There’s a whole other list on my site of recommended readings on how the brain works. These are more about personality typing systems. I use them to build my own self-awareness and also to help me know how to work and play better with others.

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

by Anne Bogel

Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2017

Along the same lines, this book delves into personality from the angle of various typing systems. It’s engrossing, engaging and challenging. It’s also useful for understanding people’s behaviors under stress, including my own.

Awareness to Action: The Enneagram, Emotional Intelligence, and Change

by Robert Tallon and Mario Sikora 

University of Scranton Press, 2006

This book isn’t about power or privilege; it’s a primer on a personality typing theory for the work environment. I’ve read a lot of books on this theory due to personal and professional interest. In this particular book I learned some new ways to support becoming aware of my own traits and behaviors. I also gained new insight into how to create a course of action for positive change in myself and how to better understand others in my world of work.

The Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide 

by David Daniels, MD; Virginia Price, PhD

HarperCollins Publishers, 2009

For anyone who thinks the Enneagram is some sort of voodoo woo woo who knows what, this brief primer should dispel that idea. There are lots of great books about the Enneagram. This one is kind of like a book to keep in your pocket for a quick answer to a complicated question like: Why is she acting like that? Why do I keep doing that?

The Enneagram Development Guide

by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, PhD

The Enneagram in Business Press, 2011

Several of the techniques in this guide have helped me recognize particular behaviors of mine that don’t always serve me. It also offers techniques for my type to practice for personal and professional growth.

Coaching with the Enneagram

by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, PhD

McGraw-Hill, 2010

This is the text Ginger used for the class Coaching with the Enneagram. It’s where I got to learn and practice the modulating and breathing techniques.