We’ve all been there — in that yoga class where the person next to us is not doing any of the poses the teacher calls out, or in teacher training when someone asks question after question after question after…you get the picture. Do these people drive you crazy? Or, if you’re teaching, do you wonder how you can make that rebellious person follow your lead or satisfy the questioner’s endless questions?
This week, my guest is New York Times bestselling author, Gretchen Rubin. Her new book, The Four Tendencies, offers a framework for understanding how different personalities respond to both inner and outer expectations. I thought it would be fun to take Gretchen’s framework into the yoga room to see how it plays out. We talk about The Rebel — that person in class who is not doing any of the poses the teacher calls out. The Obliger — the person who needs outer accountability to help them stick to their inner expectations. The Questioner (my tendency) who asks question after question after…you get the idea. And The Upholder who can tend toward being rigid. As Gretchen says, “Understanding fosters tolerance” and her framework offers ideas for understanding — and managing — our own tendencies as well as those around us.
Give it a listen and let me know which type you think you are! Use the hashtag #yogalandstories on Instagram.
RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
The Quiz: The Four Tendencies Quiz
The Book: The Four Tendencies, The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)
Gretchen’s Podcast: Happier Podcast
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