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Gretchen Rubin

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An Interesting Accountability Solution from a Fantasy Novel: the Booth of Promises.

September 23rd, 2016

Episode 354 of 399 episodes

I love fantasy fiction, and I recently discovered the work of Sharon Shinn. I’ve been reading my way through all her novels. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of her novel Unquiet Land, which is the new addition to her Elemental Blessings novels. These days, everything reminds me of my Four Tendencies framework, and Unquiet Land was no exception. (Don’t know about the Four Tendencies? Find out if you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel here.) One key aspect of the Four Tendencies is understanding the role that accountability can play. For Obligers, outer accountability is crucial; for other Tendencies, it may not be needed, and for some people, may even be counter-productive. But because Obliger is the largest Tendency, accountability is a very important strategy. AndUnquiet Land features a great accountability solution. In the country of Welce, people can go to the Plaza of Men to visit the booth of promises. “Here patrons could swear, before witnesses and for all eternity, that they would accomplish specific tasks, and their vows were recorded in books kept by the booth owner and his family.” The promissor can choose whether to make a public recording that anyone can ask ... The post An Interesting Accountability Solution from a Fantasy Novel: the Booth of Promises. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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