Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801072913
ISBN-13: 9780801072918

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If the viral Buzzfeed-style personality quizzes are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique place in the world. But what we're finding is this: knowing which Harry Potter character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn't as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz.

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.

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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.

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  1. Laura
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Big Information in a Small Package
    November 20, 2017
    Laura
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When Baker Books sends a book to bloggers like me for review, they give us a due-date. I am several weeks late on my review of Anne Bogel's "Reading People" because, for a book with merely 203 pages to read, it contains a wealth of information that I simply couldn't digest in 60 days.

    While this book is billed as a way to understand the people around you, I am finding it much more helpful as a tool for understanding myself. Bogel condensed what she has learned from various personality typing and personal growth tools into a single, small but powerful treasure.

    I am sure that once I've further processed how everything I've learned applies to me, I'll be able to apply it to those around me as well. In the meantime, I'm impressed with the thorough yet concise way in which Bogel has presented all of this information. She does say at one point that the reader could skip ahead a few sections or chapters but I advise against it, you'll miss so much.
  2. muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Read!
    November 7, 2017
    muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Reading People" by Anne Bogel was one of the most life changing books I've ever read. If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would! I have learned so much from this book, and I intend to go back and review it some more. I have read multiple books on personality, but this is by far, the best one yet. The author explains many different factors for figuring out our personality type, i.e., The Five Love Languages, Myers-Briggs, Cognitive Functions, The Clifton StrengthsFinder and The Enneagram. I was already familiar with The Five Love Languages and the Myers-Briggs, but the other ones were new to me and very insightful. This book was extremely interesting and I had so many "aha" moments! I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in personality types and trying to understand others.

    I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
  3. Just Commonly
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Who are you?
    November 1, 2017
    Just Commonly
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    "How seeing the world through the lens of personality changes everything." (cover)

    Are you a fan of personality quizzes? How about books or articles on how to understand the other person better? Well, if you are, I suggest you pick up a copy of Reading People by Anne Bogel. In reality, the title intrigued me from the get go despite not being a huge fan of personality tests, at least in more recent years. I've done them when I studied Psychology and the spiritual gifts or which "Jane Austen characters are you" type quizzes online. However, I love the easy approach by the author in what were her goals in writing this book, the consolidation of several personality frameworks to open our eyes to who we are and why we do things, as well as understanding of others in that process.

    It's fun reading about personalities, but I have to admit, once we get into the different frameworks, the analogy and pairing of personality types with well-known characters in books or other media was even more interesting. It created a sense of relation, especially for readers like myself that love the adventures of characters in the stories we read.

    In all, Reading People is educational in many ways, depending on how you plan to take the information provided. I can totally see myself referring back to it periodically to see if I'm understanding my true self or just who I wish to be. Something to think about for sure.

    "Self-discovery and self-formation are life-long processes." (202)

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
  4. AmyL
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good introduction to personality tests
    October 31, 2017
    AmyL
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Have you ever been confused about the alphabet soup and descriptions that are also known as personality tests? I can tell you I'm an ISTJ with cognitive functionsSiandTe. I'm a Guardian with introverted tendencies and my love language is Acts of Service. I'm an Enneagram 5, which falls right in line with my strengths of Input, Learner, and Intellection. Does this confuse you? These are all answers to several of the popular personality tests and frameworks I've encountered. Though I've known about most of these tests before,Reading People by Anne Bogel helped piece together a little more about how all of these tests can work together.

    Reading People is Bogel's attempt to share her extensive knowledge about personality tests with the world. Because I'd done many of the tests and read a few of the books Bogel uses as sources, I was already familiar with a majority of what was shared in this book. What I loved about Bogel's approach though was the reminder that while these tests give insight into who we are, it's what we do with this information that matters.

    Through examples based on life and some of our favorite literary characters (could you expect anything less from the host of theWhat Should I Read Next?podcast?), Bogel breaks down the ins and outs of some of the most popular personality tests. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and The 5 Love Languages are just a few of the personalities in this book.

    Bogel reminds us, "Personal growth takes us out of unhealthy reflexive actions and enables us to be more fully ourselves, more present, more aware, and more intentional."

    It's not enough to just know your personality. As Bogel wraps upReading People, she reminds the reader that because we understand ourselves better, we can navigate the world better. It's not enough to just gain the knowledge. The important part is now using that information to find more healthy ways to interact with the world at large.

    I enjoyed readingReading People. I found that because I had some basic knowledge of many of the personality tests shared in the book, it was slightly repetitive for me. However, I did appreciate the dive into the cognitive types on the MBTI, because it helped me nail down my wavering decision on whether I am an ISFJ or an ISTJ (definitely an ISTJ). I've also gained some more books that I want to read to dive deeper into some of these tests, particularly where kids are involved. I know for a fact that my daughter is an extrovert, and I'm about 90% sure she's a Highly Sensitive Person. So, being able to understand her personality better will help me learn to navigate our days to provide the best experiences for both of us!

    I received a copy of this book from Baker Books. This review is my own, honest opinion.
  5. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Insightful Gem For Learning How To Relate Better With Those You Love
    October 18, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Reading People: How Seeing The World Through The Lens Of Personality Changes Everything is a simple guide to eight common personality tools, hand-picked by Anne Bogel. Based on her own experience in trying to learn more about herself and those close to her, Anne has compiled basic information to guide the reader through not only the determining factors for each of these tools, but also the importance and usefulness of having such data, so long as it's accurate.

    Anne begins by telling the reader the most common mistakes made when people are trying to assess their own personalities, namely answering questions based on what you wish you were like rather than allowing the core of your being to shine through. She poses that there are no right or wrong answers, so long as you are honest and embrace the person inside that God created you to be.

    Through a series of personal stories, Anne guides us through the maze of descriptions for personality traits such as introverts, extroverts, and highly sensitive people, as well as those discovered and labelled through diagnostic tools including The Five Love Languages, Keirsey's Temperaments, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, The MBTI Cognitive Functions, the Clifton StrengthsFinder, and The Enneagram.

    Anne devotes one full chapter to each tool/assessment, in order to ensure a thorough explanation of not only what the test is for and possible outcomes, but also the benefit to having the knowledge gained by each tool. While knowing that you're an ISFP and your partner or child is not can be helpful, it's only useful if you learn how to apply this information in order to help you both interact with each other on a more mutually beneficial level. That is where Anne's added insights pay off.

    While I have read several books on personality types over the years, Anne's basic yet vivid and thorough examples and descriptions helped me to better understand the differences and hidden nuances that create such large gaps between myself and some of those people dearest to me. This book is a wonderful asset to anyone wanting to learn more about their true nature, the personality traits of those closest to them, and how to figure out ways to interact in a more peaceful and loving manner. 5/5 stars.

    *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
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