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60 | Gretchen Rubin's 'The Four Tendencies'

60 | Gretchen Rubin's 'The Four Tendencies'


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Episode Summary

This week, I'm so delighted to say that my co-host, Sophie, is back on Tea & Tattle, after having some time away following a sad bereavement. Today on the podcast, we catch up with each other, swap our theme words for 2018 and discuss Gretchen Rubin's fascinating book, The Four Tendencies.

Gretchen Rubin hosts one of my favourite podcasts, Happier, and she's written several bestselling books on human nature, happiness and habits. The Four Tendencies is Gretchen's most recent book, and in it she describes the framework she developed to help people better understand themselves in order to achieve their goals. Whether you're an Obliger, Rebel, Questioner or Upholder is determined by how you respond to both internal and external expectations. I found The Four Tendencies an illuminating read that helped pin-point my own strengths and weaknesses, and it was so fun to chat about it with Sophie and find out her tendency.

ALSO: I make a special announcement in this episode, concerning a change to Tea & Tattle Podcast (it's a good one!), so do listen to the end to find out what I'm launching on Friday.

Listen to learn more about The Four Tendencies and which tendency we identify with the most.

Episode Breakdown

  • 00:44 - Catching up with Sophie.
  • 02:51 - Sophie and Miranda share their theme words for 2018. 
  • 06:53 - Miranda introduces the main discussion.
  • 11:33 - Sophie and Miranda chat about their respective tendencies. 
  • 18:14 - Strengths and weaknesses. 
  • 25:36 - Recognising the tendency of loved ones.
  • 30:48 - Miranda makes an exciting announcement about a change to Tea & Tattle. 

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Tweet: 'The Four Tendencies doesn't just help you to understand yourself, it also helps you to manage your expectations of other people.' ~ more about @gretchenrubin 's personality quiz on #teaandtattlepodcast: http://bit.ly/2BwFTjF

The Four Tendencies doesn't just help you to understand yourself, it also helps you to manage your expectations of other people.

 - Sophie and Miranda

Your Thoughts

Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, we love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know:

Do you have a theme word for 2018? Have you taken the Four Tendencies Quiz? Which tendency are you?

Next Time...

Remember to tune in to Tea & Tattle again on Friday for the very first Tea Reads episode! Next Tuesday, I'm in conversation with poet and biographer, Fiona Sampson, about the extraordinary life of Mary Shelley and the inspiration behind her famous novel, Frankenstein

Happy Listening! 

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