This post is part of the 📖 Personality Isn't Permanent series.

Thanks to the author Benjamin Hardy PhD of the book Willpower Doesn’t Work, who put faith on to provide an opportunity to review the unabridged version of his new book Personality Isn’t Permanent. I am proud to present my opinion and express my views on the first-ever book here on 5pagesADay site.

Disclaimer! 🚨
The first book that I am going to read is Personality Isn’t Permanent. The book is not yet released. Author provided a free copy and asked to write my honest, unbiased opinion. Also, I am reading the whole book under five days instead of five pages a day as I promised Ben the Author that I will fast forward and finish reading before the release date of 16th of June 2020.
Book Title: Personality Isn't Permanent

Book Title: Personality Isn't Permanent

Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story. Psychologist and bestselling author Benjamin Hardy, PhD, debunks the pervasive myths about personality that prevent us from learning—and provides bold strategies for personal transformation

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I read Ben’s first book called Willpower Doesn’t Work cover to cover in one go. It is the best book I have read for ages in the self-help genre. I am really excited to read Personality Isn’t Permanent

Introduction — Personality Isn’t Permanent

Honestly, I am NOT intrigued by the title of the book as it revealed the farm, but the subtitle is where it created a lot of enthusiasm. Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story

For example, if you take the title of a popular book 4-Hour Workweek there is a sense of secrecy in the title. The title creates a nonchalant enthusiasm to know more about how the author achieved the 4-Hour Workweek.

As you read through the title, so many questions appear in your head like

{How} is it possible to achieve 4-hour workweek?

[What] is the story behind the working less and playing more?

{Why} the heck productivity is essential?

[How] long is it takes to achieve 4-hour workweek?

The first book of Ben Willpower Doesn’t Work has the mystery to it, and you ask yourself “alright, if willpower doesn’t work then what works?”

The title Personality Isn’t Permanent is not inquisitive enough for me. I believe it reflects on the sales in the longer run. That’s my opinion, of course.

Let’s move to the substance aka real meat of the book.

The book has an intro chapter and then six chapters and ordered logically.

** Introduction - A Personality Test Almost Ruined My Life **
1. The Myths of Personality
2. The Truth of Personality
3. Transform Your Trauma
4. Shift Your Story
5. Enhance Your Subconscious
6. Redesign Your Environment

Chapter 1 - A Personality Test Almost Ruined My Life

He started with a story on how he might have missed his wife (then girlfriend) because she and her family believed heavily on personality tests.

Ben explains there are four types of personalities that are circling according to the famous personality test called the Color Code.

  1. Reds are a go-getters driven by ambition and self-interest.
  2. Blues are heart-centered and relationship-based.
  3. Whites are introspective and often passive.
  4. Yellows seek fun and are the life of the party.

Ben was a white personality type, and his girlfriend was red, so there was friction among the family whether the relationship works are not.

I did not resonate with Ben’s story, as there are no strong connecting points with the reader. Author Ben Hardy did not explain what could have happened or how devastating impact that could have caused if she shuns him basing on the physiological tests.

The point was put forward well, but the story has not resonated with me.

Key Takeaways:

Many popular schools of psychology argue that personality is innate, immutable, and fixed. The reason personality is viewed as fixed is because, as a rule, psychologists place extreme emphasis and value on the past. A core tenet of many personality theories is that the past is the greatest predictor of the future.

But does it have to be this way? Is your personality actually fixed and unchangeable?

To know in depth you have to read the first chapter. It is really fascinating.

Notable Quotes:

I started hating quotes in books. I believe they can add value at times but nowadays all most all the books have tons of quotes in them and began to annoy me because they don’t add any value to the context.

A couple of quotes are there in the first chapter. Not all of them are worth mention, but I am presenting one below.


I hardly found a word that I don’t know yet in the first chapter of the book.

Catchy words:

I hardly found any catchy words that I don’t come across, yet in the first chapter of the book.


I don’t find any noteworthy references mentioned in this chapter.


It is a small chapter of 16 pages and packed with research and some interesting facts about our personality.

You can skip the Ben’s story but the first chapter is full of information that I never knew like why our personality is not fixed or rigid or innate. He explained this through various examples.

I can’t wait to read chapter 2 because I want to know how I can change my personlity. I want to know the tools, methods and frameworks.

Personality Isn't Permanent

Author(s): Benjamin Hardy

Short Blurb: Tests like the Myers-Briggs or Enneagram are not only unscientific but are holding you back. There's … Read more
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