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Personality : What Makes You the Way You Are by Daniel Nettle (2009, Paperback)

Daniel Nettle | ISBN-10: 0199211434 | ISBN-13: 9780199211432
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Synopsis
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.

Why are some people worriers, and others wanderers? Why do some people seem good at empathising, and others at controlling? We have something deep and consistent within us that determines the choices we make and the situations we bring about. But why should members of the same species differso 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? Daniel Nettle takes the reader on a tour through the science of human personality, introducing the five 'dimensions' on which every personality is based, and using an unusual combination of individual life stories and scientific research. Showing how our personalities stem from our biologicalmakeup, Nettle looks at the latest findings from genetics and brain science, considers the evolutionary origins and consequences of personality variation, and even includes a questionnaire for you to assess your own personality against the five dimensions. There is no optimal personality to have. Rather, every disposition brings both advantages and disadvantages. Life is partly the business of finding a niche where your personal characteristics work for you. Full of human as well as scientific insight, this book will enable you to understand theperils and potentials of your personality to the full.


Product Identifiers
ISBN-100199211434
ISBN-139780199211432

Key Details
AuthorDaniel Nettle
Number Of Pages240 pages
FormatPaperback
Publication Date2009-04-30
LanguageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press, Incorporated

Additional Details
Copyright Date2009

Dimensions
Weight8.1 Oz
Height0.7 In.
Width7.6 In.
Length5.1 In.

Target Audience
GroupScholarly & Professional

Classification Method
LC Classification NumberBF698
Dewey Decimal155.2
Dewey Edition22

Table Of Content
Table Of ContentPreface. 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.

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