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Wired that Way: The Comprehensive Personality Plan Paperback – May 15, 2006

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Discover Your Personality Type and Improve Your Relationships! Do you have trouble getting along with certain family members, friends or work associates? Why are people wired so differently? Learn how understanding your own personality type can help you turn terminated relationships into germinated, growing relationships! Once you understand your personality type and how you're wired, you will be ready to discover how to maximize your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses. Then, you'll learn how to quickly pick up cues about the personality of others from their body language. Your life will be enriched as you grow deeper in your faith, and quickly improve seemingly incompatible relationships with friends, family and coworkers!

About the Author

MARITA LITTAUER is cofounder with her mother, Dr. Florence Littauer, of the Christian Leaders, Authors and Speakers Seminar (CLASS) through which, for the past 20 years, she has trained up-and-coming speakers and authors. She speaks regularly across the nation and is a regular contributor to Marriage Partnership, Christian Communicator, Godly Business Woman and Writer’s Digest. Marita is the author of 16 books, including Communication Plus, Personality Puzzle and Getting Along with Almost Anybody (both with Florence Littauer), Love Extravagantly (with Chuck Noon) and You’ve Got What It Takes. She and her husband, Chuck Noon, live in Albuquerque, N.M.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; 4.8.2006 edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830738401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830738403
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Dandridge on August 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Katherine Cook Briggs and daughter Isabel Briggs-Myers, shared an intense curiosity about typology and together they co-created what became the "gold standard" for personality profiling, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. In a remarkably similar fashion, Florence, with husband Fred, began research into the four temperaments, which led to her body of work on the Personalities, paving the way for daughter Marita Littauer to add her own research and insights. Together, sharing forty years of study, they are inarguably, the Myers-Briggs for a new generation.

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.
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We read this book for a small group with our church. Overall, I would have to say that the profile is okay (but lacking), and the personality descriptions seem okay to start, but eventually the whole book just falls apart when it comes to the author's view on Melancholies and Phlegmatics. Seeing that the author and her mother are both Sanguine/Cholerics, most of the book felt like Melancholy and Phlegmatic bashing by a couple of women who have a skewed idea of those two personality types.

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.
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I am excited about Wired That Way! It's full of fresh stories and examples that help illustrate the principles. Having all of the information about the different aspects of The Personalities in one place is going to be an awesome tool!
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Marita's new book 'Wired That Way' combines in one place the resources anyone needs to build better relationships and understand oneself. With my business name as 'Word Wardrobe,' I ask the question in my speaking and writing, 'What kind of words do you wear?' Wired That Way provides myriad examples relating how we often hurt people's feelings who have different personalities than our own. Because my emphasis is on words and the response those words bring, I'm excited to share in my Personality Trainings one comprehensive book which meets the needs of everyone. After reading this book, no one will be able to blunder through life slaying people with their words.

Glenda Schoonmaker, Writer, Speaker, Trainer
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Absolutely love this information. I use it to get to know myself, my son, my mate etc. I use it to build meaningful relationships at work. I use this information to build a solid relationship with my students.
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This book will change the way you look at people. The fact that you start understanding the different personalities gives you a sense of mind on how to deal with each and everyone who reacts and acts differently.

This is a book that I would recommend any family, including children that are growing to help them understand the differences as well.
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