Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel
Published by Baker Books on September 19, 2017
Format & Length: e-book, 217
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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.
I don’t generally review nonfiction books, but I feel like this deserves a shoutout. As an inquisitive and introspective sort, I love learning about personality. And I’ve forayed into quite a few personality frameworks. So when I discovered Anne Bogel (of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and podcast What Should I Read Next?) was writing this book, I determined that I would purchase and read it as soon as it was available.
In Reading People, Bogel provides a structure for beginning to learn about several personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. Although this is the kind of book you can dip into any chapter that interests you, it does work extremely well if read straight through, starting with the easier to understand frameworks before moving to the more complex, and some chapters build on previous ones.
Written in a clear and concise manner with an abundance of personal anecdotes, reading this book feels like you are having a conversation with a friend. Bogel’s personality shines through all the factual information laid out. (Ha! See what I did there?) She also makes the distinction between personality and character and discusses why understanding personality is important, along with what to do with that information once you have it.
Overall, Reading People really is quite well done. It’s an excellent jumping off point for learning about personality with plenty of references for next steps. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, definitely check this book out.