Something new, something fun: In anticipation of the September release of my book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, we’ve created a quiz that combines two of my favorite things: bookish enthusiasm and personality geekery.
For the past few years, I’ve been reading A TON about personality. This is nothing new: I’ve always been a total personality geek, purely for my own sake. But in recent years, I’ve also been researching all the personality literature for my book.
When you spend so long immersed in various personality frameworks, your self-awareness meter gets turned up REALLY HIGH, and you notice things about yourself and the people around you you didn’t see before.
So of course I started to notice the difference my own personality made in my reading life, and in the reading lives of people around me—whether I was chatting over coffee with a good friend or overhearing strangers’ conversations in bookstores. I’d hear a conversation about a book, and I’d think, “your comment says way more about you than it does about the book.”
I thought this merited further exploration. If we as readers could gain more self-awareness about what and why we read, and how we approach that part of our lives, we could get more out of our reading lives, and I think the rest of our lives as well. That self-awareness is hard to come by, but when we get it, it pays off big.
I’m a big believer in the power of reading, and the power of personality frameworks as a useful tool for self-awareness, so when you marry the two it’s a pretty fantastic combination.
Our quiz (and corresponding class) presents nine distinct reading personalities. Readers, this isn’t a rigorous scientific tool. But having spent so long over the past few year years wading through more than a dozen personality frameworks, I’ve found the most powerful thing about a good framework is it gives you fresh eyes to see yourself, and to see the people around you.
I hope this quiz—and especially, the class—does that for you.
Have fun, and feel free to share!