People Patterns 2nd Edition

A very entertaining book that explores four temperaments and how they influence personal relationships.

136 pages. ©2011.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted January 25, 2023


Great read, interesting and informative


Review posted January 11, 2023


I wasn't sure what to expect with this book "People Patterns" because I wasn't sure how there could be patterns among such diverse and unique populations. It was very interesting and educational. I highly recommend this book for anyone who works with people or in any service field.


Review posted November 15, 2022


Easy read, breaks down what personality type you belong to based on your answers to questions. The book talks about different personality types in different aspects of life and how personalities can get along in the world and with each other.


Review posted October 6, 2022


I wasn't expecting the content of movies, actors, etc. Didn't thinknI would enjoy it, yet I found myself very intrigued as I continued on. I recognized some of my family members with greater understanding as well as myself. I also found that depending on the situation and circumstances, or even the group I'm with, I can find myself in several of the temperaments and interesting read.


Review posted September 12, 2022


very useful in all types of relationships. Definitely good resource.


Review posted August 28, 2022


This book is interactive and educational! Really enjoyed learning my temperament and about others.


Review posted August 22, 2022


Really cool book to use professionally or to just get a different perspective on other people's worldview.


Review posted August 5, 2022


This is a great introduction to personality types. It gives a simple overview of each of the four different temperaments. I enjoyed it!


Review posted April 11, 2022


Fun and informative. Discover your personality type, temperament and those around you.


Review posted April 4, 2022


good book. worth reading and making you think of where you fit in.


Review posted April 4, 2022


good book and interesting. I am looking for patterns.


Review posted April 4, 2022


it was good to read. it is interesting to look for these patterns in all of us.


Review posted March 6, 2022


Love learning about these dynamic subjects, glad I got this book. Will be one I read many times


Review posted February 23, 2022


It's been a very interesting read. I love being able to guess what temperaments everyone is! It was right on for


Review posted December 13, 2021


This was an interesting take on the Myers Briggs personality inventory with some new twists for connecting personality traits with current events. I found the book fun to read and relevant to day to day work with colleagues and others.


Review posted November 3, 2021


Good information. Gives a broader insight to existing scales.


Review posted October 1, 2021


I found this book very intriguing! A page turner, and most definitely an interesting read.


Review posted August 10, 2021


I loved this book! It helped me understand the different temperaments and how they interplay with each other. Very helpful advice on how parents and children can relate to each other using their knowledge of the temperaments to better motivate and understand each other.


Review posted July 5, 2021


Interesting and helpful read.

Annette Mahan

Review posted May 29, 2021


Interesting book


Review posted May 27, 2021


A simplified version of the four temperaments. Some humor and mainstream references. Relatively simple quick read.


Review posted February 17, 2021


This book was a great read, very enlightening


Review posted February 11, 2021


Great book, as a manager I found it beneficial for hiring employees.


Review posted January 12, 2021


People Patterns was an easy read. Understanding different personality and communication styles is a fascinating topic for me, and I enjoyed this unique perspective on this topic. I identify strongly as an "Idealist" and enjoyed reading about this type and how much it reflects my personal style. I also appreciated seeing how common or uncommon the different styles are. This is a simplified version of the Myers Briggs type indicator which I have researched extensively.


Review posted December 9, 2020


I really enjoy personality quizzes and find benefit to the various quizzes that are available. In addition to explaining personality types, this books includes the four temperaments, which is something I have never seen before. There weren't any a-ha moments after taking the quiz, and my results mirrored the many other quizzes that I have taken. I did appreciate the section where the author discussed how my temperament interacts with other temperaments.


Review posted October 2, 2020


I always enjoy learning more about personalities. This book took me a little longer to get through, but it did give me insight and some additional reflection on working with people.


Review posted August 3, 2020


Not impressed with this book.

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Review posted June 18, 2020


Frankly, I see this book at being very harmful to those who do not identify as neuro-typical. Tread carefully, dear reader, lest your unlicensed evaluation of a person in one setting with one constant group will put you in violation of ADA protections.


Review posted May 15, 2020


At first I enjoyed this book, but as I read on the gender stereotypes starting irritating me. The most valuable part of the book is the chart on page 23 outlining the roots of the temperament theory.


Review posted April 15, 2020


Yes, this is an introduction to the personality types but the references to movie characters and their roles was clever. I would suggest this book to those new to typing personalities and is a good start to understanding those you connect with frequently, work and personal life.


Review posted March 13, 2020


This book was interesting and a good read. It actually made sense and I learned how certain parts of my personality affects my behavior. It was interesting to learn how different personalities behave when interacting. Overall I enjoyed it and it was an easy read.


Review posted March 9, 2020


This is a good book to gain a foundation in understanding people in general


Review posted March 9, 2020


Insightful.. easy to read and understand.


Review posted March 8, 2020


A fun way to explore temperaments. Good to use for understanding co-workers.


Review posted February 26, 2020


This was a very easy read chock full of useful information. It will be useful to understand people dynamics both at work and in situations beyond work. Recommend.


Review posted January 27, 2020


Wasnt the best but okay book


Review posted January 2, 2020


This is a wonderful book. It simply explains the four basic personality types and uses things most of us know and love - pop culture -- to make it relatable. This is a must read!


Review posted January 1, 2020


This is an excellent book on well, people patterns. It's truly eye opening and real. This is a must read for anyone who struggles with personal aliity types and understanding why people do what they do. I've already lent it out twice, it's so good!


Review posted October 28, 2019


A solid book about the personality types.


Review posted October 17, 2019


Enjoyable read - I liked the links to real, modern day things.


Review posted October 11, 2019


very informative


Review posted September 28, 2019


I found this a very easy read. It kept me interested and I really enjoyed it.


Review posted September 25, 2019


People Patterns is an excellent, insightful book. I learned so much about myself, and those in my life, by reading it.


Review posted September 25, 2019


Amazing book. Readable to those who haven’t learned it in college.

Review posted September 14, 2019


I enjoyed this book as it explores personality types and the four temperaments and gives practical examples. There are several questionnaires that would be helpful in board development to know who is on your board. It also gives examples of the types of work that would be interesting to each temperament type. I would recommend this book for leaders to be able to clarify appropriate delegation.


Review posted August 14, 2019


It was cute


Review posted August 9, 2019


It was ok.


Review posted August 7, 2019


This book was an attempt to illustrate the color/temperament conceptual models out there, with examples of well-known people, their color, and why they are that color. Interesting in a sense, but not helpful really. Overall, it wasn't a deep dive I was expecting on temperament assessment and was of little practical use.


Review posted July 27, 2019


This book is a wealth of information on a rather arbitrarily designated set of personality groups. We have the Big 5 now, which is more rigorous and largely compatible with the MBTI, which is largely compatible with this book's 4 types. For every coherent idea, it is easy to see just as much that is arbitrarily grouped, or that is not quite the same idea at all, or seems equally applicable to anyone. In other words, it may be a useful understanding but barely so and we have better. it could have just as easily been written about 2 (good/evil) or 3 types (male, female, other), or 5 (Big 5), or 16 (MBTI), or 8 (Enneagram) or 10 (Big 10). The fact that there are 4 archetypes used in lots of places means they're very roughly defined and very shallow in predictive power.


Review posted July 2, 2019


Great book to help understand people in your life!! I asked friends and family to do the questionnaire to see how they feel and think. I'm more patient now and more understanding and appreciative of their personality types.

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Review posted June 3, 2019


I never received this book


Review posted May 20, 2019


This book was extremely informative. I truly enjoyed the different viewpoints and learned quite a few things I had never thought of before.


Review posted May 7, 2019


This book gave some good invites on others around me and how your temperament can really guide you in the career you choose.


Review posted May 1, 2019


People Patterns is a good book first book on the subject, but not a great book. It presents the basic concepts in an accessible and entertaining way, linking patterns to iconic characters from Star Trek, Harry Potter, and other well known movies and stories. When I got to the last page, thought, I was still waiting for guidance on how I might spot the patterns in normal people and build a team that balances the various strengths and perspectives.


Review posted April 9, 2019


It’s interesting how many characters from TV series, movies, books, etc.; the author has come up with to fit within the four temperaments. Before taking the personality quiz, I read the descriptions of Artisans, Guardians, Idealists, and Rationals and decided which temperament depicted mine (Guardian). The easy-to-take quiz confirmed that yes, that my temperament is that of a Guardian and Guardian Provider (eSFf = from Sixteen types in Appendix). I’m invited to a party where you need to dress as a Harry Potter character. After reading this book, my character – which fits my temperament – will be Helga Hufflepuff, one who values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play and can’t help but wonder who else will have the same temperament as mine at the party.


Review posted April 2, 2019


I found myself described in this book, that's how I related. And I used several of the in depth insights into being a better salesperson, co-worker and person on the planet.


Review posted March 21, 2019


This book is a straightforward and easy-to-read overview of personality types. I think his pop culture references helped drive them home and give relate-able examples. While this is not an in-depth study (and I personally don't feel it's quite as descriptive and effective as MBTI), this book could be a helpful introduction to personality types or a good book to discuss with a team.

Barbara Henneke

Review posted February 17, 2019


I really suggest that everyone reads this book! After reading this book I was able to better understand my family, friends and coworkers. This book focuses on 4 personality patterns. The author uses well known book and movie characters to illustrate examples of each personality trait. There is an easy to take assessment in the book to help you pinpoint what your personality type is. I gave this assessment to several family members and they all said that it was spot-on. This is one of the best books that I have ever read about how to understand others.

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Review posted January 9, 2019


This is a great walk through personality types and how our styles influence our communication.


Review posted January 7, 2019


I found this book very informative and highly insightful. This is one of my go-to books. If you are looking for a decent read to either learn more about you or those around you, I highly suggest this book.

dave teem

Review posted December 23, 2018


Very interesting points made with supporting examples that illustrated the interactions of behaviors. Readable and informative.


Review posted November 28, 2018


must read! gave me great insight.


Review posted November 25, 2018


This book was extremely interesting! I devoured it quickly. I believe that it will help me to better communicate with others in my life, such as my partner, my coworkers, and family members. I think that this book is useful for anyone.


Review posted November 7, 2018


This book is a great read and helped open my mind to the different personalities. It helps me to communicate better with the different individuals that I interact with on a daily biases.


Review posted October 31, 2018


Oversimplification of personality types however, worth reading.


Review posted October 29, 2018


Great book addressing the four temperaments and ellaborating on the sixteen personality types. I enjoyed the quiz and the association with well known characters - made it easier to relate.


Review posted October 29, 2018


This book has a wealth of information packed into 192 pages but would consider it a supplementary book in helping understand introversion and extroversion and how it affects temperaments, work, and other relationships. The book is easy to read and what I especially like is the author compares personality types to characters like Harry Potter, Star Trek, Saved by the Bell, Ghost Busters and more. I found it fun to take the tests in the beginning and compare myself to career choices and characters in the book.


Review posted September 5, 2018


I enjoyed reading through this book. I wish it would have been larger and expanded a bit, however, it was a good starting point for what I was looking for in this specific category. I would recommend.


Review posted July 25, 2018


Provides a brief historical background on personality studies and ties that into this modern approach. Prior to reading this I wasn't familiar with the concept of the four temperaments. I feel that this is a useful and more explanatory model than the Meyers Briggs test. I recommend this to anyone interested in personality


Review posted July 1, 2018


Will turn to this book often. Much clarity into self without fluff. Insights and tidbits galore in a relatively small book.


Review posted June 15, 2018


I enjoyed this book very much! It was simple and easy to read and I loved the examples of each temperaments. It addressed personality types in the home, work and dating settings.

Review posted June 4, 2018


Definitely an interesting and great read for anyone who works with a variety of people and personalities!


Review posted May 25, 2018


So far so good...


Review posted May 17, 2018


Fascinating book about what drives individuals to behave a certain way and the types of career fields folks go into!


Review posted May 13, 2018


Like the analysis with the updated information compared to the first book.

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Review posted April 27, 2018


If your work is centered around people, this book is a great one to have in your library.


Review posted April 18, 2018


I thought this was a nice simplified introduction to Keirsey's 4 temperaments. I enjoyed the references to pop culture (though a little dated) and helped with understanding. worth it to add to your collection.


Review posted April 12, 2018


Better than I expected. An interesting and brief supplement on personality types and temperaments similar to Myers-Briggs and/or Goldberg’s Big 5 indicators. Pretty curious when put into a work or family situation. Easy and quick read.


Review posted March 30, 2018


This is a good complement to a foundation in personality assessments and will help you when working with other.


Review posted March 19, 2018


I found People Patterns by Stephen Montgomery an easy read. He made comparisons between the personality types and modern day, making it easy to relate to the content. I thought the book was well organized and gave insight into each of the personality types. I would recommend this book for anyone beginning the dive into understanding personality types and how they inter-relate.


Review posted March 11, 2018


This book works perfectly well with Do What You Are - and I'm glad I got my hands on it! It's helped me understand more about myself and others around me

Dione Jordan

Review posted January 30, 2018


Great read


Review posted January 18, 2018


I found the people patterns very interesting and enjoyed reading it


Review posted October 17, 2017


This s a very accessible, easy to read book about the four major personality types. Not only does it describe each one, it gives real life examples and ways each interacts with the others. Even though we all have a strong propensity toward one or the other, the author gives concrete ways we can grow those characteristics that are not necessarily intuitive to us.


Review posted June 23, 2017


This book was really fascinating starting with the four temperaments and the personality types. I got to see the types of people that I associate with on a daily basis and try to see how they view things. This is a good book and will pass it around at the office for others to read.


Review posted June 19, 2017


This is a very interesting book. Both my husband and I took the test and identified ourselves. I think it is accurate to our temperament. It helps give another perspective to the people around us and how to communicate with those who see the world differently.


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Review posted May 22, 2017


The People Patterns book gives yet another perspective of the different types of personalities. I enjoyed the author’s perspective and attempt at making the topic more relevant, by suggesting movies to watch that would exhibit the different personality types. I found the information to be insightful. There is a personality test in the book, so I tested all of my family members, 2 adults and 2 teens. I felt the most interesting part of the book was about relationships. According to the author, my husband’s personality (Artisan) and my personality (Idealist), do not mesh well. It’s funny, because 20 years ago we had a pre-marriage counselor tell us the same thing! Well, here we are, still happily married as two complete opposites!


Review posted April 27, 2017


I found it was helpful and accurate with myself, however not the case for my husband. I think it was creative to use modern media to teach about different personalities.


Review posted April 10, 2017


Very interesting, fun to read


Review posted March 16, 2017


LOVED this book. Not only was the material interesting, but will be useful for future reference. I really enjoyed the examples for well known Movie and TV Characters. Nice approach and an easy read.


Review posted December 27, 2016


This book was easy to read and the personality types are simpler than others I have used in the past. It was a great tool to use with students. The many references to pop culture and movies made it more understandable for the kids.


Review posted December 15, 2016


I have read quite a few books about personality type and this one was not one of the best. First it focuses on Kiersey's Four Temperaments model. This model is similar to the popular Myers Briggs Typology Indicator but it seems to hone down the 16 types of the MBTI into temperaments. I think that this is an oversimplification and is less useful to most users. It is somewhat entertaining to read about each temperament and connect them to popular figures in movies and books but if what you are looking for is a clear and useful guide to type, there are many other books that are much clearer. I particularly like the book "Do What You Are" by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Teiger. That book focuses on careers and is based on the MBTI. Another frustration I have with People Patterns is the actual printing and font. Too small for me.


Review posted November 23, 2016


If you like exploring temperments, this is a fun one. Its been entertaining and bonding to read and talk about this book together as a family.


Review posted November 16, 2016


I highly recommend this book. It discusses the various personalities of people. As I was reading this book, I was able to apply certain personalities with folks I interact with and are able to work better with them as I have a better understanding.


Review posted November 14, 2016


A basic meyers brigg style overview and a way to score yourself. Not much insight on how to work with others from a different style than you.


Review posted September 5, 2016


The book is interesting and it gets off to a good start. However, as you get deeper into the book it begins to lose validity to me. In my tested temperament I have done none of the considered careers save one. Though I test as a NF my traits are far more in line with the Artisan model. So I'm less inclined to accept it. Though it is, or rather will be something to help gauge others as I meet them, knowing generally the temperament will steer how I communicate with them.

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Review posted August 4, 2016


Was not what I expected.


Review posted May 18, 2016


This was a book that was filled with insight and perspective to help with interpersonal communications and challenges. Most useful to read and absorb the information provided.


Review posted May 3, 2016


This will be a book a refer to often in both my personal life and business life.


Review posted April 17, 2016


I have taken several different personality assessments over the last 20 years and remember very little detail of any of them. This book gave me a much better understanding of the four temperaments and how they relate to personality and results in the various assessments. The author simplified the four temperaments and gave examples from famous movie characters. The book includes an assessment and then goes on to explain how the four temperaments relate in work, family, and career. It was interesting and as I mentioned earlier, gave me a better understanding.


Review posted March 30, 2016


Very interesting book and I have been observing people a lot more now.


Review posted March 4, 2016


I enjoyed this book . Although I did not receive any new information in the content of the book I was reminded of the power understanding personality types can be when working with individuals at work and in the larger community.


Review posted February 10, 2016


I was looking for a book to better understand the culture of where I work, which encourages personality awareness. It did not exactly align with the existing structure, which made it less useful for my purposes, but it was nice to have a basic overview of the concepts.


Review posted February 4, 2016


This is good so far, takes real life people and makes examples of them for comparison. Also goes well with the Do What You Are book


Review posted January 3, 2016


The book was interesting. The author explained the four temperaments thoroughly and straightforward. It is an easy book to read if anyone is interested in learning about yourself and about the people around you. I enjoyed the quiz at the beginning of the book and how the author tied all of the concepts with pop culture.


Review posted December 11, 2015


For a book written by an assumed scholar, I was disappointed that there are no annotations to the many citations he makes, even though the back cover claims that the book was "extensively researched." I found this book to be a waste of my reading time; a time that I could have invested on reading a more interesting and rewarding book. Not recommended.


Review posted November 2, 2015


It pains me to write a negative review, but I did not like this book. I read the first 120 pages and scanned the remainder. Others might find the author's angle on describing personality through TV characters relatable, but I did not.


Review posted September 16, 2015


This is a remedial book that tries to make the topic more appealing by constant references to pop culture. In many cases it uses movie characters to demonstrate and "prove" the four personality types. But storytelling usually relies on archetypes so is it any surprise that these characters cleanly align with the four simple types being explained by the author? Real life is more complicated and I believe the Myers-Briggs schema (which is briefly discussed and discarded as inferior to the model proposed in this book) is a more helpful framework.


Review posted August 27, 2015


This is a great guide to have on hand for deeper understanding of different personality types and how to work together for the best outcomes.


Review posted August 22, 2015


I enjoyed the way the author layer out this book. From the easy to take temperament sorter to identify your temperament (or others). I also liked the different sections on relationships (mates, parents and children) and the talent and career section. The further breakdown of introvert and extrovert was helpful as well. It was kept light and fun by the pop culture references.


Review posted August 20, 2015


This book is very entertaining. I love the break down of the personality types and how they are utilized personally and professionally


Review posted July 9, 2015


I am always interested in learning more about personality types because I know it helps me understand better the people I interact with every day. This book did not disappoint me. This is the first time I've read about the temperaments of Artisan, Guardian, Idealists, and Rationals. This book talked about how I as a Guardian would interact with the other temperaments in my marriage, parenting, and in the workplace. It was so accurate that I actually have heard some of the phrases from the book come from the mouths of people with the same temperaments. I especially liked that it focused on how I should approach my interactions with the other temperaments versus how to respond to their reactions to me.


Review posted June 6, 2015


I've been interested in MBTI since Tom Gallagher testes our Leadership Class (Cohort 1 - Reedsport - Coastal Douglas County). Tom suggested a couple of books for me to read - and they were good book. "People Patterns" is the best book I've read about MBTI. It's very clear and interesting and easy to understand. Thank you for providing this book.


Review posted April 20, 2015


This book is fabulous! It clarifies a lot of things about people and their personalities that I suspected but did not have the words for. I love the section where it shows what types of jobs are good for different types. My type lists every job I have ever had or thought I would be good at. Nice to know I have it right!


Review posted March 25, 2015


This book provides the tools to analyze yourself using components from complex temperament theory. Using this to help my clients identify their personality type and then learning about their strengths and weakness to better themselves has been very beneficial. The youth I work with appreciate the modern references relating personality types to well known pop culture icons. This book is very user friendly!


Review posted March 12, 2015


I love this book! As a mediator and practitioner of the MBTI I am always on the lookout for material that makes personality type theory more immediately accessible to the general public. By using pop culture fictional characters as examples of typical type behavior, "People Patterns" does just that. The book's organization allows the reader to quickly zero in on where conflict can occur between the four temperaments by providing brief snapshots of various type-related issues that can occur with relationships, parenting and careers.

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Review posted February 15, 2015


Very good and fun to. I own Please Under Stand Me II and it was little hard to understand. With this book I can under stand it better. Plus it is very helpfull understanding other people to.


Review posted February 9, 2015


Loved it. A lot of insight into different personalities and how they function and interact. Good book for not only employment situations but also life situations.


Review posted February 2, 2015


This book involved various quizzes that really helped put the book content in context. The book was interactive and allowed the reader to really understand what their patterns may be and how that affects their relationships and how they interact with other people. I recommend for people who are interested in learning more about the different personality types and how it affects their everyday life.


Review posted January 23, 2015


This book was very practical in the many possible different applications. I was surprised how detailed and how easy this book was to apply to both personal and professional settings.