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Reading People

How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
Narrated by: Anne Bogel
Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
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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 listeners 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 listeners 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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  • Edmund P. Crumb
  • 01-01-2018

Not what I expected, or hoped.

I like audio books that limit the fluff. That shy away from current pop culture verbiage. Books that captivate with a story that flows, not stutters. That flesh out the meat of the matter in a manner that stimulates. What did me in, mostly, was the narration. I just wasn't keen on her voice (no offense!). But, more importantly, it read like the banter of Kathy Lee Gifford going on about her kids on the Regis and Kathy Lee show from long ago. It didn't resonate with me, didn't feel smart, and didn't manage to captivate. I learned a couple of minor things, but this book was probably 90% filler. It never dug deep into personality traits and how to utilize the knowledge of such in the real world. Just unrelatable story after story, all set to an intolerable voice. I liked the book cover, and that she, the author, is a local author, but I just couldn't give this book more than one star... as even that feels too generous. If I could return this book for my credit back, I would. I hope others find the book enjoyable and valuable.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 02-01-2018

Good primer on personality frameworks

The book summarizes concepts from other books ("5 Love Languages" by Gary Chapman, "Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type" by Myers-Briggs, "StrengthsFinder 2.0" by Tom Rath, and "Mindset" by Carol Dweck). Although it doesn't contain new information, it is an excellent introduction to many common personality frameworks. Insights into personalities help us to understand and accept ourselves and others. The author compares a personality assessment to a map -- it shows where locations are and how to navigate to them. We should appreciate each location for its uniqueness and qualities (not think about how it could have been better if changes were made). The book explains common concepts like extroverts/introverts. The telling sign is whether they feel energized or drained after a party. Many people mistakenly believe individuals who are enjoying themselves at a party are extroverts and individuals who are engrossed in a book are introverts.

There is a section about highly sensitive people (HSP) -- a term I wasn't familiar with. HSPs represent about 10 to 15 percent. They are highly sensitive to stimuli, like crowded places, loud noises, violent movies, and too many activities. This explains why some toddlers are frightened by fireworks while others are amazed by them. There is also a section on the Enneagram, which dates back to the fourth century and originally based on the nine vices (anger, pride, vanity, sadness, envy, avarice, gluttony, lust, and laziness). The Enneagram is used to discover our central weaknesses and to adjust our behaviors to fix our emotional health (replacing habitual bad reactions).

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  • K. Dollar
  • 12-10-2017

Confusing and misleading. I didn't like it.

This book was a disappointment in that it simply echoed David Kiersey's book, "Understand me please ll " I found it clinical and confusing as well as boring. I didn't finish it out of frustration of contradiction in many areas. I would not recommend it to anyone who finds difficulty in self understanding, let alone understanding others.

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  • JJ
  • 20-08-2020

Good first half, Heavy second half

I listened on the audible platform. I really like this book till chapter 5-6. It was a good balance of learning about others and your self. After that it was a MBTI rabbit hole. More of an instruction manual than an enjoyable book relating to others. Then it became a Enneagram rabbit hole. With any research you compare yourself, it did have times when it felt like her written therapy/discovery.

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  • Xiaoming Zhang
  • 18-01-2020

No original ideas, not worth it

The author cited many different authors and their books, however, the content is very unorganized and I found no original ideas from her own. Not worth the money and time. I’d recommend reading those books she cited though, e.g. The Mindset

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  • James Kogut
  • 07-06-2019

Print Form

i believe it would be better to read in print form simple because there is so much info and it would be easier to go back and review in print

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  • Jasabelle
  • 01-04-2019

Great overview

She does an excellent job calmly reading you the book and laying out all the different information to seek out. I am the same personality type as her so I very much enjoyed her insight and tips on how to begin this journey.

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  • erssmith
  • 30-10-2018

great overview of tools

I love a book with a good story, so this was ot of my norm. I liked the ideas presented about different diagnostic tools I could utilize to find out more about myself. It was very interesting.

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  • Erika
  • 10-10-2017

Great Guide

As a social worker, Reading People is a great guide for finding and applying the right personality test. I enjoyed the honesty and vulnerability of the author. I loved the narration by Anne (with an "e") herself - the book feels amazingly authentic.