The Four Tendencies
The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)
By Gretchen Rubin
The groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before reveals one simple question (How do I respond to expectations?) that will transform what you do at home, at work, and in life.
'I love Gretchen Rubin - she helps me understand both myself and the people around me' Cathy Rentzenbrink, Obliger and bestselling author of The Last Act of Love
'If you want to change anything in your life, you need Gretchen Rubin. This Rebel sleeps better, deletes more email, is three stone lighter and forever in her debt' Viv Groskop, Rebel
'Gretchen Rubin is one of the most erudite authors of her generation.' Susan Cain, author of Quiet
When writing about habits for her last book, Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin stumbled on the biggest discovery of her life - the Four Tendencies. The Tendencies describe how a person responds to motivation, and how that affects family dynamics, happiness, work, and organisations.
Since introducing the idea to audiences, she has been overwhelmed by questions from people who want to know how they can use the framework in their own lives. More than 600,000 people have taken her online quiz and teachers, parents, managers, spouses, coaches, doctors and healthcare providers are already using the framework to make significant, lasting change in people's lives.
The Four Tendencies will help you answer questions like:
- Why won't my spouse take out the trash?
- How can I manage my employees so they meet deadlines more consistently?
- Why does my bright child refuse to do his/her homework?
- Why won't my patients take their medicine?
The Four Tendencies is the authoritative guide that will allow you to understand not only yourself better, but those around you.
Praise for Gretchen Rubin
'A lot of us would like a Rubin in our lives' The Times
'One of the most charming and erudite authors of her generation' Susan Cain
'I think she's amazing' Anne Lamott
Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature.
She's the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before and The Happiness Project. A member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, in more than 35 languages; and on her popular daily blog, gretchenrubin.com, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. She also has an award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.
She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
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07 Sep 2017
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I love Gretchen Rubin and she helps me understand both myself and the people around me — Cathy Rentzenbrink, Obliger and bestselling author of THE LAST ACT OF LOVE
If you want to change anything in your life, you need Gretchen Rubin. Her ideas are original, instinctive and revolutionary. Whether you want to get fitter, work smarter or be tidier, she shows you how to tweak your habits (almost) effortlessly. This Rebel sleeps better, deletes more email, is three stone lighter and forever in her debt — Viv Groskop, Rebel
The Four Tendencies is a remarkably well-crafted and insightful book. Gretchen Rubin taught me why, as a Rebel, my expectations often clash with others' expectations and helped me develop a more compassionate view. Better still, The Four Tendencies offers powerful steps that we can all take to have more constructive relationships with the people in our lives. — Robert Sutton, Rebel, Stanford Professor and author of The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt