November 8th, 2013
by Herb Lady · Filed Under: In Your Element
The big question – what is the book about?
Are you seeking to understand yourself and others better? If, so In Your Element can provide you with easy to understand and practical tools to aid you in that quest. It is a simple truth that people are different and the inbuilt questionnaire allows you to quickly and easily discover your type.
One of the secrets to happiness is recognising and accepting that there are different personality types. Knowing what makes you tick is important, so you don’t end up being a square peg in a round hole. You can apply this knowledge to your lifestyle choices, career path and when seeking a life partner as well as for more harmonious relationships at work, home and play.
Trying to be someone you are not is stressful and a common cause of unhappiness. Taking this theme further, we connect personality typing with cutting edge research from the medical field that now acknowledges there is a link between emotional disharmony and disease. This is in fact ancient wisdom and forms the basis of modern naturopathic philosophy where body, mind, heart and spirit are all interwoven and relevant. I have brought this into a modern context by explaining how specific plant remedies such as flower essences can positively affect lasting change for the better in your mood and attitudes. I also discuss how various foods affect each personality type and non-restrictive, easy to understand guidelines on how to eat according to your type for an improved sense of physical and emotional well wellbeing.
Understanding others allows you to work with (not against) them and play to their inherent strengths. Authentic, harmonious relationships are based on understanding where others are coming from and being able to speak their language, not just your own. This is true in all relationships, be it with your boss, teacher, children, spouse, lover, neighbour, friends or colleagues. Rather than try to change people, this book gives you valuable insights on how to best communicate with others, and encourage and guide them towards areas where they are more likely to shine and succeed.
There is a classic best selling book by Dale Carnegie called “How to win friends and influence people” , and the techniques in it really appeal to extroverts. More recently another bestseller has appeared called “Quiet” by Susan Cain, which showcases the gifts of introverts. “In Your Element” delves deeper for a fuller picture, without getting too complicated by reinterpreting time honoured personality systems, including the Myers-Briggs system and the work of David Kiersey. We have distilled this complex information into four easily remembered Australian animals and their immediately recognisable personality traits in a way that appeals to beginners and experts alike.
By combining our experience and skills we hoped to create an easy to understand, unique and comprehensive system that can be used every day in all relationships; business and personal; in the classroom, the boardroom, the office, the clinic and at home – for marriage, parenting, leadership, sales, human resources, mentoring, learning and healing.
The book includes a personality test to discover which of the four personality types you are.