How does your personality shape your life and what, if anything, can you do about it?
Are you hardwired for happiness, or born to brood? Do you think you’re in charge of your future, or do you surf the waves of unknowable fate? Would you be happier, or just less socially adept, if you were less concerned about what other people thought of you? And what about your “Type A” spouse: is he or she destined to have a heart attack, or just drive you to drink?
In the past few decades, new scientific research has transformed old ideas about the nature of human personality. Neuroscientists, biologists, and psychological scientists have reexamined the theories of Freud and Jung as well as the humanistic psychologies of the 1960s, upending the simplistic categorizations of personality “types,” and developing new tools and methods for exploring who we are. Renowned professor and pioneering research psychologist Brian R. Little has been at the leading edge of this new science. In this wise and witty book he shares a wealth of new data and provocative insights about who we are, why we act the way we do, what we canand can’tchange, and how we can best thrive in light of our “nature.”
Me, Myself, and Us explores questions that are rooted in the origins of human consciousness but are as commonplace as yesterday’s breakfast conversation, such as whether our personality traits are “set” by age thirty or whether our brains and selves are more plastic. He considers what our personalities portend for our health and success, and the extent to which our well-being depends on the personal projects we pursue.
Through stories, studies, personal experiences, and entertaining interactive assessments, Me, Myself, and Us provides a lively, thought-provoking, and ultimately optimistic look at the possibilities and perils of being uniquely ourselves, while illuminating the selves of the familiar strangers we encounter, work with, and love.
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About the Author
Professor Brian R. Little is an internationally acclaimed scholar and speaker in the field of personality and motivational psychology. He is a fellow of the Well-being Institute at Cambridge University, where he also lectures in the Department of Psychology and the Cambridge Judge Business School. He is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University. Little has taught at Carleton, McGill, Oxford, and Harvard Universities. He was elected as a “Favorite Professor” by the graduating classes of Harvard for three consecutive years. He lives in Cambridge, England, and Ottawa, Canada.
For more information, visit brianrlittle.com or follow him on Twitter @DrBrianRLittle
Table of Contents
1 First Blushes and Second Thoughts 1
2 Stable Traits and Weil-Being: Set Like Plaster? 23
3 Free Traits: On Acting Out of Character 45
4 Mutable Selves: Personality and Situations 69
5 Control, Agency, and the Shape of a Life 91
6 Hale and Hardy: Personality and Health 113
7 Personality and Creativity: The Myth of the Solo Hero 133
8 Where Are You? Personality in Place 159
9 Personal Projects: The Happiness of Pursuit 181
10 Self-Reflections: The Art of Well-Being 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great book. A world class sociologist explains a lot to help us think about our selves and who we want to be. And he does it in a gracious friendly and fun way. Boatloads of profundity and good science too. Thank you Brian Little!