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- Publisher: Baker Books (September 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XC2MVCB
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything Kindle Edition
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About the Author
From the Back Cover
If the viral personality quizzes strewn about our social media accounts are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique places in the world. But what we're finding is this: knowing which famous movie character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn't as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz.
Backed by extensive research and illustrated with engaging stories, Reading People explains what makes you uniquely you, what makes the people in your life uniquely them, and why it all matters. Popular blogger Anne Bogel makes it easy. In this fascinating book, she collects, explores, and explains the most popular personality frameworks, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She shares the life-changing insights that can be gained from each, along with practical applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life.
Want to revolutionize the way you live, love, work, and pray? Understanding personality is the first step!
"Anne Bogel is a smart, savvy, kindhearted woman of wisdom whose words continually have me nodding my head in agreement and saying, 'I thought I was the only one!' The world is better because of her insight."--Tsh Oxenreider, author of At Home in the World and Notes from a Blue Bike
"I absolutely adored Reading People. Understanding more about how people are wired through the research, data, and examples Anne gives is helping me in every relationship. Truly, I feel like I'm a better wife, mom, employer, friend, and person for having read this book."--Crystal Paine, New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and founder of MoneySavingMom.com
Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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The book covers the following personality type frameworks:
Introverts vs. Extroverts
Highly Sensitive People
The Five Love Languages
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (and Cognitive Functions)
The Clifton StrengthsFinder
This book is a terrific start if you’re interested in personality types and examining yourself or your loved ones. I found myself relating to many of the examples given in the book, and the whole time I was determined to type my husband and son.
At only 203 pages, this book is very easy to get through. And it’s organized very well. Each chapter focuses on a new framework. Having the paper copy would be very helpful, so you could refer back to different sections in the future. Anne gives many helpful websites and other books if this book sparks your interest in a personality framework and you’re left wanting more.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in getting started learning about personality frameworks or for any fans of Anne Bogel who want to read her stories and learn more about her.
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Following these introductory chapters, a majority of the book is dedicated to exploring specific personality frameworks. She covers a few of the more commonly discussed models, such as Myers-Briggs and the Enneagram, but she also explores less popular frameworks such as Clifton Strengths Finder, The Five Love Languages, and Keirsey's Temperaments. Anne provides a brief overview of the models, along with personal anecdotes illustrating what the various types look like in real life. Her explanations are highly accessible and engaging. The true value from the book, though, comes from her insights into how to actually apply this information. This isn't a knowledge-for-its-own-sake kind of book (though I have nothing against those books!), but rather a practical guide for utilizing personality knowledge to become a better a parent, a more productive worker, an engaged romantic partner, and a more empathetic, self-aware, and well-rounded human being.
As a self-proclaimed personality junkie, I came into Reading People excited about a new perspective on a favorite subject, but not expecting any new takeaways. However, copious highlights and notes in my copy of the book attest to how much I learned from this book. For instance, I learned:
+ The fundamental difference between personality and character.
+ The grammatical distinction between extrovert and extravert.
+ The ways the brains of introverts and extroverts differ from each other.
+ The Old Testament passage that scholars suspect to be the first mention of Keirsey's Temperaments (and what those are; I'd previously not heard of this model).
+ How enjoying the act of making plans and being a structure-craving planner are not the same thing.
+ A helpful way of understanding the cognitive functions. (The chapter Anne dedicates to this subject would alone be well worth the price of the book and was by far my favorite section.)
I truly believe that this is a book anyone would enjoy. Even personality junkies like myself will come away with something new, and this is an excellent starting point for those hoping to learn more about personality frameworks but unsure where to begin. Anne's explanations of each model are thorough but not exhaustive; instead of getting too technical, she provides numerous resources for those hoping to learn more.
As part of the book launch team, I received a free ARC of this book, but I plan to buy many more copies to share with family and friends. This is a true treasure to add to the Personality cannon.
WHEN YOU TAKE A PERSONALITY TEST DO SO WITH AN HONEST LOOK AT YOURSELF.
I know – this seems obvious. I thought so too until I read Reading People. I have taken the Myers-Briggs test about half a million times, and every time I’ve typed as the INFP personality. It wasn’t until reading this book and diving deep into that last category – Perceiving or Judging – that I realized I am actually a “J.” Why a J and not a P?
I’m naturally an empathic, highly sensitive person, which I translated as being perceiving. It wasn’t until Anne’s description of the Advocate versus the Dreamer that I realized I am the Advocate. I get completely outraged at bad, rude, and hateful behavior and tend to confront the offender.
I remember visiting the Statue of Liberty with my Grandmother and Grandpa Jack when I was thirteen-years-old. We were in a long line waiting to board the ferry when a man ahead of us started acting incredibly rude and obnoxious towards someone with an apparent disability. I was maybe 5′ and 85 pounds soaking wet, but I was ready to take that man on. My grandmother had to physically restrain me so I wouldn’t challenge that person.
That was 30 years ago – these days we know it’s better to speak up and speak out. At the time, I was not diplomatic or tactful enough to speak out without someone getting hurt.
“YOU’RE NOT CRAZY, YOU’RE JUST NOT ME.”
People tend to assume extroverts are bad listeners, hate being alone, and are irrationally “needy” for the company of others.
Y’all. Confession time. My mom is an extrovert. A shy extrovert but an extrovert nonetheless. We’ve already established I’m an introvert and an outspoken introvert at that.
When I read the above quote in Reading People I knew Anne Bogel had been inside my head and even listened in on exasperated conversations I’ve had with my mom!
I’ve asked my mom many, many times “can’t you just sit by yourself for 2 minutes?” in that condescending tone daughters tend to get with their moms when they think they’re doing something so much better. *deep sigh* It’s not true. I know it’s not. I know we are all doing the best we can with the person we are.
It’s not true. I know it’s not. I know we are all doing the best we can with the person we are. It took reading this book to realize my mom was a shy extrovert and the opposite of me. Quite an eye-opener!
Because we live in a world with many other people–people we work with, live with, and care about–we need to be not only smart about meeting our own needs but also gracious about their needs.
I hear you, Anne. Loud and clear. And I’m sorry Mom!
WHILE PERSONALITY TYPING CAN BE A GREAT TOOL TO KNOW YOURSELF, IT IS ALSO USEFUL FOR PERSONAL GROWTH
Anne wrote probably the best introduction to Enneagram typing that I’ve ever read. It was clear, concise and touched on the highlights of each Enneagram personality. She also explains how the Enneagram is more about our underlying motivations as opposed to just a strengths-based evaluation. For that reason, using the Enneagram typing for personal growth is especially helpful.
Written with a Christian slant, Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything is a great introduction to several personality frameworks:
The Five Love Languages made popular by Gary Chapman and a staple in the Christian Church
The Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 used by many corporations
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator used in most Psychology 101 courses,
The Kiersey’s Temperaments which I still don’t understand and
The Enneagram made popular in monasteries.
Anne writes in a conversational tone, sharing personal stories of how she determined her own type. Because she was covering a tremendous amount of material I was surprised the text did not get bogged down. The only section I did get confused was with Kiersey’s Temperaments. Probably because I’ve never heard of this particular framework.
Anne did a great job on the research of each personality framework shared in Reading People. It was fascinating to learn that the Enneagram has been around since the Fourth Century. And that it was used widely in monasteries. And that throughout history people have been described as “Sanguine, choleric, melancholy, phlegmatic. Air, fire, earth, water…” So many other interest tidbits that if you love personality typing and reading people then you’ll love learning the history behind personality frameworks.
If you enjoy knowing your personality type, getting more in-depth than those Buzzfeed quizzes, and figuring out the best areas to work on for personal growth then you’ll love Reading People. I know I did!
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Anne's insights also added much more to my understanding of my marriage and parenting relationships; and her extensive booklists will keep me busy for the next little while too, going even deeper into some of the frameworks in the book. Highly recommended!