Length: 224 pages
Audiobook Length: 4 hours and 33 minutes
First Published: 2017
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.
Quotes from Reading People
Once you understand yourself, you can stop fighting your natural tendencies and plan for them instead.
My personality traits don’t determine my destiny, they inform it.
Researchers generally agree that introverts and extroverts are born, not made.
Growth is a multistep process, but it is an actual process. Spiritual formation isn’t quite as slippery as some make it out to be. The first step is to crack ourselves open to see what we’re hiding, either deliberately or inadvertently, and to drag what is in the dark into the light. This is the process of self-discovery and self-awareness.
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.
About Anne Bogel
Anne Bogel is an author, blogger, and podcaster. She is the creator of the popular book blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the podcasts What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book. She is also the author of three books: Reading People, I’d Rather Be Reading, and Don’t Overthink It. She currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and four children. Visit the author’s website →