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Sabrina

Saint Marys, Georgia, United States
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Building a StoryBrand audiobook cover art

Excellent ideas for marketers and writers alike

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-19

I found the concepts easy to follow, the narration good (I always enjoy hearing from the author), and there are several additional resources helpful. The format is a model of what the author conveys.

The Personality Brokers audiobook cover art
  • The Personality Brokers
  • The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
  • By: Merve Emre
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer

A biography that reads like a novel.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-18

The book’s title ‘Personality Brokers’ was likely designed to target the U.S. market. It goes by the understated ‘What’s Your Type’ in the U.K. One might glean from reading the various online articles that the book would be a scathing, condescending view of the women. That’s hardly the case. The author does an excellent job of SHOWING how this mother-daughter team paved the way for the people who downplayed or tried to diminish their contribution to typology.

A few notes and mild spoilers:
Methodology: Katherine’s so called ‘non-scientific’ methods were sound. The author describes the details of her ethnographic record-keeping and the painstaking process Isabel faced trying to validate the instrument using the psychometric methods demanded of her. Most research using the MBTI shows statistically significant correlations between the dichotomies versus the MBTI type. Not looking to debate this point or get into a diatribe about cognitive functions. I just find it interesting that for all of the stress they put her through, this fact wasn’t enough. The BIG 5/NEO are similar with the added element of conscientiousness. Makes me wonder what was REALLY up.

Racism: There were some racial overtones in the instrument’s’ development. There was (is) a perception (by some) that people of color (darker races) were all Se. This actually comes from some of Jung’s early work. One of the researchers (not Myers or Briggs) actually makes a comment in a study that occurred when they had the opportunity to test a large African American population. “I hope they are all sensors”. CAPT keeps their stats online which shows no one has a monopoly on the NT temperament. This was something that was later acknowledged by Jung, all types can be found in all races/cultures but there may be some values that are held in higher esteem and therefore fostered for the good of the group. Isabel also wrote a book where a group of family members entered a suicide pact when they are lead to believe they have ‘negro’ blood. Without reading it, I would not assume that she’s advocating that mindset. My guess is that she was exposing the level of hate it would take to commit suicide to prevent “spreading those genes.” The book is not in publication.

Sexism: They were the equivalent of women in STEM today but the mindset of their time. They persevered.

Mysticism: There were elements of religion interspersed in the theory and it’s held that the initial goal of Katherine was to help people find their rightful roles to produce a better society.

Classism: They were middle/upper middle class women of their time oblivious to the plights of the lower classes. However they had their own demons. Both women lost children, experienced marital problems and felt the pull of wanting to pursue creative endeavors yet meet societal expectations of women of the time.

The author (and narrator) keep you captivated to the end.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

I Can't Make This Up audiobook cover art

He's a 'lil bastard' with a lot of Hart!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

What made the experience of listening to I Can't Make This Up the most enjoyable?

He interjects anecdotes throughout the book. You can tell he's deviating from the text but it works. It's like having him there telling you the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

His mother. I could hear every hard working mother who only wants the best for her kids through his characterization. I can picture that hot wheel's track.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Hart – was your favorite?

Keith Robinson for giving him a chance and really taking the time to mentor Kevin. Kevin's impression was hilarious!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Whenever he talked his father I chocked up and at one point, cried. The relationship that Kevin and his brother had with their dad was troubled at times but the fact that he refused to give up hope was endearing.

Any additional comments?

If I catch him in person I'm going to smack him for calling Keith Robinson 'OLD'! :)
I resemble that!

Unmasking the Social Engineer audiobook cover art

Enjoyed the audio version and them bought the book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-15

I loved the topic. It is an abridged version of Dr. Paul Ekman's work with a practical twist. I listened to the audible and them purchased the book. There are several images that they refer to in the text. Ideally it would help to have a PDF of the images handy when listening.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

The Four Color Personalities for MLM audiobook cover art

Fun intro to personality types!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-15

As a self-described personality geek I absolutely loved the author's sense of humor. This audiobook is like a seminar on your portable device. It was not meant to be a comprehensive inventory of the subject, but rather a light-hearted introduction to working with people of all types. The content would be great for a team building workshop. The author admits to taking some of the personas to the extreme, and frankly that is part of the fun. You can laugh when you see yourself from another's point of view because it is presented in a nonthreatening way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Language of Archetypes audiobook cover art

Captivated from the first click

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-11

This book is a wonderful introduction to and expansion of the concepts of archetypes and how they apply to our everyday existence. I have been looking for a title that would help me gain a modern day view of Jungian psychology. Caroline Myss is interesting to listen to and very informative. She concretely explains the 'language' in such a way that the casual listener can understand while at the same time offering the budding expert enough to whet the palate. She is truly a master teacher!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful