Aristotle wasn’t fibbing when he declared that “the whole is something besides the parts” in Metaphysics. The human body is made up of tissues, organs and systems, but what differentiates us is our character and personality. Everyone faces unique experiences in life that define us. Looking back at these encounters, we can unravel obscure traits which have unknowingly seeped into our identity. So, rediscover yourself by heading down memory lane with these five books.
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
by Alexander Chee
Penning an introspective memoir may seem daunting, but celebrated novelist Alexander Chee easily bares all in his first collection of non-fiction essays. Key moments in Chee’s life are explored—from college to cementing his profession as a writer.
Ordeals aren’t amplified in this compelling set of writings that weaves through a recollection of peace and pain. Prepare to shed a tear, I did.
My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture
by Guy Branum
Labels, be gone. Gay stand-up comedian Guy Branum marches to his own beat and finds strength in Greek goddess Leto. The larger-than-life misfit then finds solace and inspiration from stage and screen underdogs during his journey towards self-acceptance. Along the way, Branum stumbled onto his passion despite enrolling into law school.
Blooming from an ostracised zero to an entertaining hero, it does pay well to embrace the atypical.
by Anne T Donahue
In an era of selfies, social media and self-obsession, who genuinely notices what is happening around them? In a bid to stay afloat in a self-obsessed ignorant community, Anne T Donahue focuses her essays on confidence and surviving the pitfalls of adulting.
Stop pining that loneliness kills; being alone can be empowering too. Go solo and take on the world without care.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
Silence is deafening, but only extroverts can hear it. To introverts, a lull provides a chance to absorb and digest what the former has said. Often perceived as aloof and shy, reserved individuals can surprise you with their capability to produce desirable results.
Favour is often prematurely awarded to effective communicators without allowing the shy ones to prove themselves. So never judge a book by its cover and do read someone by their individual traits.
The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
by Merve Emre
Do you identify with any of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality indicators after taking the namesake’s personality test? Merve Emre investigates the origins of the human type indicator created by a mother-daughter duo of amateur psychoanalysts.
How accurate is each category’s set of traits and why do we identify with them? Sorry to burst your bubble but Emre highlights that the test is “not scientifically valid and has no basis in clinical psychology”.
These titles are available at Books Kinokuniya.