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How to Analyze People on Sight

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What Newspapers Have Said About Elsie Benedict and Her Work "Over fifty thousand people heard Elsie Lincoln Benedict at the City Auditorium during her six weeks lecture engagement in Milwaukee."-Milwaukee Leader, April 2, 1921. "Elsie Lincoln Benedict has a brilliant record. She is like a fresh breath of Colorado ozone. Her ideas are as stimulating as the health-giving bre ...more
Paperback, 135 pages
Published 1921 by The Roycrofters
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Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Randomly picked up this book because it was one of the most popular Kindle e-books. I have such mixed feelings about it. I thought a lot of it was either obvious, pointless or even offensive but there was one insight which made the whole book worth reading. When choosing a partner the most important thing is that the two of you agree how to spend your leisure time. Everything else is really secondary because many differences can be worked through. But fundamentally if two people can't have fun t ...more
M Pogoy
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
The book is interesting and the author's five types of human beings in the world is worth to think over.

I've read some reviews about this book and some people think that the book is kind of racist and the author's "five types" forever and a day remained unproved theories. Well, I think otherwise.

Ms. Benedict's "Five Human Types" are, in my opinion, true. I believe that these five human types which are the alimentives (fat men), the thoracics (thrillers), the musculars (workers),the osseus (staye
Apr 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only real purpose I can see for this book is historical, as a look into the thoughts and attitudes of people in the 1920's. Did people really believe this was real science when this came out? I've seen recent reviews from people on Amazon who gave this book a high rating and thought the methods described would be helpful for analyzing people. Kind of scary. The theories, to me, seem to be complete nonsense, made up of outdated (by a century) stereotypes.
Apr 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Utter garbage. I can't really mark this as 'read' because in no way did I finish it. It's terrible fluff, padded with needless "examples" of the (supposed) true types of people. Don't bother.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is really hard to review. I mean, on the one hand, it is wrong. Just wrong. But on the other hand it is delightful. It claims that 99% of people are failures, which is incredibly reassuring. Plus people are cars and sometimes sage brushes, which is a fabulous use of metaphor and now I can just picture my personality driving me around, a rusted out old two door Honda that can't get above third. It also claims to have surveyed ice cream vendors and fruit sellers about fat people, which j ...more
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The best book no one has ever heard of! Can you really determine a person's whole character by the shape of his or her hands, or face? Elsie says you can and I believe her, because the measurements she gives for deciding each person have been so scarily accurate, I almost don't believe it. I found this book on and downloaded it to Plucker, there is also a text version with drawings. A really interesting find!
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: booksread2012, ebook
Quite funny actually. Especially the bit about 'fat people' - how they make a 'beeline' for the widest chair and how the 'fat man' is predominantly seen in the Jewish faith (!!!). One gripe though: Ms. Elsie Benedict seemed to have overlooked MY type. I feel very left out! lol.

That aside, I think it's quite extraordinary that people flocked to universities to hear this lady talk about how your body shape determines your personality. Thoroughly amusing, if not slightly racist with comments that
Anthony M.
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I listen to uneducated people talk about societal problems, the tone is similar to that of this book. Want to get ideas for characters based on stereotypes, this book is for you. Want the truth about humans and human nature, watch out. The judgments and analyses are so naive you can do danger to yourself and others if you follow the ideas presented in this silly book. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because the literary value is good for basing characters off for writers.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book. I like ideas that tackle one of the most important things in life, out how to deal with others. Stereotypes based on physical characteristics are probably as accurate as astrology or birth order, so take with a pound of salt, but there is some truth to this book. Look at characters in books and film and one will see that physical characteristics are as much a part of the character as their costumes are. Stereotypes exist for reasons, the chief one being that most people we enc ...more
Monique Maria
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's funny but if you look at it closely but People who complain about this book are the ones who cannot accept and do not like the type they are after they have learned which one they are. If you look at their comments carefully they don't state to why exactly it is a bad book and just goes off saying its racist or inaccurate without really having a strong standpoint. Also I would suggest comment readers to use what they have read into use and observer the people who are complaining and what ty ...more
James Cameron
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book has some sort of logic but the time period puts the accuracy of this book in question. Race is mentioned as a way of reading people. The problem with the book using race, was that it uses as race if it were biological. When in fact race is socially constructed, without there being any evidence for a genetic or biological connection besides skin color. She is correct saying that a person body does to adapt to what it thinks it needs, but there is a different from a way a body looks by n ...more
Adam Lean
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-science
Entertaining Book from a time when speaking and writing plainly was a virtue. Surprisingly true on many levels, however there's always exceptions to the rules. To all those who doubt it's efficacy, I ask why would physical composition not govern our relationships and behaviors? I'm sure if Elsie and Ralph were around today they'd write an even more compelling version with the benefits of modern science at thier disposal.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
How to Analyze People on Sight is psuedo-psychology from the early 1920s. I read this book as a curiosity, not because I think it's possible to tell everything about a person simply by knowing their body/frame shape. As a curiosity, it's an okay read.

The most interesting part for me were the final two chapters, "Types that should not marry" and "Vocations for each type. (Again, not because I actually believe the psuedo-psychology.) The authors present an interesting picture of divorce in the ea
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction, classic
This is the most idiotic pile of garbage I have EVER, EVER, EVER...EVER READ.

Example of one of five types of human beings that have been "discovered" by science:

The Fat Man

"How the Fat Man Talks"

Never to take anything too seriously is an unconscious policy of fat people. they show it plainly in their actions and speech. The very fat man is seldom a brilliant conversationalist. He is often "jollier" and tells stories well, especially anecdotes and personal experiences.

"The Fat Man Lives to Eat"
Shaikha Almusallam
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
there is a saying in the Arab that says " a book can be read from its cover" which means u can judge something based on the way it looks.

Basically this is what this book all about, judging people based on the way they look,Personally I don't believe in this and the book couldn't convince me otherwise .
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Astoundingly difficult to read due to the book's format and the author's choice to deliver unrelated or repetitive "micro chunks" of information. This book is also highly unscientific, racist, and, among other things, unusually shallow. Should only be read as an object of studying quack science or for fun, not as a serious endeavour.
Faiq Zaini
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
a step to understand people around in a better way..
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3/5 stars.
Really, I tried going into this book with an open mind. I'd like to believe that I did so for the most part. I did not feel like I've learned much, if I'm quite honest. It was also very basic, repetitive and had no specific structure. However, it wasn't that horrible and I even enjoyed it at the last part.
Do I recommend this book?
The answer is no. It felt like a waste of time, but it was so easy to read.
Do I consider the information in this book is important?
Not really.
I'd like to bel
May 19, 2015 added it
The theories and concepts in this book are interesting and have some merit but thats about where it ends. For those getting wound up and upset over the book being offensive, get a grip. It was written in a time where society and attitudes were vastly different to now. And its hardly offensive in any event. If you find it offesnive I suggest you take a look at yourself and ask when you became such a whinger and an annoyance to others. I found myself thinking when I read the book that quite litera ...more
Shubham Agnihotri
Though this book claims that the rules can be applied anywhere in the world but I am not agreed with this.
But it somewhat gives basic facts and conceptions about human behavior and habits of each types.
It is written after a long study of American people and Local Climate determines the Nature of an individual is an impregnable fact, and the climate does highly vary all over the world.
So if you want to analyse people around you then better to study the local culture and social milieu. Then you ge
Jeremy Stephens
Nov 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2010
Have you ever read a book that was full of hot air and gave very little information or advice? That's what this book seemed like to me. Overall, this seemed to be nothing more than a lot of short choppy musings that didn't seem to go any where. Reading this was a waste of time.
Prakash Raman
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fairly an old book in relative terms. Very good insight and thought provoking parts. They psychology of fat and thin people, hailing from how they have come to be so, is brilliant! An interesting read overall!
Ammon Hallsted
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
It's interesting material, but scientifically ridiculous. Even if she had sources to back up what she says, there's absolutely no way I'd believe them after reading this book. Most of it is just logical assumptions.
Peggy Scripter
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was written in 1921. As a result, it is quirky and outdated. Still, it is interesting to read about different body types having different qualities to their personalities, especially when you realize you have come to yourself. I quit reading a little more than halfway through.
Samuel Maina
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I found this book to be very interesting. Pure personality types rarely exist, but you can start by knowing the pure personality types and build it up from there.
Still trying to figure out where i clear where.....but i need to do it all over again to be sure.
Fantastic read!
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very politically incorrect as it was written in the 20s but still very interesting!
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Its a fun book to read

You can actually see a lot of truth in it
Nada Abdallah
if you are interested in human analysing and every thing related to the 5 human types, i would highly recommend this book for you
Never thought of myself as a "fatty" but apparently...
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main driving force behind listening to this audiobook was some of the reviews left previously. The pretentiousness of some people made me raise an eyebrow and want to see what was worth being haughty about.

So, I put it on while working in the chem lab and giggled.

This is written very much from the 1920s viewpoint, including their delusions and biases. It's an amazing study in how people thought of and described each other back then. I was floored at some of the descriptions. If someone wer
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Elsie Lincoln Benedict was considered the world's most famous lecturer during the 1920s, speaking to over 3 million people in her lifetime and writing on what Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie and a long list of men would do later. She was an American suffragist leader representing the State of Colorado for the Women's Right to Vote. Benedict was a pioneer and well respected expert in the fields of ...more
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