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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who is interested in psychology using this as the very first introduction. The lecturer did a fantastic job with voice modulation and enthusiasm, so I waited a long time for it to improve.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The course sounds fascinating, but it doesn't even go into the depth of a high school biology course when evoking biological explanations. The psychology and neurology were of similar disappointments
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment in the level and material
Any additional comments?
The Great Courses typically provide a great college lecture set finding a good level of depth and interest. One lump of coal in the diamonds.
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What made the experience of listening to Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior the most enjoyable?
What I liked most was the way he explained topics. It helped me to have new insights. He shared some great insights on some commonly held beliefs about how people find happiness. His analysis of how we behave in society, communicate and see ourselves was very interesting. He debunks some widely held ideas with strong, logical argument. It's interesting to see how often popular ideas on self-help are close, but not quite right. For example, the popular belief that if we can just instill in a person more self esteem, they will act and think in a more positive way. He points out that it's an individuals positive actions, that are socially valued, constructive and helpful to others, that create the persons self esteem, not creating more self esteem in the person creating more positive behavior. I love the insights I am getting from the lectures. Worth the purchase price to me.
What did you like best about this story?
The descriptions were interesting and I had many "I see!" moments.
What about Professor Mark Leary’s performance did you like?
Interested in what he is talking about makes him interesting to listen to for the audience.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Couple "I can relate" laughs. :-)
Any additional comments?
A really good combination of recreational, enjoyed listening and informational, I learned new things I can apply in life.
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