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Personality : What Makes You the Way You are - Daniel Nettle

Personality

What Makes You the Way You are

Paperback Published: 26th February 2009
ISBN: 9780199211432
Number Of Pages: 240

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It is one of the great mysteries of human nature. Why are some people worriers, and others wanderers? Why are some people so easy-going and laid-back, while others are always looking for a fight?

Written by Daniel Nettle--author of the popular book Happiness--this brief volume takes the reader on an exhilarating tour of what modern science can tell us about human personality. Revealing that our personalities stem from our biological makeup, Nettle looks at the latest findings from genetics and brain science, and considers the evolutionary origins and consequences of different personalities.

The heart of the book sheds light on the "big five": Extraversion, Neuroticism, Conscientious, Agreeableness, and Openness. Using a stimulating blend of true-life stories and scientific research, Nettle explains why we have something deep and consistent within us that determines the choices we make and situations we bring about. He addresses such questions as why members of the same family differ so markedly in their natures? What is the best personality to have--a bold one or a shy one, an aggressive one or a meek one? And are you stuck with your personality, or can you change it? Life, Nettle concludes, is partly the business of finding a niche where your personality works for you. "It is a question of choosing the right pond," he notes, "and being mindful of the dangers."

Full of wisdom as well as scientific insight, this book illuminates the pluses and minuses of personality, offering practical advice about living with the nature you were born with.

About the Author

Daniel Nettle teaches psychology at the University of Newcastle. With degrees in both psychology and anthropology, he has written on many aspects of human nature and culture. His previous books include Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile, Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity and Human Nature and (with Suzanne Romaine) Vanishing Voices: The Extinction fo the World's Languages.

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"The author unearths a few everyday characteristics shared by people who say they are happy, including good health, a feeling of autonomy, and social correctiveness. To that list, one might add browsing through this thought-provoking book."--O: The Oprah Magazine, on Happiness


"Excellent survey of the subject-a lucid, intelligent, and thoughtful essay."--Lancet




"The author unearths a few everyday characteristics shared by people who say they are happy, including good health, a feeling of autonomy, and social correctiveness. To that list, one might add browsing through this thought-provoking book."--O: The Oprah Magazine, on Happiness


"Excellent survey of the subject-a lucid, intelligent, and thoughtful essay."--Lancet


Preface

1: Character matters
2: The beak of the finch
3: Wanderers
4: Worriers
5: Controllers
6: Empathizers
7: Poets
8: The other half
9: Singing with your own voice

Appendix: The Newcastle Personality Assessor

Notes

References

Index

ISBN: 9780199211432
ISBN-10: 0199211434
Series: Oxford Landmark Science
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 26th February 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 16.51  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.22

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