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Why You Are Who You Are

Investigations into Human Personality
Lu par : Mark Leary
Durée : 12 h et 52 min
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To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives.

Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why. Throughout his illuminating lectures, five important personality traits come into focus, traits that form the foundation of how psychologists approach the topic of personality: extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness.

Combining psychology with neuroscience and behavioral genetics, this exploration will open your eyes to the myriad ways our traits, motives, emotions, beliefs, and values are shaped by things like our genes, environment, experiences, and evolutionary history. Why is it so hard to change our behavior? Why do people develop different values and morals? Does personality change as we age? Is personality passed down through genes?

Designed as a fascinating, accessible scientific inquiry, these lectures will have you thinking about personality in a way that enriches your understanding of the complex psychological processes that make you who you are.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 The Teaching Company, LLC; 2018 The Great Courses

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Excellente introduction à la personnalité

Très intéressant, cependant certains points n'étaient pas à jour notamment avec les critiques actuelles sur certaines expérimentations ( expérience du shamallow ) La voix est super !

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  • Dan
  • 30/03/2018

Highly informative - thought provoking insights

Dr. Leary outlines scholarly approaches to human personality in an easy to engage with manner. What could be more complex than human behavior, and yet he offers the foundation concepts in ways that I could understand without any real background in modern psychology. When I consider courses like this I often have a couple of concerns: 1) will the material be too watered down i.e., lack the intellectual substance to be useful, or 2) will the lecturer get into too much detail about their favorite studies, or use too much lab jargon and acronyms at the expense of clear insights. This course has plenty of substance, just the right amount of study summaries to sustain credibility, and the jargon is well explained but not over explained. Finally, the material is presented in a way that I could retain most of the concepts. I have already shared a number of insights with friends and family. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in investigating the dynamics of personality, or looking for more insight into their own behavior.

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  • Happy Husband
  • 15/05/2018

As an addict, I listened to this book. Very Helpfu

I've struggled with meth addiction for nearly 13 years and have sought so many ways to kick my habbit. I wasn't a daily user but once a month, I'd go on a binge. it affected my family, work, and myself. After listening to this book twice, it helped me understand more how some personality types are more prone to drug abuse. Many of the categorically specific traits, habits, and inclinations hit home for me and I did an aweful lot of self reflecting - Trying to unburry the true me who got lost. thanks for the awesome book. I hope next time you can do something specific for substance abuse. We're out here looking for hope.

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  • Joseph
  • 21/03/2018

One of the Best in the Great Courses Library

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Along with "Nutrition Made Clear" and "Customs of the World," this is one of the three best courses I have taken on TGC. As is the case with the former two courses, "Why You are Who You Are" provides with you with detailed, evidence-based information about a topic that pervades everyday life but for which general information and everyday knowledge is, at best, unreliable. This course definitely helps you to understand the world around you far better, both in an academic and practical sense. Dr. Leary is an excellent presenter as well.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 29/06/2018

Why Did I Do That, Anyway?

This is a good one, folks. It explains the reasons for many human behaviors, your own unique behaviors and those of other people whom you just can't fathom. Although it covered areas of which I was quite familiar (Personality Disorders), the Professor covered plenty of information that was new to me, enough to make me want to listen to the audiobook a second time to fix it into my brain! The narration was just fine as it is in most of these Great Courses. It is a winner in my book!

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  • John Bales
  • 21/11/2018

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It's more about what categories of personality he can put people in rather than the affects on why people are who they are. Also I love most Great Courses, but this book is unnecessarily long. Very repetitive.

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  • B. Gholami
  • 10/05/2018

Nothing about “why”

This book is about tools for measurement of human behavior. Not a bad one at that, but nothing about explaining why the behaviors occur. Read “Behave” by Robert Sapolsky, Instead.

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  • Philip Greenspun
  • 08/10/2018

Great for workers

Will help you understand why some people are not conscientious. That's a personality trait that is heritable. The professor also can explain a lot of political disagrees with personality characteristics that are primarily genetic. There is not much practical advice in here other than perhaps choose your partner carefully if you're going to have children (and also don't expect people to change!).

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  • Hendrick Mcdonald
  • 07/03/2018

One of the better Psych series

This is one of the better psychology oriented THC courses I’ve heard. The speaker grows they the big five trainers and then goes thru how those trainers display themselves in different social settings: leadership, attachment, authority, etc. The lecture on personality disorders was also particularly interesting.

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  • Al Pen
  • 10/12/2018

Huge waste of time!

Simplified, obvious, banale! It says things like “People who tend to think negatively are less happy” (quote not exact but you got the sense) Huge waste of time! Until chapter 7 it doesn’t answer any of the major questions as suggested by the title - why we are who we are. I love the Great Courses, this is the first I had to return.

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  • MC
  • 23/07/2019

simplistic, obvious, and repetitive

I was hoping for much more depth. a lot of obvious stuff. friendly tone but wordy.

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