{Book Review} Reading People by Anne Bogel

I’m a personality test junkie.


All of them. I mean, ALL of them.

Like even the “Which Disney Princess Are You?” kind on Buzz Feed.

Reading People by Anne Bogel is a must read for everyone who desires to understand themselves and others better.

{Book Review} Reading People by Anne Bogel

Since I have such a powerful affection for all things personality, I couldn’t help but get Anne Bogel’s new book, Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything.

If you don’t know Anne, she is the genius behind Modern Mrs. Darcy and the host of the What Should I Read Next? podcast. Her reading guides and book lists are fantastic.

And since I like books about as much as I like personality testing, Anne is just right up my alley.

Reading People is a personality primer.

Exploring personality from multiple frameworks, Anne opens our eyes to how each typing method offers insight into what we can learn about ourselves.

From defining concepts like introversion and extraversion to explaining what it is to be a highly sensitive person, Anne’s book reveals the fundamental differences we find in each other.

Reading People offers simple explanations of complex typing systems.

Anne spends the majority of the book outlining the basics of five major typing methods:

  1. Love Languages
  2. Keirsey’s Temperments
  3. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (and the MBTI cognitive functions)
  4. Clifton’s StrengthsFinder
  5. the Enneagram {which, for the record, has been absolutely the most significant one for me}

If you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between various personality systems, you’ll love the way Anne illustrates and explains them.

Reading People is a people guide.

I think what I loved most about this book is the way Anne gently encourages us to view others through the lens of their personality types rather than our own. So much of the conflict we find in our relationships could be eliminated if we made it our goal to understand the root motivators and prominent factors in others’ personalities.

Anne encourages us to recognize the ways our personalities impact all facets of our lives — marriage, family, work, friends, and even our spiritual lives.

Reading People is a resource for all of us.

If you really want to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and a broader understanding of the way others think and respond, you should definitely add Reading People to your list of books to read.

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One of the greatest gifts we give others is understanding. And one of the best ways we can grow in the way we understand others is by understanding ourselves.  Reading People is an excellent tool for helping us do just that.


Teri Lynne


P.S. In case you are wondering I am an enneagram 3, ENTP whose love language is words of affirmation and strengths are communication, ideation, and relator. Oh and my Disney Princess is, of course, Belle.

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