Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Do You Love Personality Quizzes? These 10 Books Will Help You Understand Yourself.

February 20th, 2016

Episode 217 of 376 episodes

They say there are two kinds of people in the world: people who want to divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind of people who don’t. Well, I’m the kind who does. I love personality frameworks. I believe they can be a great tool for self-knowledge — they help shine a spotlight on patterns of behavior and thinking. That said, it’s important not to let categories become stifling; they’re not meant to box us in or limit our sense of possibility, but to point the way to helpful understanding or change. Of course, my favorite personality framework is the one I created, which divides people into Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, and Rebel. Learn more and take the Quiz here. Since Better Than Before hit the shelves, I’ve been thrilled to hear from readers and podcast listenershow much the Four Tendencies has helped them. If you love a good personality framework as much as I do, you may be interested in reading other systems: 1.The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman. Argues that people speak different “love languages”: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of ...

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