Hello everyone! I have been thrilled to be on the launch team for Anne Bogel’s new book, Reading People: how seeing the world through the lens of personality changes everything.
I did receive an advance copy of the book, all opinions in my review are my own.
This book is a solid overview of the basic premises of personality theories such as Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram, Love Languages, StrengthsFinder and more. Bogel notes that “a big part of learning about personality is learning to make peace with who we are.” I really loved that setting of the scene in her introduction, and I attempted to journey through this book with an open mind.
As a clinical social worker, I was familiar with several of the personality theories that Anne introduced, yet there was one chapter that was newer information to me, which I want to focus on in this post. Chapter 3 is entitled “Too Hot to Handle: Highly Sensitive People.” If you know me in person, I can be pretty anxious or “intense” and I am a perfectionist. As Anne discussed the characteristics of a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I knew I had to continue to learn more, and I went to an online self-assessment she mentioned. There are 27 indicators of an HSP, and I had…all 27 of them!
This chapter was filled with nuggets that guided me into looking at myself in a new lens. A HSP is someone who is “more easily overwhelmed by highly stimulating environments” and “as adults they are strikingly intuitive, inclined towards perfectionism, sensitive to pain, and apt to notice subtleties in their environments,” writes Bogel.
Bogel then shared some information that made several things click into place for me. She writes, “They (HSP) have more allergies than non-sensitive types and more active immune systems.” Shut the front door! I have adult onset celiac (which affects my immune system) and adult onset allergies to peanuts, tomatoes, pineapple and black pepper. I had never thought about the fact that my personality could play into my allergies!!
I felt like reading Chapter 3 and doing some subsequent research really opened my eyes to some things in my life. I need to strive towards making sure I have whitespace that Bogel mentions to allow myself to function well.
Readers, there is a GREAT pre-order deal going on until September 19th. If you order your book by 9/19 you get some pre-order bonuses which are: a free download of the audio version of the book and access to an online class “What’s your reading personality?” hosted by Anne. While you are at the website, check out a free quiz to find your reading personality!
Find more information at https://www.readingpeoplebook.com/#preorder-section
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