Reading People: How Seeing The World Through The Lens Of Personality Changes Everything - Anne Bogel
My Review - 4.5 Stars
Allow me to start with a bit of a humble brag: it’s not every day your friend credits you for an entire chapter in her book. (So full disclosure: Anne is my friend and I might be biased…but I really am impressed with this book!)
Yep, Anne says my enthusiasm for the Enneagram is what got her interested in figuring out her type and I’m not sure I’ve ever received a better compliment. More on that below.
Reading People is a fantastic resource and I wish it had been around when I was first looking into various personality frameworks in my early 20s. Anne walks us through several personality type frameworks, giving a basic introduction to each, explaining how to figure out your type, and then, most importantly, what to do with the information.
It’s that latter aspect I could have used help with. I’ve always enjoyed figuring out my personality type. But when I was younger, it seemed like fun or interesting information but not anything that would necessarily change my life. That may be because I was still figuring out who I was, apart from any frameworks.
Anne’s examples and analogies were relatable and easy to understand. It was fun to see what the personality type might be for various literary characters. (I often think about this when it comes to the Enneagram.) I’m especially grateful for the way she unlocked insights into the cognitive functions for MBTI. This aspect of Myers-Briggs has always confused me, even after my MBTI-junkie friend tried explaining it to me a few years ago. But after reading that chapter, I have a better grasp on how my INFJ works.
If you’re friends with me for any length of time, chances are good I’ll bring up the Enneagram. It’s my favorite personality type framework and the one that’s had the most impact on my life. (Read all my posts about the Enneagram here.) Figuring out I was a Four seven years ago has ultimately made me a stronger, healthier person. I got to vet chapter 9 ahead of time- I’m the Leigh she references- and I really hope Anne’s introduction to the Enneagram gets people more interested in figuring out their type. It’s not always the easiest to figure out your type because you have to own up to your struggles but each type has amazing gifts and gives us a path toward healing and wholeness. It’s completely worth it.
If you’re new to figuring out your personality type or you’re not sure why personality types matter, this is the book for you.
A brief note: Reading People was published by Baker Books, a Christian publisher. If you’re not a Christian, be aware there are some references to faith and Christianity. However, I don’t think it would be an off-putting amount if you’re not religious.
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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Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from Anne and Baker Books. Affiliate links included in this post.