Recently, I’ve been reading a lot more books on personal development. It seems that most of the issues we usually face as adults stem from earlier trauma or experiences when we were younger. So, when I received this book, the timing was perfect.
Matt Norman’s Four Patterns of Healthy People was helpful for me. Matt’s writing was accessible & easy to follow. Some books are either too dry (academic or prescriptive). Some are too personal that it’s more autobiographical than helpful.
With Matt’s work, it struck a good balance. This book combines both his personal experiences & his current approach to his life.
He talks about 4 patterns:
1. Thought patterns
2. Relationship patterns
3. Ego patterns
4. Operating patterns
These 4 patterns can be good or bad for you, depending on how you process your daily life. I found it helpful that he had exercises at the end of most of the chapters. This helped that me with takeaways & things to think about next.
The book would be a good fit for anyone struggling with work-life balance. Especially right now with the issue of COVID-19 and work from home, it can be difficult to find balance.
I liked the writing and the flow of the book the most. Some parts were difficult to read because they exposed situations and challenges that I faced. On my first read, I wanted to have an understanding of the book. Now when I reread the book, I am going through each exercise to digest it better.
I was familiar with some of the things he discussed in the book but the way Matt explained it was helpful to me. I haven’t read many others books dealing with this topic, at least in the way Matt approached it.
In conclusion, I would recommend this book to anyone even curious about this topic.
Pros: Good writing style & useful exercises.
Cons: Can be challenging to read if you’re facing similar issues.
TLDR: Useful book for anyone finding work life balance & meaning.
I received an advance review copy of this book from Archangel Ink. Thanks Rob!
You can get the book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Four-Patterns-Healthy-People-Connection-ebook/dp/B08JB4VHX2/
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