Adele Gallogly

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Seeing through the Lens of Personality

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the plethora of personality types and their corresponding measurements? Author and well-known book blogger Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy) may be just the wise and gracious guide you need.

In Reading People, Bogel pulls from years of research and offers up her personal experiences with popular personality frameworks such as the Enneagram, Keirsey’s Temperaments, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. She compares understanding personality to “holding a good map” and positions herself as a fascinated “fellow traveler” in the quest to make sense of the complex layers of human identity through various typing systems.

Examining people through the lens of personality requires deep interior work—and Bogel notes that we may not necessarily like or immediately understand what we discover. She writes, “When it comes to understanding yourselves and others, wishful thinking will get you nowhere. If personality information is going to help you, you’re going to have to get comfortable with the true self that lies within you.”

As difficult as this soul-mining exploration may be, Bogel suggests that it is absolutely worthwhile work. We have much to gain by both “confronting our junk” as well as embracing our particular gifts and characteristics. These steps can equip us to improve our relationships, clarify our vocations, and refine our spiritual lives.

Reading People is an entertaining, astute, and actionable personality primer that can help us more fully understand how God has uniquely made us and those around us. (Banner review)

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On Adam McHugh’s The Listening Life

I read Adam McHugh’s first book, Introverts in the Church, shortly after it was published in 2009. I had known for a long time that I was an introvert, but I hadn’t taken a direct look at the challenges and gifts that come along with this particular aspect who I am. I found the book to be an affirming and balanced look at the role personality types play in our quest to embrace our unique, God-given identities.

Just to expand on that “balanced” description a bit. I am a fascinated fan of the MyersBriggs Indicator and other such theories of psychological type. But I also believe that personalities are too complex and nuanced to be too swiftly or tidily pinned down. So even as I nodded along (and nearly said aloud “that’s me!”) to the descriptions of introvert preferences and behaviours, I also deeply appreciated Adam McHugh’s attention to the introverted and extroverted elements inside us all. This approach makes his book a relevant, important, and appealing read for people of all types (which is why I find myself recommending it to a wide variety of friends to this day).

Anyway, I kept up with Adam through his blog and social media. A few years ago, he kindly invited me to write a guest post about being an introvert and writer. Now he has a new book out on the art of listening, which I read and loved. You can read my review of The Listening Life below.

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