ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Benjamin Hardy is an acclaimed author, speaker, and expert in personal development. He holds a PhD in organizational psychology and is well known for his research on productivity.
Hardy has authored multiple bestsellers, including Willpower Doesn’t Work and Personality Isn’t Permanent. He regularly contributes to major publications such as Forbes and Psychology Today, where he shares his expertise on personal growth and success. Hardy lives with his family in Florida, United States.
Personality Isn’t Permanent is all about the dynamic nature of our personality. Busting popular myths about personality, the author claims that a person’s personality changes over time.
Over the book, Hardy asserts that our personality depends on various factors and changes over time. He stresses the role our environment plays in shaping our personality. He then goes on to explain that we can fine-tune our personality to our needs by intentionally setting our goals.
The author also focuses on past trauma, which can negatively impact our personality, and shares ways to overcome it. He puts forth a number of examples to demonstrate the connection between our physical body and subconscious. He then shares tips on how we can adapt our personality to align it with where we wish to see ourselves in the future.
WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT: BREAK FREE FROM SELF-LIMITING BELIEFS AND REWRITE YOUR STORY
Hardy has strategically placed some questions after every few sections. These questions help readers get clarity on where they currently stand. The author then encourages the readers to answer those questions in a journal so they would know themselves better.
The book also contains some practical tips to boost productivity. The storytelling is superb and successfully conveys a complex subject matter in layman’s terms.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT: BREAK FREE FROM SELF-LIMITING BELIEFS AND REWRITE YOUR STORY
The book could have done with a few more relatable examples. More case studies and research-based strategies would have helped, too. For example, the book just doesn’t have enough in it to back the author’s claims about one’s surroundings affecting their personality.
Anyone who’s ever done something great with their life had to transform themselves from who they were to who they became. They had to see something new in their mind and convince themselves it was possible. They had to act courageously beyond their current personality and circumstances to eventually do what they did and become who they became.
Your personality is merely a by-product or reflection of where you are emotionally. If you maintain suppressed emotions, you’ll develop a personality to either cope with or avoid them.
When you change your environment, over time, everything about you will change. You’ll begin having new experiences. You’ll have new thoughts and emotions. You’ll be around new people. You’ll be engaging in new behaviors. Your identity and personality will change.
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