dozen books for children of all ages (and even more for grown-ups!), including The Cuckoo’s Haiku and Other Poems for Birders; Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Famiy’s Farm (which he both wrote and illustrated with some 400 photographs); A Drive in the Country; Don’t Shoot!; A School for Pompey Walker; and Elijah’s Angel. For over 35 years, ever since working as a counselor, water-safety instructor, and art teacher at local community centers, Michael has been engaged with young children, their parents, and teachers. As a visiting author, in-service speaker, and workshop leader, he frequently travels to schools and conferences around the nation, sharing his stories, poems, creativity, and humor. As a talented editor and illustrator, Michael has enlisted hundreds of other authors and artists to create 15 philanthropic books that aid in the fight to end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength’s national efforts, or that offer care to less fortunate companion animals through The Company of Animals Fund, a granting program he began in 1990. For the last four years, working with the Ohio Children’s Foundation, Michael created a early literacy activity book, particularly designed for kids who are likely to start school without knowing the alphabet: You, Me, and the ABCs: 100 Ready-for-Reading Activities for Kids and Their Favorite Grown-ups.