Most of us feel “stuck with ourselves” at one time or another – and that negative aspects of our personality are deeply ingrained from childhood or genetics so therefore cannot be altered. But new studies have shown that changing aspects of your personality IS possible, giving new hope to anyone who wants to improve results in personal, family, business, and civic relationships. Based on the latest information from the fields of neuroscience and psychology, Dr. Gary Small presents a proven program anyone can use to assess their strengths and weaknesses, and then work on changing their negatives to positives. Small provides step-by-step advice that can show results in as little as 30 days.
SNAP covers the difference between genetic personality traits and how your family experiences and the community you grow up in influences your personality – the key aspects of social programming. He then explains how it is possible to “reboot” your personality in order to become a more positive person., or to improve other aspects of personality such as being an introvert versus an extravert. Included is a self-assessment that readers can also use with friends and family. Also covered will be choosing and working the right psychotherapists, the upside and drawbacks of medications and alternative holistic therapies.
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About the Author
Gary Small: Dr. Gary Small, (Los Angeles, CA) is a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center* at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. His research, supported by the NIH, has made headlines in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology. Dr. Small lectures internationally and frequently appears on the Today show, Good Morning America, PBS, and CNN. He has written six books, including the New York Times best seller, The Memory Bible.
Gigi Vorgan: Gigi Vorgan (Los Angeles, CA) has written, produced, and appeared in numerous feature films and television projects before teaming up with her husband, Dr. Gary Small, to co-write The Memory Bible, The Memory Prescription,The Longevity Bible, iBrain, The Other Side of the Couch, and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program. She lives in Los Angeles with Dr. Small and their two children.
Read an Excerpt
Think of the person you most admire. How would you describe her personality? Is she outgoing, warm, conscientious? Do you think of her as funny, confident or generous? Perhaps you wish you were more like her in some ways.
Now think of someone you don't care for. What is it about his personality that you don't like? Is he anxious, short-tempered, or unreliable? You probably don't try to emulate that person.
For most of us, it's usually easier to recognize other people's personality characteristics and quirks than it is to see them in ourselves. Consider your own personality. Are you extroverted and popular? Perhaps you see yourself as shy and reserved. Are there any qualities about yourself you would change if you could?
Personality defines who we are as individuals. It is a sum of the relatively stable traits that make up our unique character and is driven by our distinctive patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Each of us has a personality-fingerprint that reflects who we are - our inner temperament that drives how we act and react in the world.
Experts in psychology and psychiatry have long assumed that our personalities are essentially set from early childhood. However, the latest scientific evidence contradicts this long-held assumption. New compelling research indicates that we can change our personalities - either on our own, with the help of a therapist, or a combination of the two. And, we now know that meaningful personality change can be achieved in as little as 30 days.
As you read SNAP, you will gain a better understanding of who you are now, how others see you, and which aspects of yourself you'd like to change. You will acquire the tools you need to change your personality, and it won't take years of psychotherapy, self-exploration or re-hashing every single bad thing that's ever happened to you. If you are committed to change, this book will provide a roadmap to achieving your goals and becoming a better you.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: What is Personality? Can You Change Yours?
CHAPTER 2: Define Who You Are and Determine Your Goals
CHAPTER 3: The Five Stages of Change
CHAPTER 4: Extraversion 101
CHAPTER 5: Becoming Conscientious
CHAPTER 6: Learning to Agree
CHAPTER 7: Taming Your Neurosis
CHAPTER 8: Opening Up To New Experiences
CHAPTER 9: Fast-Tracking Your Change with Therapy
CHAPTER 10: The 30-Day Personality Make-Over
APPENDIX 1: Additional Resources
APPENDIX 2: Notes and Scientific References