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Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  8,292 ratings  ·  1,333 reviews
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.

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Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Baker Books
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Lisa Not really. It's certainly not evangelical in any way. Going to church and Christian faith are part of the author's life, and she speaks of that a bit…moreNot really. It's certainly not evangelical in any way. Going to church and Christian faith are part of the author's life, and she speaks of that a bit, but it's not pushy or overbearing at all. (less)
Kacy Anne definitely focuses on both sides. She even says "The process requires that you ask a difficult question of yourself and face the answer with as m…moreAnne definitely focuses on both sides. She even says "The process requires that you ask a difficult question of yourself and face the answer with as much honesty and grace as you can muster because sometimes “What am I really like?” is a scary question."(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Anne Bogel
Shelves: from-publisher
"We are all different-in matters both serious and silly-and discovering those differences is strangely enjoyable. Cynics argue that we're drawn to these simple check-the-box quizzes because we're ill-equipped to deal with the complexity of real life, but I believe this trend points to something more substantial."

This year has unexpected rendered an explosion of ARCs to read, leaving very little time for pleasure books of my choosing. When I saw the opportunity to review a read that was on my "f
Anne Bogel
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Would you believe I never reviewed my own book? Here we are, two years later: I'm a huge personality geek; the insights I've gleaned from personality typologies like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Enneagram, and the Five Love Languages have changed my life.

I wrote Reading People because the personality book I wanted to hand others—one that focused on the WHY and HOW of putting this information to work in your own life, work, and relationships—didn't exist. This book is designed to deliver
Megan Ericson
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Because of this book:
1) I have an excuse forever to drink multiple cups of coffee per day. (Thank you extroverted brain.)
2) I found out my husband is an HSP (highly sensitive person) and how to prevent him from getting into the "Overtalked Introvert Danger Zone."
3) Finally confirmed, without a doubt, my Myers-Briggs type. It's ESTJ, BTW ;-)
4) And, found an old copy of StrengthsFinders 2.0 on our bookshelf (Score!), so I can hopefully decide where my career should be headed from here.

I was thrill
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I am typically pretty private with my thoughts on a book unless I really hated it or really loved it. Other than this, I am pretty sure that the world will still spin without hearing my thoughts on someone's writing and creativity (or not). I now know that this is because I am the personality type that I am, which is, depending on what chapter of Reading People you are studying - an INFJ, an Introvert, an HSP...and the list goes on. I am in Human Resources, so it is pretty much in ...more
Sep 13, 2017 added it
Shelves: non-fiction, owned
Just a disclaimer: this was sent to me by the author, whose podcast I was featured on last October. However, as usual, all opinions are my own and there was no obligation on my part to give this book any rating or review. Huge thanks to Anne for sending me an early copy though!

Now on to what I thought of this book.

Firstly, it's definitely a book that's outside of my reading wheelhouse. You might've noticed, if you've been following me for any period of time, that I don't read a ton of non-fictio
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with this one.

First off, I think to get anything out of this book you need to at least have completed an Myers-Briggs personality test, and also know your Enneagram type (and the types of anyone you wish to understand more). I know the author states that online tests aren't that great at indicating your type accurately, but some of us don't have the time or money to pay to have these tests done professionally. I say this because a good chunk of the book gi
April (Getting Hygge With It)
I love all things personality. I was that teen that bought magazines mostly for the quiz section. What type of friend are you? What career should you get into? I loved it all and not much has changed. If you are new to personality quizzes Reading People is the perfect place to start.
Carla (happiestwhenreading)
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
What did I learn about my personality after reading Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything? That I hate learning about personalities. (#sorrynotsorry #unpopularopinion)

I have spent so much time trying to figure out my personality, so I thought this book would be the perfect match for me. I preordered it because I was so excited! Once it was released, I saw rave reviews all over #bookstagram about it and I was excited all over again.

All of that t
Anne Bogel is one of the only bloggers I follow religiously. First, I fell in love with her podcast, then I fell in love with her blog.

I am interested in the personality assessments available in the world today to better myself personally. However, sometimes I find that it's too much and too overwhelming to try to remember what "type" you are on the multitude of parameters that exist today. Anne has such a wonderful voice that I knew I had to read this one via audio. I appreciated her generaliza
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
I love everything Anne Bogel. She is so wise and full of knowledge on personality, learning and best of all- reading!

I am a weekly listener to her podcast, so knew I needed to read this book while listening on audio. She did not disappoint.

This book gave me practical information on personality and the things that make me who I am.

If you are interested in anything related to personality- read this!
Leigh Kramer
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, favorites
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
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Too much introspection can be harmful, sure, but as Anne Bogel claims in Reading People, uncovering insights into personality – our own and other people’s – also helps us see the world from someone else’s point of view for a while. It can explain why we have a difficult time getting along with someone, why clutter irritates us so much, why we get our energy from being by ourselves, and so on. It can also improve our relationships – particularly in the way we approach conflict – and gives us the ...more
Rachel A.  Dawson
Reading People is the first book Anne Bogel has written, and you guys, it's so good! Anne has long been my most trusted book-recommender (her podcast is amazing and always so fun to listen to!) and one of my very favorite bloggers, so I was thrilled to see her write a book of her own, especially one that is such a marriage of my favorite things! It was a joy to be chosen to join the launch team for this one (heads up, there are affiliate links in this post, and you should know I was sent a free ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enneagram-9
Before reading this book, I had dappled in personality frameworks (I knew my Myers-Briggs type!) and saw the value in learning more about them for nurturing relationships and getting to know yourself better, too. But apart from that, I didn't quite know where to start. This book just so happens to be the perfect leaping-off point!

Parts of this book felt familiar, but the majority of it was new information to me, or cleared up some misconceptions I didn't realize I had (I realized that my unders
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Full Review on my blog... Reading People | Blog Tour Review!

This is only my first time through... gonna need to go back and spend some more time on a couple of chapters with a pen and notebook once I get my physical copy!
Anne Bogel, of Modern Mrs. Darcy (blog) and What Should I Read Next (podcast) does wonderful job of presenting some of the most common and popular personality frameworks out there right now. Sharing insights from her own journey to figure out how *she* ticks, Anne gives an outli
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had the honor of being part of the launch team for this book. I have been a fan of Ann Bogel for years. First with her blog The Modern Mrs Darcy and recently with her podcast What Should I Read Next. I have to be honest and say I struggled with this book. I was halfway through and wondering to myself what I was going to walk away with. Well, let's just say the end did it for me. A realization that knowing myself, the good and the bad, better will only help me. The better I am the better my kid ...more
Guy Austin
Book covers can say a lot about what is inside them. They can hook you and can cause an auto-reflex I call, have-to- have-this-in-my-hand syndrome, or H2H (Have to have). I walk through a bookshop on a mission. I must. Those pesky covers can stop me cold in my tracks, even if I have walked in with force of mind to go directly to the item of want. The fear of the book police (my wife) compels me to get out before my primal bookish urges cause me to divert, and ultimately walk out more poor in cas ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Anne Bogel's podcast, which is about books, but she also references personality frameworks a lot in her episodes. So it's not a surprise she wrote a book summarizing a lot of the frameworks! She covers the basics of extrovert/introvert, the 5 love languages, highly sensitive people, Myers-Briggs type indicators, Strength Finders, and the Enneagram. It's actually thanks to her I just read a whole book on the Enneagram, and this was a nice refresher. This is a great primer and pro ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy for review purposes and I am so glad I did. Quite simply, I'm a personality quiz addict. INTJ, Enneagram 1, Victor, Slytherin, Acts of Service, Questioner, Strategic. Anne's book embraces the idea of personality frameworks to better know yourself. I've done a lot of self-reflection on the frameworks, especially over the past few years. Reading people has insights that I hadn't considered.

(The chapter on the MBTI Cognitive Functions was completely new to me and eye-ope
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book doesn't teach you how to read people, like the title suggests. It merely states that we all have different personalities, therefore we think differently, therefore we should act accordingly and not expect all people to be like us. There. No need to read the book. That's all it is.

If you've taken ANY entry level Psychology class, you know everything that's in this book. She added nothing new to the topic, so if you're interested in personality just Google it and you'll get the same inf
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely a fun book. It stays pretty near the surface of things, but it gives a great review of the basics and gives you the language to dig deeper.

It also shook me up in my Enneagramming. I have only recently been interested in the Enneagram and I had thought I found my profile based on the description of the type of person. I read Seven's description and could relate. But reading Reading People introduced me to the idea that Enneagram is not just a profile, like MBTI (which this EN
Gina *loves sunshine*
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
AWESOME book for people who love thinking about personalities and behavior! I love this stuff and I loved the author's interpretation of everything. I listened to it on audio, narrated by the author, but I immediately went to amazon and bought a paper copy. This is definitely a book you want to thumb through, dog ear, highlight and go back and forth!!! I'm also going to need to look further into many of the other books and tests she refers to.

Midway through the book I just smiled and realized -
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I feel very lucky to be part of the launch team for this fun and insightful book. I'm pretty stingy with 5 star ratings, but I promise that 4 stars means I really enjoyed it. I definitely think it is helpful, while not necessary, to be a follower of the Modern Mrs Darcy website and especially a listener of the What Should I Read Next podcast, to really get into this book. I can definitely hear Anne's voice in my head while I'm reading. And anyway, if you're not listening yet, why not???? I feel ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though the book is not exactly what I thought it was going to be, it is one of those rare "special" surprises that is actually much better than I thought it was going to be. It is really easy to follow, fun to read and well organized. It would be a good read for readers age 13 and up. It's always good for readers, like me, to learn more about themselves and those around them. I have taken so many of these personality assessments (ENTJ, Moderate, etc.) for my psychology classes but after rec ...more
I read and relatively enjoyed Bogel's I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life, so I thought I'd give this one a try (plus it's short!).

And the length is part of the appeal. This is a very brief and simple introduction to the world of personality typing, or different personality systems. I was surprised at how many different methods Bogel had explored.

She sorts the Myers-Briggs types into four different sorts and describes them. She talks about Strengths Finder 2.0. S
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, mmd, personality
Raise your hand if you’ve taken a BuzzFeed quiz today? More than one? Yeah, you’re not alone. I hate to admit I might have just taken a quiz titled “Choose Some Baked Goods and We’ll Predict Your Future” because if you know me, you know I love bread more than Oprah. (Don’t worry, I received good results. I’m going to travel the world.) I’m a sucker for those silly little quizzes, and for good reason too. It’s more than wanting to know if my choice in baked goods will lead me to have a good life; ...more
Melissa Joulwan
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About 25 years ago, when I was working at a big web development company in San Francisco, our Creative Director planned a team summit, the centerpiece of which was a Myers-Briggs expert to help us all learn our personality types. I was young and desperately eager to please, so despite the instruction to answer honestly, quickly, and without overthinking it, I (unintentionally) answered most of the questions the way I wished I would answer them. The result? I was identified as an extrovert.

Rachel | rach.b.reads
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
"The point isn't to trap you in those boxes; it's to organize your behavior in a way that makes sense and helps you understand how the pieces work together, how to find them when you need them, and how to put them to work in pursuit of your best self."

What a fun and informative read from Anne Bogel. I have always enjoyed personality tests and systems so jumping into this for me was already exciting; however, I believe Anne has approached these systems in such a way that those who know abs
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I first found Anne Bogel when a friend of mine suggested that I listen to her podcast: What Should I Read Next. I was hooked from the first episode, and not only because of Anne's soothing voice and the discussion about all things books and reading, but because Anne really seemed to be able to discern exactly what people wanted in a book, at a deeper level than just "a good story."

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Reading People, and I dove into it right away. In each chapter, Anne
Nicole Chinnici
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 severa
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Anne Bogel is an author, the creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy, and host of What Should I Read Next? podcast.

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“Understanding our personalities makes it significantly easier to change the things within our grasp. This is whole point of studying various frameworks! Some people resist personality frameworks because they say such frameworks put them in a box. I’ve found that understanding my personality helps me step out of the box I’m trapped in. When I understand myself, I can get out of my own way.” 12 likes
“Once you understand yourself, you can stop fighting your natural tendencies and plan for them instead.” 7 likes
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