How to Analyze People on Sight Through the Science of Human Analysis: The Five …

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(3.9 stars; 1022 reviews)

In this popular American book from the 1920s, accomplished public speaker and self-help charlatan Elsie Lincoln Benedict outlines her pseudo-scientific system of "Human Analysis". She proposes that, within the human race, five sub-types have developed through evolutionary processes, each with its own distinct character traits and corresponding outward appearance. She offers to teach the reader how to recognise these five types of people and understand their innate differences. Her ideas have never been taken seriously by the scientific community, but this book is considered a classic within its genre and remains in print today. (Summary by Carl Manchester) (6 hr 50 min)


Front Matter 4:24 Read by Carl Manchester
Human Analysis 41:36 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 1, part 1 22:20 Read by Stephanie Lee
Chapter 1, part 2 30:24 Read by hearhis
Chapter 2, part 1 32:08 Read by Lily-LLM
Chapter 2, part 2 28:32 Read by Lily-LLM
Chapter 3, part 1 20:37 Read by Paul Andrews
Chapter 3, part 2 22:20 Read by Paul Andrews
Chapter 4, part 1 21:49 Read by Miriam Esther Goldman (1991-2017)
Chapter 4, part 2 22:21 Read by Esther
Chapter 5, part 1 20:58 Read by Stephanie Lee
Chapter 5, part 2 26:06 Read by Paul C. Newman
Chapter 6, part 1 24:14 Read by TriciaG
Chapter 6, part 2 31:14 Read by TriciaG
Chapter 7, part 1 26:46 Read by Paul C. Newman
Chapter 7, part 2 34:36 Read by Bill Mosley


(3 stars)

I was really interested and getting into the book until I got to chapter 2. That's when the hard to understand foreign speaker took over the narration. I thought for the longest time that chapter 2 was about the "forensic body type" and not the "thoracic body type". I was driving and couldn't look at my device. It was especially frustrating because i realized, from what i was able to understand, that she was describing my physical and personality characteristics. I ended up giving up because I just couldn't understand her. What's really sad is I grew up with an asian parent and am used to asian accents, but hers is ridiculous. The content leading up to that point was good but because I didn't want to have to piece every other word together with contextual cues I can't give it more than 3 stars.

Loved it all the way through

(5 stars)

Yes chapter 2 was difficult to understand but the book itself is great. Definitely need to get the hard copy for all the charts and pictures although I would love to hear the lady from chapter two describe them all in her own words. I am definitely the boney type which is probably why I'm more willing to accept the "facts" written in this book from the 1920's. Do remember that they are describing pure types all the way through and nearly nobody will be a pure type. I'm sure if you could send a picture of your friends these don't apply to to the authors they could send you back a pretty accurate personality analysis.

Great Book

(5 stars)

Not sure how to spell it but I'm pretty sure I'm Osseus with Thoracic and a dash of or hint of cerebral. With the information given I've come realize why I hate myself. Osseus and thoracic DO NOT MIX, yet here I am, a stubborn loner who longs for some attention but not too much. Flirtatious but at the same time awkward so I stay forever alone for most of my life. And I say forever alone in the sense that it takes an Osseus forever to, if lucky enough, find a good partner. A had more to write but it would probably just be a rant. Long story short. Great book! Incredibly useful information. Would recommend to anyone interesting in self discovery and who want to understand themselves better.

Weird but interesting.

(3 stars)

The psychology in this book is the best and probably most accurate information presented. I could follow and agree with a lot of what Benedict said, until I was reminded that her analysis of humans is based on the idea that the way your body is shaped causes you to have a certain personality, or combination of personalities. Biological evolution, I think she called it. That is utterly ridiculous! The logical fallacies abound. Examples that fit (like Theodore Roosevelt) only prove that a certain personality trait can help you be successful in one job or skill. However, Benedict says that because someone is tall and lanky or short and muscular, they must have this or that type personality. That is how Benedict claims you can analyze people on sight. It is not like Sherlock Holmes, like I thought it would be. :) Interesting socially, but frustrating scientifically.

(4 stars)

I really need to talk with someone as I believe that I have 4 of these traits within my genes. Is that even possible????I'm Irish, Black, Native American I'm High chested, muscular, square and kite shaped jaw. I get cold very easily, must must must be comfortable, I have a big 4 head. I think Wayyyyy to much and its always on an emotional level. I'm so emotional all the time to emotional. I'm short tempered and long tempered at the same time. I can let things go but hold a grudge like my mother. I love to dress and keep flashy clothes and art but I love sturdy things. I'm currently a rapper, actor, performer. I work as a Marble & Granite technician for my dads business. I also work at a bar. I feel like I'm smart enough to know exactly what's going on around me I can see everything but I'm to stupid & childish to fix things. I just want to find out what's going on. I'm really confused. Alot Alot of the time idk what to do with myslef any advise would help so much.


(2.5 stars)

The book was interesting. But some of the things they considered facts were offensive. Others things they deemed facts were possibly a little off. I look at some of my friends in my minds eye and some of the descriptions were dead on but some were completely off. I also did not find my personality in this. except maybe a jumble of each personality. Also the Asian lady was hard to understand, since she mispronounced a lot of words. There are better books to learn about psychology and personality. but since it was free I guess that is ok.

Beware chapter 2

(2 stars)

I appreciate people wanting to volunteer their time to a worthy cause which reading open source audio books definitely is but dear God what were they thinking & why didn't they have someone else read the 2nd chapter? I really wanted to hear about the traits of the "fouassig" but the nice Asian lady reading the book has such an impenetrable Chinese accent as to almost make me suspicious that they were playing a joke on us. I appreciate her effort but the only people that will be able to decipher her reading are fellow citizens of China who speak English as a 3rd language. Incomprehensible. The book was fascinating & it was very interesting to put yourself in the time period. Also her occult/ masonic ties are telling.


(4 stars)

Interesting how people complain about the lack of perfection of the reader (narrator) with such high demands as to "pitch", "cadence", "inflection". Narrating a book is not a simple task. Narrating a book for free/no pay is an act of service to those who may not be able to read because of poor eyesight other physical impediment or due to not knowing how. The demands of the lazy for perfection are not the concern of the narrators whose labor is dedicated to the former mentioned, not the lazy or cheap. To demand perfection, you must pay for it. There are for pay versions of all the free audiobooks.