Book Review: Reading People by Anne Bogel, popular blogger of Modern Mrs. Darcy

"How seeing the world through the lens of personality changes everything." (cover)

Title: Reading People: How seeing the world through the lens of personality changes everything
Author: Anne Bogel
Publisher: Baker Books
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Genre: Self-Help / Non-Fiction 

If the viral personality quizzes strewn about our social media accounts are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique places in the world. But what we're finding is this: knowing which famous movie character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn't as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz.

Backed by extensive research and illustrated with engaging stories, Reading People explains what makes you uniquely you, what makes the people in your life uniquely them, and why it all matters. Popular blogger Anne Bogel makes it easy. In this fascinating book, she collects, explores, and explains the most popular personality frameworks, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She shares the life-changing insights that can be gained from each, along with practical applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. 

Want to revolutionize the way you live, love, work, and pray? Understanding personality is the first step!

Are you a fan of personality quizzes? How about books or articles on how to understand the other person better? Well, if you are, I suggest you pick up a copy of Reading People by Anne Bogel. In reality, the title intrigued me from the get go despite not being a huge fan of personality tests, at least in more recent years. I've done them when I studied Psychology and the spiritual gifts or which "Jane Austen characters are you" type quizzes online. However, I love the easy approach by the author in what were her goals in writing this book, the consolidation of several personality frameworks to open our eyes to who we are and why we do things, as well as understanding of others in that process. 

It's fun reading about personalities, but I have to admit, once we get into the different frameworks, the analogy and pairing of personality types with well-known characters in books or other media was even more interesting. It created a sense of relation, especially for readers like myself that love the adventures of characters in the stories we read. 

In all, Reading People is educational in many ways, depending on how you plan to take the information provided. I can totally see myself referring back to it periodically to see if I'm understanding my true self or just who I wish to be. Something to think about for sure.
"Self-discovery and self-formation are life-long processes." (202)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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