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

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(3.9 stars; 1079 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 appreciate the volunteers as always,, cool book considering when it was written,, I think chapter 2,, thoracic,,should have been properly reviewed by librivox n changed because the reader wasn't up to par,,,by its description I'm prolly thoracic so I just struggled through listening to her,, I wanted my gf to listen to it,,, 3 mins in the reader lost her to instagram,, lol,, at least make sure the reader that u folks choose to put out there can hold the attention of the listener n properly convey what's written or what sense does reading the book make?

(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.

great overall

(3 stars)

I dont usually review books but my word, someone needs to reread chapter 2. The asian lady reading it was quite unintelligible(and thats an understatement). Great concepts and ideas though and I found it quite accurate at times. Some things are a bit outdated but I liked that I could reason it out and come to my own conclusions to account for the 90 years. 5/5 book but 3/5 overall on account of the reader

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.

Horrendous Ch.2 Reader

(2 stars)

Though the content of this book dates back to 1920 and earlier, it appears to have it's own truths and errors. However valuable or invaluable the text may be, the reader isn't afforded the opportunity to discern one from the other when the volunteer lacks the ability to intelligibly enunciate, pronounce, and facilitate their words. She sounded as though she used Librivox as an extra credit assignment in her Lv 1 English Speaking course - thoroughly disappointing.

(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.