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Wired that Way: The Comprehensive Personality Plan Paperback – May 15, 2006
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Now Marita Littauer has written the definitive book (with insights from Florence) about the Personalities under the clever title, Wired That Way. Let me say this plainly - you won't find the Myers-Briggs 16 personality types in this book. What you will find is the latest available information on the four basic types - often attributed to Hippocrates - of Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Melancholy, and Choleric.
Ms. Littauer writes in a conversational style that pulls you through the book, as she dives straight into the heart of practical everyday application. Through the use of story and metaphor, she takes us into the familiar daily-ness of life, and along the way, we suddenly realize we can better understand the strange people at work and the - um - "quirky" behavior of certain family members, as well as those curious individuals in our Bible Study group. In other words, wherever you find people, you will find fertile ground for applying these techniques.
I don't think it will be giving anything away to say that Ms. Littauer concludes her book with a caveat: Don't let the preferences of your personality be an excuse for poor performance or behavior. Rather, focus on using your strengths to overcome your weaknesses.Read more ›
Melancholies (who in their own profile they describe as considerate, faithful, thoughtful, and loyal) are portrayed as perfectionists, perfectionists, perfectionists. Almost never throughout the entire book do they focus on the positive attributes of the Melancholy personality type (i.e. the nurturing, compassionate ones). Phlegmatics they portray as lazy, dumb and slow, never mind that they are calm, patient, friendly, contented listeners (and don't freak out under stress!). The book seems to rag on this personality type the most.
As I said, overall, this book was okay. Mostly more toward the beginning but then we were left wondering, what happened? It seems like they really try to touch on all aspects of life, and for that they did a good job, however, our entire group came away from the reading feeling that these women are very biased in their opinions and don't seem to have any real idea of what wonderful people Melancholies and Phlegmatics really are. We prefer the Myers Briggs typing, which we found after reading this book, that is SO much more accurate and non-biased to any certain personality type. Not to mention, that Wire That Way tries to stuff everyone into four neat and tidy little boxes, which is just SOO unrealistic and lacking in judgement, insight and common sense.Read more ›
Glenda Schoonmaker, Writer, Speaker, Trainer
This is a book that I would recommend any family, including children that are growing to help them understand the differences as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn’t find this book helpful at all. It didn’t match the MBTI (I'm INTJ) and Keirsey (I'm Rational-Mastermind) models. Vital terms like introvert and extrovert never appeared. Read morePublished 17 days ago by The Lily
This book changed my life, my thought process, and the way I react to people. As a youth pastor, Wired That Way helped me to relate to everyone. Very eye opening. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Brett clayton
Excellent insights to who we are! I hope to take the information and use it to help me to always keep the peace and live in my strengths.Published 2 months ago by AngelA
Learning these personality types may already be helping me improve communication with others and I plan to have my sons take the personality test as well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dawn McNutt
I've always found personality traits to be be interesting and on point. This book lays it all out like never before, an easy read and informative.Published 4 months ago by Debra L. White
Love the test and many different examples the author uses to ensure better understanding of the different personalities.Published 5 months ago by Steve Hill
Knowing how I'm wired gives me a greater perspective on who I am and what God's purpose for my strengths.Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Lavin
This book helped me understand myself and others that I am in relationship with both at home and at work. People really aren't as hard to figure out as I thought.Published 12 months ago by jesusnunme2