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Romantic relationships are always an experiment in chemistry. Just like elements in the periodic table, personalities combine and react in predictable ways. In her candid style, bestselling author Donna Partow helps women identify their own personality type and that of their man in order to bring harmony to their relationship. She gives a woman concrete advice on how to make the most of her personality, how to complement her significant other, and how to avoid potential sources of conflict. Anyone who has ever asked with exasperation "Why are we so different?" will benefit from this interesting and insightful look at what makes couples click.

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Date de parution 01 octobre 2011
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EAN13 9781441234131
Langue English
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O THER B OOKS BY D ONNA P ARTOW
B ECOMING A V ESSEL G OD C AN U SE
B ECOMING THE W OMAN G OD W ANTS M E TO B E:
A 90-D AY G UIDE TO L IVING THE P ROVERBS 31 L IFE
B ECOMING THE W OMAN I W ANT TO B E:
A 90-D AY J OURNEY TO R ENEWING S PIRIT , S OUL & B ODY
T HIS I SN ’ T THE L IFE I S IGNED U P F OR . . .
B UT I’ M F INDING H OPE & H EALING

© 1998, 2002, 2011 by Donna Partow
Published by Revell
a division of Baker Publishing Group
P.O. Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
www.revellbooks.com
Originally published by Bethany House in 1998 under the title A Woman’s Guide to the Temperaments
Ebook edition created 2011
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—for example, electronic, photocopy, recording—without the prior written permission of the publisher. The only exception is brief quotations in printed reviews.
ISBN 978-1-4412-3413-1
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com
Scripture quotations labeled NASB are from the New American Standard Bible®, copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.lockman.org
Some names and personal details have been changed to protect the identity of those whose stories appear in this book.
The internet addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers in this book are accurate at the time of publication. They are provided as a resource. Baker Publishing Group does not endorse them or vouch for their content or permanence.
This book is dedicated to two of the “CLASS”iest women I know.
Florence Littauer for being a living example of all I hope to be someday. Thanks for daring me to dream.
and
Marita Littauer
who has so generously shared her time and talents to equip me to pursue that dream. Thanks for being a mentor and a friend.
C ONTENTS
Cover
Title Page
Copyright Page
Dedication
Contents
Foreword to the Original Edition by Florence Littauer
Part 1: Understand Yourself
1. Personalities 101
2. Introducing the Popular Woman
3. Introducing the Perfect Woman
4. Introducing the Powerful Woman
5. Introducing the Peaceful Woman
Part 2: Understand Your Man
6. He’s the Popular Man
7. He’s the Perfect Man
8. He’s the Powerful Man
9. He’s the Peaceful Man
Part 3: Understand Your Relationship
10. How the Popular Woman Entertains (and Annoys) Her Man
11. How the Perfect Woman Drives Her Honey Crazy
12. How the Powerful Woman Lords It Over Her Man
13. How the Peaceful Woman Smothers Her Honey

A Final Word
Appendix: Personality Test Word Definitions
Notes
Back Ads
F OREWORD TO THE O RIGINAL E DITION
During the past thirty years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching the four personality types to audiences around the world. I’ve witnessed life-changing results in the hearts of anyone—doctors, pastors, laypeople—willing to apply these truths to their daily lives. Nowhere have these results been more profound or of more eternal significance than in the home. That’s why I believe this book is so important. Donna Partow’s book is the first one ever to apply the up-to-date findings of personality research to helping women maximize their roles as mothers, wives, and individuals.
In her unique, down-to-earth style, Donna has written a book that’s light and breezy to read, while delivering a powerful message about the importance of the Bible’s injunction to live with one another in an understanding way.
It’s the kind of book a busy mom can pick up on the run, read a few pages, and walk away with something valuable—a new truth or fresh insight that will make an immediate difference in the way she approaches family life.
I have been acquainted with Donna’s ministry for several years and have enjoyed sharing the platform with her at various Christian women’s conferences. Donna is one of my Certified Personality Trainers and a graduate of CLASS, my speakers’ training program. As such, I am delighted to commend to you both Donna and this book.
Florence Littauer author, Personality Plus

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P ERSONALITIES 101
Introduction
How’s this for a bold opening statement: I believe this book can dramatically change your life for the better. I believe you now hold in your hands a set of tools no less tangible than the hammers hanging in your garage. Tools you can put to use—beginning today—to improve the quality of your relationship with your man and all those most important to you. It will even improve the quality of your interactions with neighbors, fellow churchgoers, store owners, waitresses, cashiers, and total strangers. Once you learn to quickly identify the personality of virtually everyone you meet, you’ll discover just how handy this tool really is.
As I talk with women at conferences around the country, I’m continually amazed at how many of their deepest heartaches—especially in their romantic relationships and family life—are rooted in misunderstandings and personality conflicts. When I explain the Personality types, and especially the basic motivations and emotional needs of each, suddenly the lightbulbs go on. “Wow, if only I’d realized that’s how he was wired!” or “So you mean he’s not really trying to drive me nuts, that’s just the way he is?” I wrote this book because I was determined to provide them—and you—with some practical solutions for relationship challenges.
Here’s how Personalities in Love will help you: You’ll gain an increased appreciation for the man in your life. Some of you may find that hard to believe, but I promise it’s true! Even though opposites attract and then often attack, it doesn’t have to be that way. Really, it doesn’t! You don’t have to battle with your husband for the rest of your married life or watch another dating relationship disintegrate when inevitable personality differences arise. I trust you’ll find freedom in the realization that just because you disagree doesn’t mean one of you is wrong and the other is right. You can conserve precious time and energy once you accept that you’re simply looking at life through two very different lenses. And that’s not only okay, it’s a good thing. For those of you who are single, you will gain valuable insight into the Personalities of the men you date and how to communicate well despite your differences. You’ll learn how your combined Personalities would likely affect a future marriage and which combinations tend to create the most peaceful and the most turbulent relationships. Armed with knowledge about the Personality types, you can make a wise choice about whom to marry, and how the two of you can work together to create wedded bliss. For those of you who have already said “I do,” you’ll learn the potential pitfalls in your marriage (based on the combined Personalities of you and your husband) and strategies to avoid them. You’ll understand why some marriages are inclined to harmony, while others are more tempestuous by nature.
And as you read this book, I think you’ll have a lot of fun along the way. When folks ask me what kind of writer I am, I always say, “I write for women in the bathroom.”
Huh ?
Yup, you read it right! I write for women in the bathroom, and if you know exactly what I’m talking about, then this book is definitely for you. I’m only able to read books about three pages at a time, in the stolen moments I manage to grab in the midst of my hectic life. I guess that brings us to another point: I always try to be honest about my less-than-perfect life. If you like writers who’ve got it all figured out, we could be in trouble from the get-go.
I haven’t figured it all out, but I do know one thing: understanding the Personalities has been the single most helpful tool (after the Bible, of course) I’ve ever found for figuring out this crazy, mixed-up world and the fruits and nuts who populate it. It has even helped me make some sense of my own zany personality, and that’s saying something.
Well, if none of those benefits sound worthwhile to you and you couldn’t possibly profit by better understanding yourself and those around you, by all means, put this book down immediately! But if you suspect your relationship toolbox could use some new equipment, I encourage you to read on. But don’t merely read; actively seek to put to use the things you are learning. The best way to do this is to:
Read with a highlighter in your hand. Mark anything that makes you respond with a “Wow, now I get it.” You can even mark the stuff that makes you shout, “My guy’s got to read this!” (Not too many of those, though!) Take it a step further: jot down notes in the margins and at the end of each chapter, indicating how you can implement the information you’ve just learned. Share what you’re learning with someone else or several someone elses! Why not start with your husband (or boyfriend)? You can read him excerpts that strike you as particularly funny or enlightening. Better still, explain the concepts in your own words and try to think of your own stories to illustrate the Personalities in action. The best way to learn anything is to teach it to someone else. Enjoy the whole book, but focus on the emotional needs. Although I’m certainly happy you’re reading my book, there won’t be much point unless this material changes the way you relate to the people you love most. It won’t be worth your time unless you invest the extra time required to apply the principles. Begin with the man of your life, actively trying to meet his emotional needs in fresh ways. See what a difference it makes in your marriage or dating relationship. Go back and reread the portions you hig

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