Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Reading People to read as part of being on the book launch team. (I’d also ordered a copy for myself before hearing about the launch team option!)
Ok, so let’s talk about Reading People by Anne Bogel for a bit. You may recognize her name from the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy or her podcast “What Should I Read Next”. (I’ve followed both for quite awhile). When I first read about her new book, I skipped off to pre-order it, as I was sure I’d love it- it’s all about personality!
I love personality tests. I’m a counselor, so I’m probably prone to really liking them anyways (I even took a theories of personality class in college), but I REALLY like them. Not only are they fun, but they allow for so much. In one of the final pages of Reading People, Bogel says the following:
“I’ve found that personality insights help me see what changes are necessary, and how to carry them out. Learning more about personality has helped me make peace with the way I was made (even though some days I’d rather trade myself in for a different model). It has helped me understand the people I love, live with, and work with, and it has helped me accept the way they were made, which is to say, differently than me.”
And that’s the wonderful thing about personality tests. When we understand our personality types, we develop an understanding and self-compassion for why we think the way we do, why we respond the way we do, and why we interact with others the way we do. Even more than that, we develop an empathy for others in that we can understand a bit more about how they view the world and interact with it. I think understanding personality is powerful for growth and healthy within relationships.
In the book Reading People, Bogel walks through several different personality tests including Myers-Briggs, Strength Finder, and the Enneagram. She looks at ways each of these types views the world, areas that might lead to a lack of health, and even ways to get to a healthier spot.
I highlighted a LOT in this book, and I absolutely loved it. I already knew about each of the personality tests discussed in this book because of my job, but I still found gems throughout it. I’m definitely going to be keeping it at work to use with clients.
I also dragged the book with me up to Mackinac Island and enjoyed reading it next to the water!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering: I’m an ESFJ, a 2 wing 3, and learner/maximizer/responsibility/harmony/individuation. If you don’t know what you are-check out Reading People.
There’s also a pre-sale bonus going on right now, so click this link to read about it! Reading People is hitting the shelves in September!
Now it’s your turn to share! Do you know your Myers-Briggs, Strength Finder, Enneagram, or other personality type?