Christians are supposed to love everyone, right? But some people are just really hard to love! I remember having to do this group project in one of my college classes. It was two years before I read Personality Plus, and there was this one guy in the group… man… that guy. He had strong opinions and no one was allowed to disagree.
Group projects in college are supposed to help you learn how to work with other people. They’re supposed to prepare you for the workforce. Well, all that project helped me learn was how much I hated group projects. I wish I had had the information in Personality Plus before that experience. It wouldn’t have changed that guy’s attitude, I can assure you. But it would have better prepared me to deal with him.
If you find yourself having a hard time dealing with people, or if you’re just looking for an interesting read, you should check out this book.
Personality Plus: Florence Littauer
Personality Plus Summary
“In Personality Plus, Florence Littauer gives you valuable insight for appreciating your one-of-a-kind, God-given personality. She includes a Personality Profile test that reveals how your unique blend of traits affects your emotions, work performance, and relationships. Through humorous anecdotes and straightforward counsel, Personality Plus guides you to improve upon your strengths and correct your weaknesses.
This engaging book also provides keys to understanding those around you. You’ll learn how to accept-and even enjoy-the traits that make each of us so different. Personality Plus is the tool you need to change your life, and the lives of those you care about, for the better.”
Personality Plus Quotes
Your Personality Profile is unlike any others, but the general information in your temperament pattern will be valuable in understanding yourself and in learning to accept others as they are. (p. 16)
In each of us are good and bad — we have traits that are positive and traits that produce negative responses in others. Quite often the same characteristics can be both a plus and a minus, according to degree, and many positives carried to extremes become negatives. (p. 86)
The concept of the temperaments doesn’t fence us in and put our feet in cement, but it does help us to see what kind of a box we’re [already] in, and how to move out of it. (p 150)
When we can look at our marriages and understand that one partner’s strengths fill in the other’s weaknesses, we can be grateful for our differences and stop trying to change the other person. *p. 157)
Personality Plus Review
A word of caution. If you’re new to personality profiling reading Personality Plus will be very eye-opening. You’ll start to see people in a whole new light, and it’ll feel a bit like the moment in The Matrix when Neo takes the red pill.
The reason I like Personality Plus, first and foremost, is because it’s the first book I read about personality types. I always knew people were different. Some were the life of the party, while others sunk back into the shadows. Some were detail-oriented, while others were quite… flakey.
I just always assumed some people (the ones like me) were decent human beings, while others (the ones I couldn’t understand) were not so decent. The issue with that thought process is that I was comparing everyone to me, as if I was some model of perfection. And truthfully, even the best of humans have flaws.
God used the information in this book to point out some of my own character flaws – some aspects of who I was that didn’t align with His will. For that, I’ll forever be grateful.
However, it needs to be stated that Personality Plus is not the gospel. It’s just a tool. We should never try to change anything about ourselves from our own power. That’s actually anti-gospel. But just like The Five Love Languages can be helpful in understanding why our spouses don’t seem to understand our attempts at showing our love, Personality Plus can be helpful in understanding why there are people out there that we just don’t get. And that don’t get us.
Because there’s a better way,
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