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. 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.*
  2. Keely
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A helpful guide through the murky waters of personality
    October 1, 2017
    Keely
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Anne 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.)
  3. Lex De Weese
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Discovering Self and Others
    September 28, 2017
    Lex De Weese
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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.
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Determining personality styles
    September 24, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    It 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.
  5. Caitlin
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome introduction to fascinating personality frameworks.
    September 21, 2017
    Caitlin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As 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!
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