• Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Mark Leary PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 02-02-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The Great Courses
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2018 The Teaching Company, LLC; 2018 The Great Courses
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4 out of 5 stars
By Hendrick Mcdonald on 03-07-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-15-18

buy is now

100% recommend if anyone is interested in psychology. The narration is fantastic and highly addictive. This is one of the best courses I have listened to so far.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bee on 02-26-18

interesting up to a point

Didn't tell me anything I didn't know really but an easy listen. Really wanted to know more about the origins and treatment of personality disorders.

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