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Have you ever wondered why you think and act the way you do – or why others behave in certain ways? In this accessible exploration of popular personality frameworks – including Myers-Briggs, Type Indicator, Strengthsfinder, and the Enneagram – Bogel shares personal stories, illuminating insights, and practical applications to help you improve your marriage, parenting, career, spiritual life, and more.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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For readers who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), popular blogger Anne Bogel has done the hard part--collecting, exploring, and explaining the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She explains to readers the life-changing insights that can be gained from each and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. In her friendly, relatable style, Bogel shares engaging personal stories that show firsthand how understanding personality can revolutionize the way we live, love, work, and pray.
Keely4 Stars Out Of 5A helpful guide through the murky waters of personalityOctober 1, 2017KeelyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Anne Bogel breaks down some of the most popular personality frameworks (Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, Strengths-Finder, 5 Love Languages, among others), and makes them easy to understand. Each chapter is filled with personal stories and applications that I found incredibly helpful. This book started and aided many conversations among my family and friends. I highly recommend it to anyone longing to understand people a bit better. (And isn't that all of us?) (I was given an advance copy of this book.)
Lex De Weese5 Stars Out Of 5Discovering Self and OthersSeptember 28, 2017Lex De WeeseQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had no idea I was a highly sensitive person until reading Anne Bogels new book Reading People. Well get to me in a moment. (Because I know thats what youre all dying to read about) First, the book:
The subtitle, How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, pretty much give you the rundown. As a longtime personality-nerd, I was fascinated to dig in and read what Anne, one of my favorite podcasters and bloggers had to say.
Each chapter captures the purpose and basics of the most popular personality frameworks out there including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Enneagram, Strengthsfinder, the 5 love languages, and more. Her goal is to help unpack why we behave the way we do and how to better understand the behavior and preferences of those around us. She often discusses understanding how these frameworks work togethera concept I never thought of. Once these lenses are no longer compartmentalized, you find a better vantage point from which to view the complexity of ourselves and those around us.
After reading her book, I understand why the Passion Conference was a miserable experience for me despite being a great time to learn. I know Im not crazy for feeling anxious in a room filled with lots of people. I have better terms to describe why my first response to insecurity is to overcompensate. I also have a much better understanding of my friends and family members and feel better equipped to walk into moments of conflict.
Reading People is a great book for anyone trying to gain a deeper understanding of what makes them and those around them tick. Anne gives great tools and personal examples for digging deeper into these frameworks to engage in relationships better, be that marriage, friendships, parent-child dynamics, and even work place atmospheres.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Determining personality stylesSeptember 24, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4It seems we spend a great deal of our lives trying to understand ourselves and others. Bogel has written an informative and practical book to help us in those life long pursuits.
She takes readers through a number of personality indication structures. The first is the introvert extrovert difference. I hadn't realized that there were actual physiological differences in the brains. They are literally wired differently. She then writes about highly sensitive people and I found out why two people talking to me at the same time nearly drives me crazy.
Bogel also covers the five love languages, something I was familiar with from previous reading. Next was Keirsey's temperaments. I certainly spotted me there as well as a good friend. It suddenly made sense to me why she behaves as she does. The 16 types of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are next, clarifying the types with cognitive functions. Bogel then explores the Clifton StrengthsFinder, identifying our naturally occurring talents. The last personality framework Bogel investigates is the Enneagram.
I like how Bogel gives us a bit of history for each personality framework. She also clearly identifies how readers can access tests or otherwise identify the particular personality type. For me, the best part of this book is that it gave me a new appreciation and understanding for the personality types of other people.
Bogle is quick to note that she is not a scholar in this area of personality frameworks. She doesn't cover all of the frameworks that have been designed. She does do a good job of helping us identify our personality types and gives good suggestions for tending to and taking care of ourselves within our personality style. She gives plenty of examples from her own life so we see how these personalities function.
I do recommend this book to those who want to understand who you are and how to best take care of yourself, based on your personality type. You will also be able to better understand others and perhaps see life from their point of view too. I found the book to be very informative with good practical insights and suggestions.
Food for thought: "Self-discovery and self-formation are lifelong processes." (202)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Caitlin5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome introduction to fascinating personality frameworks.September 21, 2017CaitlinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a long-time reader of Anne Bogel's delightful blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, I was excited to hear of her debut book, Reading People. In it, Anne takes her readers on an introductory tour of some of the most well-known personality frameworks (including Meyers-Briggs, Strengths Finder, the Enneagram, and Love Languages) and explains how they work, and more importantly, how understanding your type (and that of those you interact with daily) can help your life.
Anne also spends a significant part of the book explaining how typing frameworks are useful as a whole, and what they can and cannot do. Some people are skeptical of personality frameworks because they fear being put into a box and interpret the results as a definitive diagnosis that determines a person's fate. Anne addresses this fear while emphasizing the significance of personality beautifully:"While personality is a key part of who you are, it's just one of many things that make you you. Many important traits don't fall under the personality umbrella. Kindness, generosity, honesty, patience - these are all examples of character traits that interact with but are distinct from personality. It's easy to conflate character with personality; it's a common mistake."
So if personality doesn't predetermine all of who we are, what does it matter? Anne addresses this as well: "I've come to think understanding personality is like holding a good map. That map can't take you anywhere. It doesn't change your location; you're still right where you were before. But the map's purpose isn't to move you; it's to show you the lay of the land. It's the tool that makes it possible for you to get where you want to go."
And in Reading People, Anne gives us access to many such tools. Reading People isn't a replacement for diving deep into any of the individual frameworks, but Anne gives readers a solid working knowledge of each to enable them to get something out of each system and to discover which might be most helpful to them and worth their time to investigate further.
This book is a great round-up for people like me who love personality typing and for those who are brand new to the topic or who are skeptical. For those of us who already love personality frameworks, it's like a chance to chat with another enthusiast and geek out for a while. Anne's style is friendly and conversational, and so, thanks to her podcast (What Should I Read Next?), I can hear her voice taking me through each chapter.
For those who don't know much about personality typing or who are skeptical, it's a great place to start. Anne outlines a variety of frameworks and breaks them down in really approachable terms. I especially love how she uses examples from literature, history, and pop-culture to illustrate each personality type. This is a great read!
Paula4 Stars Out Of 5A Conversational & Comprehensive book about personalitySeptember 21, 2017PaulaQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've always considered myself a personality type nerd, so I was immediately excited about Anne Bogel's book. (Also because I love her blog and podcast) This is the first book I've ever read that digs into multiple personality frameworks (from Meyers Briggs to Enneagram to Highly Sensitive People to Strengths Finder and more) and does so in a really helpful and entertaining way. I learned more about frameworks I already loved (like how cognitive processes influence MBTI) and was inspired to do more reading about types I am unfamiliar with (Enneagram). I also had an "Aha!" moment of realizing I'm an HSP which was seriously helpful. Highly recommend!