The Four Tendencies

The Four Tendencies

The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)

Book - 2017
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"In this ... analysis of personality type, ... [the author] reveals the one simple question that will transform what you do at home, at work, and in life. During her ... investigation into understand[ing] human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question 'How do I respond to expectations?' we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into four tendencies: upholders, questioners, obligers, and rebels"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524760915
Branch Call Number: 155.26 RUB 2017
Characteristics: ix, 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 4 tendencies


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Feb 02, 2018

I have read Gretchen Rubin's earlier books and enjoyed them. However, I was rather skeptical when she postulated here that the world can be divided into four types of people - Obligers, Questioners, Upholders, and Rebels. As I read along I found myself agreeing with her and had a great time analyzing myself and others I knew. The strength of this book lies not only in identifying the tendency you are, but also learning how to deal with people based on your own tendency and theirs. I would highly recommend this book as a keeper.

Jan 10, 2018

I thought the book excellent, one that delivered on its promise.

The book provides a perspective of human interaction from the point of view four clear characteristics, which rang true to me. It suggests common sense ways to apply the knowledge to yourself and others with whom you deal with. The book doesn't make over the top claims. It's a book that many might find helpful.

CRRL_JoyOToole Oct 23, 2017

A helpful book in not only showing you the strengths and weaknesses of your own tendency, but, even better, helping you to see how to relate to people who have different tendencies. I came away with useful information on understanding and getting along with friends and family and coworkers who are wired differently.

Cynthia_N Oct 16, 2017

Oh. My. Gosh. I was reading this book and I saw myself and then my children. The absolute best part about this book is it suggests small ways to adjust your interactions with others (if you know their tendency) to help life and/or work flow more smoothly. And the neat thing is that all the suggestions you can also apply to yourself as well. Highly recommended!


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