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The book summarizes concepts from other books ("5 Love Languages" by Gary Chapman, "Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type" by Myers-Briggs, "StrengthsFinder 2.0" by Tom Rath, and "Mindset" by Carol Dweck). Although it doesn't contain new information, it is an excellent introduction to many common personality frameworks. Insights into personalities help us to understand and accept ourselves and others. The author compares a personality assessment to a map -- it shows where locations are and how to navigate to them. We should appreciate each location for its uniqueness and qualities (not think about how it could have been better if changes were made). The book explains common concepts like extroverts/introverts. The telling sign is whether they feel energized or drained after a party. Many people mistakenly believe individuals who are enjoying themselves at a party are extroverts and individuals who are engrossed in a book are introverts.
There is a section about highly sensitive people (HSP) -- a term I wasn't familiar with. HSPs represent about 10 to 15 percent. They are highly sensitive to stimuli, like crowded places, loud noises, violent movies, and too many activities. This explains why some toddlers are frightened by fireworks while others are amazed by them. There is also a section on the Enneagram, which dates back to the fourth century and originally based on the nine vices (anger, pride, vanity, sadness, envy, avarice, gluttony, lust, and laziness). The Enneagram is used to discover our central weaknesses and to adjust our behaviors to fix our emotional health (replacing habitual bad reactions).
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I like audio books that limit the fluff. That shy away from current pop culture verbiage. Books that captivate with a story that flows, not stutters. That flesh out the meat of the matter in a manner that stimulates.
What did me in, mostly, was the narration. I just wasn't keen on her voice (no offense!). But, more importantly, it read like the banter of Kathy Lee Gifford going on about her kids on the Regis and Kathy Lee show from long ago. It didn't resonate with me, didn't feel smart, and didn't manage to captivate.
I learned a couple of minor things, but this book was probably 90% filler. It never dug deep into personality traits and how to utilize the knowledge of such in the real world. Just unrelatable story after story, all set to an intolerable voice.
I liked the book cover, and that she, the author, is a local author, but I just couldn't give this book more than one star... as even that feels too generous. If I could return this book for my credit back, I would.
I hope others find the book enjoyable and valuable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
As a social worker, Reading People is a great guide for finding and applying the right personality test. I enjoyed the honesty and vulnerability of the author.
I loved the narration by Anne (with an "e") herself - the book feels amazingly authentic.